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2016. Tortoise The Catastrophist cover hi-res

Tortoise, “The Catastrophist”

There’s no word yet on which “Catastrophist” track will become the Windy City’s official anthem, but it really is only a matter of time.

January 29, 2016

2016. Villagers Where Have You Been All My Life? cover hi-res

Villagers, “Where Have You Been All My Life?”

But this isn’t a concert taping, or even a “live” record, in any traditional sense of the term, even though the songs are perplexingly labelled as such.

January 15, 2016

Kendrick Lamar video “Alright”

LISTEN: Kendrick Lamar Collaborator Terrace Martin Reimagines “Alright” with New Remix

Listen to the new remix now.

December 15, 2015

DIIV. Sandy Kim.

LISTEN: DIIV Shares Shimmery “Under the Sun”

The New York band’s sophomore record is out February 5.

December 14, 2015

The BFG. Trailer. Screenshot.

Film + TV
WATCH: The Witching Hour Approaches in the New Trailer for Disney’s Live-Action Adaptation of “The BFG”

No word yet on how much “whizzpopping” will be featured in the film.

December 09, 2015

Kanye West. Oxford Guild speech.

WATCH: Kanye West Gives Intimate, Stream of Consciousness Lecture to Oxford Guild Society

A video of the event, which took place in March, has been posted.

December 08, 2015
WATCH: Reggie Watts Announces Lineup for Moogfest 2016

The bill includes Gary Numan, GZA, Oneohtrix Point Never, Julia Holter, ODESZA, and more.

December 08, 2015

The Blue Jean Committee. Catalina Breeze video.

WATCH: Float Along in the “Catalina Breeze” with Fred Armisen and Bill Hader of The Blue Jean Committee

“A bar stool intellectual…a master’s degree in small talk…”

December 07, 2015
Staff Picks
FLOOD’s Best of 2015: Music (#4)

We continue our countdown of the year’s best music with our #4 record of 2015.

December 07, 2015

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny screencap.

Film + TV
WATCH: Yu Shu Lien Returns in Trailer for “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny”

The sequel to the 2000 original is out in February on Netflix and IMAX.

December 07, 2015

King Krule. Archy Marshall. New Place 2 Drown screenshot.

King Krule’s Archy Marshall Announces New Photo Book, Documentary, and Soundtrack

The new project documents the lives of Archy and his younger brother Jack.

December 02, 2015

DIIV. Sandy Kim.

LISTEN: DIIV Takes the Murky Route on “Mire (Grant’s Song)”

The New York band’s second album is out in February.

November 23, 2015

Game of Thrones. Season 6 Teaser. Jon Snow.

Film + TV
New Mysterious Poster for “Game of Thrones” Season Six Features Jon Snow

Warning: this post contains “GOT” season five spoilers!

November 23, 2015

kurt vile. take away show. blogotheque.

WATCH: Kurt Vile Tickles the Ivories For a Stripped-Down Performance of “Lost My Head There” in Paris

“Had a little funky psychosis”

November 18, 2015

black moth super rainbow. press pic. via Windish agency.

LISTEN: Black Moth Super Rainbow Stream Surprise New Mini-Album “Seefu Lilac”

A physical release is expected early 2016.

November 17, 2015

Meow the Drums collage.

Just Blaze Fulfills “Meow the Jewels” Kickstarter Promise, Shares Free Download of Drum Samples from Early ’00s

“Meow the Drums” is available to download now.

November 17, 2015
LISTEN: Ra Ra Riot Shares New Track “Water” Featuring Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij

The Brooklyn indie pop act also details their upcoming new record, out February 19

November 16, 2015

Deep Sea Diver 2015.

PREMIERE: Deep Sea Diver Shares Soaring First Single “Secrets” from Upcoming New Record

The new album is set to drop on February 19.

November 12, 2015

Freddie Gibbs. Extradite Packages artwork collage.

LISTEN: Freddie Gibbs Drops Two New Tracks Ahead of Forthcoming Mixtape

“Shadow of a Doubt” is out November 20

November 11, 2015

J.J. Abrams. By Gage SKidmore.

Art & Culture
J.J. Abrams to Enter the World of Gaming with New Project “Spyjinx”

An early beta version of the game is expected next year.

November 11, 2015

erykah badu. phone down.

LISTEN: Erykah Badu Shares Drake-Inspired “Phone Down”

Another addition to emerging genre of smart phone hip-hop.

November 10, 2015
WATCH: The Walkmen’s Walter Martin Shares Adorable Trailer For New Album About Art History

“Arts & Leisure” will be released on January 29.

November 10, 2015

Marc Maron. Lorne Michaels. Collage.

