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Crystal Stilts – “Delirium Tremendous” (Stereogum Premiere)

Crystal Stilts have always been masters of building arresting songs around Brad Hargett’s voice — a rich baritone that sounds like Morrissey dreaming about Ian Curtis — first with sparkling post-punk, then with a cinematic take on roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll. “Delirium Tremendous,” the band’s new single on Sacred Bones, continues the trajectory toward rollicking… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 3, 2014 - 10:04 am

Q&A: Crystal Stilts On The Making Of Their New Album, Nature Noir

It’s hard to believe, but Crystal Stilts — one of New York City’s finest purveyors of jangly, late-night gloom rock — have been making music together for a little more than a decade. Considering the years the band has logged haunting various rock venues around the city, it’s kind of amazing that their new album,… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / September 13, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Crystal Stilts – “Star Crawl” Video

Brooklyn postpunkers Crystal Stilts are a couple of weeks away from releasing their fuzzed-out new album Nature Noir. And for the video for first single “Star Crawl,” director Daniel Fetherston has put together a series of shots of landscapes and animals and band members, all seen through fucked-up color filters. Check it out below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 4, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Crystal Stilts – “Future Folklore”

Crystal Stilts will release Nature Noir, their follow-up to 2011’s Radiant Door EP, in September and with “Future Folklore” we got another glimpse into what’s to come. The cut is on par with their postpunk drone, not as psyched out as the other album cut we’ve heard, “Star Crawl,” so you can expect a range… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 13, 2013 - 11:20 am

Crystal Stilts – “Star Crawl”

We last heard from morose Brooklyn postpunkers Crystal Stilts when they released 2011’s Radiant Door EP, and now they’re set to follow it up with a new album called Nature Noir. If first single “Star Crawl” is any indication, they’ve been spending the past two years getting really into ’60s psych, and the result i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Northside 2012 In Photos

Northside registered some memorable moments this year, from Kitty Pryde living the meme at Knitting Factory to a sold out Cameo Lounge for Stereogum’s showcase (hat tip to Guards, for winning the night — and the fest’s — breakout act honors). Photographer wagz2it roved the north Williamsburgian terrain and assembled a spread of photos for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 18, 2012 - 5:06 pm

Stream Crystal Stilts Radiant Door EP

We already heard “Dark Eyes,” a cut from Brooklyn dour rockers Crystal Stilts’ new EP, and now Sacred Bones has posted the rest of that release on their Soundcloud page. Stream Radiant Door after the jump. More »

By: Corban Goble / November 11, 2011 - 4:33 pm

Stereogum’s Monthly Mix: October 2011

Alright, y’all know what time it is. It’s the Halloweekend, and today we’ve got some of the best tracks from the last month that fit nicely into whatever theme-heavy environment you’re trying to create. Whether it’s a spare spectralness (Atlas Sound), a haunted heaviness (Crystal Stilts), or just some aggro rap music with a titular… More »

By: Stereogum / October 28, 2011 - 5:20 pm

Crystal Stilts – “Dark Eyes”

Brooklyn dour rockers Crystal Stilts are set to release a new EP next month, and “Dark Eyes” is the first track from that release. Download the song below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 24, 2011 - 11:41 am

Zodiacs – “Faraway Friend”

Mike Sniper, the guy behind Blank Dogs and Captured Tracks, told us Zodiacs isn’t really a band, it’s “a studio project with a rotating lineup.” Wild Nothing and Beach Fossils collaborate on one track, for instance, and this one features Dum Dum Girls’ Dee Dee on vocals, Woods’ Jeremy Earl on drums, his bandmate Jarvi… More »

By: brandon / February 2, 2011 - 5:59 pm

New Indie Rock Christmas Songs For 2010

Every blog does a Christmas mix, so here’s ours, with a small twist: All of these tracks are new for this year Xmas songs, not the classics or Sufjan leftovers. I’ve also included streams for charity singles, Christmas-related music videos, and other new holiday bits (with links, where applicable, to download the rest of the… More »

