2015 New Music Guide

Exploring artists to watch out for and how the music industry is changing. Read More

Passion Pit's crazy catchy new single "Lifted Up (1985)" has a very strobe light heavy music video. It's not for the seizure prone, but it is for people who like seeing lead Passion Pitter Michael Angelakos singing his song while being jostled around in the club. And for seizure prone people who like seeing Michael Angelakos jostled around in the club, you'll just have to make the call on your own. Discuss

Lollapalooza has released the line-up for their 2015 festival in Chicago, and it looks pretty great. Along with acts including Sam Smith, Alt-J, Of Monsters and Men, Kid Cudi, TV on the Radio, The War on Drugs, Cold War Kids, The Tallest Man on Earth, Flying Lotus, St. Paul and the Broken Bones (and many, many more), the July 31 – Aug. 2 gathering will also feature performances from headliners Metallica, Florence and the Machine and some dude named Paul McCartney, a promising up-and-comer who was recently taken under the guiding wing of Kanye West ... Discuss

Outside Lands, a music festival for the San Francisco bourgeois, has announced its lineup and it's very good, for those of our readers whose checking accounts have enough money to afford a ticket to Outside Lands. Mumford, Kendrick, Sam Smith and the Black Keys will headline the very male-heavy lineup (there are a mere three women in the first five rows of the festival lineup. Perhaps early proclamations of this being "The Year of Women" were a bit premature.)

For those not into headliners, there are still plenty of goodies on the sidestages. Wilco, Tame Impala, D’Angelo, St. Vincent (a girl!), Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals, Billy Idol, Hot Chip, and Caribou will also be there, along with First Aid Kit (two girls!), Mac DeMarco, Toro y Moi, Laura Marling, Sky Ferreria, Dan Deacon, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Benjamin Booker, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Natalie Prass, Django Django, Nate Ruess, Odesza and tons more. Check out the full lineup here, and remember, tickets go on sale this Thursday at 10am. Discuss

Chinese furniture retailer Red Star Macalline hired the band OK Go to create a new commercial, and like most OK Go videos, it’s insane. The spot features a remix of their single “I Won’t Let You Down” with the mind-bending visuals from their video for the tune “The Writing’s on the Wall.” Never change, OK Go ... Discuss

You can now listen to Sufjan Stevens’ new album Carrie & Lowell, a week before it officially drops on March 31. NPR has posted a preview of the singer/songwriter’s first new LP since 2010’s Age of Adz, so start your Monday off on the right foot—with free music. (Just a heads up, a few of the songs contain some strong language) ... Discuss