Art & Culture
LISTEN: Marc Maron Interviews “Saturday Night Live” Creator Lorne Michaels About His Failed SNL Audition

Listen to the two-hour episode here.

November 09, 2015

2015. Boogarins, “Manual”

Boogarins, “Manual”

The two approaches combine for a cohesive listen, with the psychedelic and mellow tracks comprising (almost literally) different sides of the same coin.

November 06, 2015

Eddie Redmayne accepts the Oscar® for Performance by an actor in a Leading role, for work on “The Theory of Everything” during the live ABC Telecast of The 87th Oscars® at the Dolby® Theatre in Hollywood, CA on Sunday, February 22, 2015.

Film + TV
Get Your First Look at Eddie Redmayne as Newt Scamander for “Harry Potter” Spinoff Film

“Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” will hit the big screen in November 2016.

November 04, 2015

diiv. Z Cole Smith. press. captured tracks

LISTEN: DIIV Shares “Bent (Roi’s Song),” Detail New Album

The New York trio’s follow-up to “Oshin” will hit shelves on February 6.

November 04, 2015

2015. Martin Courtney, “Many Moons”

Martin Courtney, “Many Moons”

So it should come as no surprise that his solo debut “Many Moons” sounds, well, a lot like Real Estate—which, for fans of the band, is great news.

November 03, 2015

Star Trek Screenshot.

Film + TV
“Star Trek” to Boldly Go Where it Has Gone Before: Back to Television

The hit sci-fi show will celebrate its fiftieth anniversary next year.

November 02, 2015

Ariel Rechtshaid // photo by Michael Reich

Control Room: Talking Shop with Ariel Rechtshaid

Jack-of-all-Genres producer Ariel Rechtshaid chats with us about his production origins, his recent Grammy win, and his current projects, including his position as head judge of Guitar Center’s singer-songwriter competition.

October 30, 2015
WATCH: Silent Rappers Spit Silent Bars in Mysterious New Made of Oak Video

“Penumbra” EP is out next week.

October 28, 2015

Battles. Moog Workshop.

Battles Share Free Downloadable Pack of Moog Synth Samples

The samples were created at Moog synth-building workshop.

October 27, 2015

2015. Alex G Beach Music cover hi-res

Alex G, “Beach Music”

With close-mic’d acoustic strums, mournful, soft-voiced crooning, poignant lyrics, and experimental sonic whimsy, Alex G’s seventh effort does not sound like the kind of thing you’d throw on the stereo on your way to the ocean.

October 23, 2015

Wand // photo by Romain Peutat

Breaking: Wand

The Los Angeles psych-rock trio talk about their tireless work ethic, the challenges of touring, and why they are thinking of slowing things down on the heels of their newest album “1000 Days”.

October 21, 2015

Son Little. Credit Anthony Saint James.

Breaking: Son Little

The genre-hopping soul singer talks about sonic invention, past collaborations, and his self-titled solo debut.

October 21, 2015

Neon Indian Slumlord Rising.

WATCH: The Club Gets Out of Hand in New Neon Indian Short Film “Slumlord Rising”

“VEGA INTL. Night School” is out now.

October 19, 2015

2015 Beach House press photo cred Shawn Brackbrill

LISTEN: Hear Three New Tracks From Beach House’s Surprise Album “Thank Your Lucky Stars”

The new album is out this Friday, October 16.

October 13, 2015
Film + TV
WATCH: Henry Rollins, Iggy Pop, and Grace Jones Plague the World with Rock in the Insane Trailer for “Gutterdämmerung”

Screenings of the rock and roll fantasy epic will be accompanied by a live band

October 12, 2015

Upvoted. Screenshot.

Art & Culture
Reddit Launches New Website Upvoted: “A Redditorial Publication”

The new site features original content sourced from Reddit itself.

October 08, 2015

The Good Dinosaur. Screenshot.

Film + TV
WATCH: The Asteroid Misses Earth in New Trailer for “The Good Dinosaur”

The film hits theaters on November 25.

October 07, 2015

J Fernandez.

WATCH: Somebody’s Always Bummed in the New Video for J Fernandez’s “Between The Channels”

The Chicago artist’s debut album came out earlier this year. Catch him on tour this fall.

October 01, 2015

Serial Logo Collage.

Art & Culture
Serial’s Upcoming Season to Reportedly Focus on Ex-POW Bowe Bergdahl

Maxim cites several anonymous sources who claim to have been approached by podcast creator Sarah Koenig.

September 23, 2015
LISTEN: Madlib, M.E.D., and Blu Share “Knock Knock” feat. MF DOOM

The collaborative LP “Bad Neighbor” will drop October 30

September 23, 2015

Kurt Vile. Credit Marina Chavez.

