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Alice Glass – “Stillbirth”

Alice Glass has shared her first solo song following her departure from Crystal Castles last year. It’s called “Stillbirth,” and will be self-released as a single on 7/18 (tomorrow), with all proceeds from the digital purchase of the song going to non-profit organizations that “help survivors of domestic abuse, sexual violence and incest.” Glass ha… More »

By: James Rettig / July 17, 2015 - 10:18 am

Crystal Castles – “Deicide”

Ethan Kath has shared the second song from the Alice Glass-less iteration of Crystal Castles. The first was “Frail” back in April, which kicked off the whole credit controversy between Kath and Glass. The new one is called “Deicide,” which is likely a reference to the death metal band of the same name, and it… More »

By: James Rettig / July 2, 2015 - 12:08 pm

Ethan Kath Clarifies Statements About Alice Glass, Says Crystal Castles Are In The Studio

After Crystal Castles’ Ethan Kath posted what appeared to be an antagonistic statement about ex-bandmate Alice Glass upon the release of “Frail,” Glass responded with some tweets calling Kath’s words “manipulative.” Now Kath has given a short interview to Pitchfork clearing up his statement and offering news on the future of the band. Kath said… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 24, 2015 - 9:52 pm

Alice Glass Responds To Ethan Kath’s “Manipulative” Statements About Crystal Castles

Looks like the Crystal Castles beef is officially ON. Yesterday, the band’s producer/instrumentalist Ethan Kath released a new song called “Frail” under the Crystal Castles moniker, and in the process, slagged off former bandmate/singer Alice Glass, saying, “she didn’t appear on Crystal Castles’ best known songs,” and, “people often gave her credit for my lyric… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 17, 2015 - 4:59 pm

Is This Crystal Castles’ New Singer?

Yesterday, Crystal Castles released a new song, “Frail” — which came as something of a shock, as the band’s vocalist, Alice Glass, announced her departure from the group last year, causing many people to believe Crystal Castles were done for good. That would have made sense: Crystal Castles were a duo made up of Gla… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 17, 2015 - 11:13 am

Crystal Castles – “Frail”

A new Crystal Castles song called “Frail” surfaced today, which was a surprise considering the duo of Alice Glass and Ethan Kath broke up last October. As Pitchfork points out, Kath included a pointed statement on the song’s SoundCloud description confirming that Glass does not sing on the new song, later editing it down and… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / April 16, 2015 - 1:02 pm

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 - 12:41 pm

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 - 9:04 am

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 - 3:41 pm

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 version of Crystal… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 29, 2013 - 3:51 pm

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 Glass you see… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 26, 2013 - 12:19 pm

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 creep you out,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2013 - 9:01 am

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 - 4:20 pm

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 stoked to dig… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 7, 2012 - 4:27 pm

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 “Telepath.” And now, one… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 7, 2012 - 3:59 pm

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 - 1:19 pm

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 below to… More »

By: Corban Goble / October 23, 2012 - 1:11 pm

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 - 9:42 am

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 - 3:19 pm

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) that… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 24, 2012 - 5:52 pm
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