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Watch Jack White Join Brendan Benson On Two Raconteurs Songs In Nashville Last Night

Lately, Jack White has been busy, first with his solo album and then with the impending return of the Dead Weather, and it’s been a few years since he did anything with the Raconteurs, his band with Brendan Benson. But last night, Benson played a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Parental Advisory: Brendan Benson

Parental Advisory is a new feature on Stereogum where we’ll talk to musicians who also happen to be parents. It can’t be easy to raise kids from a tour-bus bunk, or to explain to your toddler why random people keep walking up to you and asking if you want to get high with them, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 30, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Brendan Benson – “Bad For Me” (Stereogum Premiere)

The Michigan-born power-popper and Raconteurs co-leader Brendan Benson is starting a new label and pubishing company called Readymade — the idea being that the new label will allow him to release whatever he produces, whenever he wants. The first album coming out on Readymade is Give Me My Change, an LP that Benson produced for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 23, 2012 - 9:50 am

New Brendan Benson Video – “A Whole Lot Better” (Stereogum Premiere)

The last time “A Whole Better” streamed in a video embed, Brendan Benson was performing it at the Ed Sullivan Theatre for Mr. Letterman. This time the My Old, Familiar Friend earworm gets a proper video that taps just about every visual technique of the ’70s — from kaleidoscopes to split screens, negative creeps to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 12, 2009 - 2:34 pm

Brendan Benson Gets “A Whole Lot Better” With Letterman

Surprising nobody, folks are more keyed in to the fact that Brendan Benson has released a solo album this time around. His last three LPs paved the way for successful runs with the Raconteurs, and in turn that fun with Jack has paved the way for the Michigan songsmith’s appearance at the Ed Sullivan Theatre… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 24, 2009 - 1:06 am

Brendan Benson’s New Album Streaming At NPR

While Jack cavorts with Dead Weather, familiarize yourself with fellow Raconteur Brendan Benson’s forthcoming solo album My Old, Familiar Friend (8/18, ATO). It’s currently streaming at NPR. More »

By: brandon / August 4, 2009 - 9:46 am

New Brendan Benson – “Feel Like Taking You Home” (Stereogum Premiere)

Something tells me people are gonna be keyed into Brendan Benson’s forthcoming solo LP more than his previous three combined. Which isn’t to say One Mississippi, Lapalco, and 2005’s The Alternative To Love aren’t worth listening to repeatedly (they offer brilliant bits of seasoned power-pop), or that Brendan didn’t get his share of media spotlight… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 17, 2009 - 9:15 am

Bonnaroo: It’s A (Photo) Wrap

The tents are collapsed, the recycling collected, the hippies headed to the showers (j/k hippies don’t take showers). Bonnaroo ’08 now belongs to the chemically enhanced memories of its campers, and to message boards worldwide as people bitch about Kanye’s ego. Consider this the scroll-y cork in our coverage of the fest for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 16, 2008 - 6:07 am

The Raconteurs Played Conan, Also Played With Nick Zinner

New York had a Raconteur parade this past week: three sold out nights at the much maligned Terminal 5 in Manhattan, two-song performance on the much beloved Conan O’Brien show at 30 Rock. The New York Times sent a critic to T5 who, along with noting that room’s sight/sound issues but generally giving props to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 3, 2008 - 9:42 am

New Raconteurs Video – “Salute Your Solution”

These guys are moving quickly. As promised in the initial press release about Consolers Of The Lonely, the Raconteurs indeed have made available a video for “Salute The Solution” on this, the official release date. It’s got an opening menu in the style of their old-school DOS-sy site, so you’ll have to select “1” for… More »

By: brandon / March 25, 2008 - 2:43 pm

The Raconteurs’ Album Out Earlier Than Expected (Thanks iTunes!)

We saw it with the Shins, now it’s happening again: Either someone at iTunes is enjoying “accidentally” leaking anticipated indie records before street date, or there are a few cracks in the Apple dam that may need inspecting. Today has become Consolers Of The Lonely day, thanks to a gaffe at iTunes that’s allowed a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 21, 2008 - 4:00 pm

Raconteurs’ Consolers Of The Lonely Coming In One Week

The new album’s mastered, pressed, and ready for you in a variety of formats (more if you’re Japanese!) on 3/25. “Salute Your Solution,” the first single, will have its music video premiere that day, too. This info via the group’s newsletter…
“Album” meaning: full length vinyl, CD and digital formats; and “everywhere” meaning: local mom… More »

By: Stereogum / March 17, 2008 - 10:19 pm

The Hives Lend A Hand To Timbaland, The Raconteurs

April’s been a busy month for Swedish garage rockers the Hives, though Howlin’ Pelle’s recent journal entry offers little info on the band’s forthcoming release (date TBD, title rumored to be the humble The World’s First Perfect Album.) Instead, Almqvist’s screed details the Swedes’ April of interesting cameos. First up, their day with Timbaland:… More »

By: Stereogum / May 1, 2007 - 3:01 pm

New Brendan Benson Demos

With Jack and Meg reuniting and the Raconteurs’ extended victory lap outta the way, Brendan’s free to return to his erstwhile pastime of making damn fine power-pop. (We suspect a few more people will be paying attention this time around.) Some demos of his new batch of solo stuff leaked, our two faves being the… More »

By: Stereogum / April 2, 2007 - 9:00 am

Brendan Benson At Irving Plaza

Brendan Benson played at Irving Plaza here in NYC last Friday night. Local band Tralala and the Cincinnati band The Greenhornes opened. I really like Tralala’s self-titled album, but wasn’t that into them live. Seeing them onstage, you realize that there are four singers. At any given time, at least two are playing the tambourine… More »

By: jed / October 3, 2005 - 12:08 pm

Siren Festival 2005

In an effort to stay close to free beer and Port-A-Potties, Stereogum didn’t catch any of Siren’s Stillwell Stage (tell me what I missed in the comments). It was an awesome Saturday nonetheless, and I do have some rock ‘n’ roll to report. Hit Brooklyn Vegan too for Coney Island fun.


By: Stereogum / July 18, 2005 - 9:09 am

How Do I Work This?

This thing finally works again! Sorry for the lack of heads up, but I couldn’t even log into Movable Type to tell ya about Stereogum’s slow death on the old server. We’re now hosted by Media Temple and expect NO MORE blog blackouts. Here’s the buzz you’ve been craving.

Arcade Fire release their first… More »

By: Stereogum / March 9, 2005 - 8:52 am

Guilt-Free Downloads

By: Stereogum / December 21, 2004 - 10:41 am