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Following up a set from Drake would be a tough job for anyone, and the bill for Saturday’s Governors Ball did seem a little sparse for the second full day. Still, New Yorkers and others who had trekked to the city specifically for the festival came out in droves on Saturday — at least the… More »

All of this week’s best songs boast a balls-to-the-wall letting go in their own respective ways. Some are aggressive, others are shy and muted, but none of these artists are afraid of asking themselves difficult questions. This is one of the most subtly cohesive lists we’ve had in awhile. Dive in. More »

There are a lot of things happening in Reykjavik tonight. This is Iceland Airwaves, after all, one of those festivals where there’s an endless supply of bands playing various bars and venues, thronged by journalists and musicians converging from a whole bunch of different countries. Apparently, tonight — Saturday, the festival’s penultimate night — the… More »

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Life Is Beautiful 2015 Brought Weezer, Duran Duran, Stevie Wonder & More To Downtown Vegas

Life Is Beautiful has the makings of a unique festival, the kind that would be tempting to choose over some of the usual suspects (e.g.,…
Ryan Leas | September 28, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Future Islands’ Sam Herring Appears As Rap Alter Ego Hemlock Ernst In New Video

When he’s not fronting Future Islands, Samuel T. Herring occasionally moonlights as a rapper. Recently, he’s been putting out stuff under the name Trouble Knows
James Rettig | September 16, 2015 - 5:45 pm

Report From Flow Festival 2015

Though it originally started as a tiny, local, more jazz-focused festival, Helsinki's Flow has grown into something different by 2015. It had record attendance thi…
Ryan Leas | August 17, 2015 - 1:27 pm

Hear Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring Chat With Vic Mensa

Backstage at the Pitchfork Music Festival a couple of weeks ago, the Talkhouse's Elia Einhorn was snagging as many podcast interviews with musicians as he…
Tom Breihan | July 31, 2015 - 11:59 am

Future Islands, Lower Dens Members Help Baltimore Middle Schoolers Record Song About Riots

Baltimore is as deeply segregated a city as you'd probably expect. But say this for the people in the city's predominantly white indie rock scene:…
Tom Breihan | July 21, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Trouble Knows Me (Future Islands’ Samuel T. Herring & Madlib) – “Trouble Knows Me”

Future Islands frontman has previously showed off his rap talents on stage, but never on record; when he guested on one of Gangrene's GTAV tracks,…
Chris DeVille | July 17, 2015 - 10:45 am

Future Islands – “A Song For Our Grandfathers” Video

The early weeks of summer always feel nostalgic, and before it gets way too hot to enjoy being outside, there's nothing more enjoyable than chilling…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | June 19, 2015 - 12:44 pm

Watch Win Butler Sing With Future Islands At A Car Dealership Party In Burlington

So I guess Win Butler coming to Future Islands shows, casually walking onstage, and singing part of "Seasons (Waiting On You)" is a thing that…
Peter Helman | June 13, 2015 - 8:09 pm

Watch Future Islands Make Their Triumphant Letterman Return

Baltimore needed a win right about now, and it got a small one last night. When the great Baltimore band Future Islands appeared on the
Tom Breihan | April 29, 2015 - 8:29 am

Wye Oak – “Despicable Animal (Moss Of Aura + Future Islands Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Since the release of Wye Oak's excellent, nearly guitar-less LP Shriek, the Baltimore duo have contributed synthy remixes to songs from Wilsen and Sylvan Esso.
Aaron Lindenberg | April 28, 2015 - 10:01 am

Scallops Hotel – “Lavender Chunk” (Feat. Hemlock Ernst)

Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring has an intriguing side thing going on. Every once in a while, he'll stop howling beautifully damaged new wave…
Tom Breihan | April 22, 2015 - 8:55 am

Future Islands – “The Chase”

Future Islands debuted their new Record Store Day exclusive single "The Chase" on Mary Anne Hobbs' BBC Radio 6 show earlier today. They played the…
James Rettig | April 18, 2015 - 8:21 am

Watch Future Islands Debut “The Chase” & “The Haunted” In The UK

Future Islands are in the UK recording at Abbey Road, and they debuted two of their new songs Sunday at Sheffield Plug. "The Chase" i…
Chris DeVille | March 31, 2015 - 3:06 pm

Du Blonde – “Mind Is On My Mind” (Feat. Samuel T. Herring)

If you can get Future Islands front-growler Samuel T. Herring to sing on your record, you should absolutely do that. Lately, people seem to be…
Tom Breihan | March 31, 2015 - 11:21 am

Photos: SXSW 2015

SXSW 2015 has come and gone. As Scott noted over the weekend, it was an altogether less corporate, less celebrity-infused, less insane experience than i…
Chris DeVille | March 23, 2015 - 2:14 pm

Gangrene – “Play It Cool” (Feat. Samuel T. Herring & Earl Sweatshirt)

The 2013 video game Grand Theft Auto V featured new music from a whole range of musicians, including Alchemist and Oh No, the psychedelically-inclined underground…
Tom Breihan | March 6, 2015 - 10:41 am

Niia – “Seasons (Waiting On You)” (Future Islands Cover)

Niia's definitely one to keep an ear out for -- her Generation Blue debut EP last year was filled with great tracks, in particular the…
James Rettig | March 2, 2015 - 6:40 pm

Watch Sam Smith & Future Islands’ Full Episode Of Austin City Limits

Sam Smith and Future Islands were the featured performers on last night's episode of Austin City Limits. Smith sang his hits "Stay With Me" and…
James Rettig | January 18, 2015 - 10:21 am
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