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There are plenty of good reasons to listen to Shearwater: There’s the band’s admirably expansive ambitions, almost prog-level for an indie rock band. (They made their mark by releasing an actual honest-to-god trilogy of albums.) There’s the panache with which they pull up dramatic, dynamic flare-ups, their big choruses erupting out of placid stillness. There’… More »

Shearwater’s last three albums, the ones that brought the Austin band to prominence, all made up parts of a loose overarching concept-album trilogy, one that had something to do with islands and bird-migration patterns and general isolation. Once a band gets done with a hugely ambitious project like that one, the temptation is probably to… More »

There were more albums released in 2010 than could fit on all the lists released in 2010. (And there were many lists.) With that in mind, and certain ’10 records still ringing in our ears, we put our heads together and thought about some of last year’s favorites that, for some reason or other, didn’t… More »

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Watch Swans’ Thor Harris Explain His Major Depression In An Inspiring Short Documentary

The Mental Health Channel has a series called The Inside Story that profiles people who "reveal their mental health diagnoses and their paths to overcome…
Miles Bowe | August 21, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Shearwater – “Black Is The Color”

Shearwater have been going in on the covers lately. Last year, Jonathan Meiburg's Texan indie impressionists earned an Album Of The Week designation for their…
Tom Breihan | February 7, 2014 - 11:41 am

Shearwater – “Novacane” (Frank Ocean Cover)

Last month, I gave Album Of The Week to Shearwater's Fellow Travelers, on which the Texan band played sweeping, filigreed covers of songs from band…
Tom Breihan | December 12, 2013 - 2:20 pm

Stream Shearwater Fellow Travelers

Next week, Jonathan Meiburg’s soaring, contemplative band Shearwater will release their new all-covers album Fellow Travelers, in which the band takes on songs by grou…
Tom Breihan | November 18, 2013 - 9:31 am

Shearwater – “I Luv The Valley Oh!” (Xiu Xiu Cover) Video

The great indie-prog falsetto-floggers Shearwater will soon release their all-covers album Fellow Travelers, and we've already posted their excellent versions of Xiu Xiu's "I Luv
Tom Breihan | November 12, 2013 - 10:36 am

Shearwater – “Fucked Up Life” (Baptist Generals Cover)

Jonathan Meiburg is about to emerge from his chamber with a new Shearwater opus entitled Fellow Travelers. The latest set comprises renditions of songs by…
Chris DeVille | October 9, 2013 - 11:45 am

Shearwater – “I Luv the Valley Oh!” (Xiu Xiu Cover)

Shearwater love their friends. The next album from Jonathan Meiburg's grandly clanging indie-prog project is Fellow Travelers, on which Shearwater will cover songs from band…
Tom Breihan | August 27, 2013 - 9:42 am

Shearwater, Husky, Gold Leaves @ The Echo, Los Angeles 7/15/12

Shearwater stopped by the Echo in Los Angeles in support of their highly touted Sub Pop release Animal Joy. While you may have seen their…
Andrew Youssef | July 16, 2012 - 2:26 pm

Shearwater – “Immaculate” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Here's the clip for Shearwater's Animal Joy cut "Immaculate," a quick-hit video that rifles through a carousel of still images, some of Jonathan Meiburg i…
Corban Goble | July 12, 2012 - 11:51 am

Shearwater – “You As You Were” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Earlier this year, the Jonathan Meiburg-helmed Shearwater put out the Album Of The Week Animal Joy, perhaps the band's most lush and well-crafted release to…
Corban Goble | March 28, 2012 - 9:30 am

Stereogum Range Life @ SXSW 3/15/12

On SXSW’s third night, we threw a party that went almost until sunrise. It was a pretty good time! Thanks to all who braved the…
Amrit Singh | March 16, 2012 - 3:24 pm

Watch Shearwater And Sharon Van Etten Cover Tom Petty

For the A.V. Club's A.V. Undercover video series, tourmates Shearwater and Sharon Van Etten recently got together to cover the Tom Petty/Stevie Nicks nugget "Stop
Tom Breihan | March 13, 2012 - 4:14 pm

Stereogum Range Life 2012 Preview & Mix

Last week, we announced our Range Life showcase, taking place at midnight on March 15 at the PureVolume house at 340 E. 2nd St.
Stereogum | March 6, 2012 - 1:12 pm

Stereogum Presents… Range Life In Austin 2012 Lineup

Around midnight on the evening of March 15th, until well after every other bar in town has stopped serving legally intoxicating beverages, the Stereogum crew…
Amrit Singh | February 28, 2012 - 9:38 am

Shearwater – “Breaking The Yearlings” Video

Shearwater's Animal Joy is our Album Of The Week, and today the band came through with the video for album standout "Breaking The Yearlings," a…
Corban Goble | February 15, 2012 - 11:19 am

Stream Shearwater Animal Joy

Shearwater’s new album is out next week, and we’ve already heard three quite-nice takes from that affair, “You As You Were,” “Breaking The Yearlings” and…
Corban Goble | February 6, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Shearwater – “You As You Were”

Animal Joy, the new album from expansive Texan falsetto-indie troupe Shearwater, is imminent, and the songs "Breaking The Yearlings" and "Animal Life" have already made…
Tom Breihan | January 18, 2012 - 10:35 am

Shearwater – “Animal Life”

Shearwater’s eighth LP Animal Joy — their first on Sub Pop — is due out in February, and earlier today a new track from that…
Corban Goble | December 29, 2011 - 1:26 pm