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I can’t imagine any of the artists on this week’s list had huge budgets to play around. Even Santigold, the one who could’ve presumably commanded a small pile of money to make a video, ended up doing something quick and homemade instead. So consider these to be five ways to stretch dollars while actually making… More »

Rock critics aren’t really expected to be forecasters of popular taste. And thank fuck for that, because I’m goddam terrible at it. The one time I ever wrote anything for Gawker, here’s what I told them: “First things first: This Asher Roth album is going to sell. Sorry, kids… My guess is he sells 300K… More »

Considering that New York City — the place where most of the indie label/publicist/writer infrastructure calls home — spent the entire week in a state of Deep Impact disaster, it’s remarkable how little Hurricane Sandy affected the endless march of bloggable music items. Maybe we didn’t see quite as many new music videos this week… More »

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Free Energy – “Bang Pop (Fool’s Gold Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

“Bang Pop,” an especially immediate track on Free Energy’s fairly instant Stuck On Nothin’, is more than worthy of the collection’s bubblegum cover art and its own back-to-school NSFW “Hot For Teacher” video. The mood shifts some via this especially laid back, echoed remix by Fool’s Gold’s Lewis Pesacov. It’ll appear on a split remix… More »

By: brandon / August 18, 2010 - 3:46 pm

Free Energy – “Bang Pop” Video

Free Energy went back to Philly (or rather, to a Philadelphia suburb) to film this ridiculously fun video for live favorite “Bang Pop.” According to the press release, the band recruited 100 extras, and according to what happens during the clip (smoking in the bathroom, making out, an almost-NSFW girls’ locker room scene), Free Energy… More »

By: jessica / May 17, 2010 - 1:29 pm

Free Energy – “Hope Child”

Free Energy” and its liberal use of cowbell and good-time guitar hooks opens the Philly group’s official James Murphy-produced debut Stuck On Nothing. You may also recognize the previously released “Dark Trance” and any number of songs from their live shows (see “Bang Pop,” for instance), but unfortunately, the band’s best song “Something In Common“… More »

By: brandon / February 5, 2010 - 10:05 am

The 25 69 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010

This year in music was great and we’rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No offense, 30 Seconds To Mars. While the Gummys’ virtual poll booth remains open for a few more days (did we mention filling out the ballot enters you to win the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

CMJ ’09: Wednesday In Photos

As far as full-on noon-to-2AM marathon set hunting goes, Wednesday’s spread won’t be topped this year. In addition to bringing us memorable sets from two bands we’ll be watching much more closely in Sleigh Bells and Golden Silvers, the day delivered solid lineups at every turn. I joined photographer Jessica Amaya at ForceField’s day party… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 23, 2009 - 11:30 am

CMJ ’09: Stereogum/Believer Showcase @ Studio At Webster Hall, NYC 10/20/09

Thanks to all who came and helped us usher in CMJ week at our kick-off party with the Believer last night. Everyone had fun! We think! Big thanks to the Studio staff and of course the bands — Glasser (backed by Tanlines), Free Energy, The Golden Filter, and Cold Cave, in order of appearance –… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 21, 2009 - 9:19 am

Stereogum CMJ Opening Night Live ’09

For this year’s CMJ party we teamed up with The Believer to bring you an excellent night of music that will begin much earlier than last year’s Late Night with Gang Gang Dance et al. The event takes place Tuesday, 10/20. Doors open at 7PM and you can expect the first band at… More »

By: brandon / October 2, 2009 - 9:42 am

New Free Energy – “Something In Common”

The good-time Philly quartet take it down a notch on “Something In Common,” the B-Side for their debut DFA “Free Energy” 7″. Whereas the James Murphy-produced A-Side was all about ’70s guitar parts and cowbell hits in a sweaty house party awash with friends and balloons, “Something” relies on mellowly seductive “it’s alright” assurances (and… More »

By: brandon / September 23, 2009 - 2:46 pm

New Free Energy Video – “Free Energy” (Stereogum Premiere)

Good-time classic-rocking James Murphy-produced Philadelphia quintet Free Energy have come up with an appropriately celebratory Scott Thrift-directed video for their eponymous “Free Energy” fight song. The lyrics let us know they’re “young” and “alive” with time on their side and all of that good stuff, while the images second the emotion. It is fun watching… More »

By: brandon / August 14, 2009 - 11:30 am

New Free Energy – “Dark Trance”

We posted about Philadelphia post-Hockey Night quintet Free Energy’s catchy classic rock via their James Murphy and Eric Broucek-produced 7″. It’s out now on DFA because it’s nice to dance to ’70s guitar hooks. See, for example, “Dark Trance,” the band’s best song so far, which you’ll find streaming over at MySpace. It’s a pretty… More »

By: brandon / July 28, 2009 - 9:37 am

New Free Energy – “Free Energy”

From the demise of Minneapolis’s Hockey Night comes Free Energy. Guitarist Scott Wells and singer Paul Sprangers are the main Hockey Night dudes to spearhead this new project, a throwback classic rocking quintet calling Philly home and earning constant comparisons to Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, and their bygone ilk. For a band more interested i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 17, 2009 - 4:26 pm
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