15 Great Alt-Rock Songs Inspired by Literary Fiction

From Green Day’s homage to “Catcher in the Rye” to Japanese Breakfast channeling Raymond Carver, here are some of the best tracks inspired by literature.

Anxious Walk Us Through Their Anxiety-Riddled Punk LP “Little Green House”

The Connecticut-based five-piece’s new album is out now via Run for Cover Records.

In Conversation: Craig Wedren and Anna Waronker on Composing the Harrowing “Yellowjackets” Score

Listening in on the pair who’ve made the freakiest soundtrack on television with ’90s indie-rock touches.

Wet Leg Update Madonna’s “Material Girl” for Today’s Current Capitalistic Hell

Their self-titled debut album is coming April 8 via Domino.

Crystal Eyes’ “Wishes” Takes Us Down a New Wave Rabbit Hole

It’s the lead single from the Calgary-based group’s “The Sweetness Restored” that’s out April 22.

Pussy Riot and Tove Lo Put Piggish Men in Their Place on “PUNISH”

The single comes with a must-see visual by Berlin-based 3D artist Ksti Hu.

Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen Announces Debut Solo Album with “Shadow in the Frame”

It’s the first single from “You Belong There,” which is out April 8 via Warp.

Uwade Taps Into the Beauty and Agony of Crushing in “Do You See the Light Around Me?”

The track arrives as a part of Sylvan Esso’s Psychic Hotline singles series.

FKA twigs Is Her Own Militant Cupid in Her “meta angel” video

It’s the newest visual from her mixtape “CAPRISONGS.”

Arca Shares a Remix of Laurie Anderson’s “Big Science”

The rework comes in the wake of Arca’s “kick” album series. 

Hrishikesh Hirway and Jay Som Emphasize How “Home” Goes Beyond Brick and Mortar

It’s the second single from the “Song Exploder” creator’s forthcoming EP.

Kids on a Crime Spree, “Fall in Love Not in Line”

With a fondness for the usual jangling suspects, the band’s first release in 11 years is a cumulonimbus of reverby guitar-pop unconcerned with fitting in.

The Song of Bob Saget

The late, legendary stand-up comic and actor with a flair for all things blue, had a thing for music.

Watch Kah-Lo Perform “Fire” and “Commandments” on a Brooklyn Rooftop for “Neighborhoods”

The Nigerian-born songwriter plays two tracks from her debut EP “The Arrival.”

Blondie’s Debbie Harry Asks the Group Chat If She’s Trending on Twitter Because She Died

That group chat includes bandmate Chris Stein and artist Rob Roth.

Jenny Hval’s “Year of Love” Reflects on How a Concert Proposal Messed with Her

It’s the second single from “Classic Objects,” her first album for 4AD that’s out March 11.

Jawbreaker Announce 25th Anniversary Tour for 1995’s “Dear You”

Select dates feature Built to Spill, Descendents, Jawbox, Face to Face, Best Coast, Team Dresch, and The Linda Lindas.

Hear Both Tracks From Le Butcherettes and Death Valley Girls’ Newly Announced Split 7-Inch

The split will also get a vinyl release via Suicide Squeeze on February 11.

Fly Anakin Is Quick-Witted and Reflective on the Madlib-Produced “No Dough”

The rapper’s newly announced debut studio album “Frank” arrives March 11 via Lex Records.

Cloud Cult Hitch a Ride in Their “One Way Out of a Hole” Video

The recent live stream favorite will appear on the group’s forthcoming LP “Metamorphosis,” out March 4 via their own Earthology Records.

Sunglaciers Announce New Album, Share Nightmare-Inducing “Avoidance” Video

“Subterranea,” the second album from the icy-hot psychedelic post-punks, arrives March 25 via Mothland.

FLOOD FM’s “F Yeah Fridays” Ep. 27 feat. Fontaines D.C., Mitski, Parquet Courts, and More

This week’s “Fave 15” podcast also includes Let’s Eat Grandma, Guerilla Toss, Aldous Harding, Spoon, Midlake, and Lucius.

Earl Sweatshirt, “Sick!”

Leave it to Earl to remind us of the pandemic’s long shadow, which will no doubt stretch far beyond any data-driven projections.

CHAI’s “WHOLE” Is the Theme Song for a Forthcoming Japanese Romantic Dramedy Series

The new single follows last year’s album “Wink.”

Angel Olsen Celebrates Karen Dalton with “Something on Your Mind” Cover

The cover and the original are available as a vinyl 7-inch via Light in the Attic. 

Robert Glasper Announces “Black Radio III” on the Series’ 10-Year Anniversary

The forthcoming album, out February 25, features Killer Mike, India.Arie, Q-Tip, Jennifer Hudson, and more. 

Elvis Costello & the Imposters, “The Boy Named If”

So much of the record is of a sneery, stabby nature and blunter than Costello’s more sophisticated recent songcraft.

Vitesse X Announces Debut LP “Us Ephemeral,” Shares Video for Title Track

The artist returns to her hometown of New Paltz, NY for the visual for the first single from the LP out March 25 via 100% Electronica.


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