The Barometer: Cass McCombs; Vivian Girls; Major Lazer; DAF; The Decemberists; Beastie Boys
Friday 17 July 2009
Cass McCombs Dreams Come True Girl
This sunny 50s-tinged pop opener from Catacombs finds Californian crooner Cass McCombs at his best.
Vivian Girls When I'm Gone
Surf-rock, punk and shoegaze combine in the first track from the Brooklyn trio's new album, Everything Goes Wrong, which arrives in September.
Major Lazer Keep it Goin' Louder
On their latest collaboration, scene-defining DJs Diplo and Switch display a knack for sublime, day-glo pop.
DAF Mein Herz Macht Bum
German duo in their early-80s pomp show what synth-pop should be like: dark, dangerous and dirty.
The Decemberists The Hazards of Love 3 (Revenge!)
The US alt-folk rockers sing about shape-shifting demons in a twisted tribute to English folk music.
Beastie Boys Sure Shot
As their 1994 album Ill Communication is reissued, it's a perfect moment to relive the brilliance of the record's flute-sampling opening salvo.
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Bannatyne leaves Dragon's DenTV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Game of Thrones author George RR Martin says 'f*** you' to fans who fear he will die before finishing Westeros saga
- 2 PornHub begs users to stop uploading video clips of Brazil getting beaten 7-1
- 3 Why I'm on the brink of burning my Israeli passport
- 4 L'Oreal cuts ties with Belgium supporter Axelle Despiegelaere after hunting trip photographs
- 5 The true Gaza back-story that the Israelis aren’t telling this week
Sustained immigration has not harmed Britons' employment, say government advisers
War is war: Why I stand with Israel
7/7 memorial defaced on anniversary of 2005 attacks with ‘Blair lied thousands died’ graffiti
Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea
Even when it brutalises one of its own teenage citizens, America is helpless against Israel
Socialist Worker called to apologise over ‘vile’ article saying Eton schoolboy Horatio Chapple's death is ‘reason to save the polar bears’