Fellow bearded Americana stalwarts Nick Offerman and Jeff Tweedy have collaborated on a number of projects, and now their paths will cross again in the upcoming Brett Haley-directed feature film Hearts Beat Loud. In it, Offerman plays a record … More »
Prince's estate unveiled a collection of new material last week, almost two years after the legendary artist's death. They shared the little known original version of “Nothing Compares 2 U,” along with a video of unseen rehearsal footage. This media accompanied a newly launched Prince fan website called “Prince2me" and an online database of Prince's … More »
If you've been wondering about the making of Arcade Fire’s "Put Your Money On Me," well, you’re in luck. Frontman Win Butler was the most recent guest on the Song Exploder podcast, where he explained the Everything Now track, which recently appeared alongside "We Don't Deserve Love" in the band's short film "MoneyMore »
I don't believe in superstition, but here I am, a writer with a cover-songs column, discovering on Friday, April 13 that Taylor Swift did a countrified version of Earth, Wind & Fire's "September." Well, shit. Might as well take a swim in Crystal Lake here and see what's going on. More »
Kurt Vile hasn't released a proper solo album since 2015's idiosyncratically punctuated and truly awesome b'lieve i'm goin down, but he did team up with Courtney Barnett for last year's Lotta Sea Lice. This year Barnett is following that fun, low-stakes collaboration with her own new LP called Tell Me How You Really … More »
Late in 2016, shortly after Donald Trump was elected president, Kanye West visited Trump at Trump Tower in New York, posing for him with photos. This came shortly after West claimed, during one of his shows, that he would've voted for Trump if he had bothered to vote. This came around the time … More »
Earlier this year, the veteran North Carolina pop-punk howlers Superchunk released the fired-up, topical What A Time To Be Alive. A band at this career stage really has no business cranking out one of their best albums, but that's what Superchunk have done here. And today, they've come out with a video for "More »
Composed for the upcoming horror film Hereditary starring Toni Collette and Anna Dowd, Colin Stetson’s new instrumental piece “Charlie” is not for casual listening. It rips your nerves apart. As an Arcade Fire and Bon Iver collaborator, Stetson’s saxophonist background doesn’t lend itself as an obvious choice for horror composition, but his own darkly experimental … More »
Janelle Monae's suddenly imminent album and "emotion picture" Dirty Computer is premiering Thursday night in short-film form on MTV and BET before its official Friday release, but first we get one more standalone video for its latest single. More »
Hanging out with Forth Wanderers feels like infiltrating a club house. Ava Trilling, Ben Guterl, Zach Lorelli, Duke Greene, and Noah Schifrin have known one another since they were kids, and when I meet them all for a very late lunch in Midtown Manhattan, inside jokes abound. It can be hard to keep up as … More »
In The Number Ones, I'm reviewing every single #1 single in the history of the Billboard Hot 100, starting with the chart's beginning, in 1958, and working my way up into the present. More »
London five-piece Post Louis' new self-produced track "Stress Fracture" is fuzzy lo-fi washed in a neon purple light, and its forceful, jangly groove is perfect for driving fast or stomping down the street. Frontwoman Stephanie Davin's otherwise confident vocals still allow for tiny cracks of messy emotion; for example, each time she wonders the line … More »
"fake bitch" may sound like a lullaby, but it's undercut by sleaziness and sexual aggression. It's the second single from gobbinjr's new album, ocala wick (after "afraid of me"), and on it Emma Witmer reflects on countless unwanted advances from men with a coarse clarity. "I felt you press your dick against my thigh … More »
Edmonton punks No Problem have been around since 2010, and they've steadily been cranking out bruising but surprisingly catchy DIY bangers ever since. Yesterday, they came out with a new two-song EP called Let God Sort Em Out. "Get The Feeling Back," the first of the two new songs, is a frothing melodic attack with … More »
This place used to be a big part of Nandi Rose Plunkett's life. This is where her life happened. Nearby, that's where she lived as a young, hungry artist, fresh out of college and newly transplanted to the city. We pass a giant enclosed lot crammed with the tour buses you see crawling the streets … More »
It's fun to watch new pop singles become modern standards. It happened a few years ago with Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" and again with Lana Del Rey's "Love" -- over and over again, when given a chance to cover someone else's material, artists chose those. More »
Ty Segall released a new album, Freedom's Goblin, at the beginning of the year -- we talked to him about it back when it came out -- and, in celebration of the tour he's currently on, he's released a new version of album opener "Fanny Dog" with his Freedom Band. It's dubbed "Fanny Dog … More »
Last year, the endlessly winning Oakland rapper Kamaiyah came out with her very good Before I Wake mixtape, and she's already made videos for its tracks "Playa In Me," "Dope Bitch," and "Slide." Now, she and director Damien Sandoval have a new one for the breezy "The Wave." It's … More »
Veteran British visionaries Brian Eno and Kevin Shields, two giants of perspective-altering modern music production, teamed up for a single called "Only Once Away My Son" last year. They've just followed it with a new one called "The Weight Of History," which was released Saturday as a Record Store Day exclusive with the prior … More »
Franz Ferdinand are extremely good at being a band, and it's entirely possible that we don't talk about this enough. More than a decade on from the release of their debut album, long after the hype around them has died down, they still are finding fun and inventive ways to engage in the task of … More »