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Mainstream American rock music, as you might recall, was in rough shape in the late ’90s. The Alt-Nation era had run out of road for the most part, giving way to legions of awful post-grunge and nu-metal bands soundtracking extreme energy-drink commercials and extreme-sports video games. These were dark times. This was at a time… More »

On their new album THR!!!ER, NYC electro-pop dance impresarios !!! (or, Chk Chk Chk) worked with producer Jim Eno of Spoon, who encouraged the group to make an “album,” instead of a series of dancefloor-worthy singles. The effort worked out well for the group and the new album is flat-out, wall-to-wall fun. We jumped on… More »

It’s finally come to this: The first straight-to-Spotify Stereogum Monthly Mix. It’s the end of an era, and I’m a little sad about it! But it’s a necessity in 2013, and one that will serve this feature well. In theory, over the past three years, this mixtape has functioned to spotlight and memorialize the month’s… More »

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!!! – “The Most Certain Sure”

Hear the six-minute, warping dance vamps of “The Most Certain Sure” at Soundcloud, from their Strange Weather, Isn’t It LP out 8/24 via Warp. This…
Amrit Singh | August 11, 2010 - 2:35 pm

!!! – “AM/FM” Video

!!!'s slithery first single "AM/FM" now has a video. The bright backgrounds may remind you of Neneh Cherry's "Buffalo Stance" video, which is never a…
jessica | July 6, 2010 - 2:17 pm

!!! – “AM/FM”

!!! feel like survivors from a Brooklyn scene that's been paved over by newer micro-genres and shorter attention spans. Who needs a song about Giuliani…
brandon | May 24, 2010 - 9:31 am

Progress Report: !!!

NAME: !!! PROGRESS REPORT: Recording the last guitar and keyboard tracks for their fourth, still-untitled LP, recorded at "The basement of the club Festaal…
jessica | September 2, 2009 - 4:04 pm

Pitchfork Music Festival 2008: Saturday In Photos

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy After a night of "classic" recreations, it was nice to dive into the current state of the…
brandon | July 20, 2008 - 11:39 am

New Free Blood Video – “The Royal Family”

Word broke after Lolla last year that John Pugh was permanently breaking ranks from dance-punkers !!! to focus on another act. And you didn't think…
Amrit Singh | February 19, 2008 - 2:20 pm

Stereogum’s 30 Favorite Live Shows Of 2007

We saw a lot of concerts this year! You probably did too, if you're the sort to be checking music blogs on your downtime over
Stereogum | December 23, 2007 - 7:23 pm
84 DJ Sets brought us heads in boxes, Björk and Smiths covers, a live “Reckoner,” and that surreal have-we-all-gone-deaf performance, among sundry other goodies … like those…
Stereogum | November 19, 2007 - 11:59 am

New !!! Video – “Yadnus”

John Pugh is dead to Chk Chk Chk. How dead? Here, he's singing roadkill. As confirmed by Nic Offer at Lolla, dance-punk octet !!! had…
Stereogum | October 23, 2007 - 5:26 pm

Lollapalooza ’07: Sunday In Photos

Sometimes you have great intentions of diligence and punctuality, and sometimes your airline decides to be late, sloppy, and in love with sitting…
Stereogum | August 7, 2007 - 9:48 am

New Maserati – “The World Outside”

Five years is an epoch in ‘net music time, but Athens, Georgia boys Maserati are dialing up another dose of post-rock that should capture the…
Stereogum | June 20, 2007 - 4:39 pm

!!! Video – “Must Be The Moon”

Now that we've finally recovered from the desert blast of our trek to Indio and restored health after the week-long Coldchella that's had us couch-ridden…
Stereogum | May 8, 2007 - 9:41 am

Coachella: !!! Deliver Saturday’s Finest

If you ask your Indio-bound buddies which band delivered The Set Of Saturday and they answer with anyone other than !!!, we can explain: They…
Stereogum | April 29, 2007 - 6:43 pm

New !!! – “Yadnus”

There was only one place we wanted to be after Saturday night’s Arcade Fire magic, and that was at !!!’s barely-announced show at a mysterious…
Stereogum | February 20, 2007 - 12:00 pm

New !!! Video – “Heart Of Hearts”

Dirty dance (punk) parties are what !!! are all about, so it’s fun to watch the sprawling crew turn a stadium crowd into a mass…
Stereogum | January 29, 2007 - 3:49 pm

Hello From Oslo

The world keeps getting smaller. Not just in that run-into-people-you-know-everywhere sense (by that logic, NYC is now subatomic -- although it is a trip running…
Amrit Singh | August 9, 2006 - 11:53 pm
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