KAREN O’S NEW SINGLE + VIDEO
Not sure if we could be more excited for Karen O’s upcoming solo album, Crush Songs, due out September 9 on Julian Casablancas’s Cult Records.
But for now, we’ll tide ourselves over with the video for the album’s first single, Rapt, directed by O’s husband Barney Clay.
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It seems Patty Schemel (Hole, Upset) was in this band when we posted about their new EPa couple days ago, but she’s out of the band already. Murky details seem to be this band’s modus operandi, but the serrated guitar and Poly Styrene-y yalping on this title tune from their new EP, out August 19, cuts through the murk. – Eric Davidson
Because of the name of this band and the name of this song, someone on Twitter has (unsurprisingly) already beat me to the Nick Cave joke. Nick Cave’s sophisticated doom is nowhere near this track though—Cave is an intimate pop song washed in curtains of textured reverb, muffling and hiding frontman Chris Masullo’s baritone like it’s some kind of rare treasure. Come to think of it, it sounds more like Masullo is singing from inside Nick Cave. The band’s new cassette drops next month on Miscreant/Frenchkiss. – Lizzie Plaugic
Shura – Just Once
On her misty, self-released track, 23-year-old Londoner Aleksandra Denton sidles into the self-deprecating cold comfort of losing herself in the arms of an uncaring stranger. – Lisa Hresko
TOPS – Way To Be Loved
Is that the way that I want to be loved? I have no idea how I want to be loved. I don’t want to talk about this right now. Can you just keep singing? I’ll get back to you later. – David Velásquez
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MEREDITH GRAVES OF PERFECT PUSSY SHARES HER FESTIVAL STYLE
Meredith Graves talked festival style with the New York Times and gave a little shout out to the thrifted red dress that defined her look at CMJ 2013. Get the full scoop (and dig her look) here.