Under The Influence: Kurt Vile

The distinctive songwriter takes us on a guided tour of selected tracks from his phenomenal new album “b’lieve i’m goin down…”

September 23, 2015

night terrors of 1927. Jess Ewald.

PREMIERE: Night Terrors of 1927 Cover The Romantics’ Classic “Talking In Your Sleep”

Catch the duo on the road this fall.

September 23, 2015

2015 Baio The Names high resolution

Baio, “The Names”

Known best as the rug-cuttin’ bassist for indie-darlings-turned-Grammy-winners Vampire Weekend, Chris Baio offers a glimpse into the inner groove that fuels him with his solo debut “The Names.”

September 23, 2015

Win Butler. DJ Windows 98. Floodfest. Header.

Art & Culture
Arcade Fire’s Win Butler Talks Tidal’s Disappointments

The Arcade Fire frontman blames poor PR skills and major label involvement.

September 21, 2015

Autosave-File vom d-lab2/3 der AgfaPhoto GmbH

LISTEN: Majical Cloudz Share Dreamy, Rhythmic “Are You Alone?”

The group’s sophomore album is out on October 16.

September 21, 2015

Battles. Press 2015. Credit Grant Cornett.

Visualizer: The Art of Battles

Battles multi-instrumentalist—and art director—Dave Konopka tells us about the inspiration behind his band’s iconic album covers, including the new “La Di Da Di.”

September 17, 2015

Grimes. Photo by Rankin.

Grimes Says “Visions” Follow-Up Out Next Month, Announces “Rhinestone Cowgirls” Tour

Catch the electro-pop artist on the road this fall.

September 16, 2015

Facebook dislike collage.

Art & Culture
Facebook is Finally Making a Dislike Button… Kind of

Hold your horses, Internet trolls.

September 16, 2015

Nickelodeon old school logo.

Film + TV
*Only ’90s Kids Will Get This*—Nickelodeon Announces New Programming Block of ’90s Shows Called “The Splat!”

Nick will kick things old-school starting this October.

September 15, 2015

This Record Belongs To _____ bundle image.

Third Man Records and Light in the Attic to Release Children’s Compilation LP and Turntable

The album features Vashti Bunyan, Harry Nilsson, Nina Simone, Woody Guthrie, Jerry Garcia, Shel Silverstein, Kermit the Frog, and more.

September 10, 2015

Alek Fin. Press 2015.

PREMIERE: Alek Fin Shares Dark, Grooving New Track “Golden, Blinding” (feat. Galun)

The LA-based musician’s second EP is due out later this year.

September 10, 2015

2015. FIDLAR Too album cover 1280x


The message is clear: don’t do drugs, kids.

September 10, 2015

Julia Holter. Sea Calls Me Home screenshot.

WATCH: Julia Holter Explores California’s Coast in Beautiful New Video for “Sea Calls Me Home”

Holter’s fourth LP “Have You In My Wilderness” is out September 25 on Domino.

September 09, 2015

Thom Yorke. Cred Dave J Hogan / Getty Images

Film + TV
For Queen and Country: Radiohead Rumored to Have Written New Bond Theme [UPDATED]

Rumor sparked by a £15,000 wager from unknown source. [Nope, the bet was wrong. It’s Sam Smith.]

September 08, 2015

2015. Dâm-Funk, “Invite the Light”

Dâm-Funk, “Invite the Light”

But unfortunately, like a car chase, most of the twenty songs on “Invite the Light” begin with the promise of excitement, but eventually succumb to their own aimlessness and ultimately go nowhere.

September 03, 2015

Carrie Brownstein. Hunger makes me a modern girl cover collage. Memoir.

Art & Culture
Carrie Brownstein Shares Details of North American Book Tour

The actress and musician will be interviewed by Questlove, Dave Eggers, and Amy Poehler, among others, in support of her new memoir “Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl”

August 31, 2015

St. Vincent Ernie Ball guitar. header.

Check Out St. Vincent’s Custom Made Ernie Ball Music Man Guitar

She premiered the instrument during her appearance with Taylor Swift at the Staples Center in LA earlier this week.

August 28, 2015

photo by Beatriz Perini

LISTEN: Brazilian Psych Rockers Boogarins Share Darkly Tropical Single “Avalanche”

The song was written in response to their native country’s unrest during last year’s World Cup.

August 25, 2015

Sun Club press. Credit Shervin Lainez.

WATCH: Sun Club Battles Troll Doll Monsters in New “Tropicoller Lease” Video; Announces Debut Album

The Baltimore band’s debut album “The Dongo Durango” is out October 30 on ATO.

