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Devendra Banhart Readies New Book I Left My Noodle On Ramen Street

When Devendra Banhart moved to New York and released Mala back in 2013, he seemed to have lost a bit of his signature sense of wonderment. The whimsy wasn’t there; instead, Banhart just sounded kind of sad. Fortunately, with the announcement that he’s releasing two art books this summer, it would appear that Banhart’s sense… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 3, 2015 - 5:57 pm

Nick Cave, Courtney Love, Devendra Banhart, And A Million Others Paid Messy Tribute To Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” In L.A.

It was an unusually wet evening in Los Angeles, and soggy Allen Ginsberg fans lined up outside the Theatre at the Ace Hotel to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the publication of Ginsberg’s legendary poem, “Howl.” They chatted excitedly about the show while glaring at the sky. Drought be damned, they were taking the sudde… More »

By: Molly Bergen / April 8, 2015 - 11:13 am

Watch Lil Jon, Fred Armisen, Devendra Banhart, & Lena Dunham In A “Turn Out For What” Voting PSA

There’s a mid-term election this November, which means you, the American citizen, have the right to elect representatives to Congress (and probably a Senator too) plus weigh in on lots of locally relevant matters. Lil Jon wants to make sure you know this and that you turn out to cast your ballot. As such, he… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 7, 2014 - 2:36 pm

Devendra Banhart – “Golden Girls (LIARS Remix)”

Last year, Devendra Banhart put out the new album Mala, which included the brief but chilling folk song “Golden Girls.” Now, Liars — who this year put out the great and overlooked album Mess — have stretched that minute and a half to nearly 10 minutes in their sprawling remix. What begins as a minimal… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 23, 2014 - 2:42 pm

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

Steve Reich & Philip Glass Bury The Hatchet For Nonesuch’s 50th

Tastefully curated Warner Bros. subsidiary Nonesuch turns 50 this year and is still going strong (next week they may very well have the #1 album in the country with the Black Keys’ Turn Blue). And this September the label will celebrate its anniversary with a three-week series of concerts at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 15, 2014 - 10:21 am

Rodrigo Amarante – “Tardei” (Feat. Kristen Wiig, Fabrizio Moretti, Devendra Banhart, Adam Green & Josiah Steinbrick) (Stereogum Premiere)

Brazilian musician Rodrigo Amarante, who fronted Los Hermanos before forming Little Joy with Strokes drummer Fabrizio Moretti, is releasing his first solo album next month on Easy Sound, a new label whose roster also includes Isobel Campbell, Vetiver, and EDJ (Eric D. Johnson of Fruit Bats). From the sound of next single “Tardei,” Cavalo will… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 3, 2014 - 9:54 am

Devendra Banhart – “Mondo Taurobolium” Video (Feat. Rose McGowan)

Devendra Banhart’s deeply strange, oddly compelling video for “Mondo Taurobolium,” a song from his 2013 album Mala, is a trippy animation that takes place entirely in a world of cartoon ducks and wolves. Banhart voice-acts the main role, as a disaffected movie-star duck, while actual movie star Rose McGowan plays his girlfriend, and both get… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 3, 2013 - 8:49 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

There were so many music videos this week. It was out of control. I could just barely watch all of them, and that glut means that fascinating things like MGMT’s alien-abduction dance party and Kirin J Callahan’s upside-down command performance didn’t make the list. Half the bands in our Twitter feed had to make their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 1, 2013 - 11:01 am

Devendra Banhart – “Für Hildegard Von Bingen” Video

Für Hildegard Von Bingen,” one of the best tracks off Devendra Banhart’s new album, was named after the German saint in the Catholic sense, though the new video is concerned with a different idea of that word. The story follows a nun who secretly worships the art world of the city behind the back of… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 29, 2013 - 3:49 pm

Backtrack: Various Artists The Golden Apples Of The Sun

Looking back, it’s actually difficult to capture just how weird and momentous the freak folk movement of the first half of the 2000s felt. It wasn’t cobbled together so much as it was a united front of weirdos that were obsessed with their own skewed vision of the past — AM radio gold sat comfortably… More »

By: Sam Hockley-Smith / September 25, 2013 - 4:28 pm

Stream Devendra Banhart Mala

It’s been about four years since the once-prolific Muppet-voiced neo-hippie wanderer Devendra Banhart released his last album, and Mala, his long-awaited new one, arrives next week. Banhart has already shared four of the multilingual album’s songs: “Für Hildegard Von Bingen,” “Never Seen Such Good Things,” “Cristobal Risquez,” and “Mi Negrita.” And now he’s letting u… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 4, 2013 - 11:52 am

Devendra Banhart – “Mi Negrita”

Last night, Devendra was in Williamsburg opening up for Swans. Today, he releases the fourth preview track of his forthcoming eight LP Mala, from which we’ve already heard “Für Hildegard Von Bingen,” “Never Seen Such Good Things,” and “Cristobal Risquez.” This new track “Mi Negrita” charts a slightly different course, though, in that it i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 8, 2013 - 11:40 am

Swans, Devendra Banhart @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 2/7/13

Swans played a sold out show last night at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg, making up for a performance postponed due to Hurricane Sandy. Michael Gira and co. played a two hour set following a short one from opener Devendra Banhart. Kenny Sun was there to capture it. More »

By: Stereogum / February 8, 2013 - 10:48 am

Devendra Banhart – “Cristobal Risquez”

The third track off Devendra Banhart’s new album, Mala, “Cristobal Risquez,” is another combination of acoustic guitar with warm, fuzzy electronics. More »

By: Miles Bowe / January 29, 2013 - 2:13 pm

Devendra Banhart – “Never Seen Such Good Things”

“Never Seen Such Good Things” is another look at Devendra Banhart’s upcoming eighth studio album and Nonesuch Records debut Mala. The track is looming with electronic and guitar warmth but its loveliness is totally deceptive, as the song is about how terrible love can be when you end up with the wrong person. Check it… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 22, 2013 - 5:08 pm

Devendra Banhart – “Für Hildegard Von Bingen”

“Für Hildegard Von Bingen” is the first single from Devendra Banhart’s upcoming album Mala. The song is named after a German saint who was known for writing texts on botany and medicine, as well as having mystical visions — seems like the right kind of saint to inspire Banhart to write a song. Bingen’s visio… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 9, 2013 - 5:27 pm

Occupy Sandy Benefit Ft. Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, The Walkmen, Cass McCombs, Dirty Projectors @ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity, Brooklyn 11/17/12

On Saturday 11/17, some of indie rock’s most prominent names got together to stage a benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, the Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, Walter Martin, and Peter Bauer, Cass McCombs, and Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth, Amber Coffman, and Haley Dekle performed on Saturday afternoon at St. A… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 19, 2012 - 12:54 pm

Beck, Devendra Banhart @ Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara 5/24/12

Beck is back. With the exception of his appearance at the Serge Gainsbourg tribute and a warm up show two nights before, It has been a few years since he has performed live. Coinciding nicely with his recently announced “I Just Started Hating Some People Today” on Third Man Records, Beck whipped through a 21-song… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / May 25, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Beck, No Age, High Places cover “I Only Have Eyes For You”

“I Only Have Eyes For You” is a classic American song, a standard written in 1934 by Harry Warren and Al Dubin and most famously recorded by the Flamingos in 1959. And now a whole host of indie artists have recorded covers of the song for artist Doug Aitken’s installation “Song 1,” which comes to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 18, 2012 - 4:01 pm
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