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Have you watched Kendrick Lamar on Colbert? Because holy fuck. If you haven’t watched it, watch it. If you have watched it, watch it again. It’s really something. That’s the best piece of music-related video I’ve seen all week, easily. But regular music videos had a pretty good week, too, and our five picks are… More »

Above all else, the Wikipedia entry on post-rock exemplifies how difficult it can be to pin down movements in music: Did the genre begin in the ’90s? The ’80s? The term was coined a little over 20 years ago, in 1994, by Simon Reynolds in the pages of Mojo. Perhaps, however, its vocabulary of textures… More »

NAME: Tyondai Braxton
Q&A: Former Battles frontman discusses HIVE — his upcoming performance/installation at the Guggenheim — and a new solo album on the horizon …

Most people know of Tyondai Braxton as one of the founding members of Battles, which was arguably one of the most influential bands to come out… More »

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The Field, Gui Boratto Remix Battles

Squelchy math-rock kings Battles have always had plenty of the European microhouse scene embedded in their DNA; "Atlas," after all, was their take on Michael…
Tom Breihan | January 25, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Beavis & Butt-head Watch A Battles Video

A little while ago, we pointed out that the resurrected Beavis & Butt-head had twice taken time out of their busy schedules to crack inane…
Tom Breihan | December 6, 2011 - 2:57 pm

Battles, Nisennenmondai, Walls @ Mayan Theater, Los Angeles 10/17/11

Two echoplexes, samplers, keyboards, John Stanier’s ultral hi-hat, and an army of pedals cluttered the Mayan Theater stage for a predominantly vocal free night as…
Andrew Youssef | October 18, 2011 - 4:08 pm

ATP NJ 2011 Saturday: Portishead Pack Asbury Park Convention Hall

Jeff Mangum has justifiably been getting the lion's share of the attention surrounding the I'll Be Your Mirror festival; when a reclusive indie god comes…
Stereogum | October 2, 2011 - 2:17 pm

Battles Soundtrack FIFA Soccer 12 Commercial

The new commercial for the video game FIFA Soccer 12 perfectly chops up "Ice Cream," the Matias Aguayo collab from Battles' new album Gloss Drop,…
Tom Breihan | September 20, 2011 - 10:33 am

Battles – “My Machines” Video

Battles went and made a video for "My Machines," the collab with electro-pop god Gary Numan that shows up on their Gloss Drop album. The…
Tom Breihan | September 7, 2011 - 9:44 am

Pitchfork Festival 2011: Friday Recap

The beautiful thing about a festival like Pitchfork is the genre-spanning curating: The principal principle is a commitment to independent-minded music, and from that viewpoint…
Amrit Singh | July 16, 2011 - 1:52 pm

Wireless Festival 2011 In Photos

A weird but interesting mix of performers at this year’s Wireless Festival in London’s Hyde Park: Battles, Bruno Mars, Yuck, Black Eyed Peas, Rocky Erickson,…
Scott Lapatine | July 4, 2011 - 2:18 pm

The Best Videos Of 2011 (So Far)

Today's my last day at Stereogum, so instead of the best videos of this week, I'm posting the best videos of the year so far.
jessica | June 17, 2011 - 5:09 pm

Battles Take “Futura” To Fallon

On Gloss Drop, "Futura" works with "Inchworm" and "Wall Street" as part of a 16-minute triad featuring a polished, blown-out quasi-Caribbean vibe. Live, it stands…
brandon | June 17, 2011 - 1:16 pm

The 6 Best Videos Of The Week

This week we've got new videos from Battles, Cults, Holy Ghost!, and Cloud Nothings. It's kind of a slow week for videos, but I think…
jessica | May 13, 2011 - 5:56 pm

Battles – “Ice Cream” Video

"Ice Cream," Gloss Drop's poppiest, most immediate summertime moment, now has a video that opens with a girl licking a swirled cone in the bathtub.
brandon | May 9, 2011 - 11:34 am

Battles – Gloss Drop Premature Evaluation

Beginning today we'll be publishing Premature Evaluations more frequently, and in a briefer format. These posts will also feature point ratings via a 5 Star
stereogum | April 18, 2011 - 2:24 pm

Battles – “Ice Cream”

Vocalist/guitarist/etc. Tyondai Braxton left Battles to work on his solo orchestral and otherwise compositions, so for second full-length Gloss Drop, the remaining trio of Ian…
brandon | March 10, 2011 - 9:29 am

Tyondai Braxton Quits Battles

Sad news: Tyondai Braxton has left Battles so he can focus on his solo career (and let Battles tour in 2011). According to a statement:…
jessica | August 6, 2010 - 1:46 pm

Stream Twilight: Eclipse Soundtrack

You heard Vampire Weekend's "Jonathan Low" (one of VW's top three songs about vampires) and before that Muse's “Neutron Star Collision (Love Is Forever)” (inescapable…
Scott Lapatine | June 2, 2010 - 12:28 pm

Extra Life – “Head Shrinker (Tyondai Braxton Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

In 2001, Extra Life leader Charlie Looker and Tyondai Braxton played in a band together (with Period's Mike Pride) called Antenna Terra. After that, Looker…
brandon | May 11, 2010 - 3:03 pm

Rites Of Spring: A Benefit For Haiti

In March of 2009 Björk and Alex Ross and I got together to do an unannounced afternoon DJ set at Housing Works. Our theme was…
brandon | April 8, 2010 - 10:16 am

10 Years Of ATP In Photos

When the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival first launched, the idea of canonizing an iconic album with a track-for-track live performance was still a novel concept.
Amrit Singh | December 14, 2009 - 12:03 pm

New Tyondai Braxton – “Platinum Rows”

When we previewed the Battles multi-instrumentalist's cartoony "Uffe's Woodshop" last month, we said If felt very much like the part of something bigger and looked…
Scott Lapatine | August 28, 2009 - 12:54 pm