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An Ode to the Borders Bookstore DVD Section

Looking back on a specific category of mediocre indie film that seemed to thrive in the aughts parallel to the shuttered retailer.

February 07, 2023
Playlist
Quasi’s “Breaking the Balls of History” Influences Playlist

Janet Weiss shares 10 tracks that have found their way into the duo’s DNA from the very beginning.

February 07, 2023
First Listen
FACS Grow Apart and Come Together on New Single “When You Say”

The Chicago post-punk trio announces their new album Still Life in Decay will arrive April 7 via Trouble in Mind.

February 07, 2023
First Listen
Hooray for Earth Share Unreleased Track “La Que” From New “True Loves” Reissue

Noel Heroux shares what’s next for the project as their 2011 LP gets its first vinyl reissue.

February 03, 2023
First Listen
Belted Sweater Share an Early Stream of Their Synth-Punk Covers EP “Health Goth”

Christopher Patrick Gregory’s takes on Sisters of Mercy, Killing Joke, and The Rapture officially drops tomorrow.

February 02, 2023
First Listen
Tropical Fuck Storm Cover All 14 Minutes (and More) of Jimi Hendrix’s “1983… (A Merman I Should Turn to Be)”

The epic single arrives ahead of the Australian group’s kind-of covers EP Submersive Behaviour, out tomorrow via Joyful Noise.

February 02, 2023
Signal Boost
Signal Boost: 15 Songs From December 2022 & January 2023 You Should Know

The months’ most discourse-worthy singles, according to our Senior Editor.

February 01, 2023
First Listen
The Black Tones Dig Deep Into the Blues on New Single “Blue Matrimony”

Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready helped with arrangements on the track.

February 01, 2023
First Listen
Gossimer Reflects on the Tension Between Country and City Living on New Single “Running Dry”

Jennifer Williams’ new album Mountain Misery arrives February 24 via Anxiety Blanket Records.

January 31, 2023
First Listen
The Rural Alberta Advantage Hype Their Upcoming Tour with New Single “Plague Dogs”

The track’s music video teases the US dates kicking off in mid-February with footage from the band’s November set in Toronto.

January 31, 2023
Yves Tumor Punches the Clock at the Large Nail Factory in New “Echolalia” Video

The Gulliver’s Travels–by-way-of-hell visual arrives ahead of the songwriter’s newly announced LP and tour.

January 30, 2023
Lil Yachty’s Gone Straight-Up Vintage Psych-Rock on New Album “Let’s Start Here.”

The rapper’s new album takes a full-on pivot to space rock, neo-psych, and funk.

January 27, 2023
Track by Track
King Tuff Takes Us Through His Love Letter to Plants “Smalltown Stardust” Track by Track

Kyle Thomas’ botanical fifth LP—co-written and co-produced by SASAMI—is out now via Sub Pop.

January 27, 2023
Tchotchke Find Themselves in a ’70s Housewife Fantasy in the Video for New Single “Come on, Sean”

The single follows the NYC trio’s self-titled debut, produced by The Lemon Twigs.

January 26, 2023
Reviews
Sightless Pit, “Lockstep Bloodwar”

The collab-heavy second LP from Full of Hell’s Dylan Walker and The Body’s Lee Buford reflects the subtler shades of terror present in living beyond the apocalypse prophesied in their debut.

January 26, 2023
First Listen
Cathedral Bells and Rew Join Forces on Scuzzy Collab Track “Clinging to the Ground”

It’s the first new music from both bedroom shoegaze artists this year.

January 26, 2023
Track by Track
Oddisee Breaks Down His Therapeutic New LP “To What End”

The East Coast emcee takes us through the themes of purpose, decision-making, and vulnerability that brought him back into the studio for his first LP in six years.

January 25, 2023
First Listen
Deady’s New Single “Eat Sleep” Takes on Routine Rage Fueled by Police Brutality

The Louisville-based punks bring ACAB energy to their latest track.

January 25, 2023
Tim Hecker and Godflesh Revealed as Oblivion Access 2023 Headliners

The first wave of artists announced for the Austin-based festival also includes Lil Ugly Mane, Have a Nice Life, and Chat Pile.

January 24, 2023
First Listen
Exitmusic’s Devon Church Takes Refuge in Fleeting Joys on New Single “Ephemera”

The track arrives with details on Strange Strangers, Church’s second solo LP set for release on April 7 via Felte Records.

