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Hear electropop duo Vow's ethereal new single 'Planks' -- Exclusive

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Vow is an L.A.-based duo, consisting of multi-instrumentalist Andrew Thomas and vocalist Julia Blake, who are giving a contemporary update to the gothy ambience and gauzy textures of ’80s and ’90s dream-pop (which is currently in the midst of a fairly serious comeback). On August 12, they’ll release their second EP, Make Me Yours, on the buzzy Native Sound label, the follow-up to last summer’s Make Me Young. The lead single, “Planks,” boasts a propulsive electro foundation topped with reverb-drenched piano and washes of ambient guitar noise, as well as a swoony vocal performance by Blake that should appeal to fans of the Cocteau Twins and Lana Del Rey.

Blake says of the track, “Andrew approached me with the instrumental for this song when I was learning I was in love with someone who was addicted to unnecessary suffering. ‘Planks’ is about caring for someone when they are at their lowest and wanting all their pain to go away, but in the end, love just sometimes isn’t enough.”

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Hear rapper Crown's new indie-flavored single 'Roam' -- Exclusive

Crown is a Brooklyn rapper with an old-school flow and a modern sonic sensibility that reaches well outside the range of the average throwback rapper. He’s backed by a band called the M.O.B. (short for “Message of the Blues”) that makes a big, dense sound that’s both rootsy and Roots-y.

They have a new album called All Rise coming out later this year. It’ll feature the song “Roam,” where he drops Biggie-inspired verses over a piano- and strings-driven beat with an indie-pop hook that makes for a breezy summertime listen. “The vibe of the song had me reflecting on the past and how far I’ve come,” he says. “No matter where I’ve been and where I’m going, you’ve always got to keep the positive thoughts pushing you forward.”

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Cloud rap pioneers Main Attrakionz return with 'Alphabet City' -- Exclusive

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Of all the microgenres that pop music has produced over the past few years, “cloud rap” is the one with the most evocative name, not to mention the most descriptive: It’s hip-hop that floats on hazy, vaporous beats with laid-back flows to match. It’s no surprise that some of the best stuff in the style comes from California, with its plentiful medical marijuana dispensaries.

Oakland duo Main Attrakionz is one of the leading cloud-rap groups, and their 808s & Dark Grapes II is one of the classics of the genre. Lately they’ve been collaborating with Sacramento rapper-producer Tynethys, and last fall they released a full-length eponymous mixtape together. The trio is back again with a new track, “Alphabet City,” which combines spaciness with swagger.

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Princess Superstar returns with 'Push You Away' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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New York City performer Princess Superstar was making hipster rap before hipsters were even a thing, and back in the early ’00s she played a crucial role in the city’s electroclash scene. These days she’s living a more sedate lifestyle as a mom on the Upper East Side and teaching kids hip-hop history and skills at a weekly class in Williamsburg. On July 15 she’ll drop an EP called I’m a Firecracker, her first official release since 2005. She’s also working on a reality show, I Love Princess Superstar, about her domestic existence and artistic comeback.

Click through the jump to stream her new track, “Push You Away,” and watch two clips from her new show. READ FULL STORY

Exclusive music video: K.Flay's hook-filled 'Thicker Than Dust'

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As big as hip-hop’s tent has gotten, Bay Area rapper K.Flay still stands out as something of an oddity: a Stanford double-major (psychology and sociology) who’s worked with Liam Howlett from ’90s electro-punks the Prodigy and toured with Icona Pop and Passion Pit.

After a stint on a major label, she’s gone independent for her new album Life as a Dog, which she crowdfunded through PledgeMusic. The album, out today, pairs spaced-out rap beats and chiming indie rock that K.Flay tops with her frequently tricky flows, making a chocolate-in-my-peanut-butter situation that should please rap-loving indie rockers, or the other way around.

After the jump, we have an exclusive first look at her new video for the uber-hooky single “Thicker Than Dust.”

