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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: They actually care about their town. Case in point: After the recent riots, members of Future Islands, Lower Dens, and Celebration helped a group of local middle schoolers record a… More »

By: 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, he sang the hook. That changes today as Herring unveils Trouble Knows Me, his new hip-hop duo with superproducer and serial collaborator Madlib. The group are releasing a self-titled 12″… More »

By: 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 in a backyard with a grill and a keg and close company. Future Islands’ “A Song For Our Grandfathers” dropped on 2014’s Singles, and the new video features the band… More »

By: 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 just happens now. Last year, he took on the song’s second verse at a Future Islands show in his native Montreal. And last night, he did pretty much the same… More »

By: Peter Helman / June 13, 2015 - 8:09 pm

The 6 Best Performances Of Governors Ball 2015 Saturday

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 »

By: Stereogum / June 7, 2015 - 2:03 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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 »

By: Stereogum / May 1, 2015 - 6:34 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 Late Show With David Letterman last year, they gave an absolutely sensational performance of “Seasons (Waiting On You),” propelling themslves into the upper tier of indie bands in a single… More »

By: 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. Now it’s other artists’ turn to remix Wye Oak. With a digital-only deluxe edition of Shriek out today, the band have shared a stunning remix of album track “Despicable Animal”,… More »

By: 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 songs, and he’ll rap under the name Hemlock Ernst. (We’ve got some videos of him rapping here.) Herring is a pretty good rapper, a gravelly Buck 65-style backpack-rap hobo, and… More »

By: 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 song live for the first time a few weeks back. The physical version of the 7-inch was recorded directly to vinyl at London’s Abbey Road studios, and will only be… More »

By: 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” is an uptempo new wave number in the vein of “Seasons (Waiting On You),” while “Haunted” is slightly more laid-back; imagine Future Islands putting their own melancholy spin on Bruce Springsteen’… More »

By: 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 figuring that out. A few weeks ago, Herring showed up alongside Earl Sweatshirt to sing the hook on Gangrene’s “Play It Cool.” Now, Herring has teamed up with Du Blonde,… More »

By: 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 in recent years, though of course it was still at least a little corporate and celebrity-infused and insane. (We never did make it to the McDonald’s showcase, damn.) As much a… More »

By: 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 rap duo who go by the name Gangrene. A new PC version of the game is about to come out, and it’ll feature new Gangrene tracks inspired by the video… More »

By: 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 minimal, hyper-emotional title track. One of her major appeals is her voice, which is buttery smooth and restrained and can make just about anything sound good. Over the weekend, she… More »

By: 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 “Money on My Mind,” the Disclosure/Nile Rodgers collab “Together,” and two Whitney Houston covers. Future Islands mainly stuck to songs from last year’s Singles — including, of course, “Seasons (Waiting… More »

By: James Rettig / January 18, 2015 - 10:21 am

Watch Future Islands Play “Seasons (Waiting On You)” On Austin City Limits (Stereogum Premiere)

Future Islands’ breakout hit “Seasons (Waiting On You)” easily cracked the Stereogum staff’s favorite songs of the year list, it won two separate readers’ polls here, and yesterday a large swath of America’s music critics crowned it the best song of 2014. David Letterman is also a fan, and chances are, so are you. So… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 14, 2015 - 11:03 am

Spirit Of 2014: Future Islands Reflect On Their Breakthrough Year

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 »

By: Ryan Leas / December 22, 2014 - 10:53 am

The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Future Islands – “Seasons (BADBADNOTGOOD Remix)”

Future Islands’ simmering synthpop anthem “Seasons (Waiting On You)” is one of the defining songs of the past year, and we’ve posted remixes of it from the Hood Internet and DJ Dodger Stadium. The Toronto trio BADBADNOTGOOD, who have an album with Ghostface Killah coming out early next year, have now recorded their own reworking… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2014 - 10:37 am
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