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TV on the Radio released their new single "Happy Idiot" with a trippy music video on Funny or Die to match. In the video, Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman!) plays a race car driver "Racer Steven" who hasn't raced "in a long time." The heartbroken racer makes lap after lap, haunted and tormented by the images of a past lover (Karen Gillan). Karen Gillan (of Doctor Who, Selfie) is seen in different outfits, sometimes cheering, sometimes baking a cake, all on the sidelines of the race. Meanwhile, the band stands by, singing along "Since you left me babe/ it's been a long way down. Read More
Hurray for the Riff Raff, fronted by Alynda Lee Segarra, performed at Willie Mae's Rock Camp for Girls on August 1st in New York City, inspiring and getting girls of all ages to get up, clap, and find every way possible to groove. The five-piece band rocked it out with guitars, fiddles, drums, a bass, a keyboard, and most importantly: soul. Willie Mae's camp is a non-profit program that educates and mentors girls and women about music, volunteerism, and activities that cultivate self-respect, leadership, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. Read More
There is still no word about the fate of the Nina Simone biopic that premiered at Cannes this year despite controversy and criticism. But don’t stop feelin’ good, because there is another way to bask in the legacy of the fine, honest, powerful singer and activist. Verve Records will release a tribute album November 10 that features ten contemporary artists conjuring Simone’s ghost through her music. Read More
With her adorable candied vocals that are sweet and smooth like honey, Imani Coppola of Little Jackie sweeps you off your feet on dangerously catchy tunes that are sugary pop, but loaded with substance. She, along with multi-instrumentalist Adam Pallin, are back as Little Jackie for their third album, Queen of Prospect Park, and it’s certain to brighten up dreary autumn days and wintry nights with summery beats. Queen of Prospect Park glows as soon as you hit play and you won’t be able to help but sway your hips from beginning to end (seriously, we dare you to stay still). Read More
After four weeks of posting mysterious pictures of lyrics online, Lorde finally released her new single “Yellow Flicker Beat” for the soundtrack to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. Lorde’s voice is as haunting as ever when she sings, “I’m a princess cut from marble, smoother than a storm/ And the scars that mark my body/ They’re silver and gold” She wrote on her Tumblr, “It's my first offering from what I hope will be a soundtrack you love. It's my attempt at getting inside her head, Katniss. I hope you like it. Read More
Sleater–Kinney had a twelve-year career with seven epic albums; they exuded raw, riot grrrl energy everywhere they toured. The band received high praise from Rolling Stone for “pushing rock to the boiling point,” and Rob Sheffield called them, “America’s best punk band. EVER.” Not counting their 2013 reunion (joining Pearl Jam to cover Neil Young), it has been eight years since fans have had pure Sleater-Kinney goodness. However, the people at Sub Pop Records are giving fans a real gift. On Oct. Read More
The History of Apple Pie offers their refreshing take on grunge-inspired pop-rock on their new album Feel Something, and it's a welcome throwback. The British band helmed by singer Stephanie Min and guitarist Jerome Watson invites comparisons to '90s staples like The Breeders and Luscious Jackson, but without the feel of a retread. Like the titular dessert, this music is perfect for sweater weather. Feel Something is The History of Apple Pie's second album, and though the band has only existed for three years, there's a clear cohesion to their point of view. Read More
Iowa City's Pieta Brown doesn't just play rooms. She fills each space with stories and makes it her own. The singer-songwriter and musician proved her ability to take over a studio in a short period of time and turn out extraordinary music in her Daytrotter session in 2008, a remarkable collection of songs. Brown's new record, Paradise Outlaw, similarly showcases her skill as a performer, and it's exciting to hear such quiet mastery of a genre. Recorded over just four days in Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)'s April Base studio, Paradise Outlaw feels anything but rushed. Read More
This summer, Stevie Nicks announced that she would be releasing a solo LP ‘24 Karat Gold – Songs from the Vault’ and boy were we excited. The LP is composed of songs that Nicks’ wrote between 1969 and 1987, and was inspired after finding original bootlegs on YouTube.  “Each song is a lifetime. Each song has a soul. Each song has a purpose. Each song is a love story," Nicks said. "They represent my life behind the scenes, the secrets, the broken hearts, the broken hearted and the survivors. Read More
Zola Jesus has released another icy, magnetic track in anticipation of the October 7th release of her album TAIGA. Mhmm, this one has been on repeat for me today. Zola Jesus describes "Go (Blank Sea)" as a reaction to the simultaneous isolation and saturation of city life: “All of the singularity rubs together to create a universal hum that can cancel us all out. It’s in the densest populations that I sometimes feel the most alone, and in barren uninhabited lands that I feel the most alive and human. Read More