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David Bowie Shares "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)"

David Bowie has shared "Sue (Or in a Season of Crime)", a new song written specifically for his forthcoming retrospective <i>Nothing has Changed.</i> It was recorded specifically for the compilation alongside longtime collaborator Tony Visconti and the Maria Schneider Orchestra. Listen to a radio rip from …

Neil Young Shares "Who's Gonna Stand Up?" Video Featuring Full 92-Piece Orchestra

Neil Young's <i>Storytone</i> is out November 4 via Reprise. It's actually two different albums—there's a solo version and an edition accompanied by a 92-piece orchestra and choir. Today, he's shared the video for the full-orchestra version of "Who's Gonna Stand Up?", which documents the song's recording …

Ty Segall Shares Video for "The Singer"

Ty Segall released his latest album <i>Manipulator</i> this summer on Drag City. Watch the video for "The Singer" via <i>The Guardian</i>. The clip, directed by Matt Yoka, finds Segall performing amid some basement clutter, floating and summoning ghostly apparitions of his bandmates.<p>Watch Ty Segall at Pitchfork …

Weezer Perform "Ain't Got Nobody" on "Kimmel"

Last week, Weezer released their new LP <i>Everything Will Be Alright in the End</i>. To mark the occasion, they made an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" last night, where they performed "Ain't Got Nobody". Watch it below.

Lydia Ainsworth

<i>Photos by John Michael Fulton</i><p>Lydia Ainsworth: "Hologram" (via SoundCloud)<p>Lydia Ainsworth's pop experiments sound like they’re made for big screens. Close your eyes while listening to her recent debut, <i>Right From Real</i>, and the considerable power of her orchestral strings, horns, and dense, wordless …

Future Islands Play "Seasons (Waiting On You)" and "A Dream of You and Me" on "Jools Holland"

In the past year, Future Islands' most natural performance setting has seemingly morphed from sweaty DIY shows to festivals and late-night television. (Their "Letterman" gig went viral in March). The Baltimore band played the UK's "Later... With Jools Holland" last week, doing "Seasons (Waiting on …

Unreleased Elliott Smith Track "Ocean", Recorded When He Was 14, Surfaces

Portland Radio Project: Friends of Elliott Smith In-Studio (via SoundCloud)<p><i>Heaven Adores You</i>—a documentary about the late Elliott Smith directed by Nickolas Rossi—was premiered earlier this year at the San Francisco International Film Festival. The film features unreleased music by Smith. In an …

Antony and the Johnsons to Release Turning Live Album and Film

Antony and the Johnsons: "Daylight and the Sun" [live] (via SoundCloud)<p>In 2011 and 2012, Antony Hegarty and artist Charles Atlas screened their film <i>Turning</i> at theaters around the world. The film documented Antony and the Johnsons' fall 2006 European tour, which featured the band performing …

Paul Revere, Leader of the Raiders, Dead at 76

<i>Pictured left to right: Jim Valley, Paul Revere, Mark Lindsay, Philip Volk, Michael Smith</i><p>Paul Revere, the organist and ringleader behind the 1960s garage rock band Paul Revere & the Raiders, has died, <i>Rolling Stone</i> reports. He was 76.<p>Revere, born Paul Revere Dick, was an Idaho native pianist who met …

Holographic Pop Star Hatsune Miku Performs on "Letterman"

Hatsune Miku, if you're not familiar, is a holographic pop star from Japan. Because the future is now, Miku appeared on last night's episode of "The Late Show With David Letterman", where "she" "performed" "Sharing the World". As you can tell from Letterman's big grin, we're in new territory. Watch …

Radiohead's Phil Selway Performs "It Will End In Tears" With The Dap-Kings on "The Tonight Show"

Radiohead's Phil Selway was a guest last night on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon", performing "It Will End With Tears" with The Dap-Kings (they of Sharon Jones) as his accompaniment. The song is off his recent album <i>Weatherhouse</i>. Watch the performance below.<p>Embedded content is unavailable.

No One Knows How Teens Listen to Music

All the major surveys disagree. Maybe it's a secret.<p>Remember Apple's iPod silhouette ads? The psychedelic TV spots where people would dance hyperactively with an MP3 player in their hand and headphones in their ears?<p>Talk about a throwback; those ads stopped running during the Bush administration. …

Tip of the Day: Easily Add Up To 20 Widgets to Your iPhone or iPad

iOS 8 finally brought the ability to customize the iPhone and iPad interface by allowing you to add widgets to the Today screen in Notification Center. In an earlier post, I explained the simple steps for doing this. You simply swipe down from the top of the display to view the Notification Center …

Widgets

5 Can't-Miss Apps: Autodesk Sketchbook and More

5 Can't-Miss Apps: Autodesk's Sketchbook and More<p>Autodesk Sketchbook<p>Emojiyo<p>Microsoft Xim<p>Polyvore<p>StumbleUpon<p>Amid the news of Tesla unveiling its new …

Go Beyond Emoticons and Avatars: comiXchat Messaging App

There’s a new chat app in town that doesn’t feature a new way to shoot selfies or make anything mysteriously disappear — and it’s not dull and boring.<p>comiXchat, a free messaging app by Nubis that displays individual or group chats in an artistically appointed, hand-drawn comic interface, debuts …

7 things you didn’t know your Web browser could do

The most-used program on your computer is your Web browser, but there's a good chance you don't know much about it besides how to visit your favorite sites. There are a lot of myths about browsers, some of which I've dispelled in the past, but today I want to help you get the most out of your …

A Man Called Destruction: The Life and Music of Alex Chilton

In 1968, teen phenoms the Box Tops were opening for the Beach Boys when they took a break from touring. The band's singer, Alex Chilton—barely old enough to vote at the time—was crashing at Dennis Wilson’s house in Pacific Palisades with a motley crew of musicians and hangers-on. Among them was …

13 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do On Spotify

Basically it's a karaoke machine, Pandora, and iTunes library all in one.

Music

Listen – The 40 New Bands You Need To Know In 2014

You really should buy this week’s issue of NME. Not just because it’s been edited by me, not just because it features the line “I was swinging it and …

Bands

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 …

The Top 10 Folk And Americana Albums Of 2013

The best folk music released in 2013 was, almost without exception, of the intensely personal variety. These remarkable albums struggled with addiction and death, coming of age, faith and the unstoppable rhythm of change. Three of these releases came from well-loved artists making music in ways …

2013's hidden gems: the CDs and DVDs that got away

The Observer's critics pick the releases that didn't get the acclaim they deserved

The 9 Best Music Moments From This Season Of "SNL"

From Rihanna going #seapunk to the most intense Kanye performance ever, this was a banner year for music on Saturday Night Live.

Justin Timberlake

Songza 3.0 for iOS: The single best music-streaming app?

With its new user interface, improved search capabilities, and continuing freedom from commercials, Songza deserves a permanent home on your iDevice.<p>Not to gush, but I've loved Songza from the moment I installed it on my iPhone -- way back in June, 2012.<p>In fact, it has displaced both Pandora and …

Flosstradamus - "Assquake"

In celebration of reaching 100,000 likes on Facebook, Flosstradamus dropped a brand new track today. The trapped-out “Assquake,” unsurprisingly, …

Roger Ebert's 8 Rules For Using Twitter

Much-loved film critic Roger Ebert died on Thursday after a long battle with thyroid cancer. Surgery in 2006 had left him unable to speak, but he …

Youth Lagoon - "Attic Doctor"