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Veruca Salt's fan-assisted 'It's Holy' video -- EXCLUSIVE PREMIERE

Record Store Day 2014 marked the official recorded return of Veruca Salt, the Chicago-born quartet whose albums American Thighs and Eight Arms To Hold You are definitive entries in any ’90s alt-rock fan’s collection. The band’s original lineup—Louise Post, Nina Gordon, Steve Lack, and Jim Shapiro—hadn’t played together since 1998, but they have stormed back  with a pair of tracks on a limited-edition 10-inch piece of vinyl that ended up being one of the big gets of RSD.  READ FULL STORY

Exclusive: Orenda Fink's dreamy new single 'You Can Be Loved'

Orenda Fink first made her name as the vocalist for the Bright Eyes-approved dream indie rock duo Azure Ray. But over the course of a few solo albums she’s made an identity for herself that’s part dream pop and part dusty Americana. Her latest, Blue Dream (out August 19 on the Saddle Creek label), is a meditation on death inspired by the passing of a dog she had for 16 years and a quote by the artist Laurie Anderson that a friend sent to help her get over it. Despite the dark subject matter, it’s not a heavy record—instead, it floats in a state of meditative weightlessness suspended by plentiful pop hooks. Fans of Kate Bush should be pleased by the results.

The track “You Can Be Loved,” with its chiming guitar figures and ethereal multitracked vocals, puts all of Blue Dream‘s best qualities in one place. Hear the exclusive premiere after the jump.

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Exclusive: Open Mike Eagle's 'Doug Stamper' video featuring Hannibal Buress

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Open Mike Eagle is a very funny rapper from Chicago living in L.A. Hannibal Buress is a very funny standup comedian from Chicago living in New York City. Recently, they got together to make a video for “Doug Stamper,” a song from Open Mike’s new LP Dark Comedy (out now on Mello Music Group) named after Frank Underwood’s ruthlessly efficient (and possibly deceased) chief of staff on House of Cards. As you might expect, it’s very funny, with an advice-show setup that you might find genuinely useful—as long as you live in a small town and you’re in love with your cousin.

Mike says, “Hannibal and I commissioned secret focus groups on Black Twitter to come up with some raps that would be genuinely helpful. There’s a vicious rumour going around that Amy Poehler wrote Hannibal’s verse, but thats unfair and subtly racist. In memory of the God Doug Stamper.”

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Stream a Father's Day Playlist curated by the Walkmen's Walter Martin

When beloved aughties fivesome the Walkmen announced their indefinite hiatus late last year, Walter Martin decided to take an indie-rock road less traveled.

After becoming a dad for the first time, he began working on a sweetly understated of collection of folk-tinged ditties about clouds, Costa Rican monkeys, and messy hair, and brought in friends like Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Matt Berninger of the National to help out in the studio.

The result, We’re All Young Together, was released last month — music to the ears of parents eager for  family-friendly albums beyond the dancing dinosaur/Baby Beluga axis.

In honor of Father’s Day, Martin has created a playlist exclusively for EW; find out why he chose these songs from the likes of Johnny Cash, the Kinks, and Hank Williams Jr. and stream the full set on our Spotify player below: READ FULL STORY

Ray & Remora cover Pavement's 'Gold Soundz': Watch the video with Jeff Goldblum, Kim Gordon & more

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As Stephen Malkmus once memorably sang, “You can never quarantine the past.” But he didn’t say anything about covering it– so L.A. duo Ray & Remora, a.k.a.  Dan Crane and Amanda Walker, have taken on Pavement’s classic “Gold Soundz,” from 1994’s Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (which coincidentally turns 20 this month, if that doesn’t make you feel like a T-rex.)

R&R also grabbed a few famous friends to make cameos in the video for the song, including Malkmus, Kim Gordon, actor Jeff Goldblum, longtime Beastie Boys collaborator Money Mark, Weezer’s Scott Shriner, Inara George of The Bird and the Bee, and Mike Viola of The Candy Butchers.

Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

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