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THE STROKES FORCED TO SHUT DOWN MUSIC VIDEO FOR BEING OVERLY POLITICAL

Julian Casablancas has revealed that The Strokes were forced to cancel a music video because of its overly political content.

The singer claimed the video to ‘Oblivius’ was “shut down,” though he didn’t go into the details of who or what forced the nixing of the clip. “Well, we were going to do ‘Oblivius’ and we had all this kind of super heavy political content and then it kind of through different indirect corridors got shut down,” Casablancas told Zane... read more

LISTEN: SLEIGH BELLS RELEASE NEW SONG ‘RULE NUMBER ONE’

Nu garage, noise pop two-piece Sleigh Bells haven’t coughed up a full-length LP since 2013’s Bitter Rivals. That’s a pretty deep breather between drinks for a band whose first three albums were released within a four-year timespan – and, following last year’s release of standalone singles ‘Champions of Unrestricted Beauty’ and ‘That Did It’ (featuring Tink), anticipation is mounting.

The bad news is that we still don’t have any concrete information regarding... read more

ANGEL OLSEN ANNOUNCES NEW ALBUM, SHARES SINGLE ‘INTERN’

Angel Olsen has announced the follow-up to her acclaimed 2014 album, Burn Your Fire For No Witness, with My Woman set for release in September.

The album, Olsen’s third, saw her working with producer Justin Raisen and was recorded at Los Angeles’s Vox Studios. She has shared the first single from the album, ‘Intern.’

In a statement accompanying the album announcement, Olsen said it was an exploration of “the complicated mess of being a woman.” She... read more

LISTEN: LOCAL NATIVES PREMIERE NEW SONG ‘VILLAINY’

Local Natives’ as-of-yet untitled third album is finally coming down the pipeline, with the first track from the LP dropping earlier today.

Premiering on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show, ‘Villainy’ is the second release this year from the Californian rock band. Lowe specifically introduced the track, however, as “their first piece of music from their forthcoming new record” – suggesting the song... read more

PLAYLIST: ALLDAY’S TOP 5 SONGS TO GET HIM PUMPED FOR A FESTIVAL

We’re just days away from hip-hop festival Come Together hitting Luna Park, and Sydney-siders are in for a treat from Australia’s cream of the hip-hop crop. Descending on the Big Top this Saturday are some of the biggest names on the local scene – Allday, Drapht, Tuka, and Spit Syndicate – not to mention rising acts Dylan Joel, Gill Bates, Mallrat, and Triple J Unearthed comp winner Manu Crooks.

With Allday... read more

A JACK WHITE BIOGRAPHY IS COMING IN OCTOBER

It’s now 19 years since Jack White formed the White Stripes with his then-wife Meg. Given all the tribulations, musical projects, and life changes he has been through since then, it seems entirely appropriate he should be the subject of a comprehensive 320-page biography, which has been announced for later in the year.

British author Nick Hasted has penned Citizen Jack: How Jack White Built An Empire From The Blues, for publication on 4 October through The Overlook Press.... read more

WATCH: THE NATIONAL DEBUT NEW SONG ‘THE DAY I DIE’

Over the weekend, indie rock stalwarts The National performed two brand new tracks for the first time during their headline set at the Welcome To Hamilton benefit concert in Hamilton, Canada. The audience of the benefit – which aimed to raise money for young Syrian refugees living in the city of Hamilton – were treated to back-to-back debuts of tracks ‘Hague Blue’ and ‘The Day I Die.’

The... read more

BRAND NEW ANNOUNCE THEIR IMMINENT BREAK-UP (SORT OF)

Brand New have already told us they’re getting old, and have been hinting for a while that the end might be in sight. For starters, the Long Island rockers haven’t released an album since 2009’s staggering LP Daisy, seven long years ago. Then, during a live performance toward the end of last year, frontman Jesse Lacey made a tearful announcement to the crowd: that this would be their last show “for a while… I’m gonna have a new daughter. We’ll hopefully have a record for... read more

PJ HARVEY GOES TO AFGHANISTAN FOR NEW MUSIC VIDEO ‘THE ORANGE MONKEY’

PJ Harvey has shared the video to ‘The Orange Monkey,’ a track from her album The Hope Six Demolition Project, which was released last month.

The video was shot in Afghanistan, where Harvey and director Seamus Murphy travelled through the Kabul, Parwan, Nangarhar, and Helmand provinces. The video marks the third and final instalment in a trilogy, following videos for ‘The Wheel’ (shot in Kosovo) and ‘Community of Hope’ (shot in Washington DC).

Murphy said of... read more

BECK TEASES NEW SONG ‘WOW’ WITH THE HELP OF INSTAGRAM’S FINEST

Musicians have been getting increasingly creative of late in the way they utilise their media platforms to promote new music. From Kanye West’s The Life of Pablo fashion shoot-cum-launch party to Radiohead’s ironically deafening disappearance from the internet, there... read more