Kissed By Black Lips

Music | By. Hillary Weston | April 23, 2014

Is it possible for a garage punk band to grow up? Black Lips came back to New York this week, and I wanted to find out. This is a group founded on the principles of getting out of control, having the best time with the aid of all available substances, and creating emotional bedlam that incites a crowd to near riot. I personally witnessed the spontaneity of this a few years ago when Black Lips p... Read More >

Hi-Five: Iggy Azalea x Rita Orta, Boots x Beyonce, + More

Music | By. Mathias Rosenzweig | April 23, 2014 Iggy Azalea – Black Widow (feat. Rita Ora)  Truth be told, I miss the days of “My World” more than I appreciate Azalea’s transition into pop stardom. That being said, she is a hardworking, impeccably dressed stunner who made it from the middle-of-nowhere Australia to now featuring Rita Ora in a song cowriter by Katy Perry. I know everyone is still hooked ... Read More >

Last month, I finally had the pleasure of seeing A Winged Victory for the Sullen perform live at Joe’s Pub. As expected, the concert was a painfully beautiful all-encompassing immersion into neo-classical ambient sound that hit straight to the heart and drifted me far off from the crowded room in which I sat. Comprised of brilliantly talented composer Dustin O’Halloran and Stars of the Lid’s... Read More >

Tamaryn Diary: NOTHING

Music | By. Tamaryn | April 22, 2014

My absolute favorite album to be released so far this year is Nothing's 'Guilty of Everything'. They played at Rough Trade NYC for Record Store Day and killed everybody dead, then had some drinks… "IT COULD HAPPEN TO YOU" Domenic 'Nicky' Palermo Brandon Setta  (I didn't get one picture of Kyle Kimball the drummer because he was shirtless and I had to get up real close with my lit... Read More > Britney Spears & Sia – Passenger (Acoustic) This acoustic version of Sia’s “Passenger” demo mixed with Britney’s is interesting to say the least. I’m not sure if I’d love the song had these two not been involved, but they are and therefore it’s fantastic. Just Friends – Don’t Tell Me Just friends, compri... Read More >

New Video From Singer Jihae Will Blow Your Mind

Happenings | By. Ken Scrudato | April 22, 2014

She’s shared a bill with Sonic Youth and Lou Reed, dueted with Dave Stewart, worked with Michel Gondry, and performed for the UN and Hillary Clinton. And, well, she wrote and performed an awe-inspiring rock opera, Fire Burning Rain, in collaboration with Academy Award winning screenwriter-director John Patrick Shanley. Ever on the verge of shaking off her cult status, the inimitable South Kor... Read More > Red Hot Chili Peppers – Californication (GAMPER & DADONI Remix) The Red Hot Chili Peppers have garnered lots of press lately after rumors spread that their music was used to torture Guantánamo Bay prisoners. Drummer Chad Smith told TMZ “I’ve heard that they use more…like, hard rock, metal…our music’s positive man, it’s supposed to make people fe... Read More >

From Moogfest in Asheville and The National in Austin to Timber Timbre  and  Matthew Dear in Brooklyn, here's a look at the best concerts happening around the country this week. MONDAY, APRIL 21. The National and Warpaint kick off a three night stand at the Moody Theater for Austin City Limits. 310 W. Willie Nelson Blvd, Austin, TX. Man Forever and So Percussion takes the stage wit... Read More >

420 High-Five: Snoop Dogg Drops It Like It’s Hot Again

Music | By. Mathias Rosenzweig | April 18, 2014 Common -- I Want You (Kaytranada Edition) Kaytranada takes on Common’s “I Want You,” a track from his 2009 album Finding Forever. The Canadian producer ads electronic beats and various dance elements for this quality remix. Snoop Dogg -- Drop It Like It’s Hot (Kartell Remix) Who could forget ... Read More >

Swedish acts that cross over into the North American consciousness have tended towards the endearingly twee. But bands like Skull Defekts and Johnossi are exporting sounds and attitudes much more confrontational and viscerally explosive. The latter have an explosive new album, Transitions, being released in the US April 29th by Universal Sweden/Caroline. The duo of John Engelbert (vocals, guita... Read More >