Neil Young Drops Out Of Farm Aid: “It Might Not Be Safe For Everyone”

Neil Young has dropped out of Farm Aid 2021 due to COVID safety concerns. Young, who is a co-founder and board member of Farm Aid, was supposed to perform at the festival in Hartford next month alongside Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Dave Matthews, Margo Price, Sturgill Simpson, and more.
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Jason Isbell Drops Out Of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Over Vaccination Policy

Jason Isbell has been extremely clear about his COVID concert policy: To see any of his shows, you’ll need to provide proof that you’re either fully vaccinated or have tested negative for the virus within the past three days. When a venue in Houston refused to comply with that policy last week, Isbell just cancelled his show there. And now, he’s announced that he’s dropped out of the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Tennessee — which he was set to headline — after the festival announced that it...
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Lone – “Mouth Of God”

Matt Cutler, the UK DJ and producer who makes music under the name Lone, is releasing the new album Always Inside Your Head in October. His first LP in five years and his first for new label Greco Roman, Always Inside Your Head was inspired in large part by Cocteau Twins and My Bloody Valentine — influences borne out on the hazy drift of lead single “Hidden By Horizons,” a collaboration featuring vocals from the British singer Morgane Diet. But new song “Mouth Of God,” out today, is once again a...
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Watch Courtney Barnett Perform “Rae Street” On Fallon

Melbourne indie rock hero Courtney Barnett is returning in November with Things Take Time, Take Time, her first new album in over three years. She’s already shared a couple of songs from it, including “Before You Gotta Go” and lead single/opening track “Rae Street,” a jangly folk ballad that we named the best song of the week when it came out last month. Last night, she went and played it on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and it sounded just as good live. Watch her performance below. ...
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Miloe – “Winona” (Feat. Jamila Woods & Vagabon)

Miloe, the alias of 20-year-old Democratic Republic Of Congo-born, Minneapolis-based indie-pop musician and singer Bob Kabeya, released his sophomore EP Greenhouse last year. And today he’s revisited it with a new version of standout track “Winona” featuring Chicago soul singer Jamila Woods and Cameroon-born, New York-based indie rocker Vagabon. Listen and compare it to the original below.
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Alice Longyu Gao – “Kanpai”

The producer Alice Longyu Gao has been releasing a string of reliably weird, hyperpoppy singles over the last couple years. In 2021 so far she’s put out “She Abunai (with Mura Masa and Bülow), “Legend” (with Alice Glass), and “Underrated Popstar.” Today, she’s back with another one, a glittery and frenetic one called “Kanpai,” whose chorus is some silly nonsense: “My name on your lips like liquor lipstick.” It’s good fun! Here’s Gao on the track:
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Japanese Breakfast – “Romulus” (Sufjan Stevens Cover)

Japanese Breakfast’s Michelle Zauner has had quite the year so far between her great new album Jubilee and her best-selling memoir (soon to movie) and her recent tour, which ended with Zauner getting a coat check named after her. And she’s not done yet! Tonight, she’ll be on SiriusXMU for their performance series and, as Brooklyn Vegan points out, she covered Sufjan Stevens’ Michigan track “Romulus” for the occasion. The cover was recorded at Electric Lady Studios and features contributions from...
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A Classical Recording Engineer Explains What Exactly He Does

“What you think of as a good photograph of you might not actually be the truth in how it presents you – that can also be the case with sound. … It’s about presenting the (music) in somebody’s home in as convincing a manner as possible.” – Gramophone
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José González – “Swing”

Swedish singer-songwriter José González is releasing Local Valley, his first new album in over six years, in September. We’ve already heard “El Invento,” his first-ever song in Spanish, along with other early singles “Visions” and “Head On.” And today, he’s sharing “Swing,” an ebullient highlife-inspired song exhorting listeners to “Swing your belly, baby/ Move your body, buddy/ Swing what nature gave you/ Swing and move like you don’t care.”
Tags: Music, New Music, Jose Gonzalez, Mikel Cee Karlsson, Local Valley, El Invento

Hana Vu – “Everybody’s Birthday”

After releasing a couple of EPs over the last few years, the Los Angeles musician Hana Vu is ready to release her debut album. We got a preview of it last month with “Maker” and today she’s officially announcing it. It’s called Public Storage and it’ll be out in November. The new single she’s sharing today, “Everybody’s Birthday,” is blown-out and crunchy and theatrical, with a thudding chorus: “Everybody’s crying in the hallway/ I guess it must be everybody’s birthday/ All the time.” “It’s abou...
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Church Girls – “Separated”

