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Sufjan Stevens Announces North American Tour

Sufjan Stevens has revealed he will be hitting the road this spring, kicking off a lengthy trek on April 10 in Philadelphia before bringing it to a close on June 10 in Seattle. The tour comes in support of Stevens’ forthcoming full-length, Carrie & Lowell, which is slated to hit stores March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty.

All of the tour’s confirmed dates and locations can be found after the jump, so be sure to see if Stevens is headed to a city near you. As for those who have yet to experience the trailer for Carrie & Lowell, …

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Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney Just Dropped a New Song Called “FourFiveSeconds”

Out of nowhere, Rihanna, Kanye West, and Paul McCartney just dropped a new song. The track, called “FourFiveSeconds,” is three minutes of inter-tangled talent that sounds like a stripped-down studio recording, much of which is dominated by Rihanna’s soulful return to the music world. If this is the song Kanye played for radio programmers, we fully support this one getting major airplay.

“FourFiveSeconds” is much more heartfelt than the combination of the three may lead you to expect. McCartney provides the rhythm and backing music on acoustic guitar while Rihanna takes over for most of the verses, occasionally …

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Watch Run the Jewels’ Hilarious Campaign Video for the NME Awards

Rap duo Run the Jewels are back with another video. After giving teenage girls love advice, the two have taken to YouTube to film themselves asking for your help to make Run The Jewels 2 NME’s Album of the Year. El-P tweeted an understated preface that this is just “a message from run the jewels,” but things quickly heat up to be more than that.

In the video, the duo thank their fans and politely ask for help. They’re in the running to win Album of the Year at the NME Awards and, as such, ask that you vote …

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Watch Run The Jewels Give Teenage Girls Advice on Love

By now, it’s pretty much common knowledge that Run The Jewels are the best. With two fantastic albums in their pockets, plenty of excellent solo work, and their upheld promise to re-make their album using entirely cat sounds, El-P and Killer Mike are two of the best rappers in the game at the moment. Now they’re taking to the web to help give teenage girls some advice on love.

Rookie Magazine have chosen Run The Jewels to participate in their recurring feature Ask a Grown Man. In it, adult men answer questions from teenage girls, and they’ve had an …

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Nina Corcoran’s ‘Best of 2014′ in Music

If there’s anything to be certain of when it comes to music, it’s that you can’t control when it strikes you. In a year filled with violence, racism, disease, and political stumblings, our brains were in overdrive trying to do the right thing. For most, music serves as an escape. It articulates emotions and brings events to life, painting the world in colors we simply don’t have physical copies of, transforming the way we experience life. That level of control keeps us from finding out how music is meant to best illustrate our lives. We have to give songs another …

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Wake Up With Two Gorgeous Dream Pop Songs by Carmen Villain

It’s not often that dream pop hits our ears and we feel like we haven’t heard anything like it before. Thankfully that’s the case for Carmen Villain. The US-born, half-Norwegian, half-Mexican musician is releasing a brand new “Quietly/Let Go” 7-inch on January 20 digitally and February 10 physically via Smalltown Supersound. Let out one last yawn, stretch your limbs, and take your time getting ready this morning. Her gorgeous tracks will make you feel like you’re watching the sunrise all over again.

The 7-inch is a followup to her 2013 debut LP Sleeper and has two brand new songs, …

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Hear In Tall Buildings’ Melodic ’70s Pop on “Unmistakable”

On February 17, indie rock solo project In Tall Buildings will drop his sophomore album, Driver. It’s a moody record of intimate vocals and quiet funk based off what we’ve heard so far, and now with his newest single, “Unmistakable,” streaming online, we can go ahead and tell you it’s one of our most anticipated underdog releases of the year.

The Chicago native isn’t looking to reinvent the past. His nods to Peter Gabriel and Afropunk are woven in with the natural efforts of someone blending electronic pop and synth funk in their head. With Erik Hall’s warm vocals, …

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Sufjan Stevens Announces New Album ‘Carrie & Lowell’

If you were let down by Sufjan Stevens‘ deeper venture into electro pop with Age of Adz, cheer up. The indie folk god has just announced a brand new album titled Carrie & Lowell and it’s described as a return to his “folk roots.” The album is out March 31 via Asthmatic Kitty Records.

The eleven-track release pictures his late mother and stepfather on the album cover. As such, the songs are about “life and death, love and loss, and the artist’s struggle to make sense of the beauty and ugliness of love” with Casey Foubert, Laura Veirs, …

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Ty Segall Announces New ‘Mr Face’ EP, Shares Title Track

The man who never stops making music is once again making new music. Garage rock god Ty Segall is back with a new EP titled Mr Face that serves as a follow-up to last year’s excellent Manipulator. The gatefold boule 7″ EP drops January 13 via Famous Class. Pre-orders are ongoing here.

In anticipation, Segall has shared the title track from the EP on Bandcamp. It’s an acoustic ditty that would work well for any roadtrip through the desert, kicking up dirt clouds on the skirt of Los Angeles. Don’t worry about it being too chill. Segall …

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Former Members of The Faceless, Animosity Start New Band

Earlier this morning, we received news that renowned bass badass Evan Brewer (Ex-The Faceless) had reunited with his former Animosity cohorts, Frank Costa and Naveen Koperweis, to begin writing new music under the moniker Entheos. As if this news wasn’t cool enough in itself, it seems that the trio has also enlisted the talents of vocalist Chaney Crabb, who may or may not be the most brutal woman in the history of ever.

The outfit will release their debut EP this coming March, and in anticipation, have offered up a brief snippet of music for fans to …

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Watch Pussy Riot’s New Video for “Witches of Pussy Riot Clean Manezhka”

The women of Pussy Riot work hard to bring justice to political systems worldwide. Last night, the group shared a new video titled “Witches of Pussy Riot Clean Manezhka” to continue on in that pursuit.

The video is a response to Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg being sentenced in an intentionally hurried trial to prevent protesting. Members of Pussy Riot clean Manezhka Square in downtown Moscow in the clip. The day it was posted, the location was set to be the area where protesters would gather to raise awareness about the issue. It’s powerful and noisy, …

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Hear N.E.R.D. Reunite on “Squeeze Me”

Funk hip-hop band N.E.R.D., the moniker for trio Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo, and Shay Haley, got back together to put out their first new song in four years, a recorded follow-up to their onstage appearance at Odd Future’s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival in Los Angeles last month. The song, titled “Squeeze Me,” is from the new upcoming SpongeBob SquarePants movie and is their first new material since 2010′s Nothing.

“Squeeze Me” is an appropriately bright, fun, tropical song to fit the film. When Variety sat down with Hugo to discuss the song in more depth, he explained …