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Stephen Malkmus Goes Folk on New Song “Xian Man” From Upcoming Album Traditional Techniques

Stephen Malkmus has announced a new album titled Traditional Techniques and released the lead single, “Xian Man.” The song centers the Pavement frontman’s acoustic guitar, embellished with handclaps and distorted twang. A press release describes what’s happening here as “new phase folk music for new phase folks.” Malkmus recorded the album, his first since 2019’s sometimes-electronic Groove...

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Waxahatchee Returns With New Song “Fire,” Announces New Album and Tour

Katie Crutchfield has announced a new album as Waxahatchee, her first project since 2018’s Great Thunder EP, and her first full-length release since 2017’s Out in the Storm. It’s called Saint Cloud, and will be out on March 27; the country-adjacent first single, “Fire,” already feels like one of her best. Quoth Crutchfield: The idea and melody for ‘Fire’ was dreamt...

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Pearl Jam Drop “Dance of the Clairvoyants,” the First Song From New Album Gigaton

Pearl Jam has released the first song off their highly anticipated upcoming album, Gigaton. The single, titled “Dance of the Clairvoyants,” dropped at midnight on Wednesday, January 22. “‘Dance’ was a perfect storm of experimentation and real collaboration,” bassist Jeff Ament said. “We’ve opened some new doors creatively and that’s exciting.” Just days before, the...

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Billie Joe Armstrong Gets Hit by a Car in New Green Day Video

Oh yeah! Green Day dropped a colorful new video for their song “Oh Yeah!” off the upcoming album, Father of All … on January 16. The video kicks off with drummer Tre Cool telling viewers he’ll be teaching them how to play the upbeat tune, before the camera zooms out to reveal that a young driver...

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Daniel Johnston’s Final Chicago Performance With Tweedy Gets Posthumous Release

During his final tour in October 2017, Daniel Johnston stopped by the Vic Theatre in Chicago for a performance with the members of Tweedy (Jeff, Spencer, James Elkington, Liam Kazar, and Darin Gray). Now, Wilco’s dBpm Records has announced a vinyl-only live album called Chicago 2017, documenting the concert in full. Says Jeff Tweedy: “There is and was only one Daniel, and to...

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Soccer Mommy’s “Circle the Drain” Is a Compelling Contradiction

As Soccer Mommy, Sophie Allison makes music that’s keenly attuned to life’s highs and lows, balancing moments of rapture with clear-eyed snapshots of depression and malaise. Her frank songwriting expands and contracts accordingly, oscillating between the declarative and the intimate. Clean, Soccer Mommy’s 2018 debut, leveraged that tension into a series of compact vignettes, channeling raw emotion into knotty stories of frustration, desire, and aspirational love....

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Moby and Dead Kennedys’ D. H. Peligro Partner on “Power Is Taken”

Moby has announced a new album titled All Visible Objects and released the first single, “Power Is Taken.” The song features Dead Kennedys drummer D. H. Peligro barking revolutionary koans like “Power is not shared / Power is taken” over an industrial techno backbeat. The album is set for release on March 6 via Mute. In a...

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St. Vincent Puts Her Own Funk-Inspired Spin on Beck’s “Uneventful Days”

St. Vincent has released a remix of the Beck song “Uneventful Days” from his 2019 album Hyperspace. St. Vincent’s remix is a harder, more aggressive interpretation of Beck’s breezy, languid pop song from his 14th studio album. “I guess I was listening to a lot of ’70s Herbie [Hancock] and WAR at the time and wondering how...

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Here’s a Rare Acoustic Version of David Bowie’s “The Man Who Sold the World”

On what would be David Bowie’s 73rd birthday today (January 8), Parlophone Records has announced two new posthumous projects from the late legend. The first taste is a rare, mostly acoustic version of Bowie’s 1970 single “The Man Who Sold the World.” The track comes from Bowie’s 1996 recording sessions with Gail Ann Dorsey (bass,...

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