THURSDAY, JULY 30. If you're in Chicago and have plenty of party stamina, hit Spin's Lollapalooza Kick Off Party at Thalia Hall featuring Interpol, Wildcat! Wildcat!, and Gemini Club. If that wasn't enough, it's free with RSVP. 9pm, 1807 S Allport St., Chicago, IL. Start your weekend early with the party people of Avan Lava, who will shower you in confetti at Brooklyn's Rough Trade. ... Read More >

Photo via Wild Smiles by Steve Gullick  A perfect alternative to your hazy dream pop tracks of summer has come in the form of Winchester natives Wild Smiles. The wonderfully grungy low-fi UK buzz band, comprised of brothers Chris and Joe Peden and drummer Ben Cook, were first discovered by Portishead's Geoff Barrow and have been garnering international attention with their anachronistic sound t... Read More >

Ariana Grande ft. Jessie J & Nicki Minaj – Bang Bang The Internet has reportedly been en fuego since yesterday’s release of the monster track “Bang Bang,” featuring three of the industry’s biggest names. The song was produced by some of the same team behind “Grande’s “Problem,” such as Max Martin. The track has a bit of a “too many cooks in the kitchen” thing going... Read More >

Happy Birthday, Kate Bush!

Music | By. Abbey Bender | July 30, 2014

Photo by Gered Mankowitz Today is Kate Bush's birthday. There's good reason to listen to her ethereal, highly influential music everyday, but why not take some time to celebrate the patron saint of artsy girls on her 56th year? Sway around, fluff up your hair, wear your best shiny bodysuit, and enjoy this selection of sounds and images, which only begins to touch on Bush's fabulous output. ... Read More >

Ease into your Wednesday with "Procrastination," the new single from the Point. Helmed by Michael O'Neill, a veteran performer with JD Samson & Men and the Ladybug Transistor, the Brooklyn band is gearing up to release the South Second EP. "Procrastination" is the kind of chilled-out indie pop that makes you open your eyes a little wider, O'Neill's meandering vocals anchored by an 80s-inflecte... Read More >

For years, we’ve had our eye on performer Ludwig Persik. We’ve seen his shows around NYC and loved his “collage of new wave psychedelia and folk,” but now, the USSR-born / LES-raised multi-instrumentalist has really hit his stride. His debut LP No / Go Storm was released earlier this year, alongside a tour with Jamie Lidell. And after hearing the kaleidoscopic track “Better Is Right,... Read More >

This past weekend, festival enthusiasts and folk lovers gathered by the thousands next to the waterfront in Camden’s Susquehanna Bank Center for the XPoNential Festival. The annual event comprised of talented yet obscure acts as well as some of the past decade’s most notable. Here is a roundup of the four best performances, as well as what the artists are currently up to. BECK. The album Son... Read More >

Azealia Banks, opening show of Life Ball 2013 at the city hall of Vienna, Vienna, Austria. Photo by Manfred Werner.  It looks like rapper Azealia Banks is wasting no time in sharing new music since parting ways with her label. Released yesterday, “Heavy Metal and Reflective” is in the same style as her previous single “Yung Rapunxel” with a unique beat and a hypnotic, almost mo... Read More >

Kimbra Talks Grammy, Greek Mythology, and the ’90s

Music | By. Mathias Rosenzweig | July 28, 2014

Photo by Thom Kerr If the name Kimbra rings a bell, it probably has little do with her debut album Vows, even after it reached #14 on Billboard charts with its North American release and the massive success it garnered abroad. More likely, you’ve only heard her on Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” a sleeper hit that won the pair multiple Grammys in 2013 for Record of the Year an... Read More >

A picturesque English village is not the sort of place you’d expect to come across a pair of grunge savants with a band name that recalls The Toxic Avenger. While gritty cities may have been the locus of agressive rock sounds in decades past, that’s no longer the case and brothers Eoin and Rory Loveless of the band Drenge prove why. In the absence of a local music scene, or a bevy of rock enth... Read More >