January 24, 2023
Iggy Pop, Siouxsie, Echo & the Bunnymen, and More Announced for Cruel World’s 2023 Lineup

Billy Idol, Love and Rockets, and The Human League are also scheduled to perform at the Pasadena-set fest scheduled for May 20.

January 23, 2023

Beck

Beck and Phoenix Announce Late-Summer Co-Headlining North American Tour

The 19-stop run will feature Japanese Breakfast, Jenny Lewis, and Weyes Blood as openers on select dates.

January 23, 2023
Get Lost in the Surreal World of Lou Tides’ “Infinite Loop Visual Mixtape”

The 10-minute film arrives alongside the electronic artist’s debut EP.

January 23, 2023
Track by Track
July Talk Take Us Through Their Sprawling New LP “Remember Never Before” Track by Track

The Toronto rock collective’s fourth album—featuring contributions from Spencer Krug and Kevin Drew—is out now via Six Shooter Records.

January 20, 2023
First Listen
Endless, Nameless Juggle Feelings of Guilt and Relief on Pummeling New Track “Remembrance”

The Denver-based metal group’s debut LP Living Without drops March 24 via Silent Pendulum.

January 19, 2023
First Listen
Jared Mattson Spends a Day at the Raceway in New “Please Come Here” Video

Peanut, the debut solo release from one half of The Mattson 2, arrives March 31 via Toro y Moi’s Company Records.

January 18, 2023
First Listen
Swim Camp Work Through Codependent Relationships on New Single “Dougie (for Sharyl)”

Tom Morris’ new record Steel Country arrives February 24 via Julia’s War Recordings.

January 17, 2023
First Listen
Witch Coast Give Up the Dream of Starting Over on New Single “Tucson”

The DC-based lo-fi punks share their first new material since 2017’s Devil Vision EP.

January 13, 2023
Preview MorMor’s Live Session at the David Dunlap Observatory in Ontario with “Here It Goes Again”

The full session teasing the songwriter’s upcoming Semblance tour drops later today.

January 12, 2023
First Listen
Afternoon Bike Ride Work Through a Cycle of Frustration and Grief on New Single “Nothing in Particular”

The Montreal-based lo-fi project’s sophomore album Glossover arrives February 10 via Friends of Friends.

January 11, 2023
First Listen
Death Valley Girls Honor the Process of Moving Through Feelings on New Single “Sunday”

Bonnie Bloomgarden talks us through the single from the band’s forthcoming album Island in the Sky and its darkly surreal Arturo Baston–directed video.

January 11, 2023

Frank Ocean / photo by Joyce Jude

Frank Ocean, Bad Bunny, and BLACKPINK Set to Headline Coachella 2023

The full lineup was revealed today, which also includes Gorillaz, Rosalía, Björk, and many more.

January 10, 2023
First Listen
Bad Bad Hats Revisit an Old Favorite with Newly Uncovered “It Hurts” Demo

The acoustic take arrives ahead of the Minneapolis-based group’s 10th anniversary reissue of their debut EP of the same name.

January 10, 2023
Young Fathers Set the Scene for Their New LP by Sharing Opening Track “Rice”

The Scottish experimental trio’s fourth album Heavy Heavy arrives February 3 via Ninja Tune.

January 09, 2023
The White Stripes and Third Man Records Announce New Vault Package “Elephant XX”

The 20th anniversary reissue features a MONO remix on red and white LPs and demos, as well as a supplementary DVD and 28-page booklet.

January 09, 2023
The New Pornographers Return with Dan Bejar Co-Penned Single “Really Really Light”

The track announces their ninth studio album Continue as a Guest, as well as their signing to Merge Records.

January 09, 2023
Lowly Reflect on Life Drifting by on Pulsating New Track “Seasons”

The Danish quintet’s album Keep Up the Good Work arrives February 17 via Bella Union.

January 09, 2023
Debby Friday Signs to Sub Pop, Announces Debut LP “Good Luck”

The electro-industrial songwriter shares lead single “So Hard to Tell” ahead of the record’s March 24 release.

January 05, 2023
15 Songwriters You (Reasonably) May Have Forgotten Were in Other Bands

*Squinting at a 240p Polyphonic Spree live video* Is that Annie Clark?

