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ListenUp: Sister Sledge: We Are Family

Today the sad news emerged that Sister Sledge member Joni Sledge passed away. While the disco outfit had plenty of hits (from "He's the Greatest Dancer" to "Lost in the Music"), there's little doubt their best-loved tune is the positively charged "We Are Family." The 1979 track was the first that …

ListenUp: Mabel: Finders Keepers

The first track from her <i>Bedroom</i> EP, Mabel's "Finders Keepers" certainly has some '90s R&B influences but it's decidedly current-day—thanks to modern pop flourishes. With an intro from MC Kojo Funds, the track is bouncy and tropical throughout. The British singer (who happens to be iconic vocalist …

Link About It: Essential Chuck Berry Songs

Widely known as a pioneer of rock'n'roll—if not the inventor of it—Chuck Berry passed away this weekend. Reworking rhythm and blues into what we now know as rock music, Berry was a true legend—a guitarist, singer/songwriter who also had some incredible moves on stage and an undeniable charisma and …

ListenUp: Todd Rundgren feat. Robyn: That Could Have Been Me

Premiering exclusively on Pitchfork, the legendary Todd Rundgren's newest track, "That Could Have Been Me" features none other than Swedish pop star Robyn. Rundgren (who initially garnered attention in the '70s) is an adept and highly influential singer/songwriter and producer, and in this track …

ListenUp: The legendary Todd Rundgren teams up with Robyn, Mr Jukes calls on BJ The Chicago Kid, new Gorillaz and more in our week in music

Todd Rundgren feat. Robyn: That Could Have Been Me<p>Premiering exclusively on Pitchfork, the legendary Todd Rundgren's newest track, "That Could Have Been Me" features none other than Swedish pop star Robyn. Rundgren (who initially garnered attention in the '70s) is an adept and highly influential …

ListenUp: LPX: Tightrope

From Lizzy Plapinger's impassioned vocals to choreography from icon Karole Armitage and minimal, powerful lighting and set design, there's nothing to dislike about "Tightrope," a track and video from Plapinger's solo project LPX. The powerful performance at its core reveals Plapinger's potency, …

ListenUp: Little Cub: Hypnotise

With found footage implying a dystopian, violent and advertising-driven future, Kim Taylor's video for South London band Little Cub's "Hypnotise" carries substantial force. The track at its heart delivers a dark dreaminess, inspired by lead singer Dominic Gore's lyrical assessment of the world's …

Premiere: Co/ntry's "Living in a Body": The Montreal band's eerie, eccentric new music video, art directed by yard666sale's Dane Richards

Through a series of mystical and frequently grotesque still life character studies, art director Dane Richards (founder of lifestyle brand yard666sale) conjures a lasting visual tale for fellow Montreal locals Co/ntry. The exploratory, art-punk band's latest track, "Living in a Body," traverses …

ListenUp: Leon Bridges: River

For those of us living in the wake of HBO's profound female-powered series "Big Little Lies," the program lives on in its soulful soundtrack, now available online. Among the many stand-out tracks, Leon Bridges' gorgeous "River" truly captivates. The song originally closed out Bridges' …

ListenUp: Feist feat. Jarvis Cocker: Century

It's been six years since Feist released an album. Fortunately, on 28 April she'll be dropping her fifth full-length, <i>Pleasure</i>, and today she's offered up a second track to tease the release. "Century," an almost six-minute-long song chugs forward on a prominent bass line and jangling guitars with …

ListenUp: Frankie Cosmos: Fool

Greta Kline, lead singer of NYC-based indie darlings Frankie Cosmos, stopped by Melbourne's Balcony TV for a live performance of "Fool" while on the band's first Australian tour. Beautiful, earnest and delicate, the song's live translation conveys a stunning depth of talent. Kline follows up the …

Link About It: The Features of YouTube TV

More than 50 networks—including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, AMC and ESPN—are bringing their programming to YouTube under a $35 a month subscription package. This means live content from each network will air on the service—through web, smartphone and tablet—simultaneously with its distribution on TV. A …

ListenUp: Saint Etienne: Magpie Eyes

A first single from a new Saint Etienne album since 2012, "Magpie Eyes" stands as a joyful, catchy return for the English dance rock troupe. There's a signature dreamy vibrance encapsulating all-too-sweet but relatable lyrics. The band's forthcoming album <i>Home Counties</i> releases on 2 June and Saint …

ListenUp: J. Geils Band: Centerfold

Almost anybody who has been to a wedding, prom or late-night venue in a beachside town in the Western world will have heard the J. Geils Band. The American band (which started out as a three-piece) is responsible for the 1981 hit "Centerfold"—as well as "Freeze Frame" and "Love Stinks." Sadly John …

ListenUp: New tunes by BOSCO and Beth Ditto, a beautiful piece from Kamasi Washington and more in our musical round-up

Kamasi Washington: Truth<p>Just released by the very talented jazz saxophonist, composer and producer Kamasi Washington (who has performed with Herbie Hancock, Lauryn Hill, Nas, Flying Lotus, Thundercat and more), "Truth" is the beautifully transcendent sixth movement from his upcoming <i>Harmony of</i> …

