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Samantha Urbani – “1 2 3 4″

Samantha Urbani is the former leader of the New York band Friends, and she’s also done a ton of work with Blood Orange’s Dev Hynes. Lately, she’s been working on her own music, and she just posted “1 2 3 4,” her first official solo song, to Soundcloud. It’s a rippling, funky, smoothed-out piece of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 8, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Kissing Is A Crime – “Crown Royal” (Stereogum Premiere)

Among Matt Molnar’s previous projects is Friends, the Samantha Urbani-fronted New York metropolitan pop Band To Watch that seemed to be on the verge of a big breakthrough before apparently dissolving last year. Lately, besides loaning his practice space out to DIIV, Molnar has been working on a new group called Kissing Is A Crime. More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 22, 2014 - 10:43 am

94core: The Rembrandts Sang The Friends Theme At A Pop-Up Central Perk In NYC Last Night

The Rembrandts are a power-pop duo who have been around since 1989 and who became briefly famous in the mid-’90s, when their song “I’ll Be There For You” became the theme song of the TV show Friends. Obviously, Friends stayed huge, but the popularity of “I’ll Be There For You” was such that people wanted… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 17, 2014 - 12:51 pm

TV Party: First Aid Kit Talk Friends

Swedish sibling two-piece First Aid Kit are known for their beautiful interpretation of rootsy American folk, so it only makes sense that they would choose Friends as their favorite TV show: a beautiful interpretation of the rootsy American sitcom. I spoke to Klara, one half of the Kit, about Chandler, Monica, Ross — heck, the… More »

By: Kelly Conaboy / July 17, 2014 - 10:48 am

Friends – “The Way (Blood Orange Mix)”

While honoring Blood Orange’s Cupid Deluxe as last week’s Album Of The Week, Tom noted a powerful connection at work: “Friends singer Samantha Urbani is Hynes’s girlfriend, and on Cupid Deluxe, she’s also his Snoop Doggy Dogg, an effortlessly smooth stoner-pop vocalist who steals entire songs without even necessarily trying.” He went on to note… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 25, 2013 - 11:19 am

Devonté Hynes & Samantha Urbani – “Hurt U” (Babyface & Toni Braxton Cover)

Devonté Hynes (a/k/a Blood Orange) and Samantha Urbani (a/k/a singer of Friends) are pretty big fans of the Babyface & Toni Braxton single “Hurt U.” They like it so much, they covered it. “SONG OF THE YEAR! Had to do it!” Hynes writes on Soundcloud. Check it out below. More »

By: Liz Pelly / October 13, 2013 - 5:57 am

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

This week saw a of new tunes from heavy-hitters (Beck with guest Kim Gordon), comeback cuts from old favorites (the Dismemberment Plan, Mazzy Star), and an odd cocktail of indie rock and rap (Black Noi$e’s remix of Unknown Mortal Orchestra with Killer Mike and Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire). What reeled us in this week? Another cross-genre… More »

By: Stereogum / July 19, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Friends – “The Way”

We made Friends, the Brooklyn cool-kid crew led by Samantha Urbani, a Band To Watch two years ago, but they may have waited until this morning to give us their best song. “The Way,” the group’s new single, is a soft, warm, synthy, sultry slow-jam.” With its bass-rolls, its dubbed-out butt-rock guitars, and its languid… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 18, 2013 - 9:41 am

Pagan Rituals – “Hallowed Ground”

After parting ways with BTW FRIENDS, that outfit’s erstwhile bassist Matthew Molnar went back to roots and rekindled an older musical relationship with a couple of high school buddies who last collaborated in an adolescent hardcore punk band. The result of this new long-distance project is Pagan Rituals, something of a return to these dudes’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 6, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Friends – “Va Fan Gör Du” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Lo-fi Brooklyn punk-funkers Friends have devoted themselves to resurrecting a very particular sort of circa-1980 New York sleaze, and their vaguely NSFW new video for “Va Fan Gör Du” looks very much like the sort of zero-budget horror movie that an NYU student would’ve thrown on public-access TV way back in the day. Directed by… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 5, 2012 - 10:12 am

Øyafestivalen 2012 In Photos

The always-eclectic Øya collected dozens of big name international acts and local bands to Oslo’s Medieval Park and neighboring clubs over four days last week. Among them: Björk, A$AP Rocky, the Stone Roses, Chromatics, Baroness, Bon Iver, Odd Future, Florence + The Machine, and Frank Ocean, who ended his set after four songs due to… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 14, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Friends – “I’m His Girl (AlunaGeorge Mix)”

Here’s London duo AlunaGeorge’s remix of Friends’ “I’m His Girl,” a rework that pulls the source track into weird, pulsating digital soundscapes. It somehow manages to sound both tropical and chilly all at once. You’ll see what I mean. Hear it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 2, 2012 - 4:48 pm

Stream Friends Manifest!

The slinky Brooklyn BTW Friends will soon release their debut album Manifest!, and we’ve already heard a bunch of early tracks like “Mind Control” and “Home.” Right now, the entire LP is streaming below, so give it a listen and tell us what you think. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 31, 2012 - 3:21 pm

Friends – “Home”

BTW Friends will issue their debut record, Manifest!, next week on Fat Possum, which they teased a while back with the lead single “Mind Control” as well as its accompanying video. Now, the second single is out there, the lively, bongos-heavy “Home,” a track where a lovelorn Samantha Urbani proclaims “You don’t deserve me now!”… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 31, 2012 - 10:02 am

Friends – “Mind Control” Video

Here is the video for “Mind Control,” the first single from BTW Friends’ first full-length album. Director Hir Muria conjures a dystopian vision which is part retro (espionage via reel-to-reel tapes and LED-lit countdown machines) and part futuristic (faces that split open to reveal other faces with pierced septums), which is not a bad fit… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 15, 2012 - 10:36 am

Friends – “Mind Control”

BTW Friends generated a lot of attention last year thanks to singles like “Friend Crush” and “I’m His Girl” — as well as the requisite Ghost Town DJ’s cover — which ensured that their debut LP would land amongst the ranks of the Most Anticipated. Today, they dropped their new single from the forthcoming Manifest!,… More »

By: Corban Goble / April 11, 2012 - 10:14 am

Stereogum’s 25 Most Anticipated Albums For Spring/Summer 2012

HBO’s medieval drama Game Of Thrones premieres April 1, and this season’s plot involves five different claims to the throne and these respective factions’ ongoing clobbering of one another (#TeamRobb). But, yet another mantle is up for grabs, one that involves absolutely nobody getting their head cut off; the claim to “your album of the… More »

By: Stereogum / March 29, 2012 - 10:32 am

The 25 Bands We’re Most Excited To See At SXSW 2012

Hey, everybody, it’s that time again! South By Southwest 2012. Are you ready? How’s your hashtag game? Can you feel the early-onset FOMO? As the Austin institution grows larger and larger, with more and more high-level acts (ahem) interjecting themselves into the fray, there’s still plenty of room for the groups that are just starting… More »

By: Stereogum / March 9, 2012 - 11:24 am

Friends – “A Thing Like This”

This last year has been very good to Friends: The Bushwick band earned their BTW in April; they went big in October compliments of the “I’m His Girl” video and a hailed CMJ; and have 2012 all teed up with a debut LP on the way and a warm embrace from the UK via the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 12, 2012 - 5:07 pm
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