Haim is one of the coolest bands to make it big in the last year. Made up of three sisters, the band has a indie/pop/rock and roll vibe. They released their first full-length studio album, Days Are Gone, in September, where it reached number six on the US Billboard charts. That’s pretty impressive for a first time release. Check out this tune, The Wire.
Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones are like a match made in musical heaven. Billie, former punk rock kingpin and Norah, singer-songwriter queen, have teamed up for a classical folk album. Strange, right? Wrong. It’s fantastic. The album, Foreverly, is something out of the 1960s folk and country music made popular by Johnny Cash and others of the sort. It’s interesting hearing these two tell musical stories like these. We approve.
When siblings can work together, great things can be made. This is absolutely true for The Avett Brothers. In October, they released their eighth studio album, Magpie and the Dandelion. It debuted at number five on the charts. The duo is featured on the cover of Rolling Stone this month which will only help their album and ticket sales. Twangy banjos and folk guitars highlight the groups southern sound. This song is called Another is Waiting.
Eminem has stayed relavent in the rap scene for more than a decade now. With an Oscar, multiple Grammy’s, and other prestigious awards under his belt, the famous rapper shows no signs of stopping just yet. In the year 2000, Eminem released The Marshall Mathers LP, which is the album that made him a star. Finally, 13 years later, a sequel to that record has been released. Don’t worry, it’s definitely up to par in caliber. Here’s the track Survival.
Whoever said that white chicks can’t rap clearly has never heard Iggy Azalea. The 23-year-old Aussie rap queen is tearing it up. It wasn’t until T.I. made her his prodigy that she was able to blow up. Her new record, The New Classic, doesn’t come out until next year, but there are sneak peaks all over YouTube. This is a behind the scenes of one of her newest videos. Warning, folks, there is a little bit of nudity.
M.I.A. is the type of rapper we would like to see more of. She always a message to deliver and really doesn’t give a crap about what people think of her. For instance, she performed at last year’s Super Bowl Halftime show and proceeded to give the camera the middle finger. If she can flip the bird at one of the world’s most watched events, she can do whatever she wants. Her latest album, MATANGI, was released last Friday and definitely has some unique qualities. Her fourth studio album doesn’t stray away from her norm but she adds unique beats that will keep you guessing. It’s a lot different than what’s available on the Top 20 chart right now. Which is a good thing.
Do we really need to say anything else? Well, maybe. Earlier this month, Paul McCartney released his sixteenth solo album. New was released on Oct. 11 and consists entirely of new music, which makes sense given the album’s title. It went as far as to reach number three on the charts in the U.S. and number one on multiple European charts. This is the title track from the record, which also happens to be the first single. We recommend picking it up.
Next week, Arcade Fire will release their fourth studio album, Reflektor. It’s been three years since the release of their chart-topping and Grammy-winning album The Suburbs and the band is looking to recreate that success. In part produced by LCD Soundsystem frontman James Murphy, a huge viral-marketing campaign has been underway to promote the new album. Here is the title track.
We know we brought you new Justin Timberlake music not too long ago. This is the second part of his newest album, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2. Justin had the unfortunate experience of releasing the first part when Daft Punk’s Get Lucky and Robin Thinke’s monster hit Blurred Lines were dominating the airwaves. Maybe he’ll have better luck with this release. Then again, it came out almost three weeks ago and we haven’t heard much about it. Check it out this track, TKO, it’s not bad.
James Blunt’s new album sounds a lot like music you would hear in the 1960s. Given his new album’s name, that makes sense. Moon Landing comes out on Oct. 18. It’s been three years since we’ve seen anything new from Blunt. The singer/song writer even dedicated one of the songs to the late Whitney Houston. Take a listen to the first single, Bonfire Heart.
Of Montreal is a contemporary glam rock band that would make David Bowie proud. Sounding a like mix between The Beatles, electronica, and indie rock, the is one of the most unique we’ve ever heard. As far as seen live, they put on the quite the show. It’s hard to believe they’ve been around since 1997. Thirteen albums later, we found ourselves at their upcoming release, Lousy With Sylvianbriar. Take a sneak peek at “Fugitive Air” off of the album.
Okay, so today’s new music isn’t all that surprising. It does have about 145 million views on YouTube. That’s probably because of the pure ridiculousness of it. Miley Cyrus’s VMA performance a few weeks ago really set off this whole her-being-crazy thing. After that performance, she released the music video for her single Wrecking Ball on her upcoming album. The song is your standard pop ballad and literally features her swinging on a wrecking ball. The Internet exploded with covers, parodies, and more. If you haven’t seen it, that’s why you’re here. Check it out.
After the wild success of MGMT’s Kids a few years ago, it’s hard to believe the group won’t see that same level of success with their latest, self-titled album. Due out tomorrow, September 17, this is a sampler of the new album. It seems to be more synth heavy with a Pink Floyd influence. Maybe they feel like they were born 24 years too late. This album trailer seems like they’re trying to make a film not unlike Floyd’s The Wall or any one of The Beatles’ several flicks. The absurdity of the album trailer feels a bit forced. Don’t take our word for it. Suffice to say, the album might be okay. Watch the trailer.
