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Illmatic Turns 20
Apr 18, 2014 8:03am | StereoGum

The summer and fall of 2001 were tremendously exciting times to be a young rap nerd. Jay-Z and Nas were throwing lyrical haymakers at each other, scrambling for the upper hand, using every possible weapon at their disposal to wreck each other. Rap had had plenty of storied rivalries, of course, but we’d never heard two commercial, artistic titans going for blood like that, getting unrelentingly personal with every line. Nas talked about Jay’s “dick sucking lips” and “whiskers like a rat.” Jay made explicit reference to fucking Nas’s ex in Nas’s car. Only one thing was off-limits, and that one thing was Illmatic. That’s the one hot album in Jay’s “one hot album every ten year average” line from “The Takeover,” and you can even hear a bit of awe creep into his voice when he pronounces the album’s title. Talking about the Nas sample on his own “Dead Presidents,” Jay famously says, “You made it a hot line, I made it a hot song,” but at least he acknowledges that it was a hot line, you know? In fact, Illmatic sits there underneath everything Jay says on “The Takeover.” He couldn’t just say you’re garbage. He had to say look at all this enormous power and potential you had when you started; isn’t it too bad that you’re garbage now? Because what could Jay possibly say about Illmatic</...



FKA twigs made her NYC debut at Glasslands & The Westway (pics & video)
Apr 18, 2014 8:00am | Brooklyn Vegan

photos by Amanda Hatfield

FKA twigs @ The Westway - 4/17/14

At this, her first New York show, her opening whisper was a perhaps inadvertent reminder of this tension in her music. It came at the beginning of "Weak Spot," which seems like a love song but is really something of a taunt. Both to the audience and to the target of the song, she seemed to be saying: Look how little it takes to get your attention.

She mostly held it during this show, which was performed in vague light, as if she only wanted to give out part of herself visually, too. She was backed by three musicians -- two on drum machines, one alternating between drum machines and guitar -- who barely moved as well. (At one point, she asked for more light onstage because "my band can't see the pads.")

Where she wasn't stingy was with her body. Ms. Barnett is trained as a dancer: Before she gained attention as a singer, she appeared in a handful of music videos as a backup dancer; on Instagram, she often posts videos of her rehearsals. Frequently, she appears to be experiencing her music more vividly through her body than through her voice. [NY Times]

The very-hyped London artist FKA twigs (real name Tahliah Barnett) just wrapped up a short run of North American dates, including her first-ever NYC shows at Glasslands on Wednesday (4/16) and at The Westway last night (4/17) (both sold out). She had two EPs to pull from, and according...


Listen: Montreal Sex Machine Blackout
Apr 18, 2014 7:50am | The Line Of Best Fit

GODMODE Records new house band Montreal Sex Machine stomp on to the scene with Blackout. Featuring an array of the labels signees, these guys live up to their supergroup status on this scuzzy slice of eminently danceable rock.

The blend of warped (is that octave fuzz, I hear?) yet instantly catchy guitar lead and a wandering bass line give Blackout the sound of that last round of shotsthat youll remember. Over all the sleaze, Mr. Dreams Adam Moerder croons like a cross between Josh Homme (Queens Of The Stone Age) and Luke Jenner (The Rapture), presenting the listener with a choice: cash out or blackout? I think we both know the night doesn’t end here.

Montreal Sex Machine’s debut 12 is set for release on 15 June. Their debut performance is scheduled for the same day at Muchmores in Brooklyn, New York.


Watch Broken Bells Take Control To Conan
Apr 18, 2014 7:49am | StereoGum

Broken Bells are in California and between Coachella weekends, and amazingly enough, Danger Mouse is not using the moment to produce another kinda-flat album for another arena-rock band. Instead, he and James Mercer appeared on last night’s episode of Conan, performing “Control,” an icy early-’80s-style rocker from their new album After The Disco. Their stage setup, with all those circular platforms, is a pretty cool piece of design, though I’m not sure it makes up for the glaring lack of stage presence. Check out the performance below.

