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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 necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: 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 the earliest acts — Apse, Australia’s garage rockers (and fine live band) the Drones, Growing, and UK comic artist/eerie finger picking/field recording folk player/onetime Sunn O))) collaborator Alexander Tucker. Once… More »

By: 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 in our coverage of this year’s party in Union Park. For day last, the threat of storms were nonexistent, but after that sun set, and the weekend drew to a… More »

By: 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 in a series that’s included karaoke with Michael Showalter and of Montreal, dinner with Man Man, and an art auction with Zach Galifianakis and Band Of Horses. Zach was agai… More »

By: 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 to follow Les Savy Fav yesterday. Under intensely blazing Indio heat, Harrington and his hockey blogging art-punkers set the bar high for hijinx and outright spectacle right from the go,… More »

By: 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 fun listening to them live, like without Tim Harrington’s stripteases. LSF are releasing a digital-only live album the end of the month. It’s called After The Balls Drop and feature… More »

By: 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 the Seattle area, you can just about ride SP20 into the Stranger’s 11th annual Capitol Hill Block Party (this year, co-sponsored with KEXP, yo). The Block Party takes place 7/25… More »

By: 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 — but you don’t need a beard, a belly, and a showman’s magnetism to find life beyond Les Savy Fav. While Harrington’s up to his shenanigans, LSF bassist Syd Butler kee… More »

By: 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 shamanism on display during our show at McCarren Pool a couple of summers ago. Or perhaps you shut-ins got a sense of the madness via Tim’s disturbingly sexed-up strip tease… More »

By: 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 indie rock malaria awareness. Now they’re answering their on hypothetical questions; if this vid is to be believed, if given the choice wolves would team up with their bear-friends for… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 17, 2008 - 2:40 pm

Les Savy Fav – Let’s Stay Friends

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By: 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 before Les Savy Fav’s big break, or now, dressing up like a mosquito and hassling folks from Best Week Ever to raise awareness about Malaria in the States for a… More »

By: 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 Randall Island show with Arcade Fire, LCD Soundsystem, Blonde Redhead, and Wild Light, the “obscure underground band” decided to document the hopes, dreams, and backstage chicanery that goes into rocking… More »

By: 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 but one lovely lass, working a one-chaired (and otherwise bare) stage with some good-for-an-amateur dance action. But the Fav four don’t leave it all on Patty Lee(?)’s bare shoulder; with… More »

By: 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 as an art director in the marketing department of a fragrance company (he comes up with the visuals) and hyperactive, crowd-kissing, prop-wielding, skivvies-sporting frontman and drug-lingo expert Tim Harrington fittingly… More »

By: 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 they asked you to ring ‘em up and sing after the beep, harvesting those calls to flesh out the background on Let’s Stay Friends. Now it’s time to take the… More »

By: 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 of the Strokes in the intro riff, but plenty of shredding and howling in the chorus ensures something for everyone. Listen up here. The album features cameos from friends Eleanor… More »

By: 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 Saddle Creek solo release Invisible Ones the next year, later forming Art Belle (essentially constituents of her touring band, including members of the Anniversary, Bright Eyes, etc.) … then renaming… More »

By: 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 of indie cuts to guerrilla Lite-Brite-planting tactics any day. The off-kilter cartoon network offers up a comp featuring the likes of TV On The Radio, Liars, Les Savy Fav, the… More »

By: 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 streets during SXSW. Tim’s a natural. Surprised?

Les Savy favatics can hear tiny bits of the new stuff by heading over to their site. LSF want you… More »

By: Stereogum / April 13, 2007 - 5:07 pm