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Julianna Barwick, Marnie Stern, Kip Berman, POP ETC Playing Benefit For Cancer-Stricken Surfer Blood Guitarist

Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has been diagnosed with a type of rare and aggressive cancer called a sarcoma that will sideline him during the band’s new national tour. In order to help raise funds to cover Fekete’s medical costs, the band has launched a Go Fund Me page. The crowdfunding effort has already raised… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 1, 2015 - 2:08 pm

Red Bull Music Academy Announces NY Fest With PC Music, Arthur Russell Tribute, FKA Twigs, & More

Red Bull Music Academy is returning to New York City for the third year in a row for a month-long series of events. Highlights include FKA Twigs performances that will have “ten dancers, costumes by Alexander McQueen, and spectacular visuals”; a showcase from PC Music and SOPHIE; a two-night tribute to Arthur Russell that will… More »

By: James Rettig / March 9, 2015 - 11:04 am

Hideout – “Where You’ve Been” (Stereogum Premiere)

When Cory Stier and Gabriel Rodriguez aren’t playing drums and guitar for Cults on tour, they’re recording together at in New York and San Diego under the name Hideout. The duo’s gleaming metropolitan rock ‘n’ roll is of a piece with the likes Delta Spirit, Local Natives, and Peter Bjorn And John, framing classic sound… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 17, 2014 - 10:49 am

Red Hot + Arthur Russell Tracklist Features Sufjan Stevens, Robyn, Blood Orange, Hot Chip, & More

For decades now, the Red Hot Organization has been raising money for AIDS awareness by putting together finely curated compilations, and their next one could be amazing. The forthcoming double-CD comp Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell pays tribute to Russell, the pioneering New York musician who died of AIDS-related causes in 1992. Russell… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 15, 2014 - 11:08 am

Watch Cults Play Letterman

Cults have played their share of late-night shows since we met them, but for reasons I can’t quite figure out, they seem more like a Letterman band than a Fallon or Leno one. And last night, they brought their smooth festival-pop to the Late Show, playing “Keep Your Head Up,” a track from their sophomore… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 23, 2014 - 10:44 am

Cults – “High Road (Baio Remix)”

When he isn’t busy playing bass with Vampire Weekend, Chris Baio makes catchy dance tracks — his latest EP, Mira, was released in October. Baio is a master of good vibes, so naturally, he remixed the chronically sad-but-sunny Cults track “High Road” off of their sophomore album Static. Baio gives Madeline Follin space to stretch… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / December 10, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Watch Cults Play Leno

Last month, the New York indie-not-indie pop duo Cults released Static, their sophomore album. And last night, they were Jay Leno’s musical guests on The Tonight Show. Performing the single “High Road” on a stage strewn with staticky TV sets, they pulled off the near-impossible feat of bringing some semblance of atmosphere to that antiseptic… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 13, 2013 - 9:34 am

Cults Diss Indie Labels, Yearn For The Days Of Payola

Yesterday, Grantland published a feature titled “Sleigh Bells And Cults: The Indie Pop Left-Behinds,” in which Ian Cohen hypothesized, “The previous month showed us what [indie pop] is in 2013, and in the past two weeks, the latest albums from Sleigh Bells and Cults show us what it was and what it’s not anymore.” Write… More »

By: Michael Nelson / October 17, 2013 - 11:50 am

Stream Cults Static

Static, the second album from the New York alt-pop duo Cults, is a product of some turmoil; Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion, a couple when the band started, have since broken up. But Static doesn’t sound messy and personal. Instead, it finds the band sharpening and smoothing their sound and more deeply internalizing their influences. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 7, 2013 - 8:13 am

Cults – “High Road” Video

If we can infer much from the album trailer, the Static in Cults’ upcoming album seems to denote the grayscale fuzz of old-fashioned TVs with rabbit ear problems. The visuals for pre-release single “High Road” seem to affirm that reading. Its color palette is stark black-and-white, and among the first images coming at you “SevenMore »

By: Chris DeVille / October 3, 2013 - 11:21 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

For the first time in the short history of this column, 5 Best Songs and Straight To Video have cross-pollenated. Which new cut transcended its visual treatment and landed on both lists? Find out below. More »

By: Stereogum / September 6, 2013 - 2:22 pm

Cults – “High Road”

Back in July, Cults announced forthcoming LP Static, the follow-up to their 2011 self-titled debut. We’ve already heard album cut “I Can Hardly Make You Mine” and now the duo has offered up “High Road,” a dark-but-sweet song that grows throughout its four-and-a-half minute stretch. It’s a perfect “summer’s over” track. Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 3, 2013 - 10:46 am

Cults – “I Can Hardly Make You Mine”

New York alt-pop duo Cults recently announced their impending sophomore album Static, and now they’ve shared “I Can Hardly Make You Mine,” the first song from it. It’s a sharp, peppy, very produced piece of work, and its wall-of-digital-sound aesthetic isn’t too different from their first album. But this one has just enough revved-up guitar… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 13, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Cults Static Details

The bright and polished New York indie-pop duo Cults gave us a promising self-titled debut a couple of years ago, and now they’re set to follow it up with a second album called Static. This time around, Shane Stoneback, the man who produced that debut album, shares production duties with Ben Allen, who most famously… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 25, 2013 - 9:45 am

Pitchfork Festival 2012: Grimes, Danny Brown, Sleigh Bells & More

At ginormous festivals like Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza, it’s pretty tough to craft a narrative — when there’s something like 200 bands playing over a weekend, it’s next to impossible to really sew a singular thread through the weekend’s performances. Pitchfork Music Festival is much smaller — 45 bands in three days — so, it’s a… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 15, 2012 - 2:06 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

After last week’s avalanche of amazing videos, things slowed up a bit this week. Still, our top pick is an uncanny, impossible-to-forget piece of work, and there’s plenty of other good stuff further down the list. Check out our picks below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 10, 2012 - 3:23 pm

Cults – “You Know What I Mean” Video

Cults now have a video for their oldies-radio weeper “You Know What I Mean,” and some serious stunt-work went into it. The group’s two members play two of the sides of a carnival love triangle, and Brian Oblivion (or his stunt-double) gets to do some huge high-dives and fire-jumps. Also, warning: Oblivion’s fire-scarred makeup jo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 8, 2012 - 5:14 pm

Watch Cults “Abducted” On Fallon

Late night televisions’ reigning booking champs, LNWJF, are on their grind in 2012: so far Wild Flag, Surfer Blood, The War On Drugs, Black Star, and network television debuts for Sharon Van Etten, Cults, and TeBowie. And the first month isn’t even over yet. Not bad! See Madeline and Brian do their thing on debut… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 23, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Watch Cults Cover Leonard Cohen

At a recent Philly show, New York indie-pop upstarts Cults pulled out a perfectly respectable cover of Leonard Cohen’s great 1989 synthetic-bleakness anthem “Everybody Knows,” which readers of a certain age will remember fondly as Christian Slater’s theme music from the ridiculously great 1990 movie Pump Up The Volume. (Seriously, Netflix that shit.) Watch Cult… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2012 - 1:28 pm

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011

The next stop on the Gummys express is Your Top 20 Indie Rock Crushes Of 2011; ten females, ten males, one Gosling. Hit the gallery to check out the winners of this award, truly the people’s champions when it comes to crushes. Just outside the fray: EMA and Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner for the ladies,… More »

By: Stereogum / December 20, 2011 - 12:24 pm
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