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Mainstream American rock music, as you might recall, was in rough shape in the late ’90s. The Alt-Nation era had run out of road for the most part, giving way to legions of awful post-grunge and nu-metal bands soundtracking extreme energy-drink commercials and extreme-sports video games. These were dark times. This was at a time… More »

When a musician puts together a moving tribute to her deceased bandmate, giving fitting visual accompaniment to the last thing that bandmate ever recorded, that video really should be #1 on this list. Most weeks, it would be. But this week, that video went up against the form’s reigning innovator, who’s put together a stunning… More »

At various points in musical history, if you were a certain kind of musician with a certain set of obsessions, making an intricately layered, impossibly dense magnum opus was not just an option, it was a requirement that came from somewhere deep in your soul that could never quite be fulfilled. It’s become the story… More »

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Liars – “Mr Your On Fire Mr (Saint Laurent PFW SS14 Remix)”

Context is strange sometimes. The Liars album They Threw Us All In A Trench And Stuck A Monument On Top put them in the fore-front of the burgeoning dance-punk scene over a decade ago. It was a promising start for a promising music scene that they quickly abandoned to everyone’s frustration. Smart move though –… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 1, 2013 - 11:47 am

Photos: Primavera Sound 2013

Primavera Sound Festival took place over multiple days in Barcelona last week, hosting acts including Blur, My Bloody Valentine, the Knife, Phoenix, the Postal Service, the Breeders, and many more. We sent Autumn Andel to capture the sights. Check out her pics in the gallery above. More »

By: Stereogum / May 28, 2013 - 11:29 am

Liars – “I Saw You From The Lifeboat” & “Perfume Tear”

Because they are kind and generous people who want nothing but nice things for us, Liars are giving away two brand-new tracks, “I Saw You From The Lifeboat” and “Perfume Tear.” Both songs are harsh, buzzing synthetic things, keeping many of the textures from the band’s 2012 album WIXIW but bringing a more merciless, sinister… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 16, 2013 - 2:39 pm

Liars – “The Exact Color Of Doubt” Video

We already know the L.A.-via-Berlin-via-Brooklyn experimental band Liars makes some pretty cool music videos. Their latest is an exercise in geometrics. Intersecting lines vibrate across the screen and merge together in order to create 3-D renderings of the band members. I guess this is what designing a hologram looks like? The accompanying track, “The Exact… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 3, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Liars – “WIXIW” Video

Liars frontman Angus Andrew is a tall guy, and like every tall guy who’s never been paid to play basketball, he probably has some history of b-ball failure. (I promise you, I know.) So maybe it’s not surprising that his band’s newest video, for the title track of their 2012 album WIXIW, focuses on a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 6, 2013 - 3:30 pm

Stream Previously Unreleased Thom Yorke Mixes

Thom Yorke is on the cover of the latest edition of the British magazine Dazed & Confused, which doesn’t seem like that great of an achievement, considering that the man can presumably pop up on any magazine cover anytime he wants, just by deigning to sit for an interview. But Yorke is apparently amped enough… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2013 - 2:07 pm

Hear Liars, Yeasayer Cover Fleetwood Mac

Thus far this year, we’ve already heard one prominent, indie-centric Fleetwood Mac cover album: The all-star Just Tell Me That You Want Me – A Tribute To Fleetwood Mac. And now there’s another one out there, though this one comes with considerably less hype. The latest issue of the music magazine Mojo comes packaged with… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2012 - 9:38 am

The Twilight Sad – “Nil (Liars Remix)”

At the beginning of the year, Scottish mopesters the Twilight Sad released their harsh postpunk album No One Can Ever Know, and now they’re getting ready to release an album that collects remixes of album tracks. No One Can Ever Know: The Remixes looks to have a seriously strong cast of contributors, including the Horrors’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 13, 2012 - 11:22 am

