How Brit Rockers Kasabian Nabbed Their Fourth UK #1 Album

Music | By. Adam Pollock | September 30, 2014

Photo by Charlie Gray UK rockers have had a rough go of it on this side of the pond the last couple of decades. America can consistently be relied upon to rally around the stalwart earnestness of homegrown indie rockers and anything that can somehow be labeled ‘country,’ to turn back the invading Brits. But clever, fashionable, politically astute rock and roll, which seems to bubble up from... Read More >

3 Picks for This Weekend’s Downtown Festival

Music | By. Hugh McIntyre | September 30, 2014

Jungle via Though there are surely countless parties and events to attend in New York all the time, it isn’t every day that one of the most carefully curated music festivals comes to town. Thankfully, this weekend is special. The Downtown Festival was founded in 2011 as a way to celebrate five years in business for the record label of the same name, and since then it has grown into somet... Read More >

Hi-Five: New Music From Prince, Lorde, Tula + More

Music | By. Mathias Rosenzweig | September 30, 2014

Prince – Art Official Age Today, Prince will be mindfucking the Internet by releasing two very distinctive albums at the same time: Art Official Age and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, with his protégé act 3RDEYEGIRL. "The quality of the music, everyone would agree, is not the gold standard," Prince mused about mainstream pop when discussing his own new music. You can preview the entire album above. ... Read More >

Hi-Five: Thom Yorke, Mating Ritual, TĀLĀ + More

Music | By. Mathias Rosenzweig | September 29, 2014

Thom Yorke – A Brain in a Bottle Thom Yorke - A Brain In A Bottle from Scott Alexander on Vimeo. Radiohead front man Thom Yorke announced a surprise new album, Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, which strangely enough was released via BitTorrent. You can download the full album here, as well as read a letter explaining the interesting method of distribution here. Mating Ritual – Toxins ... Read More >

For Erasure, surely selling 30 million records has been the perfect riposte to a myopic critical establishment, who could never seem to get (or even want to get) what they were on about. Formed by Andy Bell and Vince Clarke in 1985, after the latter’s brief stints as the founder of both Depeche Mode and Yazoo, they lacked the sneering irony of The Pet Shop Boys and the fashionable doom of so ... Read More >

Hi-Five: Azalea Banks, The Notorious BIG ft. Ja Rule, T.I. + More

Music | By. Mathias Rosenzweig | September 26, 2014

Ben Howard – Hideaway (Kieszka Cover) English singer-songwriter Ben Howard takes a stab at the Kieszka’s radio hit “Hideaway.” The original version never particularly stood out to me. It’s an easily-forgotten top 40 dance hit, but something about this acoustic remake gives the track solidarity without sacrificing too much of its liveliness. Azalea Banks – Chasing Time ... Read More >

Thursday, September 25 It's ladies' night at Webster Hall as the MØ and Holychild tour hits NYC. The Danish singer and the LA duo provide two sides to synth-pop empowerment, and you're sure to leave feeling a little more alive. 7:30pm, 125 E. 11th Street, New York, NY. Color your life with psych-rock at the Fonda Theatre as Temples and Wampire team up to free your mind. The former's... Read More >

The Dandy Warhols — Why Grow Up?

Music | By. Bruce Wayne | September 25, 2014

The Dandy Warhols came back to NYC last week, and played 2 sold out shows at The Music Hall of Williamsburg. If you have never caught them live, you are depriving yourself of an existential experience. The Dandy Warhols have lost none of their edge or relevance. The show that I saw was thrilling from start to finish. Has it really been 20 years since they burst on the scene with huge hit songs ... Read More >

Hi-Five: Ariel Pink, Yelle, Elliphant Feat. MØ + More

Music | By. Mathias Rosenzweig | September 25, 2014

Ariel Pink – Put Your Number in my Phone Ariel Pink sounds like a hazy Saturday in the sun, innocent and comfy but without being overly kitschy. “Put Your Number In My Phone” is a lazy track you can both start and end your day with. Surreal, faded vocals are featured alongside a comparably aggressive, female voice recorded over a the phone. Eden xo – Too Cool To Dance Some... Read More >

When they first appeared on the scene in 2001, My Chemical Romance could not have been a more sublime encapsulation of the post-Millennial musical zeitgeist. Moppy-headed, skinny-tied and unapologetically guitar-wielding, they also matched The Strokes and The Libertines for tortured-romantic poetic projections. More poignantly, they were the outsiders turned insiders, quickly swept up into th... Read More >