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“We’re not a pop band.” When frontman Matthew Healy utters those words at the outset of the 1975’s sleek, dolled-up “Girls” video, we’re to take it as a joke. He doth protest too much, we think, knowing full well what sort of luxuriantly glossy neon guitar music his band specializes in. Never mind the bollocks,… More »

Back in spring 2014, when Sam Smith was beginning his climb from angel-voiced Disclosure collaborator to world-conquering superstar, I worried about the direction his career might take. Noting the distinct lack of star power emanating from Smith at the time, I compared him to Rick Astley (fair) and Susan Boyle (cruel) and wrote, “He is… More »

Saturday Night Live’s 41st season premieres this Saturday with Miley Cyrus holding down joint duties as host and musical guest. (Joint, get it? Because Miley loves weed? Trust me, she’d find it funny.) Although Cyrus has graced the SNL stage before, the next two musical guests, the Weeknd and Demi Lovato, are making their first… More »

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Chvrches – “Empty Threat” Video

Chvrches released the excellent sophomore album Every Open Eye a few months ago, and now they've given us the first truly great music video of…
Tom Breihan | November 20, 2015 - 10:43 am

Watch Paramore’s Hayley Williams Sing With Chvrches In Nashville

Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry was an emo-pop fan before she became a synthpop star, and Paramore frontwoman Hayley Williams has always seemed like a deeply…
Tom Breihan | October 28, 2015 - 8:44 am

Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Writes Essay About Abusive Ex For Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter

Chvrches singer Lauren Mayberry has always been vocal about the misogyny she's seen in culture, giving pieces of her mind to 4Chan trolls and live-show
Tom Breihan | October 27, 2015 - 9:30 am

Watch Chvrches Perform “Leave A Trace” On Fallon

Chvrches just released their ridiculously good sophomore album Every Open Eye, and last night, the Scottish trio stopped by The Tonight Show to perform lead…
Peter Helman | October 3, 2015 - 10:47 am

Watch Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Put Marriage Proposing Fan In His Place

Earlier this week, Chvrches played NYC's Central Park SummerStage in support of their new album, Every Open Eye. During their set, an audience member yelled…
James Rettig | October 2, 2015 - 5:33 pm

Stream Chvrches’ Three Every Open Eye Bonus Tracks

Chvrches' new album Every Open Eye, our reigning Album Of The Week, is out today via Glassnote, and though we heard an advance stream on
Gabriela Tully Claymore | September 25, 2015 - 10:21 am

Watch Chvrches Cover Justin Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?”

This week, Glasgow synthpop trio Chvrches are going to release Every Open Eye, their ridiculously good sophomore album. And given that Chvrches are great at…
Tom Breihan | September 23, 2015 - 9:11 am

Album Of The Week: Chvrches Every Open Eye

"Clearest Blue," the best song on Chvrches' ridiculously good sophomore album Every Open Eye, doesn't have the structure of a standard pop song. There's no…
Tom Breihan | September 22, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Stream Chvrches Every Open Eye

Chvrches are still a relatively young band, but the strength of their excellent 2013 debut The Bones Of What You Believe skyrocketed them past indie-world…
Peter Helman | September 21, 2015 - 12:17 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

It's never easy to winnow a week down to five songs, but this one was a bloodbath. Every song here could have been #1 on…
Stereogum | September 11, 2015 - 4:47 pm

Chvrches – “Clearest Blue”

Regardless of whether or not you're a fan of the Glaswegian band, every Chvrches song has a certain staying power, a way of forcing itself…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | September 10, 2015 - 4:23 pm

Mansionair – “Speak Easy” (Stereogum Premiere)

Sydney synth-pop trio Mansionair know how to spin a web of sticky, glistening whisper-pop. Their latest song “Speak Easy” evokes the same foggy tenderness of…
Caitlin White | September 10, 2015 - 9:53 am

The Unflinching Gaze Of Chvrches

Tucked away in the corner of a thriving Swedish tech company's Manhattan office, three Scottish musicians are staring intently at their streaming analytics. The stats…
Caitlin White | September 3, 2015 - 12:19 pm

Watch Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Discuss Misogynistic Trolls On Channel 4

For years now, Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches has been taking a stand against the grossly rampant misogyny that women in the public eye tend to…
Peter Helman | August 27, 2015 - 10:16 pm

Chvrches – “Leave A Trace (Four Tet Remix)”

Four Tet has remixed Chvrches' Every Open Eye lead single "Leave A Trace." The UK electronic musician opts for a slow buildup on his take,…
James Rettig | August 25, 2015 - 1:28 pm

Chvrches’ Lauren Mayberry Responds To 4chan Trolls

Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches has been vocal before about the prevalence of misogyny frequently directed at women who achieve even a modicum of fame. She…
Caitlin White | August 17, 2015 - 3:41 pm

Chvrches – “Leave A Trace” Video

Next month, we'll get to hear Chvrches' much-anticipated sophomore album Every Open Eye. Thus far, though, they've only shared two songs, "Leave A Trace" and…
Tom Breihan | August 17, 2015 - 8:34 am
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