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Once again, the best piece of music-related video wasn’t a music video this week; it was this haunting performance from Neil Young and Willie Nelson, and we can thank CMT, of all possible cable networks, for its existence. (Jim James on Letterman was also pretty great.) Meanwhile, weirdo giants of the music-video field like NabilMore »

We actually got a ridiculous number of strong, visually striking music videos this week: everything on this week’s list is pretty much must-see. And it does my heart good to see that two of them come from my two favorite albums of 2011 thus far, Past Life Martyred Saints and Father, Son, Holy Ghost. (There’… More »

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Progress Report: Wavves’ main man Nathan Williams talks about how much Life Sux, the elusive Dave Grohl, making a new album, and the relative difficulty of getting into the VMAs with weed in your pocket.

Wavves has been pretty unavoidable lately. From dropping a new EP in the coming week… More »

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Wavves – “Flamezesz”

The announcement of Wavves’ new album, V, came with some dramatic fanfare after Nathan Williams got into a public disagreement with his label over the early release of lead single, “Way Too Much.” The rollout for the next song from the record, “Flamezesz,” seems to have gone a lot smoother: It just debuted over at… More »

By: James Rettig / July 30, 2015 - 12:47 pm

Wavves V Details

Last week, Wavves’ Nathan Williams tweeted a series of disgruntled messages directed at his label, Warner Bros., when the label tried to pull Wavves’ new single “Way Too Much” from Spotify after it had already gone online. After Williams called them out and uploaded “Way Too Much” to SoundCloud as well, they conceded and allowed… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 20, 2015 - 1:19 pm

Wavves Shares “Way Too Much,” Fights With His Label

Nathan Williams has been so busy with various side projects over the last year — from his Cloud Nothings collab to bro trio Spirit Club to beat alter ego Sweet Valley — that I almost forgot he was set to release an album under his original moniker as well. But now we have what look… More »

By: James Rettig / July 16, 2015 - 6:08 pm

Wavves – “Leave” Video

The Alchemist and Oh No curated Grand Theft Auto V’s soundtrack, a trippy collection of unlikely collaborations called Welcome To Los Santos. It has yielded some of the year’s most interesting tracks, and today another one-off has been released in video form. Though the soundtrack has expanded well beyond the bounds of the game itself,… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 8, 2015 - 11:28 am

Stream Wavves x Cloud Nothings Surprise Album No Life For Me

Nathan Williams and Dylan Baldi officially announced their collaborative album back in March, but we knew that a release was kinda-sorta imminent a year before that. The record was recorded and produced by Sweet Valley (Williams and his brother Joel) in Williams’ Los Angeles home during two sessions between 3/16-3/26 of last year and 6/1-6/10… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 28, 2015 - 11:17 pm

Spirit Club – “Fast Ice” (Stereogum Premiere)

Nathan Williams’ Spirit Club just released their self-titled debut album last week, yet they’re already on to releasing material from LP2. “Fast Ice” is our first taste of the band’s next batch of songs, and it continues applying off-kilter psych idiosyncrasies to the beachy alt-rock Williams made his name on. “I’m so alone, but you’ll… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 22, 2015 - 10:08 am

Stream Spirit Club Spirit Club

Wavves frontman Nathan Williams has lately been keeping himself busy with a pair of side projects: The beatmaking duo Sweet Valley and the new rock band Spirit Club. Spirit Club’s self-titled debut album is out tomorrow, and it’s got some of the scrappy punk immediacy of Wavves’ earliest records. But it also has something else:… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 11, 2015 - 5:00 pm

Wavves Might Be Working With Vince Staples

What do Wavves and Vince Staples have in common? They’re both synonymous with Southern California, boasting the kind of too-chill-to-function attitudes envied by anyone who’s never lived on the West Coast. So, Wavves’ hint that the two artists might be collaborating isn’t as confounding as it might initially seem; if you’re not in favor of… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 11, 2015 - 2:24 pm

Photos: SXSW 2015

SXSW 2015 has come and gone. As Scott noted over the weekend, it was an altogether less corporate, less celebrity-infused, less insane experience than in recent years, though of course it was still at least a little corporate and celebrity-infused and insane. (We never did make it to the McDonald’s showcase, damn.) As much a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 23, 2015 - 2:14 pm

