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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

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

There were lots of good videos this week, but I didn’t like any of them as much as I hated Jerry James’s video for “Lana Del Rey.” I hated that one so much that I enjoyed hating it. I hated it so much it gave me wings. I hated it so much that I actually… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 21, 2014 - 1:49 pm

Forest Swords – “The Weight Of Gold” Video

Last year, the British guitarist and producer Forest Swords gave us Engravings, a deeply absorbing album of ominous, skeletal, spaced-out almost-instrumentals. It’s one of those epic, absorbing listens that seems to exist completely free of genre, and now the director Benjamin Millepied has made an album worthy of its intensity. Millipied, Natalie Portman’s husband and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 20, 2014 - 2:19 pm

The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

By: Stereogum / December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

Forest Swords – “Thor’s Stone (Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Remix)”

Engravings, the dark marvel of an album that the British producer Forest Swords released earlier this year, is one of those albums that seems to create its own genre of music. But that genre carries echoes of some others: Ominous John Carpenter synthscapes, haunted doom metal drones, atmospheric Dilla-style boom-bap. One inspiration might stand above… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 27, 2013 - 11:42 am

Forest Swords – “Thor’s Stone” Video

Forest Swords has put out a new video for “Thor’s Stone,” one of the best tracks off our recent Album Of The Week, Engravings. Director Dave Ma filmed dancer Guzman Rosado for eight hours in one night in the industrial outskirts of LA; the result is one of the most physically demanding videos you’ve see… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 27, 2013 - 5:58 pm

Album Of The Week: Forest Swords Engravings

If you’re a hawkeyed, dangerously obsessive Stereogum reader, you might have noticed that I didn’t start posting until late on Friday morning. That’s because I was in the parking lot of my neighborhood Trader Joe’s, loitering and trying not to look creepy while I waited for the tow truck that would take my non-starting car… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2013 - 2:48 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week there was something strange and new from Jane’s Addiction, Drake released the anti-“Started From The Bottom,” and Ryan Hemsworth laid A$AP Rocky over a tweaked out version of Britney Spear’s “Everytime” and made it sound like something that belongs in a jewelry box. These did not make the list, but another rapper-crooner, past… More »

By: Stereogum / August 9, 2013 - 1:56 pm

Haleek Maul – “Lobo” (Prod. Forest Swords)

If you’re familiar with the murky hip-hop of Haleek Maul, seeing that Forest Swords (aka Matthew Barnes) credit up above might make you really excited. Simply put, it’s a perfect combination. Haleek is in his element most when rapping through a blurry, dark haze and Forest Swords’ upcoming album does things like dark and murky… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 7, 2013 - 2:37 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: July 2013

I don’t want to bum anybody out, but summer’s almost over. With an emphasis on almost, meaning anything can still happen (aside from reclaiming that unbridled feeling of summer’s start and infinite possibilities; we’re definitely in the zone of finitude, with all its attendant reminders of our own corporeal mortality, now)! LIVE IT UP! Really. More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 31, 2013 - 11:32 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

When we take songs into consideration for this column, we’re open to including tracks we wouldn’t necessarily cover on the site. For this week’s collection, we teetered on the precipice of adding new AFI single “I Hope You Suffer” to the list, but in the end, it didn’t make it. Justin Vernon’s project Volcano Choir… More »

By: Stereogum / July 26, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Forest Swords – “The Weight Of Gold”

Upon first hearing “The Weight Of Gold,” the new single by Forest Swords (aka Matthew Barnes) I was reminded for the first time in quite a while just how incredible his 2010 debut Dagger Paths was. Barnes seemed to just sort of disappear after the album, remaining as mysterious and elusive as his distinct music… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 20, 2013 - 2:00 pm

The Big Pink – “Hit The Ground (Superman) (Forest Swords Remix)”

The Big Pink make the sort of titanic Brit-rock that demands to be used in action-movie trailers. But the duo’s two members have noise-scene roots, which you can hear bleeding through their wall of distortion every so often. And now they’ve tapped decaying-dubstep producer Forest Swords to rework “Hit The Ground (Superman),” their latest single. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 13, 2011 - 12:27 pm