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Grooms – “Doctor M” Video

Brooklyn-based Grooms released their latest LP, Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair, earlier this week, and we’ve already seen a tremendous video for the song “Cross-Off,” starring drummer Steve Levine (who as it turns out, has a role on Better Call Saul). The album’s lead single, “Doctor M,” is a slow-burning and meditative track that… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 20, 2015 - 5:01 pm

Grooms – “Cross Off” Video”

Grooms will release Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair later this month, and the lush, moody sophomore LP is streaming in full right now. The band is based in Brooklyn, and have close ties to the now defunct all ages DIY venue Death By Audio (R.I.P.), but as of this week, that isn’t the only… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 12, 2015 - 12:49 pm

Stream Grooms Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair

Grooms were just displaced from their haunt of seven years — Brooklyn DIY venue Death By Audio — but none of that chaos comes through on their new album Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair. Instead, everything on the record is tightly-controlled, if slightly ominous. Brooklyn continues eating itself alive, but bands like Grooms convince… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 10, 2015 - 2:05 pm

Grooms’ Drummer Was In Better Call Saul’s Series Premiere

While the Stereogum staff was suffering through the Grammys on Sunday night, AMC debuted the Breaking Bad spinoff Better Call Saul to record ratings. The series, a prequel built around Bob Odenkirk’s sleazy lawyer character Saul Goodman before he became Saul Goodman, featured several other familiar faces for Breaking Bad fans including Mike (Jonathan Banks)… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 10, 2015 - 10:01 am

Grooms – “Comb The Feelings Through Your Hair” (Stereogum Premiere)

Grooms have had a rough couple of years. In 2013, longtime bassist and co-songwriter Emily Ambruso went on hiatus from the band for financial reasons, leaving singer/guitarist Travis Johnson as the only original member left in the lineup. And in November, Brooklyn DIY venue Death By Audio, the band’s home for seven years, closed itsMore »

By: Peter Helman / January 12, 2015 - 11:37 am

Grooms – “Doctor M”

Grooms played Death By Audio’s farewell show last weekend, and the band’s relationship to the now-defunct DIY space runs deep. They’ve been practicing there since 2007, back when they were called Muggabears; principal songwriter Travis Johnson (the only original Grooms member remaining from those days) and A Place To Bury Strangers’ Oliver Ackermann ran their… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 24, 2014 - 11:59 am

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 to… More »

By: Peter Helman / November 24, 2014 - 11:26 am

Grooms – “I Think We’re Alone Now” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn band Grooms’ forthcoming album Infinity Caller is out next month and the band is prepping for its release with “I Think We’re Alone Now.” The swirling track has also gotten visual treatment directed by the band in conjunction with creative team Captain Hippo, which new band member Steve Levine is also in. Check it… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 13, 2013 - 5:09 pm

Our Band Could Be Your Life Tribute @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 5/22/11

It’s ten years since Michael Azerrad first published his defining DIY ’80s scene portrait Our Band Could Be Your Life, which covered an independent music culture that changed irrevocably a decade before that with the release of Nevermind. Round anniversaries make apt opportunities for retrospectives, and in the case of Our Band, this year ha… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 23, 2011 - 10:01 am

Surfer Blood/the morning benders/Beach Fossils/Grooms/Turbo Fruits @ Market Hotel, Brooklyn 2/27/10

Top to bottom five-band blowout at Market Hotel Saturday night, the DIY space packed tight in time for the opening band’s 8:30 set, because 1) everybody had just spent two days locked inside at the mercy of the snowicane and 2) the opening band was the morning benders, a late add to a heavy bill… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 1, 2010 - 2:36 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

New Grooms Video – “Dreamsucker” (Stereogum Premiere)

Brooklyn post-Muggabears trio Grooms shoved a number of guitar angles into their SY-inflected noise-pop anthem “Dreamsucker” (and a lot of feedback into their cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game“). If you’re paying attention, “Dreamsucker,” a Rejoicer standout, takes time to absorb completely. Think Polvo or the aforementioned Youth group. It’s nice getting another entryway via… More »

By: brandon / October 16, 2009 - 10:02 am

The ‘Gum Drop CVI: Hear New Grooms, Win 10 Limited-Edition Rock Tees

Brooklyn noise-pop trio Grooms releases Rejoicer via Death By Audio in October. We thought energetic lead track “Dreamsucker” evoked Sonic Youth. This previously unreleased cover of “Wicked Game” offers a nod to a less likely artist. We asked guitarist/vocalist Travis Johnson about playing Chris Isaak when we debuted the song in this week’s ‘Gum Drop. More »

By: brandon / September 16, 2009 - 9:34 am

Grooms – “Wicked Game”

Brooklyn noise-pop trio Grooms releases Rejoicer via Death By Audio in October. We thought energetic lead track “Dreamsucker” evoked Sonic Youth. This previously unreleased cover of “Wicked Game” offers a nod to a less likely artist. We asked guitarist/vocalist Travis Johnson about playing Chris Isaak.

Why’d you cover “Wicked Game”?
We covered it because… More »

By: brandon / September 15, 2009 - 12:00 pm

New Grooms – “Dreamsucker”

The Brooklyn trio Grooms used to be called Muggabears, but changed their name just in time to release the 10-song Rejoicer on Death By Audio’s label this fall. The energetic and everywhere lead track “Dreamsucker” is a rambling bit of noise-pop that makes good use of those DBA guitar pedals while nodding to New York… More »

By: brandon / August 13, 2009 - 1:48 pm