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41 SXSW 2015 Artists You Need In Your Life

Even if you're not headed to Austin, get to know all the up-and-coming artists everyone will be talking about. In no particular order.

Songwriting

Your Guide To ‘Serial,’ The True Crime Podcast Everyone Is Freaking Out About Right Now

If you’ve spent any substantial amount of time on the Internet in the past week or so, or spent any substantial amount of time with anyone who has, you’ve probably been introduced to <i>Serial</i>, the new <i>This American Life</i> sister podcast that is taking the world by storm. Created by longtime <i>TAL</i> producer …

Hilarious Mashup Reimagines Sloths on Famous Album Covers

Do sloths make everything better? Matt Tucker, the Picture Editor at Buzzfeed UK, thinks so. He's the mastermind behind this hilarious series of sloths that replace humans on iconic album covers. With a mix of classic and contemporary favorites, these adorable creatures are transformed into …

10 New Artists You Need to Know: August 2014

Milky Chance<p><b>Sounds Like:</b> Laid-back folk made propulsive by sparse and smart electronic touches, plus the occasional (and remarkably un-corny) …

An epic battle in streaming music is about to begin, and only a few will survive

“One thing is for sure,” declared an influential American critic and record industry analyst, Bob Lefsetz, in a recent post on the topic of streaming music. “One service will dominate, it’s where we’ll all go, because we want to share, we don’t want to be left out.”<p>Music is now undeniably an …

Jack White Covers Lorde's "Royals"

Indie musicians help movie soundtracks hit right emotional note

"You've gotta hear this one song," she says. "It'll change your life. I swear."<p>She places her bulky headphones over his ears, waiting expectantly for his reaction as he listens to the first chords of the Shins' "New Slang." He smiles at her, and she smiles back. They might be in love.<p>So goes the …

Soundtracks

Cool down with a dreamlike mix from Tycho

Tycho’s luminescent fourth album <i>Awake</i> felt like a trip that was as odd and beautiful as anywhere they go in <i>Le Petit Prince</i>. Frontman Scott Hansen from the band packed some of our favourite morphing, spacious tracks of recent years into this mix, like Airbird & Napolian’s body music moment from last …

Radiohead to Begin Work on New Album in September

It’s been three years since Radiohead released <i>The King of Limbs</i>, but it looks like the band is on the verge of getting back in the studio together to …

Charli XCX Announces North American Tour, Shares "Boom Clap" Remix

<i>Photo by Pooneh Ghana</i><p>Charli XCX: "Boom Clap" (ASTR Remix) (via SoundCloud)<p>Charli XCX has announced a North American tour that begins in September. Check out the full schedule below. She's also shared a remix of "Boom Clap" by pop duo ASTR, which you can listen to above. (You can watch her perform …

Five albums to try this week: Manic Street Preachers, Sia and more

Manic Street Preachers – Futorology (Columbia)<p><b>Why you should listen</b>: These guys have been going for almost 26 years, so it’s always interesting to see what they’ve got in store. Here, the Blackwood band dish out sparkly krautrock that's layered in synths and the band’s usual scathing take on class, …

First UK music charts to include streaming figures released

US singer Ariana Grande has made British chart history by becoming the first artist to have a No 1 single based on both sales and streaming.<p>It is the first time songs played on streaming services such as Spotify, Deezer, Napster, O2 Tracks, Xbox Music and Sony's Music Unlimited have counted towards …

Five albums to try this week: Trey Songz, George Ezra and more

Lone – Reality Testing (R&S)<p><b>Why you should listen:</b> Lone’s Matt Cutler has produced a collection of forward-thinking, textured and often slow-burning dance music tracks on this sixth album.<p><b>It might not be for you if…</b> You were never onboard with the ambient electronica thing that the likes of Gold …

Spoon Offer Free 10-Inch with Vinyl Pre-Orders of New Album

Spoon are introducing a new incentive program for vinyl lovers, offering a three-song 10-inch record on the spot for those who pre-order the band’s …

Ravi Shankar Gives George Harrison a Sitar Lesson … and Other Vintage Footage

Ravi Shankar, the Indian sitarist (and father of Norah Jones) known for his collaboration with the Beatles and other western musicians, died Tuesday …

Califone and Bon Iver's S. Carey Announce Co-Headlining Tour

<i>Califone photo by Dusdin Condren, S. Carey photo by Cameron Wittig</i><p>Last year, Chicago's roots-rock outfit Califone released a new LP called <i>Stitches</i>. This year, Bon Iver collaborator S. Carey put out his latest album <i>Range of Light</i>. This fall, the two artists will co-headline a series of shows …

Apple Will Use Curation To Beat A Path To Mainstreaming Music

Ask the average person who their favorite musicians are and they’ll struggle to name more than a few. That’s one reason search-based streaming services haven’t hit critical mass. They force users to know what they want to hear. And this is why Tim Cook kept touting Beats as the “first streaming …

Interpol Announce First U.S. Tour in 3 Years

Interpol are currently working on their first new LP since 2010's self-titled album, which means it's time to hit the road: They've announced their first U.S. tour in three years, which begins in June. It adds to a previously announced slate of festival dates. Check out the full schedule …

New Band of The Week: Twin Peaks (No 7)

<b>Hometown</b>: Chicago.<p><b>The lineup</b>: Cadien Lake James (vocals), Clay Frankel (guitar), Jack Dolan (bass), Connor Brodner (drums).<p><b>The background</b>: Flavor, the new single by Chicago teenagers Twin Peaks, is pure power pop. It has the exact balance between sloppiness and pristine dynamics. It sounds …

Ghost Stories: The Most Forgettable Coldplay Album Ever

The band’s sixth album is beautiful, soothing, and relentlessly uninspiring.<p>People don't listen to a Coldplay song, Marshall McLuhan would have said, they slip into it like a warm bath. Dulcet melodies spill pleasingly into the vat like aromatic oils. The musical palette is a soapy broth. The words …

David Bowie reveals Record Store Day releases

David Bowie will show his support for this year’s Record Store Day with two limited-edition releases. The UK strand of the event will be marked with a 7in picture disc of Rock‘n’Roll Suicide, while North America will get a 7in picture disc of the single 1984.<p>Both releases celebrate their 40th …

Features

14 Musical Acts To Watch in 2014

There’s a lot of music out there and sometimes it’s hard to know where to start. That’s where we come in. From Nashville to Portland to Sweden — we …

15 Bands to Watch in 2014

<b>Ah, a new year.</b> And here we have some "in with the new" for you, a preview of some great new — and not-so-new — musical acts you should have on your radar for 2014, culled from the playlists of our music writers. We know you're anxious to get on with writing those resolutions, so without further …

Neneh Cherry: welcome return for a unique talent

Neneh Cherry is back with a new sound but all the same spirit that made her so explosive over two decades ago, says Bernadette McNulty<p>If any of the winners at <b>last week’s Brit Awards</b> are struggling to find a place to stash their gongs, they could take inspiration from <b>Neneh Cherry</b>. In 1990, the …

Big Boi and Phantogram Get Funky on ‘Objectum Shalamar’

Big Boi continues to dole out the funk on his new remix series. For this week’s installment of #MashUpMondays, the Dirty South hip-hop pioneer …