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How To Dress Well – “Face Again” Video

When a music video ends with "to be continued," we've been conditioned not to believe it, but Tom Krell is the sort of person who follows up on things. Krell records as How To Dress Well, and his staggering new album "What Is This Heart?" will be along in a couple of weeks. His recent… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 5, 2014

Hear How To Dress Well Duet With Angel Olsen, Cover Taking Back Sunday, Preview New Album On NO WORDS TO SAY Mix

In just under a month, Tom Krell will release, "What Is This Heart?", his third album as How To Dress Well. In anticipation of that LP, he has now dropped NO WORDS TO SAY: Songs for "What Is This Heart?", which includes some of the music that inspired the album, along with some covers, and… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 27, 2014

How To Dress Well – “Repeat Pleasure” Video

Last month, the insular R&B auteur Tom Krell, better known as How To Dress Well, shared the sharp and lovely "Repeat Pleasure," the first single from his eagerly awaited new album "What Is This Heart?". (He's also shared another one called "Words I Don't Remember," and that's a good one, too.) "Repeat Pleasure"… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 8, 2014

Indie Rock’s R&B Movement Reaches Its Saturation Point

A few years back, a critical mass of musicians started making R&B steeped in the sort of art-damaged signifiers indie rock has traditionally claimed as its own. This wasn't the first time rhythm & blues had pushed boundaries; legendary figures from Curtis Mayfield to Prince to Missy Elliott managed to get some of the most… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 30, 2014

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

This week was all about surprises for us and that's reflected in the best songs of the week. There's the obvious literal one in those late-night drunk dials we've all been getting from Drake, but there’s more. A punk band allowed us to catch some lyrical poetry that we might have missed, another reminded u… More »

By: Stereogum / April 4, 2014

How To Dress Well – “Repeat Pleasure”

Tom Krell emerged a few years ago, releasing murky and mysterious lo-fi bedroom-R&B under the name How To Dress Well. Since then, he's added more shades and ideas to his sound and become an ever-more fascinating songwriter. His 2012 album Total Loss was an absolutely beautiful piece of work, and he's just announced that he'll… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2014

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Next Tuesday marks the official start of SXSW's music conference -- which runs through next Sunday -- meaning a good percentage of the industry will be in Austin for the whole week. To account for this, the industry was on overdrive this week, flooding Soundcloud and YouTube and the inboxes of music bloggers with new… More »

By: Stereogum / March 7, 2014

How To Dress Well – “Words I Don’t Remember”

Tom Krell has come a long way. His ghostly R&B concoctions as How To Dress Well used to get by on powerful mood and pioneering concept. Now the guy sings like a bird, and his production has only gotten sharper. New single "Words I Don't Remember" is a lush cyborg sigh that will likely please… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 6, 2014

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We skipped 5 Best Songs last week because of the holiday, so we considered any music that dropped between last week and this one eligible for this week's installment. And wouldn't ya know it: Over the course of two truncated weeks we got five new songs from straight A-listers. Stakes is high. But who took… More »

By: Stereogum / January 3, 2014

How To Dress Well – “Teenage Spaceship” (Smog Cover)

Lately, lo-fi avant-R&B explorer How To Dress Well has taken to recording music at home and posting it online, which is really how he got everyone's attention in the first place. For his latest offering, he's recorded a version of Smog's 1998 song "Teenage Spaceship," one of Bill Callahan's most iconic odes to isolation. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 26, 2013

Hear How To Dress Well Sing Drake, Kanye, Miley On “Hungover” Mix

Tom Krell, better known as bedroom-R&B traveler How To Dress Well, can make good music in his sleep, and that's almost not an exaggeration. Krell recently posted a new 45-minute mix online, and it's somewhere between a DJ set and an actual honest-to-god mixtape. On the tape, Krell mixes together some of his favorite recent… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 16, 2013

Tink – “Can I (Remix)” (Feat. How To Dress Well)

Tink is a Chicago R&B singer who released her mixtape Winter's Diary more than a year ago. Since then, that tape has caught on as an under-the-radar favorite among online R&B enthusiasts. (They're out here; look around on Twitter.) And one of those enthusiasts is Tom Krell, who's now thrown his own pleading, lovestruck… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 12, 2013

Stereogum Monthly Mix: May 2013

A few days late but stacked with excellence, here is your collection of May's absolute jams. For optimal ease of consumption, you'll find it here in three forms: a 12-track downloadable zip of the month's best free MP3s, a 15-song Spotify playlist of May's finest Spotify-enabled tracks, and to close it out, a 46-track Soundcloud… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 7, 2013

Jacques Greene – “On Your Side” (Feat. How To Dress Well)

The first time I ever saw Jacques Greene DJ, he spun Mya's overlooked, Nicki Minaj-featuring slinker "Ponytail." Throwing that out there made it clear he had been committed to pop-R&B at a young age, but is also ordained to keeping things on the dancefloor vibe sultry but still party-primed. Tom Krell, bka How To Dre… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 21, 2013

Sky Ferreira, How To Dress Well @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg, Brooklyn 03/21/13

Sky Ferreira headlined a sold out show in Brooklyn last night, days after losing her voice at Stereogum's Range Life show at SXSW. (She was still sick at Wednesday night's Bowery Ballroom gig; fans apparently helped her hit the high notes.) The ascendent synth-popper tackled songs from last year's Ghost EP along with… More »

By: Stereogum / March 22, 2013

Shlohmo – “Don’t Say No” (Feat. How To Dress Well)

L.A. beat-maker Shlohmo has teamed up with How To Dress Well for this warped, dense take on R&B: "Don't Say No" is a good sign of what's to come on the producer's upcoming EP, Laid Out. As intense as things start out, it's only a buildup as Shlohmo adds layer after layer of blurry synth… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 19, 2013

How To Dress Well – “& It Was U (Elite Gymnastics Remix)”

How To Dress Well's Tom Krell and Elite Gymnastics' James Brooks are two Midwestern bedroom-studio auteurs who think hard about music that a whole lot of people regard as complete piffle and who twist that music into emotive, insightful music of their own. They are natural fits for one another. Back in 2011, How To… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 28, 2013

How To Dress Well – “& It Was U” Video

The skittering gospel-house thumper "& It Was U" is my favorite song from How To Dress Well's excellent sophomore album Total Loss, and now it has a video from director Luke Gilford. Tom Krell, otherwise known as How To Dress Well, doesn't appear. Instead, it tells the story of a gold-lame-wearing, Segway-riding visio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 10, 2012

How To Dress Well – “Blue Crystal Fire” (Robbie Basho Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

The deluxe edition of How To Dress Well's new, excellent Total Loss features a bonus 7'', a release that features a cover of Robbie Basho's mesmerizing "Blue Crystal Fire." HTDW figurehead Tom Krell brings gives the song a little breathing room and replaces low croon with his own echoing falsetto. Hear it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 5, 2012

Stereogum Monthly Mix: September 2012

Fall has fallen, as they say. As a result this month's mix of ten tracks delivered right on time for September's grand finale has all the classic ingredients of a prosperous autumn: rap, punk, post-punk, R&B, and a Paul Westerberg song. They appear here generally in that order, diligently sequenced to include Weekend Money +… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 29, 2012