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Family Band – “Lace” Video

The married New York indie rock duo (and 2009-vintage Band To Watch) Family Band have a new video for their churning, sinister song “Lace,” and it focuses completely on singer Kim Krans, keeping her bathed in eerie red light and flashing her image through darkness. Nothing actually happens in the video, but the editing i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 13, 2013 - 12:54 pm

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

Family Band – “Moonbeams” Video

In the video for Family Band’s soft-focus indie-folk single “Moonbeams,” a pair of skeletons share a day of giddy suburban romance after rising from the grave one morning. They steal a bike, go swimming, and manage not to feast on anyone’s flesh, so it’s a decidedly feel-good affair. Sam Macon directs; watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 12, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Progress Report: Family Band

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Progress Report: Kim Krans — one half of Family Band — talks about Grace & Lies.

This week the husband and wife duo known as Family Band will release its second full-length album, Grace & Lies. The record is an appropriately folky follow-up to 2010’s Miller Path, which saw… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 24, 2012 - 2:17 pm

Family Band – “Night Song” Video

The cover art for BTW Family Band’s forthcoming LP Grace & Lies pointed toward the concept for this video for “Night Song” — singer Kim Krans, face in black and white and drawn all over. Kim’s typical fine art takes a backseat to a “slideshow” of “these sort of stupid, crude images” which “was such… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 22, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Family Band – “Moonbeams”

“Moonbeams” follows “Night Song” as the second single from Family Band’s Grace & Lies LP, and it’s a pretty thing streaming over at Soundcloud. The Grace & Lies album is out 7/24 via No Quarter. More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 4, 2012 - 3:41 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: May 2012

Some months, you get blockbuster bands releasing big singles in stream-only format. May was not like that — May was a good month for freely downloadable MP3s. Respect, May. In the ten-track zip below, you’ll find big singles from artists sitting on anticipated new LPs — like Yeasayer and Twin Shadow and Azealia Banks –… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 30, 2012 - 3:25 pm

Family Band – “Night Song”

Last time we heard from Family Band, they were sweating through a song called “Again” for an episode of WXPN’s Shaking Through series. Now, the husband-wife duo Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin will come through with a new record this summer called Grace & Lies, and today we’ve got the first single from that release,… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 8, 2012 - 4:42 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: September 2011

Save a bit of humidity, it is an undeniably autumnal day in NYC. It’s gray, it is wet, and it feels positively gauche to jam to anything that would feel right at a beach. So to help to fill the void created by expunging “sunny music” from your daily playlist, and to show solidarity with… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 23, 2011 - 6:03 pm

Family Band – “Again”

Grizzly Bear’s Dan Rossen produces this MP3 from BTW Family Band, recorded for Weathervane and WXPN’s Shaking Through series of one-day song-recording documentaries. (Previously: Twin Sister, Reading Rainbow.) In the clip below you see primary Family members (in both the “music” and “they’re-married” senses) Kim Krans and Jonny Ollsin get a little tense and confused… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 22, 2011 - 1:49 pm

Family Band – “Cold Song” & “Beg” Video

From Brandon’s December Mixtape last week you probably got the sense that we’re shifting here with the lower temperature and shorter days. It’s kind of hard not to indulge a little. Perfect for that feeling: BTW Family Band’s Cold Songs digital EP. It’s five songs with accompanying videos for each track. The videos are mostly… More »

By: jessica / December 6, 2010 - 3:57 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: November 2010

Back again with another monthly mix which, per its title, you should continue to expect monthly. We’re glad you guys enjoyed the last installment, and thoroughly appreciate the feedback. In case you missed October’s launch, the idea here is to offer a concentrated compendium of the finest recent freely available MP3s, selected from (though not… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 4, 2010 - 4:10 pm

Family Band – “The Deal”

Our last listen to BTW Family Band came via their cover of Jack Nitzche’s “Marie.” Extend the shadows with “The Deal,” a spare and wintry demo from the forthcoming (appropriately titled) Cold Songs EP. It sounds like Kim Krans recorded it by herself, somewhere in the above photo, and should be of interest to cowboy… More »

By: brandon / October 20, 2010 - 11:20 am

Family Band – “Marie” (Jack Nitzsche Cover)

BTW Family Band just released this haunting cover of Jack Nitzche’s “Marie.” Should be noted that Nitzsche was married to Buffy Sainte-Marie. They co-wrote “Up Where We Belong,” but this haunting track seems like a better monument to their love. More »

By: jessica / July 22, 2010 - 10:06 am

Family Band – “Children” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Family Band, the BTW formed by Kim Krans and husband/Children guitarist Jonny Ollsin, have finished work and are set to release their their excellent debut LP Miller Path. Its chilly, windswept, eerie sounds are pensive and downcast, laced with Ollsin’s restrained metal sensibility, and it’s that blend of icy darkness and dour dramatics that’s perfectly… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 23, 2010 - 4:04 pm

Band To Watch: Family Band

Those tuned into NYC’s downtown thrash scene may know Jonny Ollsin from his time on guitar and vocals with breakneck metallers Children, but it’s this familial project with vocalist/wife Kim Krans that’s become the couple’s primary focus on the heels of completing a chilly and beautiful debut album. A friend passed along a link to… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 11, 2009 - 11:15 am