January 05, 2023
First Listen
Death and Vanilla Run From What Haunts Them on New Single “Looking Glass”

The song arrives ahead of the Swedish group’s new LP Flicker, out March 17 via Fire Records.

January 05, 2023
Signal Boost
Signal Boost: 15 Albums From 2022 You Should Know

The year’s most discourse-worthy records, according to our Senior Editor.

January 03, 2023
First Listen
Kweku Collins Feels Hope and Dread at the Same Time on New Single “Tangerine”

The Chicago-based artist shares the first cut from Side B of his new project Then Spring.

December 29, 2022
Hermanos Gutiérrez Share a Live Performance of Contemplative Track “Thunderbird”

El Bueno y el Malo, the duo’s first LP for Easy Eye Sound, arrived back in October.

December 16, 2022
First Listen
Liily Return with a Stab at Industrial Dance Music on New Single “Applause”

The LA-based alt-rockers have more new music planned for 2023 in addition to a West Coast tour alongside FIDLAR.

December 15, 2022
First Listen
Keep Overlook the Small Stuff in a Big Way on New Track “Dasani Daydream”

The shoegaze collective shares that their new album Happy in Here will arrive February 3 via Honey Suckle Sound.

December 13, 2022

Aesop Rock / photo by Andy Sawyer

Aesop Rock Teams Up with Lupe Fiasco for One-Off Single “Pumpkin Seeds”

The track aims to raise funds for a pair of DIY skateparks in Dayton, Ohio.

December 09, 2022
Playlist
Marcus Strickland’s Afrofuturism Playlist

The GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist shares a few thematic influences ahead of the release of The Universe’s Wildest Dream on January 13.

December 09, 2022
First Listen
Salvation Share a Blast of Soulful Noise Rock with New Single “Drag”

The Chicago group shares the opening track from their fourth LP MOCK, out this Friday.

December 07, 2022
Playlist
Los Bitchos’ Holiday Playlist

13 tracks to play around the Chrismos tree.

December 06, 2022
First Listen
Hibou Announces New EP “Arc,” Shares First Single “Night Fell”

Former Craft Spells touring drummer Peter Michel’s new EP is set to be released on January 13.

December 02, 2022
Playlist
Quadeca’s “I Didn’t Mean to Haunt You” Influences Playlist

From Duster and The Microphones to Björk and Caroline Polachek, Ben Lasky shares what songs shaped the surreal world of his second LP.

December 01, 2022
Signal Boost
Signal Boost: 15 Tracks from October & November 2022 You Should Know

The months’ most discourse-worthy singles, according to our Senior Editor.

December 01, 2022
First Listen
Secret Machines Explore Longing and Otherness on New Single “You Want It Worse”

Following a pair of EPs released earlier this year, the space-rockers’ new album will arrive in February.

December 01, 2022
First Listen
@ Tune Into Companionship on New Single “Friendship Is Frequency”

Victoria Rose and Stone Filipczak also announce that their debut album Mind Palace Music will be out February 17 via Carpark Records.

November 30, 2022
Factor Chandelier and Friends Are Floating on a Barge of Trash in the “Garbage Island” Video

The track featuring Gregory Pepper, AWOL One, and Ceschi appeared on the producer’s Time Invested II LP released earlier this year.

November 29, 2022
The 5 Best Danny Brown Guest Verses Released Over the Past 4 Months

While we continue to anticipate Quaranta, the rapper’s given us plenty to be thankful for since August.

November 28, 2022
First Listen
Total Downer Share a Revisionist Take on Weezer’s “Pinkerton” with New Single “Star Rek’t”

The track arrives with news of the Cleveland group’s debut album Caretaker, arriving January 27 via Just Because Records.

November 28, 2022
First Listen
Jabee Pays Homage to Mos Def and Talib Kweli on New Single “Black Star”

The Scoopay-featuring track arrives with the announcement of the OKC rapper’s new EP Good, out December 16.

November 25, 2022
Hit Like a Girl Walk Us Through Their New Metalcore EP “Becoming” Track by Track

Nicolle Maroulis shares how industry burnout—and Buffy the Vampire Slayer—inspired them to go brvtal.

November 18, 2022
Track by Track
Gladie Walk Us Through Their Refreshed New LP “Don’t Know What You’re in Until You’re Out”

Along with an early stream of the full album, Augusta Koch breaks down the second album from her post-Cayetana project track by track.

