Today’s Cool album of the Day (# 928 in the Series) is the self-titled debut from Lyle Lovett Lyle Lovett burst into national prominence with his Pontiac album in 1987. That was the release that gave us some of his best known tunes such as “If I Had a Boat” and “She’s No Lady.” Some people never looked to see that he had another spectacular record the year […]
Estranged Black Sabbath drummer Bill Ward says he remains in contact with Tony Iommi and Geezer Butler - but believes he's lost the friendship of Ozzy Osbourne, and he's not sure how much he could trust the singer in future
When asked for three words to describe her music, Copenhagen native Lisa Alma comes up with "Dreamy. Spacious. Lo-Fi." All adjectives are in full display on striking new self-directed video "When I Knew," one of four tracks from her recent EP Let's Be Adventurers. Most of Alma's songs are dripping in '80s bubbly synth exces […]
When a song like "Ghosts" comes along you simply just stand back and get out of the way. The title track to the upcoming full-length from the Ian Thornley-fronted band Big Wreck is one of the best roll-down-the-windows driving songs we've heard in a long while. Warning to the uninitiated: wicked guitar solo ahead. Ghosts from the regrouped Tor […]
Australian singer/songwriter Justin Tebbutt has been getting some comparisons to one Justin "Bon Iver" Vernon -- yes, we're guilty as charged -- and this wintry video for new song "Bones" coupled with Tebbutt's falsetto vocals won't do much to discourage the practice. Fortunately, the music can stand on its own. More DC on […]
Londoner Sophie Jamieson pegs her own particular music genre as "haunt-folk/dream-folk/alt-folk," a lengthy bit of hyphenated jargon that does a pretty good job of summing things up. As with many contemporary solo songwriters, Jamieson has opted for a backing trio of sympatico players who help flesh out her songs with subdued sonic shadings and add […]
Debut album Going Home from Icelandic singer and songwriter Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson is easily one of our must-hear albums of 2014 and the title track, via this nicely surreal video, is just one more reason why. More DC on Ásgeir here. Click through below to watch him perform a cover of Nirvana's "Heart Shaped Box"...
Indie/Indy-based singer/songwriter Richard Edwards marks a decade of his Margot and The Nuclear So and Sos with Slingshot to Heaven (April 22), another insidiously melodic epistle of wistful lyrical weirdness. What Magnet calls "stripped-down and amped-up confessional garage folk" also concerns growing up and entering that neverland of thirty-somet […]
The title track of Lera Lynn's EP Lying In the Sun is a soulful and sultry slow-burner that gets an equally seductive production in the new video. The Georgia-raised singer and songwriter is currently prepping the release of her second full-length album The Avenues (date TBA), an album we've described as "a collection of richly textured and ac […]
Jesse Winchester passed away a week ago at the age of 69 leaving a legacy as a songwriter's songwriter. His first album, produced by The Band's Robbie Robertson and engineered by Todd Rundgren, stands as a brilliant and understated collection of songs and a sound that paved the way for what we now know as Americana. "As underrated a singer as […]
If anyone or anything might put Baraboo, WI, on the map, we're thinking it might just be PHOX. High school chums who each left town and then returned, the group became a band in a communal home in nearby (and immensely more hip) Madison. Their bio describes their music as straddling "Feist and Monty Python," but we're hearing some rather […]
“Fuck!!! This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life hands down,” tweeted Adele when she saw the live-in-the-studio take of Paolo Nutini's "Iron Sky." No wonder. Taken from his new album Caustic Love, just out in the U.K., and the U.S.-only EP of the same name (full-length due later this year), "Iron Sky" takes the soulf […]
Acclaimed Nashville roots-folk collective Old Crow Medicine Show will release their new studio album Remedy on July 1 via ATO. Lead single "Sweet Amarillo," according to the band, began as an unfinished Bob Dylan song that the iconic writer asked the band to complete. "We received a cassette tape in the mail from Bob Dylan," the band […]
British singer/songwriter Birdy will release her second album Fire Within in the U.S. on June 3. The new album will include the song that originally got the then-15-year-old Jasmine Van Den Bogaerde -- aka Birdy -- noticed in the first place: a stripped piano-ballad version of Bon Iver's "Skinny Love." Stream "Wings" and watch " […]
British singer/songwriter David Gray will release his 10th studio album Mutineers on June 17. The new project, Gray's first in four years, was produced by Andy Barlow (Lamb) and recorded at The Church Studios in London. A special deluxe edition of Mutineers will feature two additional discs of live recordings. Watch the video for lead track "Gulls […]
Puss N Boots, the countrified female trio of Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper, will release their debut album No Fools, No Fun on July 15. The album will arrive following a string of showcase performances this spring and summer including The Newport Folk Festival. Coming on the heels of Foreverly, Jones' recent tribute to the Everly Brothe […]
Keeping with a math symbol title theme, British singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran has announced the release of his sophomore album x, or multiply, on June 23, the follow up to his breakout debut album + (plus). The new album was executive-produced in L.A. with legendary studio man and label executive Rick Rubin, a man who has helped define the sound and guide the […]
