Watch The Breeders & Melkbelly Cover John Carpenter’s Halloween Theme

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The-BreedersThe Breeders are cool people who do cool things. This was true way the hell back in the early ’90s, and it remains true today. Case in point: Last night, the Breeders played the Stone Pony, the legendary venue in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Chicago noise-poppers Melkbelly opened for them. And during their encore, as … More »

Stream Melkbelly’s Miranda Winters’ Debut Solo Tape Xobeci, What Grows Here?

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Miranda WintersMiranda Winters currently fronts the chaotically good Chicago band Melkbelly, and before that she had her hand in a number of different projects, including Coffin Ships and a solo endeavor called Flowers Everywhere. Last week, she released the first tape under her own name, titled Xobeci, What Grows Here?. The … More »

Melkbelly – “Where’s Your Head At” (Basement Jaxx Cover)

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The fearsome Chicago four-piece Melkbelly released their debut album, Nothing Valley, last fall, and they’ve been on the road since then, opening for the likes of the Breeders, Bully, and Protomartyr. They’re about to embark on some more dates, but before they do they’re sharing this excellent cover of Basement Jaxx’s “Where’s Your Head … More »

Stream Melkbelly Nothing Valley

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We named Chicago quartet Melkbelly a Band To Watch a few months ago, and their debut full-length, Nothing Valley, finally comes out tomorrow. It’s a brutal mix of sour-sweet hooks and rickety noise collage that makes for a shifty and shapeless but satisfying listen. The early tracks they’ve shared from it so far — … More »

74 Artists On Their Favorite Tom Petty Song

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I once got busted trying to steal a magazine from my hometown library. The 8/8/91 issue of Rolling Stone apparently had one of those sensors on the last page and it beeped from my backpack on the way out. I was gonna bring it back. I just wanted to take it home to read the … More »

Melkbelly – “Off The Lot” Video

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Chicago quartet Melkbelly, who we recently named a Band To Watch, are about to put out their debut full-length Nothing Valley. We’ve heard “Kid Kreative” and “Middle Of,” and now we’re getting “Off The Lot,” a breakneck song that veers from caustically melodic to noisy freakout in under two minutes and gives … More »

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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Back in 2013, we decided to start counting down The 5 Best Songs Of The Week and, boy, has it been a wild ride! If our calculations are correct, this marks the 200th edition of this column. That’s a lot of songs. Some would say thousands! (It’s a thousand exactly, actually.) The first #1More »

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2016

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40bestNew2016We listen to a lot of music here at Stereogum — it’s sort of our job! — and every year, we attempt to codify all of that listening through lists that take stock of what’s kept us engaged throughout. There are still a few weeks until the hectic year-end list season descends, but we’ve made … More »