Wavves And Cloud Nothings Announce Joint Album No Life For Me

We’ve known about Wavves and Cloud Nothings’ collaborative album for about a year, and now we know it’s actually coming out. Wavves posted what appears to be the album cover to Instagram and Twitter just now. It’s called No Life For Me, and according to the text on the cover, Nathan Williams’ brother Joel (aka… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 17, 2015 - 8:20 pm

Stream MNDR & Sweet Valley Dance 4 A Dollar EP

Alongside his brother Kynan, Wavves frontman Nathan Williams is half of the beatmaking duo Sweet Valley, who previously teamed up with San Francisco rapper DaVinci for the Ghetto Cuisine mixtape. And now, the two of them have hooked up with the L.A. dance-pop singer MDNR for a new five-track EP called Dance 4 A Dollar. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 24, 2015 - 11:06 am

Spirit Club – “Duster” Video

Spirit Club is the new side-project trio led by Wavves frontman Nathan Williams, and they only just announced the impending release of their self-titled debut. Their second video, after “Still Life,” is for “Duster,” a relatively soft, poppy song without that much punk in it. The video, on the other hand, has a lot of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 13, 2015 - 9:40 am

MDNR & Sweet Valley – “Dance 4 A Dollar”

When he isn’t fronting Wavves (or, more recently, Spirit Club), Nathan Williams makes up half of the beatmaking duo Sweet Valley alongside his brother Kynan. Last year, they teamed up with the San Francisco rapper DaVinci to drop the Ghetto Cuisine mixtape. This year, they’ve got a very different project in the works: Dance 4More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 2, 2015 - 10:31 am

Spirit Club – “Still Life” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

In October of last year, Wavves frontman Nathan Williams announced that he will begin to focus on a series of side projects in 2015. One of these new ventures is Spirit Club, a band that Williams started alongside his brother Joel and Andrew Caddick (bka Jeans Wilder). Up until now, Spirit Club has only released… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / January 22, 2015 - 11:03 am

Hear Two Songs From Wavves Frontman Nathan Williams’ New Band Spirit Club

Nathan Williams has recently been branching away from Wavves to focus on some other projects, most notably Sweet Valley and a possible collaboration with Cloud Nothings’ Dylan Baldi. He announced another new project today called Spirit Club via Twitter, this time with his brother Joel and Andrew Caddick, who records under the name Jeans Wilder. More »

By: James Rettig / October 7, 2014 - 6:57 pm

DaVinci & Sweet Valley – “I Got That Line” Video & Ghetto Cuisine Mixtape

Sweet Valley, the rap-production duo of Wavves frontman Nathan Williams and his brother Kynan, have cranked out a few instrumental mixtapes, and they’ve just gotten around to making their first record with an actual rapper. That project is Ghetto Cuisine, a new full-length mixtape that they did with the tough, straightforward San Francisco rapper DaVinci. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2014 - 12:55 pm

DaVinci & Sweet Valley – “I Got That Line”

When he isn’t leading Wavves, Nathan Williams makes rap beats with his brother Kynan. Together, under the name Sweet Valley, they’ve cranked out a handful of instrumental mixtapes. And now they’ve linked up with an actual rapper — the tough and underrated San Francisco MC DaVinci — to make a full mixtape called Ghetto Cuisine,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 9, 2014 - 2:28 pm

Cloud Nothings & Wavves (& Rostam?) Collaborative Album Is Almost Done

Dylan Baldi has a new album coming out with Cloud Nothings, but he’s also been working on a collaborative project with Nathan Williams of Wavves. And according to Baldi, it’s nearly finished. Baldi told Exclaim! about the origins of the project, which involved waking up in Paris with a hangover and a random text message… More »

By: Sam Behrens / March 27, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Wavves And Trash Talk Interview Shaquille O’Neal

Last week Shaquille O’Neal announced plans for a sequel to his widely panned cult classic 1994 video game, Shaq Fu, funded in part through Indiegogo. The goal behind Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn is ostensibly to redeem the legacy of the original, known for being one of the worst games ever. (Indiegogo tagline: “Shaq Fu… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 10, 2014 - 10:47 am

Watch Wavves Debut “Nine Is God” On Conan

Historically, the in-game radio stations have always been the best reason to play the Grand Theft Auto games; driving around and blowing stuff up is way more fun if you have a well-curated selection of music and jokey fake ads pushing you on. In the forthcoming rabidly anticipated Grand Theft Auto V, Wavves will have… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 13, 2013 - 10:29 am
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