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By Dani Blum Grace Cummings makes songs that sound like she’s ripping them raw from her throat. The Australian singer-songwriter wails and howls and shudders; this is intense, elaborate folk music that seems physically taxing, as if she’s fighting to drag each ragged syllable out of her mouth. Her voice is the main event. There’s a urgency inherent in her shaking vocals, the se..Read More
By Max Freedman It’s easy to forget that Lindsey Jordan, the frontperson of esteemed Baltimore indie-rock musical group Snail Mail, was literally a teenager while in her breakout moment – up until she reminds you in the most subtly brutal way. “I was really overwhelmed by a lot of decisions that I had to make,” she tells MTV News about the months surrounding the release of he..Read More
By Ted Davis in case you follow underground rock music, there’s a good chance that you have at least heard the name Palberta. For 10 years, the New York City musical group worked hard to carve a niche for themselves in the indie scene, touting an angular, sludgy sound that falls somewhere between The Raincoats and Palm. At its front is Lily Konigsberg, a quirky songwriter whose ene..Read More
By Grant Sharples Each person understands that sound. Right after pressing play, that unforgettable melody materializes and bubbles up to the surface just in time for the opening chorus. It’s not exactly welcoming; it’s high-pitched and uncanny, unconventional characteristics for one of the most ubiquitous pop songs of the new millennium. Still, it’s one of the catchiest hooks ..Read More
Giana Caliolo wouldn’t be anywhere without their people. It’s a fact the musician and songwriter, who records under the moniker Calicoco, underscores throughout a recent hour-long conversation about Underneath, their loud, bold, and bloodletting new album out Friday (September 3) that was created with eight fellow instrumentalists, some of whom also acted as recording engineers..Read More
By Beau Hayhoe A curious thing happened right before Big Red Machine reported its new album, How Long Do you know It’s Gonna Last? (out today on 37d03d/Jagjaguwar). Because the social accounts of the indie folk duo (The National’s Aaron Dessner and Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon) flickered to life, one could sense larger forces at play. Rumors buzzed on Reddit, tweets took off, and ..Read More
By Max Freedman Indigo de Souza writes about thrilling moments of personalized revelation as though finally cementing a long-fomenting, rather specific feeling is the ultimate emotional release. Whenever she sings, “Now that everyone’s gone, I can tell you the truth / I don’t love you, I like you!” On 2018’s “Take Off Ur Pants,” she yelps it with so much ecstasy and lib..Read More
Charlie Watts, who'd been the drummer for The Rolling Stones since joining the order in 1963 shortly right after its inception, has died, his spokesperson confirmed by means of the a note posted to the band's social media accounts. He was 80. "It is with immense sadness that we announce the death of our beloved Charlie Watts. He passed away peacefully in a London hospital earlier tod..Read More
Jade Bird didn't aspire to prepare a nation album. The English-born, Austin-based singer-songwriter known for her big voice and strummy pop-Americana songs wanted to follow up her 2019 self-titled project with a collection that felt true to how trim evolved on tour. She also wanted to maintain her roots. "I'm a British girl," Bird tells MTV News. "I'm into nation, however I didn't thi..Read More
By Mia Hughes Elliott Douglas isn’t sure why the phrase “Say Things That Matter” popped into his head. It came to him suddenly as soon as he was in an airport before the pandemic, flying house to Los Angeles immediately after visiting family member. The rising artist otherwise referred to as M.A.G.S. (which doesn’t really stand for anything, yet he jokes that it’s Pot and G..Read More
On Sunday (August 8), the 2020 Tokyo Olympics came to a close. Luckily, the Jonas Brothers couldn’t have brought a more brilliant efficiency for the occasion with their upbeat hit single “Remember This.” because the musical group played, a montage of highlights from the Olympics simultaneously played over the brothers singing from a rooftop. It was broadcast on NBC as piece of ..Read More
By Grant Sharples The image on Kississippi’s new album cover is striking: a chewed-up segment of pink bubblegum in an engagement-ring box. It’s the epitome of songwriter Zoe Renyolds’s music, which brims with neon overtones and dismal subtexts, and the bubblegum is a visual representation of the overt pop direction she took with this record. The Philadelphia-based artist says t..Read More