The Philly quartet Church Girls play a catchy, urgently revved-up hybrid of indie rock and pop-punk. As of recently, they do it for the great UK label Big Scary Monsters in addition to their American label home Anchor Eighty Four Records. They’ve released a new single today called “Separated” that’s worth your time if you like the idea of Chumped with more Hold Steady energy.
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Boldy James & Ka’s Majestic Psychedelic Rap Journeys

Boldy James and Ka are two very different artists. Boldy is from Detroit, Ka from Brooklyn. Boldy forges long-term creative partnerships with producers and peers, while Ka prefers to do just about everything on his own. Boldy raps in a disconnected snarl, alternately bragging and lamenting about his time in the drug game. Ka raps in an empathetic mutter, looking hard at the institutional racism and poverty that leads so many people to the drug game in the first place. If Google is correct, Ka is...
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Kanye Announces Yet Another Donda Show

Third time’s the charm? Following an album release event last month and a second album release event two weeks ago, neither of which were accompanied by an actual album release, Kanye West has just announced yet another Donda listening party.
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André 3000 Joins Noah Baumbach’s White Noise Adaptation

The cachet is off the charts! The prestige is out of control! I am drowning in illustriousness just reading about it — it being Noah Baumbach’s film adaptation of Don DeLillo’s award-winning 1985 breakthrough novel White Noise, tentatively titled Wheat Germ, which stars Baumbach’s Marriage Story star Adam Driver and his longtime partner/collaborator Greta Gerwig. That loud noise you hear in the distance is the predestined avalanche of discourse and, should the involved parties manage not to comp...
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Colleen Green – “Someone Else”

In a few weeks, Colleen Green is releasing her first new full-length in six years, Cool, the follow-up to her stellar I Want To Grow Up. She’s shared “I Wanna Be A Dog” and “It’s Nice To Be Nice” from it so far and today she’s back with another single, “Someone Else,” which has a wiry and twisty groove which Green speak-sings over.
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Lily Konigsberg – “That’s The Way I Like It”

Lily Konigsberg has had a busy year. She released a new album with Palberta in January, put out her own greatest-hits collection in May, and just last month teamed up with Water From Your Eyes’ Nate Amos for a new project called My Idea. And she’s not done yet! Today, Konigsberg has announced her proper debut solo full-length, Lily We Need To Talk Now, named after a text she got from Amos, who also serves as this album’s producer. It’ll be out in October and she’s leading things off with the eff...
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Goo Goo Dolls talk 35th anniversary and returning to Pacific Amphitheatre

In 2020, rock band Goo Goo Dolls were primed to hit the road in support of its latest album, “Miracle Pill,” and to celebrate both the 25th anniversary of its breakthrough album “A Boy Named Goo” and its 35th anniversary as a band. Though the pandemic sidelined all of those plans, vocalist-guitarist John Rzeznik is happy to report that in spite of postponing its national tour and other challenges, Goo Goo Dolls still found ways to connect with its fanbase, including several virtual performances ...
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Garbage Share “Androgyny” Alternate Version From beautifulgarbage 20th Anniversary Reissue

Garbage released a new album, No Gods No Masters, a few months back. Now they’re dipping into the vault for a 20th anniversary reissue of the band’s third album, beautifulgarbage. “We wanted to celebrate the release of our third album in the same manner as we have celebrated the 20th anniversaries of our previous two records, as we cherish this third child of ours just as much as its predecessors,” leader Shirley Manson said in a statement, continuing:
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The Beatles’ 8 Pioneering Innovations: A Video Essay Exploring How the Fab Four Changed Pop Music

In modern society, some facts are simply accepted: one plus one equals two, the Earth revolves around the Sun, and The Beatles are the greatest band in history. “So obviously dazzling was The Beatles’ achievement that few have questioned it,” writes Ian MacDonald in his study of the band Revolution in the Head. “Agreement on them is all but universal: they were far and away the best-ever pop group and their music enriched the lives of millions.” Today, just as half a century ago, most Be...
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Splitting Ownership and Display/Consumption

I wrote about NFTs last week and said this in that post: But when a party emerges online that anyone is invited to attend and the 500 person group picks up a punk with a party hat and they all change their social network avatar to this, well that got my attention. Fractional/collective ownership is something we have been interested in at USV for a while. It fits well with our thesis about expanding access. We have an investment in Otis that is providin...
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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Says That Getting To Wear Slick Rick’s Giant Chain Was The “Greatest Honor” Of His Career

