Vintage Torch Songs for Your Summer Crush

Today marks the birthday of the “Lady of Song,” Ella Fitzgerald. Famous for her silky voice and successful jazz standards, Fitzgerald knew how to bring tears to audiences’ eyes with her achingly beautiful renditions of popular torch songs. In honor of the Queen of Jazz, we’ve rounded up other weep-worthy, sentimental ballads from the 1920s that sing of lost love and other romantic dilemmas we can all relate to. Turn to these tunes while you’re busy crushing on that someone special from afar or licking your wounds following a summer fling. … Read More

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Watch The Replacements Play New Song “Whole Foods Blues,” New Recordings, Book, and Movie Teased

After more than two decades pioneering alt rockers The Replacements are back on tour. But the band is busier… Read More

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The 6 Best Songs We Heard This Week: Lianne La Havas and HEALTH Return

This week sees the summer jam come front and center in all its forms: Lianne La Havas’ unabashed love song, Heather Woods Broderick’s shade-seeking melancholy, and HEALTH’s chilled out, vomit-inducing noise bliss. (Seriously, viewer beware when it comes to that video.)

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St. Vincent, Beck, and Q-Tip to Appear on New Chemical Brothers Album

The Chemical Brothers are best known as early-era makers of big beat electronic music, and they’ve successfully kept in the… Read More

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Flavorwire Premiere: The Rutles’ “I Must Be In Love” Gets an ’80s Pop Makeover From Skylar Spence

“I’m not big into Monty Python, but I’m pleading ignorance on that one,” admits Ryan DeRobertis, the one-man electro-pop band known as Skylar Spence (and formerly known as Saint Pepsi). “I like the Beatles enough too, but I actually like this Rutles song more than most Beatles songs.”

On the second edition of the Faux Real compilation, to be released next week by Father/Daughter Records, musicians cover songs by fictional bands from TV and movies. You’d be surprised at how many great tunes by fake bands exist, from Pete & Pete to Doug to The Simpsons to Josie and the Pussycats, oftentimes forgotten outside of the context of our screens. The concept of a compilation of such songs is novel, sure, but it’s one that seems to bring listeners a bit of nostalgic joy, particularly when the covers are creative re-imaginations of their originals. … Read More

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Blur Rise Above Nostalgia on Strong, If Overstuffed, New Album ‘The Magic Whip’

On the hidden song at the end of what the world thought was Blur’s final album — 2003’s Think Tank — Damon Albarn asked, “Why am I here? I’m here cuz I got no fucking choice.” He was referring to his country of origin, but listening to the record, it was not an unreasonable question for Blur’s leader to ask himself in the context of his band. … Read More

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Heidi Klum and ‘Game of Thrones” Pedro Pascal Replace Maddie Ziegler in Sia’s “Fire Meet Gasoline” Video

Sia has just released the music video for “Fire Meets Gasoline” from her sixth studio album, 1000… Read More

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Watch José González Befriend and Feed Cereal to a Fleshy Giant Worm in New Calexico Video

Calexico has a new video for their song “Falling From the Sky,” off their LP Edge of the Sun. But… Read More

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“Woman” Is Not a Genre: Why the New, Female-Led Rock Revolution Is for Everybody

Every few years, music fans are asked to mourn rock ‘n’ roll’s death. Apparently the genre is in worse condition than Keith Richards himself. The eulogies often bemoan the so-called lack of great rock bands these days — a scenario Forbes described two years ago as amounting to there being “no Led Zeppelin for the current generation of music fans.” But from where I stand, rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well. It just doesn’t look or act like it used to. From Courtney Barnett to Speedy Ortiz’s Sadie Dupuis to Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield to Torres’ Mackenzie Scott to Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, young singer-songwriters who lead their own rock bands have released, or will soon release, some of the year’s best albums. They all also happen to be… Read More

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