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Album Of The Week: Cult Of Youth Final Days

Cult Of Youth fucked up when they released Love Will Prevail while it was still warm outside. The Brooklyn outfit dropped their sophomore album in early September 2012, and I have a vivid memory of attempting to process its grand, dark, propulsive songs while walking my dog through beautifully hazy late-summer heat. This was the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 11, 2014 - 3:38 pm

Stream Cult Of Youth Final Days

Two years ago, the Brooklyn band Cult Of Youth earned an Album Of The Week distinction for Love Will Prevail, an album of ritualistic, gothic punk rock. Final Days, the band’s forthcoming follow-up, is just as feverish and strong, and it sounds even more like it’s haunted by the ghosts of dead civilizations. This i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 4, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Cult Of Youth – “Roses”

Next month, Brooklyn goth-punkers Cult Of Youth will give us their towering new album Final Days. First single “Empty Faction” was ferocious and claustrophobic, and it sounded like a death-rattle happening in a basement punk show. But now they’ve shared another new song called “Roses,” and it’s a different story entirely. “Roses” is still a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2014 - 12:46 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We decided on this week’s 5 Best Songs only after a fairly brutal culling process: No question, Mastodon, Mr. Twin Sister, EMA, Beach Slang, and John Southworth deserved to be on here, and there were numerous others that made a strong case for themselves, too. But what eventually made it did so virtually unanimously –… More »

By: Stereogum / September 12, 2014 - 4:56 pm

Cult Of Youth – “Empty Faction” (Stereogum Premiere)

Two years ago, almost to the day, Brooklyn goth-punk ritualists Cult Of Youth released their Love Will Prevail album, and it was great. And now they’ve announced that they’ll follow it up with a new LP called Final Days, coming later this fall. This time around, they’re a full band, rather than just frontman Sea… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 5, 2014 - 11:07 am

Fun Fun Fun Fest: 10 Must-See Sets Plus Nite Highlights

Starting sometime today, and growing tomorrow, some 20,000 people will converge on Austin, TX for Fun Fun Fun Fest. If you’re not one of them, you have every right and reason to be very, very jealous. Now in its seventh year, FFF is presenting one of the strongest bills in recent memory: Over three day… More »

By: Stereogum / November 1, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Cult Of Youth – “Man And Man’s Ruin” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Last month, we awarded an Album Of The Week to Love Will Prevail, the latest from Brooklyn dark-folk strum-stompers Cult Of Youth. And now we’ve got a video for “Man And Man’s Ruin,” one of that LP’s most immediately pretty songs. The video comes from directors Kristian Emdal, Loke Rahbek, and Elias Bender-Rønnenfelt — collectively,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 16, 2012 - 11:13 am

Incubate Festival 2012 In Photos

Last week, from 9/10 – 9/16, the Incubate festival moved into the city of Tilburg, in the Netherlands. Along with a range of other cultural offerings, Incubate hosted more than 300 musical acts in a wide array of indie, underground, and avant garde genres. Photographer Graeme Flegenheimer was on hand to document some of the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 19, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Album Of The Week: Cult Of Youth Love Will Prevail

This is a big day for new albums: Animal Collective’s Centipede Hz, Cat Power’s Sun, Jens Lekman’s I Know What Love Isn’t, the Fresh & Onlys’ Long Slow Dance, plenty of others. And all the albums I named have good things going on. But other than the stunning Cat Power album, which I’ve already writtenMore »

By: Tom Breihan / September 4, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Cult Of Youth – “Garden Of Delights”

Next month, the great Brooklyn evil-folk BTW Cult Of Youth will release their new album Love Will Prevail, which frontman Sean Ragon recorded in his own handbuilt studio, playing most of the instruments himself. We’ve already heard first single “Man And Man’s Ruin,” and now here’s “Garden Of Delight,” a piece of top-shelf dark, shouty… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 2, 2012 - 12:17 pm

Cult Of Youth – “Man And Man’s Ruin”

Stereogum40 alum/former BTW Cult Of Youth will release a new record called Love Will Prevail later this fall, a follow-up to last year’s heavy self-titled debut. Love Will Prevail found figurehead Sean Ragon in a full-bore creative state, where he played most of the instruments on the album, which was recorded at his studio Heave… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 11, 2012 - 10:53 am

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2011

Last year, right around the time summer turned to fall, we at Stereogum published our list of the 40 best new bands of the year. The idea of a “new” band is a pretty nebulous one, since many of the kids we listed were probably planning out their musical ventures in their basements since they… More »

By: Stereogum / September 13, 2011 - 12:26 pm

Cult Of Youth Debut “The Pole-Star” Video, Join Iceage For Stereogum/Sacred Bones-Presented US Live Debut

Cult Of Youth bassist Micki Pellerano directed this sexy, bloody black and white video for his Brooklyn BTW’s dark howler, “The Pole-Star.” If the feel’s familiar, it’s maybe because he also did that spit and s&m-heavy clip for the K-Holes’ “Short Zippers.” The ritualistic torture’s beautifully shot: Jacqueline Castel, who we know courtesy of her… More »

By: brandon / April 13, 2011 - 11:34 am

18 Dark Bands To Watch In 2011

It’s not news that popular indie rock got a bit darker in 2010. Look no further than regular topics of conversation around here — Zola Jesus, CREEP, Cold Cave, Salem, Tamaryn, Blessure Grave, Locrian, Gatekeeper, Frank (Just Frank), Crystal Castles, Holy Other, Balam Acab, Minks, oOoOO, Silent Diane, ///▲▲▲\\\, anyone else who got labeled “witch… More »

By: brandon / March 24, 2011 - 3:15 pm

SXSW Thursday: Featuring Austra, Mister Heavenly, Chelsea Wolfe

Here lies our documentation of Thursday in Austin. For more, check our list of 32 Must See Bands this week, and our coverage from Wednesday. (That’s Zola Jesus above, by Ryan Muir.) Click on:… More »

By: Stereogum / March 18, 2011 - 6:13 pm

Stereogum/Sacred Bones/Chaos In Tejas Unofficial SXSW Party

We’ll be in Austin in a couple weeks. Nobody likes a lazy non-contributor, so we’ve teamed up with one of our favorite labels Sacred Bones and one of Austin’s greatest institutions Chaos In Tejas to present a free all day/night party on Thursday March 17th at Beerland (711 Red River Street). It focuses on the… More »

By: brandon / February 28, 2011 - 1:53 pm

Band To Watch: Cult Of Youth

Brooklyn’s Cult Of Youth, primarily the project of multi-instrumentalist/songwriter and onetime Love As Laughter bassist Sean Ragon, has released home-recorded singles and one limited-edition Dais LP since 2007, but this new self-titled Chris Coady-produced, Kevin McMahon-mixed collection is the first he’s recorded with his proper band, bassist Micki Pellerano, drummer Glenn Maryanski, and violinist Christiana… More »

By: brandon / January 28, 2011 - 10:54 am