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Stream Ava Luna Rarities Compilation Takamatsu Station

Ava Luna have been a band in some iteration or another for a few years shy of a decade and, with three full-length albums under their belt, miscellanies are bound to build up around the margins of their career. And a band as wildly experimental as they are doesn’t come together without, well, a lot… More »

By: James Rettig / July 16, 2015 - 11:53 am

Gemma – “As Ever”

Ava Luna’s two female vocalists exist at opposite poles, both equally as satisfying. Felicia Douglass’ is the one that’s a little more soulful, with a tendency to reach for dizzying, shimmering heights on tracks like “PRPL” and “Coat Of Shellac.” She’s embarked on a new side project called Gemma alongside producer Erik Gundel and together… More »

By: James Rettig / July 13, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Ava Luna – “Steve Polyester” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Ava Luna’s third full-length, Infinite House, is exciting because it’s inconsistent. Their sound is always challenging and expertly tailored, but this time around, it’s so varied that it’s hard to make comparisons or dump the record into any preexisting, contemporary categories. Nothing about this record is predictable, nor is it conventional, and giving extra breathing… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 21, 2015 - 10:59 am

Watch Ava Luna Perform On The Special Without Brett Davis (Stereogum Premiere)

The Special Without Brett Davis is a weekly sketch-comedy show that airs on Manhattan’s MNN public-access network and hosts an array of oddball comedians in addition to musical acts. Brett Davis took over The Special when Chris Gethard graduated to cable a few months ago, and for those of you unfamiliar with Gethard, he appear… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 9, 2015 - 3:22 pm

Stream Ava Luna Infinite House

Infinite House, the latest and best album by Brooklyn’s Ava Luna, is streaming online in full today. We’ll get to that momentarily, but first, a few words about the record’s stand-out single “Steve Polyester,’ which also emerged online today on its own. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 7, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Stereogum x Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion 2015 Yearbook

Congratulations to the SXSW Class Of 2015! We are honored that you could join us at Stereogum x Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion this year, and we hope that you cherish the memories we made together. Because you’re all so great, we’ve put together a little yearbook-style recap of the event, and bestowed upon you… More »

By: James Rettig & Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 24, 2015 - 1:25 pm

Photos From Stereogum x Exploding In Sound’s Austin Invasion 2015

Yesterday, we threw a 14-hour unofficial SXSW showcase at Austin’s Hole In The Wall alongside the Brooklyn-by-way-of-Boston label Exploding In Sound Records. Thirty-one bands played two stages, from established names like Speedy Ortiz, Alex G, JEFF The Brotherhood, and Pity Sex to breakthrough acts like Wand, Girlpool, Dirty Dishes, and Krill. New Orleans’ Caddywhompus kicked… More »

By: Stereogum / March 21, 2015 - 2:18 pm

Ava Luna – “Coat Of Shellac”

Skittery Brooklyn art-poppers Ava Luna released Electric Balloon their last album, just a year ago, and they’ve already announced plans for the follow-up LP Infinite House. The band recorded the album in Mississippi and in the Brooklyn DIY venue Silent Barn, and they got Dave Fridmann to mix it. We’ve posted first single “Billz,” and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 2, 2015 - 12:19 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

As Chris cannily noted in his last The Week In Pop, “the TV-shows-about-the-music-industry industry is booming,” even as the music industry itself melts deeper into Pompeii-level hot messiness. It is ironic: 10 million people every week are watching a TV show about a record company, but nobody is buying records. So yeah, the machine appear… More »

By: Stereogum / January 23, 2015 - 5:01 pm

Ava Luna – “Billz”

Ava Luna’s Electric Balloon was one of the most underrated albums of 2014. A glassy collection of punctual harmonies and hyper-stylized R&B-inspired arrangements, it’s as unmistakably sexy as it is nerdy, a robot with a lot of feelings. Today, the Brooklyn-based band announced that they will be releasing a third full-length entitled Infinite House later… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / January 21, 2015 - 3:55 pm

Cloud Nothings, Mutual Benefit, Speedy Ortiz To Release Playable 7″ Postcards

Keep In Touch is a brand new 7″ subscription series that aims to “reimagine the bygone era of pen pals.” Subscribers will receive a 7″ x 7″ flexi postcard each month that will have a song pressed directly onto an image that was chosen by that month’s featured artist. All the postcards will come with… More »

By: James Rettig / November 3, 2014 - 1:22 pm

Ava Luna – “PRPL”

Jittery DIY art-punk and spaced-out soul aren’t two genres that seem to have too much in common, but the Brooklyn band Ava Luna has somehow found a way to walk the line between them. The band’s new album Electric Balloon is out in a couple of weeks, and we’ve already posted one song, “Daydream.” They’ve… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 20, 2014 - 10:22 am

Ava Luna – “Daydream” (Stereogum Premiere)

In between all their production work for bands such as Palehound and Krill, Julian Fader and Carlos Hernandez play in Ava Luna, who have just put out new single, “Daydream,” the first track we’ve heard off the band’s anticipated new album, Electric Balloon. It’s a jumpy and angular piece of funk music that hits a… More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 13, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Superchunk – “Void” Video (Feat. Jon Glaser & Jon Benjamin)

As punk lifers with decades in the game, Superchunk are good and familiar with every possible old-guy-in-the-club scenario, and their new video for “Void,” a song from their truly great 2013 album I Hate Music, features a whole lot of them. Director Scott Jacobson has assembled a cast that includes every possible alt-comedy fixture named… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2013 - 12:59 pm

Ava Luna – “I Love It” (Icona Pop Cover)

On their 2012 full-length record Ice Level, Brooklyn’s Ava Luna deconstruct and reassemble bits of R&B, soul, post-punk, and pop sounds, so its unsurprising that their take on a hit like Icona Pop’s “I Love It” would also bring in a whole spectrum of influences. “The more time goes by, I consider myself less a… More »

By: Liz Pelly / October 5, 2013 - 9:08 am

CMJ On The Streets: Icona Pop, Presets, Sinkane, And More

Last week’s CMJ Music Marathon brought five non-stop days of label showcases, journalism panels, and industry-fueled mixers to Brooklyn and Manhattan. Hidden among an overwhelming flurry of name-tag badges and networking events is the music, thankfully, and the festival’s NYC-centricity has encouraged local DIY showcases and late-night after-parties to run parallel to it. From ico… More »

By: Puja Patel / October 22, 2012 - 4:54 pm

The National-Curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry Fest Announces Lineup: The Walkmen, St. Vincent, Beirut, The Antlers, More

In January, Brooklyn Academy of Music announced that it would host a spring festival curated by the National’s Bryce and Aaron Dessner, and today that event, called Crossing Brooklyn Ferry (a reference to this Whitman poem), announced it’s full lineup. It goes down 5/3-5/5. And, yeah, if you’re into indie rock, skewing the more arrangement-heavy… More »

By: Corban Goble / February 29, 2012 - 5:36 pm

New Indie Rock Christmas Songs For 2010

Every blog does a Christmas mix, so here’s ours, with a small twist: All of these tracks are new for this year Xmas songs, not the classics or Sufjan leftovers. I’ve also included streams for charity singles, Christmas-related music videos, and other new holiday bits (with links, where applicable, to download the rest of the… More »

By: jessica / December 23, 2010 - 11:09 am