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In Memoriam: The Bands We Lost In 2014

Since 2008 I've put together a holiday-time video tribute to the year's band breakups. It's a sad endeavor really, but there is a bright side. Sometimes it takes a decade or more of inactivity for a band to really maximize its fanbase. Ask American Football, Slint, Neutral Milk Hotel, OutKast, the Replacements, or any of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 29, 2014

Crystal Castles Break Up

Well, it was a good run. After 10 years, three very good albums, and a whole lot of feverishly intense live shows, the Toronto duo Crystal Castles have broken up. This morning, singer Alice Glass announced her departure from the group, citing "a multitude of reasons both personal and professional" and making overtures about starting… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 8, 2014

The 10 Best Things At Lollapalooza 2013

It's hard to remember a time when Lollapalooza, the festival, was not part of American pop culture, and since the last time it landed stateside, it's expanded to include stops in Santiago, Chile and Sao Paolo, Brazil. Perry Farrell's '90s tour-baby turned Grant Park-engulfing massive brodown is a global institution, and though at this point… More »

By: Julianne Escobedo Shepherd / August 5, 2013

Watch A Children’s Choir Cover Crystal Castles

In recent years, Staten Island's PS22 Chorus has been running shit in the incredibly limited realm of "kids' choirs covering unlikely songs on YouTube." But London's Capital Children's Choir is coming for that ass! The PS22 Chorus is still winning on overall cuteness and spirited glee, but the Capital Children's Choir's brand-new versio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 29, 2013

Crystal Castles – “Affection” Video

The new video for "Affection," one of the prettier songs from Crystal Castles' 2012 album (III), is made up entirely of distorted digital footage that band members and friends shot during their recent South American tour. Stephen Agnew edited everything together, turning it into a forbidding blur, though the images of Alice… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 26, 2013

Crystal Castles – “Sad Eyes” Video

Crystal Castles' new video for "Sad Eyes," a song from their recent album (III), intersperses footage of the group's frantic, strobe-lit live shows with scenes of people with pantyhose masks making out with each other and Alice Glass doing... something with dolls. I don't know. The whole thing seems designed specifically to cree… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2013

Premature Evaluation: Crystal Castles (III)

Crystal Castles' great historical distinction, as I see it, is this: They're the only group, as far as I can tell, that's ascended to dance-music festival-headliner status by relying on distance, obfuscation, and mystery. (You could make a case for Aphex Twin and his peers there, but they were operating in a different time, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 8, 2012

Crystal Castles’ (III) Comment Party

Man, the second I hit publish on a new Crystal Castles' song stream, I get hit with the news that the whole new album, (III), is up on Spotify now. Gah! Also? Sweet! I've loved every track I've heard so far -- "Plague," "Wrath Of God," and "Sad Eyes" -- so I'm… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 7, 2012

Crystal Castles – “Sad Eyes”

Crystal Castles' III is one of the most anticipated releases of the fourth quarter, and after much buildup, it's set to drop next week. We've already heard three songs from the album -- "Plague," "Wrath Of God," and "Affection" -- plus a live instrumental track which may or may not be "More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 7, 2012

Crystal Castles – “Affection”

We've already heard "Wrath Of God" and "Plague," now here's another new dreamy banger from Crystal Castles called "Affection." Ring in All Hallow's Eve with the jam below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 31, 2012

Crystal Castles – “Telepath” (Live)

Crystal Castles have been out on the road giving folks a glimpse of their forthcoming III, a release from which we've already heard "Plague" and "Wrath Of God." A decent live video taken during the performance of album track "Telepath" has surfaced from the band's live show in Denver on 10/17, so head… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 23, 2012

Stereogum Monthly Mix: September 2012

Fall has fallen, as they say. As a result this month's mix of ten tracks delivered right on time for September's grand finale has all the classic ingredients of a prosperous autumn: rap, punk, post-punk, R&B, and a Paul Westerberg song. They appear here generally in that order, diligently sequenced to include Weekend Money +… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 29, 2012

Crystal Castles – “Wrath Of God”

Earlier today, Crystal Castles announced that their new record (III) -- from which we've already heard "Plague" -- will be out this November. If that's not enough, they also cast the throbbing, grand "Wrath Of God" into the world, and you can download it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / September 26, 2012

Crystal Castles “Plague” Video

We first head Crystal Castles' goth-y, bombastic "Plague" back in July, and now, only two months later, we've got a clip to go with it. Directed by Ivan Grbin, the video depicts what looks a woman possessed, flailing violently and helplessly in an empty hallway. Then, there's an especially unnerving 30-second segment (around 1:54)… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 24, 2012

Stereogum Monthly Mix: August 2012

Summer is ending! And you have some work to do. Did you experience that season-defining moment? That rooftop conversation, that carefree weekend of intense interpersonal bonding? Did you find the person who'll keep you warm all winter? If you've answered negatively to even one of these, you have some work to do. And so we… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 29, 2012

Crystal Castles Announce Album, Tour

Yesterday, Crystal Castles let loose their "Plague," and today the band revealed to NME that, indeed, a new, as-of-yet-untitled album is on the way (I think we can make a pretty good guess at the title, though). The group also announced tour dates with HEALTH and Kontravoid, so be sure to scope… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 26, 2012

Crystal Castles – “Plague”

Crystal Castles don't like us to know what they're doing. They play live in disorienting strobe-lit darkness, and they release MP3s on the internet without giving us any idea what they're planning on doing with these songs. So here, without context, is "Plague," their latest bit of bloodthirsty gothed-out dance music. It will doubtless sound… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 25, 2012

Watch Crystal Castles Debut New Tune At Parklife Fest

Last weekend, Crystal Castles brought their blood-garglingly awesome live show to Manchester's Parklife Festival, debuting an as-yet-untitled new track that sounds like it belongs at a zombie cathedral rave in the process. If you've ever been to a Crystal Castles show, you'll already know that a fan-made video is not going to show you a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 15, 2012

Crystal Castles – “Suffocation” Video, HEALTH Remix

Alice Glass vogues hard in the new clip for "Suffocation," in which the Crystal Castles frontwoman holds down an abandoned NYC mansion. The video is directed by bandmate Ethan Kath. Check it out at Vs. Magazine and download a new remix of the track by HEALTH down below. More »

By: Corban Goble / February 22, 2012

Reading & Leeds Lineup 2011

If you're a Muse or My Chemical Romance fan, I feel sorta bad for you, but today's your lucky day: The bands are headlining this summer's Reading & Leeds Festivals. The (not so) resurgent Strokes and Pulp are playing co-headline slots. The bills also include the National, Odd Future, UK sensations the Vaccines, Crystal… More »

By: brandon / March 22, 2011
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