We Took The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle To His First Pro Wrestling Show In 35 Years

By Tom Breihan / April 1, 2015
In the crowd at a middle-of-nowhere North Carolina show, an earnest and bearded young man approaches John Darnielle, the Mountain Goats frontman. The young man slides in next to Darnielle, briefly and respectfully praising his music. This is nothing new. Young men in dark rooms have been approaching Darnielle for a couple of decades, and… More »

Band To Watch: Algiers

By Caitlin White / March 26, 2015
Listening to Algiers is like cramming a Marxist treatise in one ear and a church organ in the other. Their music is a heady, vicious condemnation of bankrupt culture, ghosted gospel punk that snarls at the status quo. The text of their debut, self-titled album is a scathing intellectual clash of religion, race, economics and… More »

Q&A: Royal Thunder’s Mlny Parsonz On The Crushing New Crooked Doors + Hear “One Day” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Joseph Schafer / March 26, 2015
"I will come back here one day, my love," sings Mlny Parsonz, bassist and vocalist of Atlanta's Royal Thunder, on the band's new "One Day." I'm not sure I believe her. This is the kind of ballad that is trying to break your heart -- along with the rest of you -- and Royal Thunder… More »

Q&A: Chilly Gonzales On Chambers, Poptimism, And Life As A Musical Genius

By Caitlin White / March 25, 2015
Chilly Gonzales has lived so many musical lives it's hard to keep them straight. Born Jason Beck, he's a classically trained pianist, composer, and self-proclaimed musical genius (hey, somebody has to say it, right?) who has co-authored musicals; pursued the alt-rock path as the frontman of Son; set Guinness records for piano-playing; tried hi… More »

Q&A: OK Go On 10 Years Of Making Viral Videos

By Shawn Macomber / March 25, 2015
One Of Those Treadmill Guys. Regardless of how many years he is eventually blessed to squeeze out of this corporeal existence, this is the epitaph OK Go vocalist/guitarist Damian Kulash is absolutely certain will be carved into his tombstone. And he might very well be right. After all, the Los Angeles-by-way-of-Chicago indie rockers' 2006 video… More »

Q&A: NEEDS On Their Debut Self-Titled LP + “Rescue Don” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 24, 2015
Vancouver is a city that boasts one of the highest costs of living in Canada and has more musicians trying to make things work within its boundaries than there is room for. NEEDS is a five-piece hardcore band facing the seemingly impossible task of carving out their own space within the city's disparate music scene,… More »

Q&A: Eskimeaux’s Gabrielle Smith On The Road To O.K. + “Broken Necks” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / March 10, 2015
I'm listening to Eskimeaux's new album for what feels like the hundredth joyous time, sitting cross-legged in a café just a few blocks away from where I saw them play live for the first time a few months ago. I've just wrapped up my interview with Gabrielle Smith -- Eskimeaux's beating heart -- and I'm… More »

Samo Sound Boy – “You Come For Me” Video (Stereogum Premiere) + Q&A

By Caitlin White / March 10, 2015
I can't remember where I was when I first heard DJ Dodger Stadium's triumphant, solitary house track "Love Songs," but I do know it was lodged in my brain from that moment on. Tom named their debut record, Friend Of Mine, the Album Of The Week when it came out last summer, and… More »

Q&A: Elvis Depressedly On Their Forthcoming Album New Alhambra + “Bruises (Amethyst)” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 9, 2015
"Bruises (Amethyst)" is a perfect summation of Elvis Depressedly's forthcoming LP, New Alhambra. The track commences with the sound of a YouTube puppeteer spouting prophecies, but soon afterward, Mat Cothran's ability to pair the painful with the sublime comes to the surface: "And your first kiss bruises/ Of amethyst," he intones. Encompassing every intricate instrumental… More »

Q&A: Radiohead’s Philip Selway Remembers The Bends

By Chris DeVille / March 9, 2015
This week marks the 20th anniversary of Radiohead's first classic album, The Bends, and in honor of the occasion we've declared it Radiohead Week at Stereogum. Our array of features will include an Anniversary writeup of the album later this week, but first, we asked drummer Philip Selway (second from left) to share… More »

