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When Dirty Projectors mastermind and bandleader Dave Longstreth sings about being “in the gray mesh shorts” of his alma mater, honestly, I freak out a little bit. When he croons, “I boogied down gargoyle streets, searching in every face for something I can believe,” my stomach burns. Every time I hear about how his “college… More »

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 »

After experimenting with three formats for the Monthly Mix — MP3 zip, Spotify playlist, Soundcloud set, etc. — in March we finally came upon a solution that pleased everyone: all of them. And so, for you, here is the month’s music, whittled down to its very best, via each of the aforementioned mediums, limited only… More »

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Dirty Projectors, Nick Kroll @ Troubadour, Hollywood 2/5/13

It seems like just yesterday when I first caught the Dirty Projectors at the Troubadour in 2009. They have made the rounds in Los Angeles, playing the Jensen Rec Center, the Walt Disney Concert Hall, and the Wiltern. Having just returned from touring in Japan, Dirty Projectors spun together an outstanding set last night that… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / February 6, 2013 - 3:15 pm

Watch Dirty Projectors Cover Usher’s “Climax” On Triple J

During a recent session for the Australian radio station Triple J, Dirty Projectors took it upon themselves to cover Usher’s “Climax,” the one recent radio hit that shows the sort of melodic sophistication that the group loves. Backed entirely by by some sort of drum-machine sequencer doohickey, the band’s version of the song is actually… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 25, 2013 - 12:07 pm

Watch Dirty Projectors And J Mascis On Portlandia

Here’s a sneak peek of this Friday’s episode of Portlandia. J Mascis and members of Dirty Projectors perform with a character played by Carrie Brownstein in sketch called “Battle Of The Gentle Bands.” Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / January 23, 2013 - 2:08 pm

Watch Dirty Projectors Acoustic On WNYC’s Soundcheck

Every live-in-studio Dirty Projectors video is worth watching, simply because it’s pretty amazing to watch human beings recreate all those tricky arrangements with their actual hands and mouths. The band recently recorded a session for WNYC’s Soundcheck, and it’s even more absorbing than most, since the acoustic setup is casual enough to clash with the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2013 - 1:41 pm

Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors Dress Up For GQ

GQ has crafted a guide to dressing for the new year starring a few artists who made some of our favorite music of 2012. The photo gallery features Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, Dev Hynes, and Solange in disarming black and white, wearing duds as impressive as their outputs this year. Check out the style guide… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / December 27, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Dirty Projectors – “Offspring Are Blank” Video

A few months ago, Dirty Projectors frontman Dave Longstreth released his Hi Custodian short film, which used a bunch of songs from the band’s Swing Lo Magellan album. And now, like the “About To Die” video before it, the video for the surprisingly hard-rocking album opener “Offspring Are Blank” is built entirely from footage shot… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2012 - 3:56 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

Watch Dirty Projectors Play Letterman

Last night, Dirty Projectors brought their endlessly tricky chamber-pop to the stage at the Late Show With David Letterman, playing the Swing Lo Magellan single “About To Die” while the classical combo yMusic backed them up. Their intricate, virtuosic live show is, as always, deeply impressive, and I’m pretty sure Letterman’s introduction is the first… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 15, 2012 - 9:05 am

Dirty Projectors – “While You’re Here”

Here’s another cut from Dirty Projectors’ forthcoming About To Die EP, a spare, swirling orchestra-accented cut called “While You’re Here.” Dave Longstreth takes the lead here and earlier today provided a dedication on Twitter. Hear it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 23, 2012 - 10:38 am

Dirty Projectors – “About To Die” Video

Let’s say, just for the sake of argument, that you have not yet carved out the 20 minutes necessary to watch Hi Custodian, the massive and ambitious mini-movie that Dave Longstreth directed, which stitches together much of the new Dirty Projectors album Swing Lo Magellan. You will be pleased to learn, then, that the new… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 20, 2012 - 11:04 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