November 17, 2022
Playlist
isomonstrosity’s Influences Playlist

With their genre-defying self-titled debut LP dropping this Friday, Yuga Cohler, Johan Lenox, and Ellen Reid share their favorite hip-hop tracks, classical compositions, and everything in between.

November 16, 2022
Wet Leg, Big Thief, Turnstile, IDLES, and More Nab 2023 GRAMMY Nominations

The full list of nominees was announced today ahead of the 65th annual award show scheduled to take place February 5.

November 15, 2022
First Listen
Ron Gallo Enters the VR Realm for Band Practice in New “FOREGROUND MUSIC” Video

The track precedes a new album of the same name planned for release on March 3 via Kill Rock Stars.

November 15, 2022
First Listen
Tim Hill Blends Into His Surroundings in the Video for New Single “The Clock’s Never Wrong”

The country ballad comes from the Californian songwriter’s forthcoming Giant LP, arriving February 10 via Innovative Leisure and Calico Discos.

November 15, 2022
Our Band Could Be Your Wife: Disambiguating 10 Current Matrimonially Named Artists

From Dream Wife to Midwife, we’re sorting through another new trend in band naming.

November 14, 2022
Hannibal Buress Releases Debut Single as Eshu Tune, “Knee Brace”

The comedian has been teasing the project at recent live shows, including our SXSW showcase earlier this year.

November 11, 2022
Reckling Play a Gig to a Crowd of Flies in Their New “Spitter” Video

The single opened the LA-based group’s Human Nature EP, released back in August.

November 11, 2022
Film + TV
Rainnfall Heat Wave Extreme Winter Wilson Is Doing His Part to Bring Attention to the Climate Crisis

Rainn Wilson has (unofficially) changed his name leading up to the COP27 summit in Egypt this week.

November 10, 2022
First Listen
Hiding From Tomorrow Wake Up to Face Another Day in New “.38 Special” Video

Latrell James and Rain’s debut collection of collaborations arrives December 13 via Echo Finch.

November 10, 2022
First Listen
Hataałii Unwinds at Home in the Video for New Single “President’s Got Me All Night Long”

It’s Hataałiinez Wheeler’s second single for Dangerbird Records’ Microdose Single Series.

November 09, 2022
Playlist
Daniel Avery’s “Ultra Truth” Influences Playlist

The London-based ambient techno artist’s new LP is out now via Mute.

November 08, 2022
DJ Sun and Fat Tony Celebrate the Warm Comfort of Home and the Magic of Touring in “Pan Am Flight 1701” Video

The track comes from DJ Sun’s new LP Loveletter which arrived last Friday.

November 08, 2022
Track by Track
Tenci Walk Us Through Their Transformative New LP “A Swollen River, a Well Overflowing”

Band leader Jess Shoman breaks down each track on their sophomore record, out now via Keeled Scales.

November 04, 2022
First Listen
Dana Buoy Spreads the Joys of the Natural World in New “African Violet” Video

The Akron/Family offshoot’s third album Experiments in Plant Based Music Vol. 1 arrives today via Everloving Records.

November 04, 2022
First Listen
Hear an Early Stream of Gemma Laurence’s Sophomore LP “Lavender”

The record officially drops tomorrow via San Fermin’s Better Company Records and The Orchard.

November 03, 2022
“Meet Me in the Bathroom” Takes Us Back to the Early-’00s NYC Garage Rock Revival—and Far Beyond

Journalist Lizzy Goodman discusses the new documentary adaptation of her 2017 oral history of the scene, and how the stories it follows are much more timeless than they may appear to be.

November 02, 2022
First Listen
Plato III’s “Heaven” Gets an Upbeat Makeover Courtesy of Jay Som

The remix arrives alongside a video for the original version of the single from Plato’s recent LP The Devil Has Texas.

November 02, 2022
First Listen
Ember Knight Becomes the Freaking DJ of Creation on Little-Sicko Anthem “Radio God”

The musician and comedian’s new single arrives via Anxiety Blanket Records.

November 01, 2022
Enter the Wild with Yeah Yeah Yeahs in Their New Video for “Wolf”

Severance’s Britt Lower stars in the visual from the band’s new album Cool It Down.

October 31, 2022
First Listen
Uncommon People Dodge Parasitic Relationships on the Metallic Forrest–Featuring “Vampire”

The Austin neo-soul outfit pushes further into the realm of hip-hop on their new collaborative single.

