In the Jared Eberhardt-directed video for Mirage Rock's lead single "Knock, Knock" follows a team of scientists shooting a 70s-style animal documentary on, who else, the Band of Horses. It's a clever clip and showcases some breathtaking shots of the Utah desert, backing up Ben Bidwell and Co's ever-present ability to meld humor and beauty. Check out the video via NPR below and grab Mirage Rock when it drops Sept. 18.
Anytime Common and No I.D. team up you can count me in. It's not clear when the duo collaborated on this jazzy unreleased track, but it's playful nature is perfect for this back-to-school weekend. Stream it below.
Could Coheed & Cambria make their return in anything but an epic fashion? With their forthcoming double album The Afterman, they're doing just that. Here's "Key Entity Extraction I: Domino the Destitute," the face-melting lead single from the first disc, The Afterman: Ascension, due out Oct. 9. If the song title doesn't bring you right back to the good ole days of In Keeping Secrets, the song certainly will. Welcome home, boys.
Minus the Bear's clip for "Steel and Blood" features Michael Phelps' junkie older brother (not really) and his girl hustling, having a lot of sex, and breaking and entering mansions while their white collar tenant is out. It's all fun and games until...well, the title kind of speaks for itself. Infinity Overhead drops Aug. 28th, but you can stream it via the band's official website here.
While recording Born and Raised, John Mayer filmed a bunch of footage of himself performing acoustic rendition of cuts off the album. He already dropped an blazing take on "Queen of California" and now we have a laid back campfire take on "Something Like Olivia". Let's hope there are more of these, specifically "Walter Grace's Submarine Experiment, January 1967." Check it out below.
Brian Fallon stuck around late at the Lowlands Festival in the Netherlands to treat attendees with a special acoustic set. He takes on a wide range of Gaslight material--numbered songs from both the first LP Sink or Swim ("1930") and their most recent Handwritten ("45") are both featured--but the cover of Brand New's "Sowing Season" is the one that has fan boys like me going apeshit. Check the whole thing below.
A gracious J. Cole, who already unveiled some promising new material in the form of the Ye/Jay-sampling "The Cure", debuted another new cut called "I'm a Fool" at the San Bernardino stop of the Rock The Bells Festival. A classic Cole World flow with a hefty soul sample always makes for a good combination. Check it out below and watch the entire clip to catch his performance of "Can't Get Enough".
P.O.S. will make his triumphant return to solo material, complete with a Justin Vernon feature, with a new LP We Don't Even Live Here on Oct. 23rd. The first single "Bumper" also got a very cool debut via an industrial art performance on City of Music. The dude is clearly building on the punk-laced hip-hop he nearly perfected on Never Better and his lyrics, which you probably need a dictionary handy for, are sharper too. You're all on alert for this one. Head below to watch the clip and click here to check out the album artwork and tracklisting.
After the massively disappointing LASERS, I was hoping a return to the Food & Liquor moniker would coincide with a return to form for Wasalu. His newest single "Lamborghini Angels" instills a heavy dose of true belief to that wish, as Lupe's unchained flow and social conscious lyrics shines over an instrumental that is as thumping as it is moody. Listen to the track below and look for Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Pt. I on Sept. 25th.
I posted a video of Andy Hull performing an acoustic version of a new Bad Books song called "Forest Whitaker" a few days ago. Rolling Stone got the goods on the album cut and, as I correctly predicted, it sounds nothing like the acoustic version. Hit the link below to hear it and look for Bad Books II to drop Oct. 9th.
Vancouver duo Japandroids are a refreshing reminder of the true definition of rock 'n' roll music for the modern music scene saturated by Top 40 dribble. Their video for Celebration Rock's charging anthem "The House That Heaven Built"--directed by Jim Larson--follows suit as it captures the band doing the usual tour stuff: thrashing to sweaty masses, shotgunning beers, wearing viking hats, and grilling whole chickens. Not sure if there is anything more rock 'n' roll that that. Check it out below.
Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine's collaborative project Bad Books will issue a second LP and Andy Hull, with cigarette firmly entrenched in his guitar's neck, was nice enough to debut a new song off it. The whistle-aided "Forest Whitaker" sounds wonderful stripped down, but the odds that the full band studio version will sound anything like this are slim to none. Check the video out below via Property of Zack.
Amidst the excitement surrounding their forthcoming sophomore LP Coexist, The xx dropped a follow-up track to album opener "Angels". "Chained" is a short, but gorgeously hypnotic, ballad who's rhythms drift apart as dreamily as the lovers in the song's lyrics. Check it out below and look for Coexist on Sept. 11.
Wavves returns from a bit of an absence with promises that a new album is "close" and a new tune as part of Adult Swim’s Singles Series. Boasting cleaner production than the typical fuzzy Wavves jams, "Hippies Is Punks" contrasts grunge-as-hell verses with one of their trademarked beach-ready, sing-a-long chorus. Grab it below, courtesy Stereogum.