August 24, 2015

HEALTH. Cred Sesse Lind.

LISTEN: HEALTH Break Down “Death Magic” Single “Stonefist” On the Latest “Song Exploder” Podcast

Get a glimpse of the LA noise band’s songwriting process.

August 19, 2015

Oneohtrix Point NEver. Daniel Lopatin. Press.

Oneohtrix Point Never Announces New Album in Interview with Alien Named Ezra [UPDATED]

You know, as you do.

August 19, 2015

Victor Frankenstein. James McAvoy. Daniel Radcliffe.

Film + TV
WATCH: James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe Tempt Fate in the New “Victor Frankenstein” Trailer

The new adaptation is out this Thanksgiving.

August 18, 2015

Battles. Screenshot of performance.

LISTEN: Battles Release Studio Version of “La Di Da Di” Opener “The Yabba”

Hear the band’s first official audio in four years.

August 18, 2015

BOSTON – NOVEMBER 16: Comedian Tracy Morgan performs at “Comics Come Home,” an event fundraiser for the Neely House at Agganis Arena on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2013. (Photo by Matthew J. Lee/The Boston Globe via Getty Images)

Film + TV
Tracy Morgan, Miley Cyrus, and Amy Schumer Set to Host SNL

Morgan’s episode will be his first on-screen comedic performance since his car crash last year.

August 17, 2015

Dilly Dally Press photo. cred David Waldman.

WATCH: Toronto Grunge Act Dilly Dally Share Visuals for the Brutal, Melodic “Desire”

The band’s debut record “Sore” is out October 9 on Partisan.

August 12, 2015

Youth Lagoon. Highway Patrol Stun Gun video screenshot. Trevor Powers.

WATCH: Youth Lagoon Hangs Out with Golden-faced Pal in New Video for “Highway Patrol Stun Gun”

“Savage Hills Ballroom” is out September 25 on Fat Possum.

August 11, 2015

Star Wars. TV spot screenshot. trailer. first order.

Film + TV
New “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” TV Spot Features Unseen Footage

Witness the power of the Dark Side.

August 10, 2015

bill murray. ghostbusters screenshot.

Film + TV
Bill Murray Joins Cast of New “Ghostbusters” Movie

Paul Feig’s upcoming reboot will hit theaters next summer on July 22, 2016.

August 10, 2015

real estate. martin courtney. fyf 2014. cred Breanna Murphy.

LISTEN: Real Estate’s Martin Courtney Branches Out with New Solo Track “Vestiges”

The frontman says he has been working on new material for over a year.

August 07, 2015

HEALTH, “Death Magic” cover

HEALTH, “Death Magic”

Despite a couple of misses, HEALTH have made a great electro-pop record, and their signature blasts of noise and feedback lend it a fresh and acerbic edge.

August 07, 2015
WATCH: Silversun Pickups Soundtrack a Noir Thriller in New Video for “Nightlight”

The Los Angeles band’s fourth album “Better Nature” is out in September.

August 06, 2015

Steve Jobs with an iPhone 4. Photo by Matthew Yohe from Wikipedia commons: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Steve_Jobs_Headshot_2010-CROP.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Steve_Jobs_Headshot_2010.JPG

Art & Culture
The Incredibly Under-Adapted Life of Steve Jobs Will Be the Focus of an Upcoming Opera

But, why?

August 06, 2015

Petite Noir. Best video. Screenshot.

WATCH: Petite Noir Shares Striking Visuals for “Best” Video

His debut album “La Vie Est Belle/Life is Beautiful” drops September 11 on Domino.

August 06, 2015

Dr. Dre. Straight Outta Compton.

Dr. Dre to Stream New Album “Compton: A Soundtrack” on Apple Music

The record is a companion piece to the upcoming N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton”

August 05, 2015

deadpool trailer screenshot. ryan reynolds.

Film + TV
WATCH: Ryan Reynolds Runs His Mouth in New Red Band Trailer for “Deadpool”

The film hits theater’s February 2016

August 05, 2015

Battles. website stream screenshot.

WATCH: Today Only! Battles Stream Performances of Four New “La Di Da Di” Tracks [UPDATED]

Listen to “The Yabba,” “Summer Simmer,” Tyne Wear,” and “Dot Com” on their website now.

August 05, 2015

Parquet Courts. 2015. Cred Ben Rayner.

Parquet Courts Sign to Rough Trade, Announce “Monastic Living” EP

Plus, check the group out on the road this fall.

