“You’ll never guess who’s in this duet,” I said. “Tyler Perry.” “Okay, maybe it’s not actually that weird.” Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day and Norah Jones have teamed up to cover the 1958 Everly Brothers record Songs Our Daddy Taught Us, a collection of traditional country songs. (Nope, still pretty weird.) The two met at the […]

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Is a grunge revival on the way? With a new Pearl Jam record out and Johnny Knoxville dressing like a grandpa, anything’s possible. Brighton’s Tigercub seem prepared for the flannel renaissance with their new single “Mother.” You can definitely hear the (teen) spirit of certain ’90s bands in well-placed screaming and detached/clever lyrics like, “If […]

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Rappers can be moody fucks. Just look at Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover of Community. Last week he Instagrammed a series of fears and self-doubts he’d written on hotel stationary, including, “I’m afraid people hate who I really am,” and “I’m afraid I’ll never reach my potential.” Glover also commented on the new Childish Gambino […]

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Do you know how to say “goodbye” in Russian? Google says it’s do svidaniya, but for pronunciation simply turn to Misun’s upbeat new single “Goodbye Sasha.” It’s a cheerful romp from the DC aquawave band along the lines of “It’s A Small World,” if the robots popped off and broke it down halfway through the […]

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Ms. Lauryn Hill has released a new track, “Consumerism,” on the eve of her release from prison after serving three months for tax evasion on about $1 million in income. Interestingly enough, she served her time at the same Danbury, Connecticut minimum security prison featured in Piper Chapman’s book Orange Is the New Black. “Consumerism” was […]

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Glittering ’80s synth pop has a devoted swath of fans, and those same people will enjoy Chad Valley‘s new single “Real Time.”  The track features the coiffed artist/producer’s masked vocals on top of a relentlessly positive backdrop, a combo that  is sure to get stuck in your head. Valley is about to begin his co-headlining North […]

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If you got through the movie No Strings Attached, you might remember the scene in which Ashton Kutcher gives Natalie Portman a period-themed mix CD. Old format aside, I think he could’ve done better with his content selection. “Red, Red Wine?” C’mon, that’s just lazy. Fortunately, U.S. Girls’ “28 Days” is just the period anthem we’ve […]

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Hauntingly beautiful is an apt way to describe the late Karen Black‘s voice. The appropriate background for these kind of vocals is filled with the steel guitar and marching drums of Cass McCombs. Fans of McCombs should be familiar with Black from the lead-off track “Dreams-Come-True-Girl” on his amazing album Catacombs. Sadly, the Oscar-nominated actress/singer […]

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Honestly, you could have told me that “Little White Lies” was a lost track from 1996 and I would’ve believed you. It would fit right in on an early Now That’s What I Call Music! Remember how they always had one or two random songs that you’d never heard before? As it happens, Clare Maguire is no […]

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FIDLAR is very good at being FIDLAR. The L.A. punk band is known for their high energy odes to slackerdom like “Cheap Beer” and “Wake Bake Skate,” so it’s no surprise that frontman Zac Carper is the son of a famous surfboard designer. It’s also no shock that Taco Bell sponsored the band recently, or […]

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