A Primer on Paul McCartney’s Complicated History with—and Triumphant Return to—Japan

In 1966, The Beatles weren’t greeted with the usual pandemonium in Tokyo—and since that time McCartney hasn’t exactly had a smooth relationship with the Japanese authorities himself. But Paul, ever the professional, has never been one to hold a grudge.  

Say Goodbye to Moonface and Hello to Spencer Krug

The Wolf Parade cofounder sends off his latest side-project with his most experimental record to date—and a promise to dive back into the unknown.

PREMIERE: Parker Gispert Shines On “Sunlight Tonight”

Taking a step back from his decade-spanning work with The Whigs, the songwriter unleashes his first solo album via New West Records.

The Beatles, “The Beatles (White Album) Super Deluxe Edition”

If not for the fissure amongst the Beatles’ ranks, the lustrous brilliance and weird experimentalism of this collection wouldn’t shine so bright fifty years later.

At Home with Spiritualized, an Orchestra of One

Jason Pierce considered having the bedroom-recorded “And Nothing Hurt” be the last Spiritualized album—and even though it might not be, it still sounds like quite the finale.

Muse, “Simulation Theory”

With “Simulation Theory,” one wonders if Matt Bellamy realizes he’s literally last in line for this year’s retrofuturism trend.

PREMIERE: Overcoats Let Go of Love on “I Don’t Believe in Us” for Pickathon’s Slab Sessions

The duo leave a relationship behind with smiles and pep in a song from their debut LP YOUNG.

Jacob Banks, “Village”

Like a good brandy, Banks’s voice will warm your core.  

PLAYLIST: IAN SWEET Presents Songs About Crushes

Jilian Medford shares ten tracks about crushing (and getting crushed by) crushes that helped inspire Crush Crusher.

PREMIERE: HONNE Rework “Day 1” for a Brooklyn School Gymnasium

It’s not quite “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” but the new video sees the UK pop duo transform in an elementary setting.

PREMIERE: Craig Wedren Shares New “Into the Blue Sky” Demo, Originally Written for Chris Cornell

The former Shudder to Think vocalist serves up a rework of a track originally written with the late grunge icon in mind.

Thom Yorke, “Suspiria”

Thom Yorke’s soundtrack is that rarest of beasts: music for a cinematic work that can stand on its own.

PREMIERE: Vera Sola Paints Many “Shades” of Southern Gothic

Recorded alone in a St. Louis studio, the songwriter’s debut LP introduces a unique new voice to the indie folk scene.

LIVE, IN PHOTOS: Metallica at The Masonic

The iconic metal group went unplugged—or at least slightly de-electrified—for a benefit show this past weekend.

A Visit to Wayne Kramer’s America

Fifty years after the MC5 played the Democratic National Convention, hoping to jumpstart a new era, things don’t look much different in the USA. But Wayne Kramer knows that it’s still on us—and him—to change.

Announcing FLOOD 9, featuring Paul Dano, Wu-Tang Clan, M.I.A., and Tenacious D

Our biggest print edition yet features four cover stories across two collectible versions, as well as stories on John Carpenter, Spiritualized, Dawoud Bey, boygenius, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma, and much more.

Tasha, “Alone at Last”

“Alone at Last” elicits the kind of place that only exists in dreams, a sort of chrysalis from all the chaos surrounding us.

The New Wilderness of Liars

Angus Andrew has stepped off alone with his group, and returned to Australia in the process. And if you’re still looking for a theme, he’ll be glad to explain it to you.  

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