August 04, 2015
LISTEN: The National’s Matt Berninger and Brent Knopf (Ramona Falls/Menomena) Share Debut Track as EL VY—Announce Album

“Return to the Moon” is out this October 30 on 4AD.

August 04, 2015

O. official press. 2015.

PREMIERE: O Shares Swirling, Prismatic Video for “Deepthroat Love”

Don’t worry, it’s Safe For Work.

August 04, 2015

Small Black. 2015. Cred Alexandra Gavillet

LISTEN: Small Black Return with Clubby “Boys Life”

The Brooklyn quartet’s third LP “Best Blues” is out in October

July 31, 2015

The 33. Trailer screenshot.

Film + TV
WATCH: Antonio Banderas Is Buried Underground in Trailer for Film About the Chilean Mining Accident ″The 33″

The true story comes to theaters on November 13

July 30, 2015

Twitter pattern

Art & Culture
Internet Justice! Twitter Taking Steps to Protect Intellectual Property from Soulless Copycats

Plagiarists beware.

July 30, 2015

Aziz Ansari. Screenshot from Buried Alive on Netflix.

Film + TV
Netflix Announces Name, Airdate for Aziz Ansari Sitcom; Renews Bojack Horseman for Third Season

“Master of None” will air November 6.

July 29, 2015

Breaking Bad. Jesse Pinkman house.

Film + TV
Jesse Pinkman’s Party House from “Breaking Bad” is Up for Sale

Meth sold separately.

July 29, 2015

Albert Hammond Jr. Momentary Masters cover artwork.

Albert Hammond, Jr., “Momentary Masters”

Like the band that made him, Hammond’s more recent work, while good, suffers in the long shadow cast by previous material.

July 29, 2015

Battles. Art of Repetition screenshot.

WATCH: Battles Bring You into the Studio with a New Documentary

The New York post-rock trio’s new album La Di Da Di is out this fall

July 28, 2015

Key & Peele screenshot. “I Said Bitch” sketch.

Film + TV
“Key & Peele” Call It a Day

The current season of the duo’s Comedy Central show will be its last

July 27, 2015

Matt Walsh. Veep president’s men. Header version.

Film + TV
“Veep” Leading Men Matt Walsh and Timothy Simons Creating Football Comedy for Paramount

Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films is producing

July 27, 2015

Ducktails St. Catherine cover.

Ducktails, “St. Catherine”

His repeated use of certain instruments—acoustic guitars, organ-based drum machines, cheap keyboards with character—gives the album a unified feel, one that’s filtered through the warm, hazy lens of Los Angeles.

July 22, 2015

Dum Dum Girls Coming Down video screenshot.

WATCH: Dee Dee Strolls Through Chinatown in New Video for Old Dum Dum Girls Song “Coming Down”

A placement on “Orange Is the New Black” sparked renewed interest in the song

July 21, 2015

Run the Jewels. Meow the Jewels. HEADER VERSION. cred Marc Lemoine.

LISTEN: Killer Mike and El-P Share Cat-Sampling Purrfection in First Full “Meow the Jewels” Track “Meowrly”

The reworking of RTJ2’s “Early” was produced by Run the Jewels collaborator Boots

July 20, 2015

Silversun Pickups press photo. Cred Rebekkah Drake

Silversun Pickups Announce New Album “Better Nature”

The LA band’s fourth LP is out September 25, with single “Nightlight” coming in August

July 15, 2015

JetBlue rooftop lounge at JFK. Terminal 5. cred Paul Rivera for Gensler.

Art & Culture
JetBlue Makes Delayed Flights Significantly More Bearable with New Rooftop Lounge above JFK’s Terminal 5

The new space comes complete with free Wi-Fi, food trucks, and a dog park

July 15, 2015

Jacuzzi Boys. Happy Damage video screenshot.

WATCH: Jacuzzi Boys Chronicle Life on the Road in Video for “Happy Damage”

The band’s forthcoming EP will be released on their own new label Mag Mag in September

July 15, 2015

DOOMSQUAD — Ghost Pageantry EP Cover

Brush Up on Your UFOlogy in Premiere of DOOMSQUAD’s New “Apocalypso” Video

The Toronto-based experimental dance group’s “Pageantry Suite” EP is out now

July 15, 2015

Sharon Van Etten. Credit Laura Crosta.

Film + TV
LISTEN: Sharon Van Etten Shares “Words,” a New Song for the Upcoming Tig Notaro Documentary

The documentary “Tig” hits Netflix this Friday.

July 14, 2015

Goosebumps trailer screenshot.

Film + TV
WATCH: Jack Black Releases Some Jumanji-Style Terror as R. L. Stine in “Goosebumps” Trailer

The new movie will hit theaters October 16

July 08, 2015