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Stream Willis Earl Beal Noctunes (Stereogum Premiere)

In the promo photo you see here, Willis Earl Beal is wearing a mask. It's the same mask -- or an identical, newer version of…
Caitlin White | August 21, 2015 - 10:20 am
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Willis Earl Beal Just Spent Two Weeks In Jail

Willis Earl Beal’s Noctunes is due at the end of the month, but as Spin points out, the outsider-art troubadour just spent part of the…
Chris DeVille | August 5, 2015 - 5:18 pm
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Willis Earl Beal – “Survive”

The seemingly boundless creative output of Willis Earl Beal continues with this year's NOCTURNES, an album he recorded after a move out to the solitary…
James Rettig | July 30, 2015 - 5:01 pm

Willis Earl Beal – “Flying So Low”

For a while, all we had from Chicago's foremost ambient-soul outcast Willis Earl Beal was the piecemeal collection of lo-fi home recordings Acousmatic Sorcery that…
Caitlin White | May 28, 2015 - 11:18 am

Willis Earl Beal – “I AM.” Video

Earlier this year, the iconoclastic Chicago singer-songwriter Willis Earl Beal left XL, his label, and threw himself into the chaotic, uncertain world of self-released record…
Tom Breihan | October 30, 2014 - 2:02 pm

Stream Willis Earl Beal Experiments In Time

Willis Earl Beal spoke last month about why he decided to leave his old label, XL, and release his new album entirely by himself. That…
Miles Bowe | July 31, 2014 - 12:03 pm
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Willis Earl Beal – “Until We Die”

The Chicago art-soul auteur Willis Earl Beal recently told the world that he wasn't happy on XL Recordings, his old label, and that he'd elected…
Tom Breihan | July 14, 2014 - 9:31 am
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Willis Earl Beal – “Traveling Eyes”

In a long and fascinating interview, the Chicago art-soul belter Willis Earl Beal recently announced plans to leave XL Recordings, his label, and to self-release…
Tom Breihan | June 27, 2014 - 8:46 am

Hear Michael K. Williams Read A Short Story By Willis Earl Beal

Last week, Willis Earl Beal revealed in a fascinating interview that he would be leaving his label XL and self-releasing music again. His next album…
Miles Bowe | June 19, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Disillusioned Willis Earl Beal Explains Why He’s Leaving His Label

A few years ago, the Chicago soul singer Willis Earl Beal went from singing for commuters on El train platforms to signing with XL Recordings,…
Tom Breihan | June 11, 2014 - 5:12 pm

Stream Willis Earl Beal Curious Cool

Back in January, the mercurial lo-fi Chicago soul singer posted a mysterious new eight-song album called A Place That Doesn't Exist online. He essentially suggested…
Tom Breihan | April 8, 2014 - 11:34 am

Willis Earl Beal – “Coming Through” Video (Feat. Mischa Barton)

When was the last time you thought about Mischa Barton? The former The O.C. star shows up in Willis Earl Beal's new video for the…
Chris DeVille | February 18, 2014 - 2:38 pm

Stream Willis Earl Beal A Place That Doesn’t Exist

In recent interviews, itinerant experimental folk freak Willis Earl Beal has been mentioning a new album called A Place That Doesn't Exist and suggesting he…
Chris DeVille | January 28, 2014 - 12:08 pm

Willis Earl Beal – “Babble On.” & “Coriander Tree Life”

Right about now, the folk-soul brother Willis Earl Beal is two months into his album-release cycle; he dropped the new one Nobody knows. in September.
Tom Breihan | November 11, 2013 - 8:48 am

Watch Cat Power Sing With Willis Earl Beal In Brooklyn

A few days ago Chan Marshall and Willis Earl Beal performed at the Knitting Factory, and now we've got some video of the two singing…
Miles Bowe | October 31, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Watch Willis Earl Beal & King Krule Play Church Of Nobody Sessions

Willis Earl Beal has launched a new video series, appropriately titled "Church Of Nobody." There will be eight parts in total; so far Beal ha…
Liz Pelly | October 27, 2013 - 7:28 am

Stream Willis Earl Beal Nobody knows.

The Chicago outsider-soul howler Willis Earl Beal got his start singing on Chicago street corners and in train stations, and he’s always sounded like someone…
Tom Breihan | September 3, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Willis Earl Beal – “Coming Through” (Feat. Cat Power)

Chicago soul experimentalist Willis Earl Beal has unleashed the inspirational big production (for Beal, at least) "Coming Through" featuring Cat Power on backup vocals. The…
Claire Lobenfeld | August 27, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Watch The Trailer For Memphis, Starring Willis Earl Beal

The Memphis outsider-soul howler is getting set to release a new album called Nobody knows., and we've already posted his songs "Everything unwinds." and "Too
Tom Breihan | August 23, 2013 - 11:00 am

Willis Earl Beal – “Black Beauty (A Response To Lana Del Rey From Willis Earl Beal)”

Last month, an unreleased Lana Del Rey song called "Black Beauty" hit the internet. Nobody knew if it was new or old, but it wa…
Tom Breihan | August 5, 2013 - 3:59 pm
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