Working With The Scars: Death Cab For Cutie Repair Themselves For Kintsugi

By Ryan Leas / March 9, 2015
Music Hall Of Williamsburg is too small for Death Cab For Cutie. The room has a capacity of 550 people, but feels even smaller today, when it's entirely empty and the band is fine-tuning the little details of the handful of new songs they plan to preview at tomorrow night's surprise show. Despite having only… More »

Q&A: Carly Rae Jepsen On Her All-Star Indie Collaborators And Really, Really, Really Anticipated New Album

By James Rettig / March 5, 2015
Following up a juggernaut like "Call Me Maybe" has got to be intimidating. There hasn't been a song like that since, one that was so immediately pervasive and so utterly inescapable. The second that track hit, through a series of almost chance circumstances, it was swept up into the zeitgeist and spit out into ubiquity. More »

Q&A: Purity Ring On Indie Vs. Pop, “Hey There Delilah,” And Another Eternity

By Ryan Leas / March 3, 2015
Back in the early days of 2011, Megan James and Corin Roddick formed the duo Purity Ring and put a song called "Ungirthed" online without much of an idea of what should happen next. As it turns out, what followed was a steadily increasing bit of internet buzz, a positive reaction to their sound… More »

Q&A: Ryley Walker Talks Noise Rock & Nail Salons + “Sweet Satisfaction” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Ryan Leas / February 25, 2015
Even though his full-length debut, All Kinds Of You, came out less than a year ago, 25-year-old Ryley Walker is already returning with sophomore release Primrose Green next month. Walker's been getting his fair share of positive attention, often focusing on his guitar playing and the unique and unpredictable forms his vocal melodies and song… More »

Q&A: Maryn Jones On Her New Solo Project Yowler + “Water” (Stereogum Premiere)

By James Rettig / February 24, 2015
"Water" is the perfect opening track to The Offer, Yowler's forthcoming debut tape. It sets the stage nicely for the esoteric, fantastical world that Maryn Jones has constructed as her solo project, something far removed from her work with All Dogs or Saintseneca. "Put the pieces in there, watch them disappear/ Worthless to… More »

Q&A: Noel Gallagher On Kanye, Beck, Beyoncé, Moz, Jack White, Black Keys, & More

By Ryan Leas / February 23, 2015
Back when I was first becoming an obsessive music fan, Oasis were big for me. I loved everything: the classic albums, of course, but also the mid-period stuff most people dismiss. As I got older, those last two very underrated albums were special to me, too. I sought out all sorts of Oasis minutiae, from… More »

Q&A: Leviathan’s Jef Whitehead On His Early Years, His Future, & Scar Sighted + “Gardens Of Coprolite” (Stereogum Premiere)

By Justin M. Norton / February 23, 2015
It's hard to remember a world where every type of music imaginable wasn't available at the click of a mouse, but it's the world we lived in just 15 years ago. If you were a fan of black metal in the late '90s and early '00s, you had to work to find the music. Part… More »

Q&A: JEFF The Brotherhood On Getting Dropped By Warner Bros. And Their Severely Stoned, Next Level Wasted On The Dream

By Chris DeVille / February 19, 2015
This week Nashville fuzz-rockers JEFF The Brotherhood announced that they've been dropped by Warner Bros. and will be releasing the upcoming Wasted On The Dream on their own independent label, Infinity Cat. They followed that news with "Black Cherry Pie," a righteous beast of a rock song featuring dense grunge guitars, swaggering Bonham… More »

Q&A: Colleen Green Talks TV, Akon, And Her Intensely Personal I Want To Grow Up

By Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 17, 2015
Up until now, Colleen Green has been painted as a slightly stoned hero of the DIY underground. She boasts one of the funnier Twitter handles in popular music (@colleengreen420), and has crafted the kind of too-chill-to-stand-up-straight persona that might make her songs seem almost perplexingly simple if you're unfamiliar with her lonely aesthetic; Gree… More »

Rejected By Record Store Day, Father/Daughter Details Its Compelling Faux Real II Comp

By James Rettig / February 11, 2015
The problems with Record Store Day have been well-documented. What started out as an event to promote independent record stores is still that -- in theory -- but, in practice, it feels like, over the past few years, the organization has been losing its independent spirit. Increasingly, Record Store Day releases seem to fall… More »

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