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.
Arts & Ents blogs
- 2 Saudis risk new Muslim division with proposal to move Mohamed’s tomb
- 3 A teacher speaks out: 'I'm effectively being forced out of a career that I wanted to love'
- 4 Cee Lo Green: It is only rape if the victim is conscious
Jessica Chastain demands Scarlett Johansson-fronted Marvel superhero movie
Nicki Minaj suffers wardrobe malfunction during MTV VMAs performance with Ariana Grande and Jessie J
North Korea threatens Britain over 'mud-slinging' Channel 4 thriller focusing on Kim Jong-un's nuclear weapons programme
Olivia Colman and Mary Berry top Radio Times' female power list
New Netflix releases: Films and TV shows coming in September 2014
Rotherham child sex abuse scandal: Labour Home Office to be probed over what Tony Blair's government knew - and when
What do immigrants really think of Britain? Polish immigrant's Reddit post goes viral
Ashya King: Parents of five-year-old boy refused permission to visit him in hospital and denied bail at Spanish court
With Douglas Carswell joining Ukip, my party has taken another giant step forward
When elitism grips the top of British society to this extent, there is only one answer: abolish private schools
Ashya King: 'Cruel NHS has not given us the treatment we need', says father of five-year-old with brain tumour who fled to Spain