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First Listen: Perfume Genius, 'Too Bright'

Too Bright<p><b>Audio for First Listens is no longer available after the album is released.</b><p>For two albums, the essence of a great Perfume Genius song has been musical simplicity and lyrical depth. Mike Hadreas, the Seattle songwriter behind the project, excels at writing memorable but sparely arranged …

Jennifer Hudson Teams Up With Pharrell and Iggy Azalea on "He Ain't Going Nowhere": Listen

Jennifer Hudson‘s ongoing flirtation with the dance floor continues. After supplying the satisfyingly slick “Dangerous” several weeks ago, the</i> …

First Listen: Leonard Cohen, 'Popular Problems'

Leonard Cohen is not a man for manifestos. Peripatetic bohemian, Montreal native, Zen meditator, diaspora Jew: Rock's almost-octogenarian philosopher emeritus inhabits identities that are multiple, contested, and resistant to orthodoxy. He is, however, willing to lay some things on the line. "I'm …

Listen to Buzzcocks’ Electrifying New Track ‘It’s Not You’

Nearly four decades after first emerging from the Manchester punk scene, the Buzzcocks are still out on the road and making great music. Their ninth …

Deerhoof Share "Paradise Girls", Announce Tour

Deerhoof's new album <i>La Isla Bonita</i> is out November 4 on Polyvinyl. Following the lead-off single "Exit Only", they've shared another new one called "Paradise Girls". They've also announced a tour, which includes dates with Lightning Bolt, Cibo Matto, Priests, Busdriver, and others.<p>In a press …

Inside Robert Plant’s Wild, Ambitious Solo LP and Plans for a World Tour

“I can’t be smug about it – I know it’s wonderful,” Robert Plant says, blunt and cheerful as he talks about his first solo album of new, original …

King Crimson in Albany: The Best New Band in Prog Begins a U.S Tour

On September 9th in Albany, New York, the new, ultimate <b>King Crimson</b> – at seven members the largest ensemble in the British band’s 46-year history, …

Jenny Lewis Expands Tour

Jenny Lewis has added North American and European dates to her current tour in support of this year's <i>The Voyager</i>. Now, she'll play a few more shows in between stints at Austin City Limits, and stay on the road into November. Check out the full schedule below.<p>Jenny Lewis:<p>09-10 Vorst, Belgium - Vorst …

Tyler, the Creator Announces Tour

<i>Photo by Will Deitz</i><p>Tyler, the Creator has just announced a handful of tour dates that'll take place across the U.S. later this year. "IDK WHEN IM DOING THIS AGAIN", he wrote on Instagram, adding, "COME FUCK". Find the dates below.<p>Tyler, the Creator:<p>11-08 Los Angeles, CA - Camp Flog Gnaw …

Thee Oh Sees Announce Fall Tour

<i>Photo by Erez Avissar</i><p>Thee Oh Sees have announced a slew of fall dates in support of their latest album <i>Drop.</i> It'll take them all over North America in November and December. Check out the dates below. Earlier this year, it was reported that Thee Oh Sees have a new touring lineup.Thee Oh Sees:<p>11-05 …

Watch Yes Perform ‘I’ve Seen All Good People’ on 35th Anniversary Tour

In the spring of 2004, prog legends Yes hit the road in America to celebrate their 35th anniversary, playing marathon sets that mixed hits …

Tricky

Tricky albums are rarely what they seem on the surface. The decision to use his birth name as the title of this record suggests something confessional after years of cloudy rumination, hinting at a genuine departure. Tricky even refers to it as his "least introspective" work. The reality is …

Music Review: Karen O’s solo album lacks Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ punch

As might be expected from the frontwoman of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Karen O’s songs on <i>Crush Songs</i> are spare, short, and lovely—most tracks are …

Music Review: Ryan Adams shows consummate consistency on Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams is nothing if not consistent. The singer-songwriter has had the same haircut for at least the last 10 years, is still rocks vintage …

