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Molly Rankin On How Teenage Fanclub, Fantasy Basketball, & More Shaped Alvvays' New Album

'Blue Rev,' the group's first album in five years, is out this Friday.

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Bono Announces "Stories Of Surrender" Book Tour

"I want to have some fun presenting my ME-moir, SURRENDER, which is really more of a WE-moir if I think of all the people who helped me get from there to here."

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Steve Lacy Scores First #1 Hit With “Bad Habit”

Steve Lacy’s “Bad Habit” has made its way to the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100. This week’s chart is led by Lacy’s first #1 hit, which was released as a single at the end of June. It started its climb up the chart in mid-July when it debuted at #100. It’s one of only 12 songs that climbed from the last spot to the first. (Glass Animals’ “Heat Waves” achieved the same feat earlier this year.)

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Someone Was Grating Cheese Onto People's Heads At Viagra Boys' Desert Daze Set

I was sitting in the press tent at Desert Daze this past Saturday night, recharging both my phone and my body, when photographers started arriving from the Viagra Boys photo pit to upload and edit their shots. This is standard procedure in the media area at a festival; photogs generally get to shoot the first three songs of a set, after which they retreat to the press tent to dump the pics off their cameras before making their way to whichever set begins next. This time, they were abuzz with news of a highly unusual occurrence: Somebody near the front of the crowd was brandishing a block of cheese and grating it onto people’s heads. This seemed too weird to be true, but one of those photographers tweeted photographic evidence at me this weekend. See it for yourself below.

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Tame Impala Play 'Lonerism' Live Rarities At Desert Daze: Watch

Tame Impala’s sophomore album Lonerism celebrates its 10th anniversary in a few days, and they did a special set at Desert Daze on Saturday night commemorating it. Kevin Parker and his band performed the album front-to-back, which involved breaking out a number of songs they have not done in quite the while. Album opener “Be Above It” was played for the first time since 2015, “Music To Walk Home By” hadn’t been played since 2016, and album closer “Sun’s Coming Up” was played in full for the first time ever — Parker has only ever done the outro or small parts of the song previously. Check out video of the latter two below.

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Arctic Monkeys Announce 2023 North American Arena Tour With Fontaines D.C.

Later this month, the handsome fuckers in the Arctic Monkeys will return with their new album The Car, and they’ve already shared the singles “There’d Better Big A Mirrorball” and “Body Paint.” Last week, the band played their first American shows in four years at LA’s Primavera Sound and Brooklyn’s Kings Theater, and they also hit The Tonight Show. Next year, a whole lot more Americans will get a chance to see the Arctic Monkeys live.

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Gold Dust Shares New J Mascis-Featuring Original, Covers The Weakerthans: Listen

Next month, Stephen Pierce is releasing his second album as Gold Dust, which is called The Late Great Gold Dust. He’s pairing each advance track from it with a cover, and lead single “Proof Of Life” came along with a cover of Karen Dalton’s “Something On Your Mind.” Today, Pierce is back with another new song of his own, “Larks Swarm A Hawk,” which features J Mascis on guitar. And he has a new cover, this time of the Weakerthans’ “Virtute The Cat Explains Her Departure,” the perhaps lesser-known continuation of their “Plea From A Cat Named Virtute.” Check out both of those and read Pierce’s statement about the song below.

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Paramore Play "This Is Why" Live For The First Time: Watch

Paramore’s return is complete. This past summer, the band announced plans to hit the road for their first tour since 2018. Last week, after some advance teasing, Paramore announced their forthcoming album This Is Why, and their shared its funky and new-wavy title track. Last night, Paramore kicked off their tour with a set at Mechanics Bay Arena in Bakersfield, California. This was Paramore’s first show in more than four years, and they kicked it off by playing “This Is Why” live for the first time.

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Origami Angel Go Hardcore On New Surprise EP 'Depart': Stream

You weren’t ready for another surprise EP from Origami Angel, were you? On Friday, the cult-beloved emo duo came back with the surprise release re: turn, which was prettier and more acoustic-based than most of the band’s previous music. Today, they’ve followed that EP with another one called Depart — or, if you prefer, DEPART. This time around, Origami Angel are moving in a massively different direction. They’re going full hardcore.

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Sorry Share New Single "Closer": Listen

Sorry are releasing their second full-length album, Anywhere But Here, at the end of the week. The shapeshifting UK crew have shared a handful of tracks from it already — “There’s So Many People That Want To Be Loved,” “Let The Lights On,” and “Key To The City” — and two of those have made our best songs of the week list. Today, they’re back with one final single from the album, “Closer.”