Right now, New York is in the midst of Homecoming Week, a series of outdoor concerts in all the different boroughs. It’ll all climax this weekend in Central Park, with a big show that’ll feature luminaries like Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and the Killers. Before that, though, Bill de Blasio, the New York mayor who’s nearing the end of his second term, is taking every available opportunity to look like a giant dork around rap legends.
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NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio Says That Getting To Wear Slick Rick’s Giant Chain Was The “Greatest Honor” Of His Careere

Right now, New York is in the midst of Homecoming Week, a series of outdoor concerts in all the different boroughs. It’ll all climax this weekend in Central Park, with a big show that’ll feature luminaries like Bruce Springsteen, Paul Simon, and the Killers. Before that, though, Bill de Blasio, the New York mayor who’s nearing the end of his second term, is taking every available opportunity to look like a giant dork around rap legends.
Tags: Music, New York, News, Bill De Blasio, Central Park, Wu-tang Clan, Ghostface Killah, Rick, Slick Rick, Bruce Springsteen Paul Simon

Taraka – “Psychocastle”

Two years ago, Prince Rama, the psych-rock duo made up of sisters Taraka and Nimai Larson, announced their breakup and released their final EP. Nimai called Taraka and told her that she wanted to stop making music. So now Taraka is making music on her own. This fall, Taraka, recording under her first name, will release her solo debut Welcome To Paradise Lost.
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Artist To Watch: Fatboi Sharif

It is a rainy evening in Rahway, New Jersey, and Fatboi Sharif is trying to get me fucked up. “We’re getting you drunk at work, bro,” the local-hero rapper says with a devilish grin. He and I are backstage at his show in a parking garage that functions as a stage, drinking Christian Brothers Brandy. Dark liquor isn’t always my thing. The taste makes me shiver like I’m at the North Pole. I’m a lightweight, so I usually stick with a Modelo and a shot. Sharif isn’t a lightweight. He’s a burly man, ...
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Bedouine – “The Wave”

Azniv Korkejian, the singer-songwriter and Artist To Watch known as Bedouine, has never really stopped releasing music in the interim since 2019’s Bird Songs Of A Killjoy. Last year she released a bunch of covers: Margo Guryan’s “The Hum,” the folk traditional “All My Trials,” Ron Sexsmith’s “Imaginary Friends” (for our Save Stereogum comp), Big Star’s “Thirteen” (alongside Waxahatchee and Hurray For The Riff Raff), and Bill Withers’ “Let Me In Your Life” (for an all-star voting rights comp). No...
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Stream Richmond Punk Band Tempter’s Grimy, Intense Self-Titled Debut EP

It’s always fun when a bunch of members of different bands get together to form a new band. It’s especially fun in underground music circles, where the bands aren’t especially famous and where people generally aren’t too tempted to use the term “supergroup.” That’s what’s happening with Tempter, a new band whose members all come from different punk and hardcore bands from Richmond. Tempter singer Valentina Lopez and bassist David Jaycox are both in Nosebleed, while guitarist Michael Quick is in ...
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Waxahatchee – “Talkin’ Dust Bowl Blues” (Woody Guthrie Cover)

Waxahatchee has covered Woody Guthrie. This tracks! But why has it come to pass? Because the iconic folk singer’s 1940 album Dust Bowl Ballads is about to get a tribute album curated by Grammy-winning music supervisor and producer Randall Poster, who worked on such projects as Skyfall, The Wolf Of Wall Street, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and Boardwalk Empire.
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Future Islands – “Peach”

For many years, Baltimore’s Future Islands have been one of the hardest-touring bands in the whole indie rock universe. (Probably not coincidentally, they’re also one of the best live bands.) Last year, when the pandemic made touring impossible, Future Islands released the album As Long As You Are. Since then, they’ve stayed busy by releasing more music: a Tina Turner cover, a Colourbox cover, an Egyptian Lover remix. Now, while they’re preparing to finally return to touring life, Future Islands...
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Parquet Courts – “Walking At A Downtown Pace”

After the extended cut of “Plant Life,” a marching band performing “Walking At A Downtown Pace” through lower Manhattan, and debuting a bunch of new songs onstage in New Jersey, the time has finally come. Parquet Courts have officially announced their new album, the followup to 2018’s Wide Awake! It’s called Sympathy For Life, and it’s out in October.
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Rolo Tomassi – “Cloaked”

Rolo Tomassi back up in this motherfucker! The formerly UK-based, now trans-Atlantic progressive hardcore powerhouse have not released new music since 2018’s world-wrecking Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It — one of those albums that artfully blends the screamy and dreamy, and one of that year’s absolute best. Last year they let us know they’d parted ways with their former label due to serious allegations against its founder. Now they’re launching a new album rollout for a new label.
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