El Pintor

Interpol stand tall among the New York guitar acts that blew up in the early 2000s, back when rock fans watched bands through plumes of cigarette …

Songs of Innocence

No other rock band does rebirth like U2. No other band – certainly of U2’s duration, commercial success and creative achievement – believes it needs …

Banks

The worst crime wrought by this decade's wave of woozy, trip-hop-influenced R&B has been inciting boredom. Dreary, midtempo music often triggers that feeling, and those are two adjectives that could describe <i>Goddess</i>, the debut album by Jillian Banks, at both its best and worst. Banks is an American …

U2, Songs of Innocence: first review

Neil McCormick gives the first verdict on the new U2 album, Songs of Innocence, which was announced at the Apple iPhone and Watch launch<p>U2 have announced the release of their 13th studio album, Songs Of Innocence, available now and free to all iTunes customers. And, after several years' gestation, …

Jack White's Third Man and John Fahey's Revenant to Release The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume Two (1928-1932)

Last year, Jack White's Third Man Records teamed with the late John Fahey's Revenant Records to release <i>The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume One (1917-1932)</i>. Housed in an oak cabinet, the expensive object was an elaborate and comprehensive history lesson about the Paramount label, a …

Jose Gonzalez Covers Arthur Russell's "This Is How We Walk on the Moon"

For an upcoming benefit compilation, the HIV/AIDS awareness organization Red Hot has commissioned artists from across the spectrum to cover cult icon Arthur Russell. Following covers by Robyn, Hot Chip, and Sufjan Stevens, today Red Hot has shared the opening track, by José González. He covered …

Stream New Releases From Dntel, Aislers Set, Whirr, Foxes in Fiction, Youth Code, and Suicideyear

Dntel, aka the Postal Service's Jimmy Tamborello, is back with <i>Human Voice,</i> the follow-up to 2012's <i>Aimlessness</i>. It arrives September 23 via Leaving Records/Stones Throw. Right now, you can listen to the album in full until September 23 via Pitchfork Advance, our immersive music streaming platform …

RL Grime Enlists How to Dress Well for "Reminder"

Los Angeles producer RL Grime has teamed up with How to Dress Well for a new track, "Reminder". It was debuted this afternoon on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show. You can listen to it here; the song begins around the 43 minute mark. <b>Update</b>: You can also listen to<p>a radio ripbelow. The album version is …

September 23 Declared David Bowie Day in Chicago

<i>Photo by Jimmy King</i><p>On September 23, a David Bowie-centric exhibit called "David Bowie Is" will open at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has declared that day "David Bowie Day" in Chicago, Consequence of Sound reports.<p>The proclamation says Bowie has "impacted and inspired …

Public Enemy Do "Public Enemy No. 1" With the Roots on "Fallon"

In 2009, during his third week as the host of "Late Night", Jimmy Fallon welcomed Public Enemy, who did "Bring the Noise" with the Roots. Two years later, Chuck D was joined by ?uestlove, Black Thought, and the Copyright Criminals All Star Band to perform "Fight the Power". It's always awesome when …

My Everything

Ariana Grande showed promise on her 2013 debut, <i>Yours Truly</i> – a classic case of “great voice, shame about the tunes,” overseen by Nineties R&B god …

V

“Going so high, we fuck the sky!” Adam Levine sings on Maroon 5’s fifth album – and he and the band make good on their promise. The 11 songs here are …

Beware! 8 sinister consequences of Google and Amazon drones

Last week, Google unveiled Project Wing, the company's take on delivery drones and its latest attempt to use tech and data to make the world a better place -- Google says it will initially use drones for disaster relief.<p>But I'd be remiss if I didn't point out a few of the possible unintended …

China Mobile Begins Accepting Preorders for Unreleased iPhone 6

Chinese carrier China Mobile has begun taking preorders for the upcoming iPhone 6 ahead of the device's official launch, reports <i>China Daily</i>. Available at China Mobile Beijing, the preorder campaign appears to be aimed at drumming up interest for Apple's new devices.<p>On a website, China Mobile …