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Will Smith Recorded “Seven or Eight” Songs with Kanye West

The rumor mill has been circulating word of Will Smith and Kanye West recording in the studio together for years, but it seems that may actually be truth. As Consequence of Sound reports, the Fresh Prince recently stopped by Ryan Seacrest’s radio show. “I spent a week or so with ‘Ye and we went into the studio a couple of times and he’s trying to get my gassed up,” he said, adding he doesn’t “want to say, ‘Yeah I’m gonna do it!’ and then get in there and suck. I’m going to stay cautiously optimistic.”

Then, during a red carpet …

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UTG PREMIERE: Secret Grief – “Faking Orgasms”

Michigan indie/emo outfit Secret Grief have a handful of releases under their belt, each one providing a slightly different perspective on the group’s wide array of talents. Thus, our staff is particularly looking forward to hearing what is next for the band on their upcoming album, The Sea of Trees. While it is slated to hit the internet this week via Triple Deke Records, we fortunately have a brand new song from the record for you to check out.

Entitled “Faking Orgasms,” the cut is minimalistic emo at certain points, As Cities Burn-esque post-hardcore at others, and undeniably fantastic …

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SWIMM Debut “Beverly Hells”

Los Angeles indie rockers SWIMM have garnered plenty of attention as of late for their unique live shows, but today, the duo have teamed up with Earmilk to premiere a brand new track.

Entitled “Beverly Hells,” the band’s first official single is composed of a lush, folksy atmosphere that manages to become even more enjoyable after repeated listens.

Follow the jump to check out “Beverly Hells” and be sure to let us know your thoughts on the track in the comments section below.…

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UPDATED: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Announce New Album ‘Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress’

Remember when Godspeed You! Black Emperor dropped their first new album in a decade back in 2012 out of nowhere, totally unannounced? The influential post-rock giants may very well be at it again.

As pointed out on 4Chan‘s well-kept music boards, Godspeed You! Black Emperor will be dropping a new LP titled Asunder, Sweet and Other Distress on March 31. Danish record store Route66 posted their upcoming releases to Facebook (image below). Sandwiched between Wu-Tang Clan and Madonna is a brand new Godspeed album. When someone asked about the record in the comments, the store said it’s a …

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Dance to Heaters’ New Video for “Levitate Thigh”

Garage rocker act Heaters have announced a new 7″ release due out April 28 via Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. The Mean Green 7″ B-side, “Levitate Thigh,” has gotten a music video to promote the release, and the short clip is just simple enough to keep your attention without burning your eyes. Anything more intense would make the garage rock too much to handle. Then again, we’re always down for a doozy.

Directed by Psyche Coaster, the video sees some vintage footage of men dancing in their homes. The footage takes that garage rock sound and puffs a bit more …

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Hear Dave DK’s Excellent New Electronic Single “Halma”

Kompakt electronic musician Dave DK is back. The German DJ and producer has announced a follow-up to 2007′s Moodmusic. The album, titled Val Maira, drops April 27. In anticipation of its release, he’s shared lead single “Halma,” and it’s an excellent journey through house music and dodgy layering.

“Halma” sees Dave DK coming back headstrong. The six-minute track kicks off with street chatter before diving straight into The Field territory. Muted synths loop over sharp drumming, the sound of a trance setting in, making themselves a welcome background noise to the ring of bells and hand claps that follow. Not …

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ALBUM STREAM: José González – ‘Vestiges & Claws’

José González is a curious musician. On 2013′s band project Junip, he toiled in metaphysical questions and engaged in the act of musing. On his newest album, this year’s Vestiges & Claws, due out February 17, he’s back at it. But somehow, despite the heavy material, he leaves us floating, relaxed. Thankfully you can hear for yourself a whole week early since it’s streaming in full over at NPR.

On Vestiges & Claws, González is writing with an inner groove. It seems he’s found some answers last time around but still has enough curiosity to keep pushing …

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The Tallest Man on Earth Announces New Album ‘Dark Bird Is Home’

Kristian Matsson, aka The Tallest Man on Earth, is back and ready to strum until his fingers bleed. The folk revivalist and Dylan reincarnation has announced a brand new album is on the way. The album, titled Dark Bird Is Home, drops May 12 via Dead Oceans. It serves as his follow-up to 2012′s There’s No Leaving Now full-length.

“This is not the end. This is fine. I sing that now, maybe to someone else for comfort in all this turmoil because the sea can be pretty heavy,” Matsson says in a new trailer for the album. It’s …

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The Books’ Paul de Jong Announces Debut Solo Album ‘IF,’ Streams “Auction Block”

When The Books broke up in 2012, an era came to an end. The collage-pop duo of guitarist Nick Zammuto and cellist Paul de Jong had invented a magical, comforting, mashup of strings and found sounds, creating the type of music that is as perplexing as it is educational. Since then, Zammuto has gone on to release two solo albums. De Jong, on the other hand, stayed relatively quiet. Today, he says, “it’s time to come up for air.”

Paul de Jong has announced his debut solo album at long last. The album, titled IF, drops April 28 via …

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Watch Charli XCX’s Punk Cover of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”

Britain’s pop-meets-punk singer-songwriter Charli XCX put out her excellent sophomore LP Sucker last year to applauding reviews. While she’s busy supporting that album, Charli XCX took some time to stop by the BBC’s Live Lounge to perform a cover of Taylor Swift‘s “Shake It Off.” Considering the two are friends, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. And given Charli XCX’s fondness for breaking the rules of pop and fashion, her twist on the mainstream hit shouldn’t come as a surprise, either.

In classic Charli XCX style, she turns “Shake It Off” into a pop song for fists in …

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Death Announce ‘N.E.W.,’ the Band’s First Full-Length Since 1976

No, you didn’t misread that, it really has been nearly 40 years since the Detroit punk band wrote and recorded their debut LP, …For the Whole World to See. 

Much has changed for the trio since then, including the passing of guitarist David Hackney and having their unique story told to the world thanks to the rockumentary, A Band Called Death. Those who have seen the film (and we strongly advise you do), would know that as an operating unit, Death is certainly alive and well thanks to Bobbie Duncan entering the picture upon the band’s mainstream discovery in …

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra Announce New Album ‘Multi-Love’ and Tour, Share New Track

Indie rock psych group Unknown Mortal Orchestra are back with a brand new album, Multi-Love, due out May 26 via Jagjaguwar. If you keep close eyes on our Best Of Lists for the end of the year, then you know this one has been highly anticipated. The album serves as a follow-up to 2013′s II. They have shared the title track which sees the band expanding their sound to include more electronics and toy with spacial depth. Give it a listen after the jump and see their new tour dates.

The album cover shows their equipment used …