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Weaves: One More
In their newly released video for lead single "One More," Toronto "bent pop" rock four-piece Weaves' frontwoman Jasmyn Burke trounces through a desert landscape in a neon pink robe. There's a sense of organized chaos, bursts of gold (pom-poms) and...
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Laura Groves: Gamma Ray Blue (Cleaners From Venus Cover)
London-based songwriter Laura Groves previously released an album on XL under the moniker Blue Roses. Under her real name, however, Groves transitions from acoustic instruments like piano and guitar to a more electronic set-up, and her voice glows...
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Holy Fuck: Tom Tom
Six years after Latin was released, Holy Fuck is back and not a moment too soon. The Toronto-based quartet released the lead single from their upcoming album Congrats a couple months ago and now the song, "Tom Tom," has a high production video to match...
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D'Angelo feat. Princess: Sometimes It Snows in April
D'Angelo was joined by Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Lieberum (aka Princess, a Prince cover band) last night to perform a tremendously moving version of Prince's "Sometimes it Snows in April." The song, from the legend's 1986 album Parade (perhaps most...
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Future Punx: How To Dance
Brooklyn-based act Future Punx—one of our faves at CMJ a few years ago—will embark on a two-week American tour later this May. Their debut album This is Post-Wave (released last August and streaming in full on Spotify, Bandcamp and more) is filled...
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Stormzy: Scary
New from prince of grime Stormzy—who still has yet to release a full-length album—is "Scary," an audiovisual message of intimidation for those who doubt his success. "But don't get gassed cause you got the headline / You only got it cause I declined...
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Charli XCX + SOPHIE: Vroom Vroom
Singer-songwriter Charli XCX and divergent sound designer SOPHIE—each compelling in their own unique brand of pop—bring out the best in each other in the four-track EP Vroom Vroom, one that provokes all of the senses and hits listeners like a steamroller...
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Prince: Purple Rain (Live)
It's tough to lose Prince, who passed away today at the age of 57. The seemingly invincible artist's personal back catalog is an infinite jukebox of hits and buried treasures—which helped launch others' careers and inspired countless musicians from...
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Róisín Murphy: Mastermind
Considering the inimitable Róisín Murphy took an eight-year pause between 2007's Overpowered and last year's Mercury Prize-nominated Hairless Toys, fans are surely thrilled to be averaging an album a year right now. The Irish singer/songwriter/producer...
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Laura Mvula: Phenomenal Woman
Singer-songwriter Laura Mvula has had a lot of emotional hills to climb these past few years. The success of her strange, inventive debut LP Sing to the Moon—which lost the 2013 Mercury Prize to James Blake's Overgrown—manifested with panic attacks...
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The Flaming Lips: Space Oddity
Four months later, it's still hard to fully grasp that David Bowie is no longer with us. The latest tribute comes from The Flaming Lips, who have covered "Space Oddity" with utter, heartfelt emotion. In the accompanying music video, the band plays...
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Skepta: Man
Skepta's world domination is imminent: 6 May sees the release of his LP Konnichiwa, which many have been eagerly awaiting since the London-based MC and producer dropped the single "That's Not Me" (featuring his brother JME) back in 2014, and the riotous...
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Jambinai: They Keep Silence
Almost an antithesis to manufactured K-pop is South Korean band Jambinai, who use their country's traditional instruments to rock out with intensity as seen in their music video for experimental metal track "They Keep Silence." Eun Youg Sim vigorously...
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Kanye West: Famous
Written, directed and starring Aziz Ansari and Eric Wareheim (aka Lil Bud and Big Bud), this not-necessarily-official video for Kanye West's "Famous" also features a lot of pasta, wine and dancing around Italy (as well as some car-humping). Part artistic...
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Har Mar Superstar: How Did I Get Through The Day?
You might have spotted Har Mar Superstar in the season three premiere of Broad City as the "Oy Bomb" dude in the art gallery, but he isn't abandoning his career as a chest-baring rockstar just quite yet. His upcoming album Best Summer Ever, out from...
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Jahkoy: All or Nothing (I Just Wanna...)
Toronto-born, LA-based singer/rapper/producer/songwriter Jahkoy (who originally performed under the name Raheem) consistently releases music via Soundcloud (where he has some 40K followers and calls his genre #bipolarsound) and "All or Nothing (I Just...
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Carly Rae Jepsen: Boy Problems
Every track on Carly Rae Jepsen's powerhouse 2015 album E•MO•TION (it only gets better with time) has its own unique personality, and "Boy Problems" has been an especially addictive standout with CRJ's voice gliding up and down like a synth. The song...
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Purson: The Window Cleaner
London-based prog rockers Purson—helmed by Rosalie Cunningham, formerly of all-female mod four-piece Ipso Facto—know how to paint a picture with rhythm and beauty. Each band member has pockets within each songs to show off their instrumental chops...
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Classixx feat. How to Dress Well: Just Let Go
LA-based DJ and production duo Classixx (aka Michael David and Tyler Blake) teamed up with How To Dress Well (aka dreamboat Tom Krell) for the new, glittery "Just Let Go" from their upcoming record Faraway Reach. Despite the track's decidedly '90s...
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Paul Simon: Wristband
In his new song "Wristband," Paul Simon tells the story of a musician who gets locked out of his own show because he doesn't have the necessary entry bracelet, with brisk, nimble flamenco-inspired percussion. It's incredible to realize that Simon is...
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Babymetal: Gimme Chocolate!! (Live)
"I'm not sure what I'm about to see," says Stephen Colbert before introducing his next musical guest, "but I'm pretty excited about it!" J-pop trio Babymetal executes their harmonies and choreography with every ounce of cuteness and respect required...
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Joon Moon: I Might Be Wrong (Radiohead Cover)
Paris-based Joon Moon (currently made up of Julien Decoret and American expat Krystle Warren, who's toured with Joan As Police Woman, Rufus Wainwright and more) take on Radiohead's 2001 single "I Might Be Wrong,"—separating the song from its electronic...
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Nosaj Thing: N R 2
The mostly enigmatic LA-based beatmaker Nosaj Thing (aka Jason Chung) has something for the fans. After three intensely personal albums, he's releasing No Reality, an EP that finds the artist pushing himself to overthink less, flow more. "Most of these...
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Gold Panda: In My Car
There are no kaleidoscopic visuals or light effects in Gold Panda's video for his new instrumental track "In My Car." It follows the British producer to his hometown, Chelmsford, as he spends a day with his grandma Lakhi Shiner (whose name was the...
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D.R.A.M.: Don't Let D.R.A.M. Be A Hot Boy (Missy Elliott Remix)
Proving once again Missy Elliott's brand of music has literally no sell-by date, Virginia artist D.R.A.M. (aka Shelley Massenburg-Smith) has remixed her sublimely perfect Timbaland-produced "Hot Boyz" (from her 1998 album Da Real World) and taken the...
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