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(Frank Zappa)

Hear Thao & The Get Down Stay Down's 'We The Common'

Hear Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’s ‘We The Common’

Thao & The Get Down Stay Down’sWe The Common (For Valerie Bolden), the first single from the forthcoming album of the same name, features warm, laid-bare vocals over a rolicking backdrop that makes us want to happily kick our heels up and sing along even though we don’t quite yet know all the words.  Also...
Bowie releases first new song in a decade: 'Where Are We Now?'

Bowie releases first new song in a decade: ‘Where Are We Now?’

To mark his 66th birthday, rock legend David Bowie has released his first new song in nearly a full decade, entitled, Where Are We Now? Taken from his forthcoming LP, The Next Day, the reflective, narrative-based track is beautifully reminiscent of late 70s Bowie without a hint of parody — and what a very wonderful...
Hear Rachel Zeffira's orchestral-pop piece, 'Here on In'

Hear Rachel Zeffira’s orchestral-pop piece, ‘Here on In’

Opera singer and classically trained multi-instrumentalist turned indie crooner, Rachel Zeffira (a cohort in Cat’s Eyes with Horrors frontman Faris Badwan)  debuts her first North American single, Here on In, via Paper Bag Records tomorrow, January 8th — but you can hear it now by pressing play below. Her LP, The Deserters — already released...
Guards usher in new year with preview of 'Nightmare'

Guards usher in new year with preview of ‘Nightmare’

New York trio Guards have surprised fans with a teaser of their second single from their upcoming album, In Guards We Trust, due February 5th on Black Bell Records. Entitled Nightmare, the punchy new single (snippet below) follows the previously released, uber-melodic, Coming True.  
Ra Ra Riot release 'When I Dream'

Ra Ra Riot release ‘When I Dream’

From their forthcoming third release, Beta Love, comes Ra Ra Riot’s newest track, When I Dream. Hitting January 22nd on Barsuk Records in the USA and Europe (and on Arts & Crafts in The Great White North), fans can reserve a copy of Beta Love at the links below. For a live fix, see the...
Blood Red Shoes debut 'Water' EP

Blood Red Shoes debut ‘Water’ EP

Having just wrapped a UK tour with New Jersey’s The Gaslight Anthem, Brighton duo Blood Red Shoes debut the heavy, noise-flooded EP, Water, scheduled for a January 21st release. All three tracks (listed below) were recorded on American soil by John Congleton (The Roots/The Walkmen/Explosions In The Sky). Pre-order it here. Blood Red Shoes’ Water...
Kim Deal totally kills it with 'Walking With a Killer'

Kim Deal totally kills it with ‘Walking With a Killer’

Alongside softly-strutting cymbals and a plodding, ominous bass line, Kim Deal — or at least the disembodied voice of her phantom self — tells the story of a (near?) perilous end with new track, Walking With a Killer. Perfectly, eerily sung in that inimitable, casual-bordering-on-utterly-disinterested tone as only Deal can, the song contains such spine-tingling, lyrical...
Dinosaur Jr announce London NME show, stream exclusive track

Dinosaur Jr announce London NME show, stream exclusive track

Comprising the classic lineup of J Mascis, Lou Barlow and Murph, Dinosaur Jr have announced a special NME Awards show on February 4th 2013 at London’s Electric Ballroom. Tickets are available from www.nme.com/tickets. In addition, the band are streaming an exclusive unreleased acoustic version of This Is All I Came To Do — taken off...
Johnny Marr gives us 'The Right Thing Right'

Johnny Marr gives us ‘The Right Thing Right’

Best known (at least or the moment) as a strummer of strings in The Smiths, Modest Mouse and The Cribs, Johnny Marr is effectively stoking the fires of his guitar-hero legacy with imminent debut, The Messenger. His second single from the record (due due February 26th) is entitled, The Right Thing Right, and it serves...


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