October 28, 2022
First Listen
Daisy the Great Contemplate Quantum Mechanics on New Track “Time Machine”

The indie-pop duo’s sophomore LP All You Need Is Time arrives tomorrow.

October 27, 2022
Playlist
MAVI’s “Laughing So Hard, It Hurts” Inspirations Playlist

From Young Thug to PinkPanthress to Quelle Chris, the Charlotte-based emcee shares 20 songs that influenced his second record.

October 26, 2022
First Listen
Izzy Spears Shares an Anthem for the Freaks with New Single

“Freaks” arrives ahead of the Atlanta songwriter’s debut EP Monstar, dropping November 11 via KRO.

October 26, 2022

Photo by Joule Seventeen

First Listen
Puck Chronicles the Lifespan of a Toxic Relationship on New Single “Trapped”

Best Friend, the debut LP from the Maggie Rogers and SZA collaborator, arrives November 11.

October 25, 2022
First Listen
Love Turns The Tubs Into Pathetic Manservants on New Single “Sniveler”

The track arrives with news of the London-based post-punks’ debut album Dead Meat, which arrives January 27 via Trouble in Mind.

October 24, 2022
First Listen
Olivia Barton Clenches Through Change on New Single “White Knuckling”

The songwriter’s sophomore LP This Is a Good Sign arrives November 4 via illuminati hotties’ Snack Shack Tracks label.

October 20, 2022
First Listen
Ghost Orchard Eases Into the Changing Seasons with New Track “Jessamine”

The Grand Rapids–based songwriter’s new record Rainbow Music arrives November 4 via Winspear.

October 19, 2022
First Listen
Powder Pink & Sweet’s New Single “My Fragile Heart” Is a Lullaby for Our Time

The track will appear on the LA dream pop group’s forthcoming debut album Little Stories.

October 19, 2022
First Listen
Gay Meat Processes a Dissociateve Episode on New Single “Bed of Every”

It’s the title track from Museum Mouth vocalist Karl Kuehn’s debut solo EP, arriving next Friday.

October 18, 2022
First Listen
Night Shop Looks Toward the Future in the Midst of Pain on New Single “Universal City”

The track arrives ahead of a new double-single from Justin Sullivan, as well as a UK tour alongside Widowspeak next month.

October 18, 2022
First Listen
Slaughterhouse Retell the Story of an Iconic Horror Film Character on New Single “Halloween”

The ballad of Michael Myers arrives ahead of the group’s EP of the same name, out October 28 via Suicide Squeeze.

October 17, 2022
First Listen
Blacklisters Announce “Leisure Centre” EP, Idealize the Perfect Society on Title Track

The Leeds’ noise-rockers’ first release since 2020’s Fantastic Man arrives November 18 via Exploding in Sound.

October 17, 2022
Playlist
L.A. Salami’s “Ottoline” Influences Playlist

With his latest LP out today via Sunday Best, the British songwriter lists 13 tracks that inspired him, ranging from Andy Shauf to Maxo Kream.

October 14, 2022
Track by Track
Wild Pink Walk Us Through Their Big (But Not Too Huge) New LP “ILYSM”

John Ross takes us track by track through the collaboration-heavy new LP, out now via Royal Mountain Records.

October 14, 2022
Track by Track
Disco Legend Cerrone Walks Us Through His New Collection of Reworked Classics

Out now, Cerrone by Cerrone compiles 16 familiar tracks remodified and remixed.

October 14, 2022
Playlist
Enumclaw’s Circa-2002 Influences Playlist

The Tacoma grunge-rockers’ nostalgic debut album Save the Baby arrives this week via Luminelle Recordings.

October 13, 2022
First Listen
Jenny O.’s “The Natural World” Video Is a Declaration of Wonder and Reverence for the Living Earth

The songwriter shares another early look at her unannounced album slated for 2023.

October 13, 2022
First Listen
Mallbangs Switches Gears on Identity-Questioning New Single “Make Believe”

The Atlanta-based songwriter’s EP Checking for Daggers arrives October 21.

October 11, 2022
First Listen
Blessed Re-Open the Door to Isolation on New Single “Agoraphobia”

The Vancouver-based experimental rockers’ new album Circuitous arrives October 28 via Flemish Eye.

October 10, 2022