Press Release: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah have announced the June 3 release of its new record Only Run. The new album's first track, "Coming Down" can be streamed below. Like the band's first three records, Only Run will be marketed and distributed directly and independently by them. While this ethos initially struck a chord with fans when […]
Press Release: British chanteuse Gabrielle Aplin is on her way to cementing her status as a breakout artist of 2014 following the massive success of her single "The Power of Love" that launched to #1 on the U.K. and Australia iTunes Chart, achieving certified Gold status in both countries. Now, Aplin is gearing up to take the U.S. by storm with the […]
Jack White will release his second solo album Lazaretto on June 10 via Third Man Records/Columbia. The new project, described as "stormy, delicate, dramatic, volatile, scratchy and velveteen," is being previewed with lead instrumental track "High Ball Stepper." Watch the video below. From the Press Release: In celebration of the new album […]
Brooklyn art-pop trio The Antlers have announced the June 17 release of their fourth studio album Familiars via ANTI-. The new project was recorded, engineered and produced by the band in their Brooklyn studio and mixed by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, TV on the Radio, Beach House) and follow up the band's critically acclaimed 2011 album Burst Apart. Wa […]
Noted producer Ethan Johns (Laura Marling, Kings of Leon) will release his new album Reckoning on June 3. The album is something of a role reversal for the producer/musician as Ryan Adams, who has tapped Johns to produce for him in the past, steps into the role of producer for Johns and his Reckoning. The new album was recorded at Adam's Pax-Am studio i […]
Meet the singer opening Clash’s Great Escape stage…Being first on, before a crowd that’s not your own, doesn’t just take guts – it’s something of an art in itself, a testing demand for any musician but also a welcome challenge. When nobody knows you, there’s only victory ahead – you can only attract more admirers to your cause. And if you bomb, hell, you’ll […]
Featuring some brand new remixes...Wild Beasts have always sought out new influences. With their flamboyant, widescreen sound the band have often pillaged classical realms, occasionally stopping past rock's outer fringes. New album 'Present Tense' though, saw the Kendal group delve into electronics. Flowering into something quite special, new […]
Clash peeks inside the studio, to see what’s coming out in the wash…Inside The Invisible’s writing and recording space in east London, a roomy unit within The Laundry, successes to date are proudly displayed, prominent amongst them a commemorative disc marking many sales of Jessie Ware’s ‘Devotion’, produced by the band’s Dave Okumu. On a blackboard is an im […]
Entrancing pop from the United States...As the oft-observed cliche holds: writing about music is like dancing about architecture. So why not let the musicians introduce themselves? Here's PHOX: "PHOX is a bunch of friends from the Midwestern circus hamlet Baraboo, Wisc., a place where kids often drink poisoned groundwater and become endowed mutants […]
Misfits star is going global…Antonia Thomas is telling Clash about how she responded to the news that she’d earned a Best Female Newcomer nomination at the Empire Awards earlier this year. “What? That was my reaction,” she exclaims. “Really?”, “Oh my God!” and “Wow!” soon followed. She’d been shortlisted for her role in Dexter Fletcher’s 2013 musical based a […]
No Wave legend Arto Lindsay appears...A continually probing, boundary shattering entity, to rococo rot tend to do as they damn well please. Sitting on the fringes of the ambient/electronic world, the three piece - Robert and Ronald Lippok and Stefan Schneider - have now decided to embrace songs. New album 'Instrument' drops on July 21st via City Sl […]
Stream their new album in full...Leave everything at the door / Leave everyone at home / Empty your mind, empty your mind... FM Belfast are on a mission to be different, to be themselves. The Icelandic group's live shows are a collision of sweat, glitter and glistening melodic hooks, while their studio output is rarely anything other than fascinating. D […]
Marries complexity with club-ready thump...Harakiri: a ritual Japanese suicide of disembowelment reserved only for samurai. Seems horrifying, but witnesses insist it was a profoundly impressive sight to behold. It’s an apt title for Milwaukee producer Sd Laika’s long-awaited debut album then, as aural demonstrations of ultra violence are carved into somethin […]
Rising producer takes fascinating new step...Named as one of the New Year's brightest hopes by this very oracle, Ben Khan has just continue to excite. New EP '1992' capitalises on the hype, with the rising producer striking just when the proverbial iron begins to melt. Lead cut 'Youth' you may well recognise, but the EP as a whole de […]
His wonderful return...Raised in Glasgow, Rudi Zygadlo makes music which seems to sit in its own universe. The producer has a flamboyant, prog rock influenced side, alongside an interest in electronic beats and avant garde classical composition. Within those three points is where you'll find Rudi Zygadlo. 2012's Planet Mu reared full length 'T […]
The band grants as the rare opportunity to talk hype, meaning and anonymity, but the cloaks stay on. UNCHARTED: Thantifaxath: a rare interview with Toronto’s anonymous black metal enigmas by Michael Rancic | Chart Attack.