We didn’t get to see too many mind-boggling short-form videos this week, but we did get one long one in which one of our greatest, most ambitious indie bands takes its packed-to-bursting, unapologetically pretentious musical maximalism to the screen, staying bizarre and compelling throughout. That alone makes it a pretty good week. Check for our… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 14, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Watch Dirty Projectors Hi Custodian

Earlier this summer, Dirty Projectors announced the existence of their Hi Custodian short film project, a 20-minute, Dave Longstreth-directed clip that’s basically the Dirty Projectors’ “Runaway.” The entire group stars, and the aesthetic is definitely a blown-out extension of the “Gun Has No Trigger” video, which Longstreth also directed. Head below to watch it. More »

By: Corban Goble / September 7, 2012 - 9:15 am

Watch Made In America Fest Highlights: Jay-Z With Pearl Jam, Kanye, Run-D.M.C. & More

Philadelphia’s inaugural Made In America festival took place over the weekend, touting an eclectic Jay-Z-curated lineup of Pearl Jam, Skrillex, a reunited Run-D.M.C., D’Angelo, Dirty Projectors, Santigold, Drake and many more. While there was potential for disaster — a Philly-native friend told me that this was the first ticketed event Philly has ever held at… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 4, 2012 - 8:34 am

Dirty Projectors, Wye Oak @ Wiltern, Los Angeles 7/28/12

Having previously stopped at the Troubadour and Walt Disney Concert Hall on prior tours, Dirty Projectors continue to ascend the ranks of Los Angeles venues by filling up the Wiltern in support of their majestic new album Swing Lo Magellan. It might not be too much longer before they are playing the Hollywood Bowl. Baltimore… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / July 30, 2012 - 10:33 am

The Hood Internet – “Grown Up Has No Trigger (Danny Brown Vs Dirty Projectors)”

Chicago masher-uppers the Hood Internet are uncommonly good at what they do, and they also deserve credit for finding possible connections between a couple of great and pretty-new tracks. In the case of “Grown Up Has No Trigger,” their latest effort, they’re pairing “Grown Up,” Danny Brown’s antic but heartfelt childhood memoir, with “Gun HasMore »

By: Tom Breihan / July 25, 2012 - 11:33 am

Dirty Projectors – “Buckle Up”

The Dirty Projectors crew are out touring behind Swing Lo Magellan and today they’re letting go of the A-side to their tour-only 7”, the rambling, prickly guitar workout “Buckle Up.” Download it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 23, 2012 - 1:50 pm

Pitchfork Festival 2012: Dirty Projectors, ASAP Rocky, Purity Ring & More

Friday’s first day of Pitchfork Festival wasted no time getting into it, where many festival entrants walked in to the fully-wrought hypnotic swirl of Lower Dens, a set that eventually gave way to the raucous appearance of the ASAP Mob, all before dinner time. Once again, one of the country’s most manageable, well-paced festivals hit… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 14, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Dirty Projectors, Dustin Wong @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 7/9/12

Dirty Projectors are in Brooklyn for a pair of shows commemorating the release of their ace LP Swing Lo Magellan. (Last night’s show was at MHOW, replete with a YouTube livestream; tonight they do Prospect Park.) In case you didn’t make it to Williamsburg or to your laptop for last night’s show, we have a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 10, 2012 - 4:10 pm

Dirty Projectors’ David Longstreth On Wonderful Rainbows, Being Vulnerable, And The Cowardice In Modern Music

Tomorrow, Dirty Projectors release their outstanding, prematurely beloved new LP Swing Lo Magellan. Tonight, the band performs a release show at Music Hall Of Williamsburg, and streams it live to YouTube at 10PM EST. And right now, we’re presenting the transcript of a conversation I had with principal Projector David Longstreth in Greenpoint a few… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 9, 2012 - 1:32 pm

Premature Evaluation: Dirty Projectors – Swing Lo Magellan

Dirty Projectors’ Swing Lo Magellan is officially released next week, though the band’s streaming the record in its entirety, right now, over at NYTimes. This is great news. Open a tab, press play, let’s discuss. For those who’ve been following along, this is one of the year’s most anticipated records. For those new to the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 2, 2012 - 6:00 pm
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