• Sleigh Bells Still Creepy in 'End of the Line' Video

    Sleigh Bells Still Creepy in 'End of the Line' Video

    SPIN favorites — and Anthony Bourdain pals — Sleigh Bells have released a video for their Prom-worthy new single "End of the Line." Co-directed by producer-guitarist Derek Miller and Gregory Kohn, the clip features more of the band's now-trademark creepy Americana imagery. Miller and singer Alexis Krauss ride bikes through eerily empty suburban streets, intercut with shots of the latter in a white nightgown looking forlorn against a black backdrop, on a bed, and wandering in the desert at twilight. It's all set to the song's machine-gunned Def Leppard power-balled vibe. Sleigh Bells will appear on Bourdain's No Reservations - The Final Tour on September 3. The show will air at 9.00 p.m. EST/PST on Travel Channel. Starting August 28, the band will hit the road alongside DJ-wizard AraabMuzik.

  • White Wires, 'WWIII' (Dirtnap)

    Armed with strategic jangle, jittery trio wins 14 battles, if not the war, against tuneful garage-punk inertia.

  • Sun Kill Moon, 'Among the Leaves' (Caldo Verde)

    Sad folkie endures via self-deprecation. See "Not Much Rhymes With Everything's Awesome at All Times."

  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, 'Here' (Community/Vagrant)

    If Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros didn't exist, the deities who put on music festivals would have to invent them. The band has the loose feel of a jam act without the endless noodling. They radiate warm nostalgia on account of an ersatz Jesus frontman, Alex Ebert, backed by a beaming ten-member band who look zapped direct from Yasgur's farm. They play pleasant, low-key anthems that are easy to sing along to. They're good counter-programming for the dance tent. Surrounded by a smiling mass on a sunny day, it's easy to listen to these sorta-hippies and think we must be in heaven, man. Sharpe arrived like an acid flashback. Appearing in 2008, footwear-averse and draped in flowing cotton, the band exuded a benignly cultish flower-power vibe. The songs were memorable, though.

  • Cornershop, 'Urban Turban - The Singhles Club' (Ample Play)

    Tjinder Singh continues his smile-inducing polyglot-pop renaissance, aided by a bevy of chic guest vocalists.

  • Astra, 'The Black Chord' (Metal Blade)

    Prog revisionists do Moog/guitar duels, G-force time changes, stoned sage vocals. Best title: “Quake Meat.”

  • Hollis Brown / Photo by Shervin Lainez

    First Spin: Hear Hollis Brown's Raunchy 'Spoonful'

    Hollis Brown make music that sounds just as alive today as it would've in 1966 and will 40 years from now. The guitars and rhythms on "Spoonful," from the band's Nothing & The Famous No One EP, fizz and pop like fatback on a greasy skillet. The song is a cover of Willie Dixon's blues standard — made famous by both Howlin' Wolf, Etta James, and Cream — and the band (with an assist here from Deer Tick's John McCauley) acquit themselves beautifully even in the face of such sturdy competition. Nothing is out as a digital-only release April 3.

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    Bosswave Playlist: Bruce Springsteen's 13 Most Alt-Leaning Songs

    Bruce Springsteen has said that his new album Wrecking Ball, out March 6, is "as direct a record as I've ever made." But with touches of hip-hop and electronic music, the economic-meltdown-minded album is shaping up to be one of the Boss' edgier, more experimental releases. Even though Springsteen is an iconic meat-and-potatoes rock'n'roller, his back catalog is studded with songs that skew more alt than trad in attitude. Here are the best of those — call it a Bosswave primer: 1. "IF I WAS THE PRIEST" Not found on any official Springsteen album, "If I Was the Priest" was recorded in 1972, the year before Springsteen's debut, Greetings From Asbury Park, N.J. appeared. The song is as lyrically surreal and religiously conflicted as Springsteen ever was, or would be.

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    Video Premiere: You Wont's Gondry-esque 'Three Car Garage'

    Let your freak flag fly, office drones! The video for "Three Car Garage," a bittersweet guitar-pop single from Massachusetts duo You Won't is a slightly surreal mini-portrait of 9 to 5ers letting loose. Beginning with home movie footage of kids going wild, segueing into work day drudgery (with a stop at the restroom), and then climaxing with some back-to-nature revelry, the whole clip has a very Michel Gondry feel. You Won't's full-length debut, Skeptic Goodbye, is out on February 14 on Old Flame Records.

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    First Spin: Get Francois & the Atlas Mountain's Beautifully Cosmopolitan 'Les Plus Beaux'

    On "Les Plus Beaux," from E Volo Love, cosmopolitan-pop quartet Francois & the Atlas Mountains execute a nice little cultural tip of the cap. It's common to hear West African musicians sing en Francais, sending vocal melodies skittering over their trademark shimmering guitar lines. Here, though, Francois, a native of France, sings a winsome, irresistible melody in his mother tongue while the Atlas Mountain work up a gorgeously lolling Malian-influenced groove. The band's album is out February 14 on Domino. DOWNLOAD

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