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Future unveils video for Kanye West collaboration, 'I Won' - watch
Apr 18, 2014 7:37am | NME
The clip is directed by Hype Williams



Miley Cyrus responds to rumours surrounding her hospitalisation
Apr 18, 2014 7:10am | NME
The controversial singer had an allergic reaction to an antibiotic



New 'Godzilla' featurette revealed - watch
Apr 18, 2014 6:28am | NME
Director Gareth Edwards discusses monster movie



Top selling albums in independent record shops since last year's Record Store Day revealed
Apr 18, 2014 6:16am | NME
Arctic Monkeys and Daft Punk amongst those who make the Top 40



Record Store Day 2014: The Good, The Bad and The Blatant Cash Ins
Apr 18, 2014 5:52am | Drowned In Sound

Its that time of year again! When a legion of trenchcoat owners and fey youngsters with immaculate haircuts head down to their local music emporium, all in the hope of bagging some exclusive vinyl treats. We are, of course, talking about Record Store Day, when we plan on rising from bed at a ludicrous hour to give James Murphy yet more of our money.

Despite the inevitable dross in this years list of over 600 releases, there remains plenty to get excited about. From Tim Burgess brand new solo single to a Liars record that has actual wool in it. Weve done our best to round up the best releases below, and took a moment to take aim at the unnecessary tosh too.

Dig in and allow us to wish you a ton of fun when rooting around in your local record store this Saturday.

The Good

LCD Soundsystem

The Long Goodbye (DFA)


Few bands have been as mindful of their place in the musical canon as LCD Soundsystem. From the opening strains of 'Losing My Edge', James Murphy deliberately set about placing his own band in the same esteem as Can, Suicide and The Sonics. Now he's releasing their final show at Madison Square Gardens in 2011 as a special edition, 5-LP boxset - the sort of commemorative treatment that usually befits rock royalty. If you saw the Brooklyn dance-punk troupe live before their self-made demise, you'll understand just why this sort of grandstanding is wholly justified. They were an ecstati...


Black Flag's Greg Ginn and FLAG settle lawsuit
Apr 18, 2014 5:50am | NME
The two parties have resolved Ginn's claims new band Flag benefitted from Black Flag's identity



Belle & Sebastian cover 'Don't Stop Believing' at children's hospital - watch
Apr 18, 2014 5:19am | NME
The Scottish group performed for the Songs For Kids Foundation



Beck hopes to release another album this year
Apr 18, 2014 4:27am | NME
The follow up to February's 'Morning Phase' is already underway



What's going on Friday? (Tycho, Fear of Men, Audacity, Paws, Priests, NY's Alright, I Break Horses, Liam Finn & more)
Apr 17, 2014 11:15pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Tycho in Chicago in 2012 (more by Zach Pollack)

Fear of Men at the Seaport in 2013 (more by Amanda Hatfield)

You can browse our full NYC show calendar for all of tonight's shows, but here are some highlights...

Tycho, Gardens and Villa @ Webster Hall
Tycho's downbeat electronica is performed as a three-piece band live, giving it a vibe of post-rock you can sway to. Tonight's show is sold out.

Fear of Men, Beverly, Beach Day, Alvvays @ Brooklyn Night Bazaar
This weekend's BKNB entertainment is brought to you by Kanine Records and is a great bill of indiepop, including UK band Fear of Men, Beverly (Drew Citron who's also currently in TPOBPAH), Canada's lovely Alvvays and Floriday trio Beach Day.

Celestial Shore, Krill, Netherfriends, Zula, Native America @ Silent Barn
There's a lot of good music on this bill, including mathy indie pop band Celestial Shore, psychdelic pop band Zula, eccentric indie rockers Krill and more.

The Coathangers, Audacity @ Mercury Lounge
This is the second NYC show of The Coathangers' tour with Audacity which has been bringing great double doses of garage punk all around North America.

Household, Good Throb, Priests, Arm Candy @ Death by Audio
This is the second DbA show for DC post-punks Priests and UK punks Good Throb, who played the same venue earlier this month. THe rest of the bill is good too, with strong local b...


Future I Won (feat. Kanye West) Video
Apr 17, 2014 9:44pm | StereoGum

The celebratory and sentimental Future/Kanye collab “I Won” now has a video to go along with it. The video’s a subdued, mostly black-and-white affair featuring some of the sexiest dancing on a beach since Beyoncé danced on a beach for her “Drunk In Love” video. In case you missed it, Future also shared his André 3000 collab earlier today and you can stream most of Honest right now. Watch the Hype Williams-directed video below.

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Future I Won (Feat. Kanye West) Video
Apr 17, 2014 9:44pm | StereoGum

The celebratory and sentimental Future/Kanye collab “I Won” now has a video to go along with it. The video’s a subdued, mostly black-and-white affair featuring some of the sexiest dancing on a beach since Beyoncé danced on a beach for her “Drunk In Love” video. In case you missed it, Future also shared his André 3000 collab earlier today and you can stream most of Honest right now. Watch the Hype Williams-directed video below.

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