Report & Photos From FYF Fest 2012

Ever since I was old enough to complain, my dad took great pleasure in the act of dragging my always-resistant ass to music festivals. A summer full of glorious music for him meant a summer full of unstifled groans from me. His taste in music back then — folk, folk, and nothing but folk –… More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / September 4, 2012 - 4:52 pm

Liars – “Point Your Pistols To The Sigh”

The Adult Swim Singles Program has been giving away a nicely curated set of free songs once a week all summer, and the latest entry in the series may be the best one yet. Liars’ new one “Point Your Pistols To The Sigh” is a harsher, heavier track than anything that appeared on their recent… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 4, 2012 - 12:57 pm

Liars – “Brats” Video

The Liars’ new video for the buzzing WIXIW track “Brats” sadly does not continue the story of their amazing “No. 1 Against The Rush” clip, but it’s just as freaked-out in its own right. The video, animated by Ian Cheng, works as a nightmare reimagining of the archetypal Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd story, as rendered i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 30, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Stream Liars WIXIW

Next week, Liars return with their new album WIXIW, the follow-up to 2010’s Sisterworld. Every new Liars album is different from the last, and this one finds them playing around with extreme-sheen synth textures and zoned-out disco-prog expansiveness. We’ve already heard the early tracks “No. 1 Against The Rush” and “Octagon,” and according to our… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 29, 2012 - 8:47 am

Liars – “Octagon”

As revealed by Angus Andrew in a recent Progress Report, Liars are experimenting with some new textural territory, mining more electronic sounds and beats. We got a sense of that on the first single, “No. 1 Against The Rush,” but it’s even more apparent on the newly surfaced “Octagon,” a track a lot of people… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 25, 2012 - 4:15 pm

Liars – “No.1 Against The Rush (Matmos Remix)”

Last week, we posted a remix of Liars’ new single “No. 1 Against The Rush” from synthpop pioneer Vince Clarke. And today, we’ve got a very different reworking of that same track, this time from the playful and conceptually bent IDM duo Matmos, who transform the song into a gliding, skittering pileup of drums and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 23, 2012 - 12:13 pm

Liars – “No.1 Against The Rush (Vince Clarke Remix)”

If synthpop royalty is a thing that exists, Vince Clarke is it, straight up. Clarke is a founding member of Depeche Mode (before they turned gothy), Yaz, and Erasure, and if you’re making a move toward keyboards on your new album, he’s probably the guy you want remixing it. Liars, who already had the MuteMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 17, 2012 - 3:49 pm

Liars Explain WIXIW In This Short Film

Evident from our chat with the band as well as the new single “No. 1 Against The Rush,” Liars will be experimenting with new electronic textures on their forthcoming, highly anticipated WIXIW. Recently, the band recorded a short mini doc that serves as a pretty good visual walkthrough of what to expect. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 14, 2012 - 4:36 pm

Liars – “No. 1 Against The Rush” Video

Art-punk trio Liars will release their new album WIXIW in June, and in the video for leadoff track “No. 1 Against The Rush,” we see a meticulous and creepy middle-aged man kidnapping all three members of the band and throwing them in the back of his van. It’s a masterfully rendered piece of deep atmospheric… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 20, 2012 - 12:08 pm

Progress Report: Liars

Name: Liars
Progress Report: Liars dive headfirst down the the electronic rabbit hole on WIXIW.

Few bands that emerged in the early 2000’s have managed to remain as interesting — or as frequently confounding — as Liars. Albums such as 2004’s They Were Wrong, So We Drowned (at the time, one of… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / April 9, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Liars – “No. 1 Against The Rush”

This summer, Liars will release their new album WIXIW, their follow-up to 2010’s Sisterworld. Pitchfork recently spoke to frontman Angus Andrew, and apparently, the new LP is more electronic and sample-based than anything they’ve done in the past. But leadoff track “No. 1 Against The Rush,” while it has a bit of an electronic sheen,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 2, 2012 - 11:08 am