Electronic music has made a huge comeback the last few years. With countless festivals that occur around the country, seeing EDM live can be an overwhelming experience. Avicii, the Swedish electronic music prodigy, has just released his first full-length album even though he’s been a top contender in the scene for quite some time. Truth not only features the normal EDM sounds but also many more. Avicii likes to combine the guitar of Nile Rodgers (recently featured on Daft Punks wildly successful Get Lucky) and other acts including Imagine Dragons and Adam Lambert. Check out this song featuring Blondfire called Liar Liar.
First, we know it’s Tuesday and not Monday, but we figured you still needed your new music fix this week. It’s been two years since Arctic Monkeys have released an album. Actually, that seems to be their routine, though, we wish it wasn’t quite 730 days between albums. Arctic Monkeys isn’t exactly stepping out of their comfort zone with their latest AM. The first couple of singles just put one guitar riff on repeat with verses and choruses sung on top of it. Then again, the first single does have over 11 million hits on YouTube. You decide if you like it or not.
It’s about time Kings of Leon came out with a new album. Their 2008 hit album Only by the Night was a huge success, which, honestly, they haven’t seen since. Sure, KoL released Come Around Sundown in 2010 but do you really remember it? Didn’t think so. On September 24, the band will release their sixth studio album, Mechanical Bull. This is the one of the first singles off the record and it’s not bad. A chorus guitar pedal drives the verse and it seems that lead singer Caleb Followill got the memo about his over-singing.
The queen of pop music is back with a new album. Lady Gaga’s new album, ARTPOP, comes out on November 11. As of today, she has released the music video for the first single off the record, Applause. Lady Gaga has always marched to the beat of her own drum. The lyrics in this song seem to refer to that. She also strips down a bit and sheds the over-the-top costumes. Also, knowing Gaga, this video is a bit odd. Enjoy.
Made up of singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White, The Civil Wars might be some of the best songwriters as of late. The folk/indie duo sounds like a modern Fleetwood Mac full of despair. Released last week, their self-titled album is only their second LP. Late last year, the two went on permanent hiatus due to, ”internal discord and irreconcilable differences of ambition.” In this album, you can hear the turmoil the duo went through.
Ah, yes. The ridiculously popular folk band Mumford & Sons is back and with a new track. Hopeless Wanderer still has the banjo-driven ballad you’ve been used to it but we can’t help but stomp our feet and look up the lyrics while listening. The song comes off of their number 1 album Babel. So, you may be saying that the song is old. Just watch the video and you’ll be pleasantly surprised. For those of you who don’t know, that’s Jason Bateman, Ed Helms, Jason Sudeikis, and Will Forte.
Pretty Lights has a unique sound. He mixes electronic dance music with old-time-sounding trumpets. This gives, at least songs, a cool retro feel while staying current with the EDM trend. The cool thing about it is that he didn’t just take samples from other songs. All the loops were made by him, which is something you don’t see in this genre very much. Pretty Lights’ new album, A Color Map of the Sun, was released earlier this month and has gotten some pretty decent reviews.
You’ve definitely heard the song Lights by Ellie Goulding. It was number 1 on the charts for quite some time. Ellie has this cool mix of dance/pop and live instruments, many of which she can play. Late last year, Ellie blew audiences away with her second album Halcyon. This year, her third album Halcyon Days will drop. This album kind of like a re-release of the second and features remixes of the songs. If you choose to purchase the deluxe version, you’ll get 18 brand new songs along with the remixes. Check out one of the remixes: Tessellate (Alt-J cover) — “Une Nuit à Paris”
John Mayer is one of those that you can’t help but respect. He is an extremely talented guiar player and musician. Known for his… Out going personality, John has dominated the tops of the pop charts for years now. One thing you should know about John Mayer, is that he is an incredible blues musician. His new album, Paradise Valley, is due to be released on August 13. This track, Waiting On The Day, has a good mix of blues and pop-ballad. We can only hope that there will be more blues on this record.
Can you believe it’s almost been four years since Jay Z has released a solo album? Sure, he’s been around, collaborating with Kanye West among other things. Released on the Fourth of July, his new album Magna Carta is everything you could hope from a hip hop album. The album features collaborations with top artists like Rick Ross, Nas, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce Knowles, and Frank Ocean. This is Holy Grail, featuring Justin Timberlake.
You probably recognize Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros from their giant hit a couple years ago, Home. That song played in countless weddings, movies, and TV shows when it blew it up. They’ve had numerous hits since then and we can imagine their upcoming self-titled album will have many more. It’s easy listening, catchy, easy to sing to. The album is due to be released on July 23. For a sneak peak, check out the track Better Days.
The National is probably the best indie rock band you’ve never heard of. They’ve been around since 1999 and definitely deserve more recognition than they currently get. Their biggest break came from the 2011 movie Warrior, starring Tom Hardy. Their song About Today played during the climax of the film, if you’ve seen it. Anyway, The National have something very gritty and dark about their music. It’s the type of music that makes you want to just sit and contemplate things. Their newest and sixth album, Trouble Will Find Me, is no different. Check out this track, Don’t Swallow the Cap.