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Mainstream American rock music, as you might recall, was in rough shape in the late ’90s. The Alt-Nation era had run out of road for the most part, giving way to legions of awful post-grunge and nu-metal bands soundtracking extreme energy-drink commercials and extreme-sports video games. These were dark times. This was at a time… More »

My most vivid Les Savy Fav concert memory involves shirtless, bearlike frontman Tim Harrington shoving a microphone below his belt line, grabbing a nearby audience member by the head, pulling that head against his crotch and forcing the dude to scream into the mic through his pants. It was opening night of CMJ 2003 in… More »

Tim Harrington scarcely needs an introduction, but we’ll give him one anyway. He’s the front man for Les Savy Fav, where he consistently delivers gritty art-punk while staging a one-man performance art piece. His onstage skylarking — including acrobatic set climbing, public wardrobe changes, and frenetic audience interplay — has made Les Savy Fav one… More »

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SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff…
stereogum | March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am

All Tomorrow’s Parties NY: Polvo, Les Savy Fav, Lightning Bolt Rock The Catskills

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy After a night of front-to-back ATP-approved "classics," it was nice to tackle a day of unpredictable sets. We missed…
brandon | September 21, 2008 - 1:21 pm

Pitchfork Music Festival 2008: Sunday In Photos

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy Aaaaand we're back. Quite a weekend in Chicago, and this is the post to put a Fork…
brandon | July 21, 2008 - 3:07 am

Indie Rock Trivia W/ Zach Galifianakis & Les Savy Fav @ Highline Ballroom, NYC 5/21/08

Pants were optional at last night's New York x New York indie rock trivia event, NY Mag's first of the year and latest…
Amrit Singh | May 22, 2008 - 12:14 pm

Coachella: Friday In Photos

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy You know what sucked for every band following Les Savy Fav yesterday? The fact that they had…
brandon | April 26, 2008 - 2:29 pm

Les Savy Fav Cover Superchunk, Take Us Back To Atlanta 2005

Those are two different actions, by the way. Anyhow, it's fun watching Les Sav Fav live. We might've said that before. Turns out, it's also…
brandon | April 16, 2008 - 1:15 pm

Vampire Weekend, The Hold Steady, Girl Talk To Crash 2008 Capitol Hill Block Party

We all need one more festival, right? Guess nobody sells records these days, so live shows are where it's at, etc. Anyhow, if you're in…
brandon | April 16, 2008 - 10:23 am

Les Savy Fav’s Syd Butler Blogs About Hockey

Tim Harrington’s resumé of extracurriculars is extensive — from drug culture expert to proprietor of home and apparel company Deadly Squire to malaria spokesman —…
Amrit Singh | April 11, 2008 - 9:30 am

New Live Les Savy Fav – “Sweat Descends”

Nobody needs to tell you Tim Harrington and the Savy Fav put on a righteous live show. In recent years, maybe you saw the sunburned…
Amrit Singh | March 20, 2008 - 10:24 am

New Les Savy Fav Video – “What Would Wolves Do”

2007 was sort of a breakthrough year for the Savy ones, winning notable year-end love from not entirely expected outlets and cornering the market for…
Amrit Singh | January 17, 2008 - 2:40 pm

Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends

Stereogum | November 19, 2007 - 7:02 pm

What Would Mosquitoes Do

Every time we turn around seems like deadly squire Tim Harrington’s up to some sorta video hijinx, be they dropping drug lingo, monkeying around backstage…
Stereogum | November 8, 2007 - 12:53 pm

Les Savy Fav’s Big Break

Those lovable NY art-punks Les Savy Fav have schooled us on drug lingo and perfume ads and patterned products, but gearing up for last week’s…
Stereogum | October 17, 2007 - 11:12 am

New Les Savy Fav Video – “Patty Lee”

For the fun-loving falsetto/party-punk part of Let's Stay Friends gem "Patty Lee" (and some of the subsequent descent into creepier corners), this here vid stars…
Stereogum | September 18, 2007 - 12:16 pm

Quit Your Day Job: Les Savy Fav

Those New York art-punks and video-contest bigwigs Les Savy Fav don't need much of an introduction, but maybe their jobs do: Guitarist Seth Jabour works…
brandon | August 22, 2007 - 11:37 am

Gather Your Friends For Les Savy Fav’s Let’s Stay Friends Video Contest

Les Savy Fav are all about YOU. Or at least, all about getting you involved in their diabolically wild little universe. A few months ago…
Stereogum | August 16, 2007 - 11:26 am

New Les Savy Fav – “What Would Wolves Do”

Indie rockers rejoice as today Pitchfork has a new Les Savy Fav song, specifically track 5 from Let's Stay Friends, out 9/18 on Frenchkiss. Echoes…
Stereogum | July 12, 2007 - 3:40 pm

New Art In Manila – “The Abomination”

Welcome to the resurfacing of Orenda Fink, one-half of now defunct dream-pop duo Azure Ray. Since Ray’s ’04 disbanding, Ms. Fink soldiered on with her…
Stereogum | June 28, 2007 - 10:32 am

Warm & Scratchy

Not that the subsequent Beantown overreaction wasn’t amusing, adult swim, but as far as publicity campaigns go, we prefer the release of a free album…
Stereogum | May 21, 2007 - 3:13 pm

A Lesson In Drug Culture From Tim Harrington & Brian Teasley

The great zine Chunklet and Super Deluxe had Les Savy Fav’s Tim Harrington and The Polyphonic Spree’s Brian Teasley make hams of themselves on the…
Stereogum | April 13, 2007 - 5:07 pm