Hear the entire groovy new album from the prolific Hooded Fang/Phèdre/ETC. songwriter. PREMIERE: Stream Lee Paradise’s Water Palace Kingdom, the new solo LP by Hooded Fang’s Daniel Lee by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.
We spoke to director Amanda Fotes and singer Shehzaad Jiwani about the intentionally frustrating new video. Greys’ guerilla amp toss: The new music video for “Guy Picciotto” by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.
The Animal Collective founder chats about his latest project, Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks. INTERVIEW: Avey Tare on balancing good vibes with darkness and the long shadow of “My Girls” by Jordan Darville | Chart Attack.
Listen to new songs by Jack White, Chad VanGaalen, Pixies, The Darcys, and more. Check back for more updates. Listen to all the Record Store Day 2014 releases that are online right now by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
From "Accidental Racist" to Teen Mom, these are the RSD exclusives that would FLY off the shelves. 6 Record Store Day Releases We’ll Probably Never See (But That Would Sell Out Fast) by Chart Attack | Chart Attack.
Watch the new video from the heavy Toronto rockers, directed by Dean Tzenos of Odonis Odonis. PREMIERE: DAS RAD’s “Vacuum” video gives April snow one last hurrah (sludge, too) by Richard Trapunski | Chart Attack.
Today’s song is He’s A Reptile by the Soft Boys. Recorded during early sessions for their masterpiece, Underwater Moonlight, it was released as a single three years later and included on both the band’s posthumous compilation disc Invisible Hits and the anniversary repackaging of Moonlight. It captures the spirit of the band perfectly, mixing their fondness […]
Seattle – Four years after signing on to Communion Records, UK artist Matthew and The Atlas (nèe Matthew Hegarty) has released his first full-length album. Other Rivers, is a vocally and melodically soaring compilation of songs Hegarty’s written over the past six years. After two acclaimed EPs, To the North and Kingdom of Your Own, both released in 2010, fan […]
Chicago – On Friday night, Dan Chang and Michael Garner walked out on stage with their band to a thunderous roar of applause at the Riviera Theatre. Garner, a Chicago native, said it was their best welcoming to date. People were clearly excited to see LA based band Hunter Hunted and their lively indie rock. Since the duo broke from Lady Danville and released […]
BROOKLYN – LA band Street Joy is steadily churning out full-bodied rock that struts in line with The Strokes’ vibe, yet is infused with the youthful cadence of sun-drenched SoCal tendencies. Rapidly garnering attention for their hard-hitting, high-energy soundscapes, their work is guaranteed to hook you from first listen. The group surfaced with their debut […]
Austin - Selling out a show at Emo's East is already an impressive accomplishment, but doing so on a Wednesday night is almost unheard of. Nevertheless, a lone DJ by the name Flume was able to do so. Otherwise known as Harley Edward Streten, this talented 22-year-old became an Australian superstar after signing to Future Classic records two years prior, […]
Los Angeles - Jamestown Revival are excited to announce a run of headlining tour dates beginning in May. The band will be playing in major markets including Los Angeles (May 29 @ The Troubadour), San Francisco (June 01 @ Great American Music Hall), and New York City (June 24 @ Highline Ballroom). The band will also be performing this year at major festivals, […]