By: jessica / December 23, 2010 - 11:09 am

Crystal Stilts – “Shake The Shackles” & “Magnetic Moon”

Crystal Stilts (now minus one Frankie Rose) sound relatively peppy on these two new tracks. No worries, my melancholic friends — Brad Hargett’s still sleepwalking through an Ian Curtis daydream; it’s just that he’s become a somehwhat lighter sleeper, or something. (Maybe the result of the time Stilts JB Townsend, Kyle Forester, and Andy Adler… More »

By: brandon / September 13, 2010 - 6:05 pm

Cinema Red And Blue – “Same Mistakes”

Cinema Red And Blue features members of Crystal Stilts and their British elders Comet Gain. The group’s releasing a self-titled album this fall on What’s Your Rupture?. It’s where you’ll find “Same Mistakes,” a poppy track that takes after the Comet Gain side of the family. More »

By: brandon / August 18, 2010 - 5:22 pm

Slumberland 20th Anniversary Show @ Bell House, NYC 11/14/09

After waxing nostalgic (complete with MP3s) about about the first-wave Slumberland bands I dug in the ’90s, it only seems healthy to go outside, live in the present a little, and take a look at the intermingling of old/new that took place at the Bell House this weekend at the NYC chapter of the label’… More »

By: brandon / November 16, 2009 - 2:01 pm

New Frankie Rose & The Outs – “Thee Only One”

Ex-Vivian Girls drummer (and NYC bartender) Frankie Rose recently made the Crystal Stilts an Ex too, starting her own project, the all-girl quintet Frankie Rose & The Outs. Well, almost all-girl: Crystal Stilts guitarist JB Townsend contributes to their forthcoming single. (The split was clearly amicable.) Rose still keeps her drums skill sharp as a… More »

By: brandon / October 8, 2009 - 10:23 am

Woodsist/Captured Tracks Fest @ 979 Broadway Backyard, Brooklyn 7/4/09

This past weekend was all about the USA, and nothing says America quite like a day full of shitgaze in a graffitied, degenerated yard under some train tracks in Bushwick (or “East Williamsburg,” if your real estate agent is shady). The rosters of the Woodsist and Captured Tracks labels joined lo-fi forces with Todd P… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 6, 2009 - 9:32 am

New Crystal Stilts Video – “Love Is A Wave”

Crystal Stilts’ “Prismatic Room” video featured grainy footage of the band hanging out alone and with friends. For the upbeat post-Alight Of Night stomper “Love Is A Wave,” the mood’s set via a collage of grainy (and less-than-grainy) found images, some familiar and some less so: Monkeys at the beach, hippies smoking up, fire breathing… More »

By: brandon / May 20, 2009 - 9:22 am

The Dead Weather @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 4/14/09

You couldn’t be surprised when the Dead Weather’s roadies came out in uniform dress code (suits and bowler hats) last night: This was a Jack White show after all. Although according to those who secured access to last night’s NYC debut of supergroup the Dead Weather, the focus was primarily on the Kills vixen Aliso… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 15, 2009 - 9:11 am

Crystal Stilts Bring The Night To Daytrotter

The eternally dusky Brooklyn crew performed newer tracks — “Through The Floor” (which we heard for the first time at our ’08 CMJ party) and “Sycamore Tree” — along with a couple older favorites when they hit Daytrotter. As always, Brad Hargett’s cavernous zombie vocals FTW. More »

By: brandon / April 7, 2009 - 2:29 pm

SXSW 2009: Thursday In Photos

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy
Yesterday started off bright, early, and ecstatic with NJ’s Roadside Graves at Peckerheads. The band seduced a 2PM crowd into hooting, hollering, do-sa-do-ing, and otherwise pretending it was after midnight to tracks both new (“Far And Wide,” “My Father Sat Me Down,” “Ruby”) and old (“Family And Friends,” “Radio”). More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 20, 2009 - 10:49 am
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