The Best & Worst Covers Of 2018

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I know this year’s been kind of exhausting music-wise. It’s been exhausting everything-wise, but stopping to think about how music felt just dredged up nothing but malaise: Post Malone going all Individual-1 about “fake news”, grotesque Soundcloud rappers turning out to be all-problematic/no-faves, the final demise of anything resemblingMore »

Stream The Mountain Goats’ Hex Of Infinite Binding EP

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The-Mountain-Goats-Hex-Of-Infinite-BindingThe Mountain Goats, an enormously prolific and powerful force within indie rock for decades, have a new EP, one that they only announced yesterday. The four-song collection Hex Of Infinite Binding follows Marsh Witch Visions, the EP that that Mountain Goats released last year. And in the Bandcamp text accompanying the new record, … More »

Watch The Mountain Goats Cover Sex Pistols’ “Holidays In The Sun” In Tulsa

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During their tour stop in Tampa earlier this week, the Mountain Goats performed a salute to death metal, welcoming onstage Hate Eternal’s Erik Rutan for “The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton.” Last night in Tulsa, they honored the ’70s punk rock icons Sex Pistols with a cover of their 1977 track … More »

Watch The Mountain Goats Play “The Best Ever Death Metal Band In Denton” With Hate Eternal’s Erik Rutan

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The-Mountain-Goats-and-Erik-RutanThe Mountain Goats leader John Darnielle has always been a vocal and eloquent fan of death metal. I once asked him why he never tried to play it himself, and he answered that he simply could never be a good enough musician, that death metal musicians are the types who will sit around playing classical … More »

The Mountain Goats – “Blood Bank” (Bon Iver Cover)

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The-Mountain-GoatsThe Mountain Goats leader John Darnielle is a man with fascinating musical tastes — he’s really into death metal and Amy Grant and Dionne Warwick — and the ability to talk and write about those tastes with searing precision. He’s one of our great songwriters, and the Mountain Goats don’t really do that many covers, … More »

The Mountain Goats – “Song For Sasha Banks”

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Sasha-BanksThree years ago, the Mountain Goats released Beat The Champ, a full concept album about the truly American art of pro wrestling. Shortly before the album’s release, I went to an independent wresting show with frontman John Darnielle — his first show in decades, though he’d been a regular as a kid — … More »

Watch Julien Baker Cover The Mountain Goats’ “No Children”

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Last night during a show in Massachusetts, Julien Baker covered a bit of the Mountain Goats’ “No Children,” off their 2002 album Tallahassee, as a lead-in to her own song, “Blacktop.” As Brooklyn Vegan points out, John Darnielle has already taken notice of the cover and called it “the … More »

Stream The Mountain Goats Tribute Compilation I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats: All Hail West Texas

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For the past few months, the podcast I Only Listen To The Mountain Goats has provided a fascinating glimpse into the mind of John Darnielle, who is both one of our greatest songwriters and, I would argue, one of our greatest writers. Every week on the podcast, Darnielle has been sitting down with Night … More »

Outside Lands reveals The Weeknd, ODESZA, DJ Snake, Jamie xx & more atop 2018 bill

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Outside Lands has revealed the 2018 lineup for its 11th installment in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park August 10-12.

Following a fervent 2017 edition of Gorillaz, The Who, and Metallica headlining, 2018 boasts a hefty onslaught of acts, and although the headliners see earlier appearances in the festival season  — The Weeknd at Coachella and Janet Jackson at both Panorama and FYF Fest  — the lineup remains rife with talent and excitement.

The Weeknd is set to perform, where he’s likely to play out his recent slew of new material which features the aid of Nicolas Jaar, Daft Punk‘s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, and Gesaffelstein. Both Florence + The Machine and Janet Jackson front the bill with performances that will be nothing less than excellent and the lineup also promises a plethora of beloved dance acts. From ODESZA, Chromeo, and Claptone, to DJ Snake, Jamie xx, Tycho, CHVRCHES, James Blake, Gryffin, Lauv, and Whethan, Outside Lands is a music lover’s oeuvre in its late-summer installment.

More information and tickets, which are available starting at 10 a.m. PST April 5, can be found here.


Watch Jean Grae & John Hodgman Cover The Mountain Goats In Brooklyn

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The stand-up comic John Hodgman and the underground rap veteran Jean Grae host a monthly variety show called Jean And John together at the Brooklyn venue the Bell House. It apparently has a game-show component and a live house band and everything. As Brooklyn Vegan reports, the most recent show, which went down … More »