Conor Oberst, of Bright Eyes fame, has announced that he will release a fresh solo album Upside Down Mountain, on May 20. This is the first new material from Oberts since his work with Bright Eyes back in 2011. Check out the album’s first single, a bright and captivating ditty, “Hundreds of Ways” below. [Stereogum]
Texas indie band Shearwater have been dabbling in the world of covers for a while now. They released an all covers collection called Fellow Travelers late last year, and it seems their letting this trend continue. The band’s newest cover is Nina Simone’s melancholy “Black is the Color.” [Stereogum]
Last April, Band of Horses recorded their live performance at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium. The band will release this 10-track acoustic collection, as the aptly titled, Acoustic at the Ryman on February 11. Check out the first sample, a bare bones of their 2007 track “Detlef Schrempf.” [CoS]
Canadian multimedia artist Mac DeMarco will release his new album, Salad Days on April Fool’s Day - no joke. Now you can listen to his amazing new track, “Passing Out Pieces.” It’s a dreamy, psychedelic ditty that makes a mighty fine lead single. [CoS]
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings continued their triumphant return to the stage last night on Conan. This soulful performance of their new single “Retreat!” proves that Jones’ recent battle with cancer has not dampened her spirits. Their flawless new album Give The People What They Want is out now. [Stereogum]
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Midday Show with Cheryl Waters, is “Find a Love” byRead more...
Phantogram will drop their sophomore album Voices on February 18, and today they’ve shared the track “Nothing But Trouble.” This song is a dazzling, spectacle that has all the elements of a summer hit. [Stereogum]
Stephen Bruner, a.k.a. Thundercat, teamed up with artists Jolly Mare and Rudi Zygadlo for his contribution to the upcoming Red Bull Academy compilation (available January 15). “Vulnerable People” is a jazz fusion track that really utilizes Bruner’s funky bass playing prowess. [Pitchfork]
Every Monday through Friday, we deliver a different song as part of our Song of the Day podcast subscription. This podcast features exclusive KEXP in-studio performances, unreleased songs, and recordings from independent artists that our DJs think you should hear. Today’s song, featured on the Morning Show with John Richards, is “Just Weight” by BattlemeRead more...
Common has yet to announce the release date for his upcoming LP, Nobody Smiling, but today he has shared the LP track “War.” The album delves into the heartbreaking violence in his hometown of Chicago. This first song focuses on the similarities of the children being killed in Chicago and in wars all over theRead more...