ListenUp: Bleachers feat. Carly Rae Jepsen: Hate That You Know Me

With Carly Rae Jepsen on back-up vocals, Bleachers' new track "Hate That You Know Me" will appear on the band's second record <i>Gone Now</i>, set for release 2 June. With a slightly distorted bass line, plenty of synths and harmonized vocals—thanks to Jepsen and Sam Dew, the track builds into a pop jam …

Link About It: Debunking a Long-Lasting Star Trek Theory

Mathematician James Grime has debunked a very popular Star Trek theory by using fairly simple math. The widely held belief that "redshirts" (those who work in engineering or security) die more often than any other character isn't true, Grime says. While technically 10 gold-shirted, eight blue, and …

ListenUp: DBFC: Jenks

With a sound reminiscent of New Order and Dandy Warhols, Paris-based duo DBFC unveils "Jenks," a new single from their forthcoming debut LP. Even with its electronic flourishes, there's a tactile, grimy old club dance vibe here that manages to be both liberating and nostalgic. And at six-and-a-half …

ListenUp: DJ Shadow Feat. Nas: Systematic

Two very big names in music have just released their first-ever collaboration. DJ Shadow and Nas joined forces for "Systematic," which embraces funky boom-bap, squelchy sounds and an old-school vibe but still sounds decidedly new. Nas, as always, delivers atop the ebbing and flowing beat. The track …

ListenUp: Bleachers and Carly Rae Jepsen, DJ Shadow and Nas, a stop-motion video from Exit Kid and more in our musical round-up

Bleachers feat. Carly Rae Jepsen: Hate That You Know Me<p>With Carly Rae Jepsen on back-up vocals, Bleachers' new track "Hate That You Know Me" will appear on the band's second record <i>Gone Now</i>, set for release 2 June. With a slightly distorted bass line, plenty of synths and harmonized vocals—thanks to …

Link About It: Vale, Jonathan Demme

Oscar-winning filmmaker, producer and screenwriter Jonathan Demme—perhaps best known for "The Silence of the Lambs"—has died in NYC aged 73 years old. Demme, though successfully horrifying audiences in 1991, actually leaves a very diverse body of work. From the comedic "Married to the Mob" to …

ListenUp: Prince: Electric Intercourse

As if we needed any more evidence of Prince's talent, previously unreleased track "Electric Intercourse" (initially intended for <i>Purple Rain</i>) has surfaced, and it's quintessentially early/mid 1980s Prince—electric piano, falsetto and a super sexy narrative. The song will appear on the reissue of</i> …

Tribeca Film Festival 2017: Highlights: Embracing, excelling beyond and avoiding traditional cinema at this year's event

In its 16th year, NYC's Tribeca Film Festival now comprises thousands of screenings, multiple venues, cross-disciplinary works and so much more to be excited about—whether or not cinema is your primary passion. What began as an attempt to revitalize the TriBeCa neighborhood post-9/11 has expanded …

ListenUp: Previously unreleased Prince, new music by Bibio, a rager from MC Bin Laden and more in our musical wrap-up

MC Bin Laden: É Grau Olha pra Traz e da Tchau<p>An incredibly catchy vocal sample sets up the simple rhythmic structure in "É Grau Olha pra Traz e da Tchau," a vrooming track from Sao Paolo sensation MC Bin Laden, and it's a great introduction to the uniquely percussive, aggressive style born out of …

Premiere: Art Feynman's "Feeling Good About Feeling Good": The debut track from the talented Cali-based artist is a warm, spirited tune that warrants repeat listens

California-based Art Feynman recently announced his debut album <i>Blast Off Through the Wicker</i> and we're delighted to premiere the single "Feeling Good About Feeling Good." The almost-eight-minute delight defies genre—there are tinges of many, from krautrock to funk, psychedelic rock and afrobeat, but …

ListenUp: Kele Okereke: Yemaya

Just after announcing his first solo acoustic tour, Bloc Party's Kele Okereke has released a gorgeous new song, "Yemaya." The gentle, minimal track is a departure from Okereke's previous solo endeavors which were electronic-leaning. The multi-talented singer/songwriter/musician says, "In the west …

Québec City + Le Festival d'Été de Québec: An epic 50th anniversary celebration of a music event within the magnificent Canadian city

This year, the world celebrates Canada's 150th anniversary as a Confederation. As festivities across the great northern nation draw travelers in, global cultural centers like Montreal, Toronto and Vancouver will see an uptick in tourist activity. There's more to Canada, however—quite a lot more. …

Link About It: Best Quotes From Star Wars

It's been 40 years since the very first Star Wars movie was released, and each year on 4 May the internet celebrates the films. This year, The Guardian has selected 40 memorable lines from the series. With gems from Princess Leia like "Governor Tarkin, I should have expected to find you holding …

Eliza McNitt's Tale of Three Female Astronauts, "Dot of Light": A short, powerful documentary made in collaboration with Google for National Space Day

It seems that just about every day we receive some sort of space-related inspiration—most of it pertaining to wild discoveries or groundbreaking scientific assessments. For National Space Day, filmmaker Eliza McNitt looked at subject matter a little closer to home. Through a partnership with …