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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.) A… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 23, 2015

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

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,… More »

By: James Rettig / March 2, 2015

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

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… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 14, 2015

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

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

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… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 26, 2014

Photos: 38 Bands Say Goodbye To Death By Audio

Williamsburg DIY venue Death By Audio, which became a staple in the Brooklyn scene after opening in 2007, has now closed its doors for the last time. On Saturday night, Lightning Bolt, JEFF The Brotherhood, A Place To Bury Strangers, and Grooms played the space out for good, but bands have been stopping by… More »

By: Peter Helman / November 24, 2014

Watch Future Islands Experience Tour Bus Trouble On Comedy Bang! Bang!

This new season of Comedy Bang! Bang!, the comedy podcast that became an IFC sketch and variety show, has been awfully heavy on indie rock. The National and Wayne Coyne have both appeared, and now Future Islands are on a sketch. In their appearance, the band shows up on the show's studio, talking… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 11, 2014

Iceland Airwaves 2014: The War On Drugs, The Flaming Lips, & The Knife’s Final Show

While I might be in some kind of minority here, Iceland Airwaves is the kind of thing I prefer to a normal festival. Not that I'd be in a minority because of the Iceland thing -- in the past few months of me mentioning I was about to go to this festival, I've discovered that… More »

By: Ryan Leas / November 10, 2014

U2’s Concert Reviews: Bono Loves Future Islands, The Edge Thinks Neutral Milk Hotel Aren’t That Great

It's become so easy, of late, to think of U2 in international-corporation terms that it's weirdly surprising to imagine them as human beings who listen to music sometimes. But in a new Rolling Stone story, both Bono and the Edge have a few words on younger bands. Bono, for instance, is all the way… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 31, 2014

Future Islands – “Seasons (DJ Dodger Stadium Remix)”

Baltimore synthpop iconoclasts Future Islands are one of 2014's great indie success stories. They've been great forever, but they're now headlining bigger and bigger rooms on the strength of their great new album Singles. DJ Dodger Stadium, the L.A. duo of dance producers Jerome LOL and Samo Sound Boy, have been more of a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2014

Watch Future Islands Take “Seasons” To Jools Holland

Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring brought his signature moves to BBC's Later... With Jools Holland last night. They performed "Seasons (Waiting On You)" which is, of course, off their most recent album, Singles, and the group gave a characteristically passionate performance. The band also posed for an appropriate picture in front of a… More »

By: James Rettig / October 1, 2014

Red Bull Sound Select Lines Up Run The Jewels, Kurt Vile, DFA1979 For 30 Days In LA

While music fans in New York are used to Red Bull Music Academy taking over the city during the month of May, it looks like fans on the West Coast will be getting a similar treatment this fall. November will see the arrival of Red Bull Sound Select, featuring 30 days of events geared toward… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 10, 2014

The National, The Flaming Lips, Future Islands To Appear On Comedy Bang! Bang! TV Show

Comedy Bang! Bang!, the comedy podcast that became an IFC TV show, has always been a hub of the indie comedy universe, and that's always had plenty of overlap with the indie rock universe. But even with that in mind, the slate of musical guests for the show's upcoming third season is pretty impressive. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 10, 2014

Watch Future Islands Play “Seasons (Waiting On You)” With Arcade Fire’s Win Butler In Montreal

Stereogum readers recently voted Future Islands' arty synthpop burner "Seasons (Waiting On You)" the Song Of The Summer, and it would seem that Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler agrees. Butler, who just got done with a massive tour of his own, showed up to Future Islands' show in Montreal last night, and he… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 3, 2014

Stereogum’s 9 Favorite Sets From FYF Fest 2014

Los Angeles' FYF Fest was one of the more stylistically diverse festivals of the year. Its lineup blended major headliners (Phoenix, the Strokes, HAIM) with some of the best electronic musicians in the world (Flying Lotus, Todd Terje, Four Tet), and managed to throw in some choice heavier stuff (Boris, Deafheaven), hip-hop (Earl Sweatshirt, Ru… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 25, 2014

Future Islands – “Doves (Vince Clarke Remix)”

It's tough to accurately describe what musical genre Future Islands work in, since they're basically a genre unto themselves, one where dreampop atmospherics and ripped-throat death-metal roars and soul-gospel whoops can all peacefully coexist and come together into something coherent. But at heart, Future Islands' sound is a warped, dramatic take on synthpop, and now… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 4, 2014

Phantogram – “Black Out Days (Future Islands Remix)”

Though Phantogram's new album, Voices, came out this past February, it's been almost a year since we first heard the highlight "Black Out Days," and now Future Islands have given it the remix treatment. It's a good reminder that although Sam Herring remains such an unbelievable frontman, there has always been way more to… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 21, 2014
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