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Air Waves – “Horse Race” (Feat. Jana Hunter)

The fact that Nicole Schneit went to college with Dan Deacon (they both attended New York’s Purchase College) is often cited in conjunction with her musical project Air Waves. Though the two collaborated frequently, including for the jam band Ferrari, Air Waves is solely Schneit’s project, and one of those bands that seems to fully… More »

By: Caitlin White / July 30, 2015 - 10:52 am

Future Islands, Lower Dens Members Help Baltimore Middle Schoolers Record Song About Riots

Baltimore is as deeply segregated a city as you’d probably expect. But say this for the people in the city’s predominantly white indie rock scene: They actually care about their town. Case in point: After the recent riots, members of Future Islands, Lower Dens, and Celebration helped a group of local middle schoolers record a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 21, 2015 - 5:30 pm

Lower Dens – “Sucker’s Shangri-La” Video

The great Baltimore dream-rockers Lower Dens released their Escape From Evil album earlier this year, and they’ve just made their second video for a song from the album. Their new “Sucker’s Shangri-La” clip follows the “To Die In L.A.” video, and it shows a man meditatively singing the song in a dimly lit Chinese karaoke… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 16, 2015 - 10:36 am

Lower Dens – “Maneater” (Hall & Oates Cover)

Jana Hunter’s great Baltimore dream-rock crew Lower Dens have a fair amount of synthy glint in their sound. But they’re a serious band, and it’s a bit of a surprise to hear them taking on a piece of ’80s pop cheese as fundamentally silly as Hall & Oates’ 1982 smash “Maneater.” But in a recent… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 9, 2015 - 10:23 am

Stream Lower Dens Escape From Evil

Lower Dens will release the follow-up to 2012’s gorgeous Nootropics at the end of the month, and today they’ve debuted the Escape From Evil stream in full. We’ve already heard the debut single “To Die In L.A.” as well as “Ondine,” both of which showcase the Baltimore-based quartet’s descent into ’80s-inspired minimalist pop. You ca… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 23, 2015 - 4:06 pm

Lower Dens – “Ondine”

Baltimore dream-rockers Lower Dens already released the inescapable-loneliness riff “To Die In L.A.,” and today they’ve shared “Ondine.” Both songs are on the band’s forthcoming third album, Escape From Evil, but while “To Die In L.A.” bursts up into a spacey, uplifting chorus, “Ondine” lurks in an equally alluring, regretful mode. “I will treat you… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 10, 2015 - 11:41 am

33 Musicians Discuss Their Favorite Radiohead Songs

From star-studded guest lists to an audible influence on several generations of bands, Radiohead’s fan base has always included quite a few of their fellow rock stars. We polled dozens of notable musicians about their favorite Radiohead songs, and this is how they responded. More »

By: Stereogum / March 10, 2015 - 10:42 am

Lower Dens – “To Die In L.A.” Video

Los Angeles is a city like a poisoned apple. Glistening skin and supple, attractive colors cloak the rotting fruit that lurks beneath the surface. I lived there for five years, and while the lyrics for “To Die In L.A.” never specifically reference the city outside the title, the video builds an insidious, absurdist portrait that’… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 18, 2015 - 11:21 am

Lower Dens – “To Die In L.A.”

On their last album, 2012’s beautiful Nootropics, the Baltimore band Lower Dens explored some new middle ground between motorik krautrock pulse and headspun dream-pop drift. This spring, the band will follow that one up with Escape From Evil, their third album. And “To Die In L.A.,” the first single from the LP, sure seems to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2015 - 10:05 am

Watch Dan Rossen, Robin Pecknold, Hamilton Leithauser, And Victoria Legrand Cover Gene Clark In Brooklyn

The four-date indie rock all-star tour in tribute to Gene Clark’s 1974 album No Other made its final stop last night in at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg. As advertised, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen, Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold (still closely shorn!), the Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, Beach House’s Victoria Legrand, and Fairport Convention’s Iain Matthews were… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 26, 2014 - 5:21 pm

Members Of Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, Walkmen, Beach House To Cover Gene Clark On Tour

No Other, the 1974 solo album from the former Byrds member, is one of those cult-favorite albums that you’re probably never heard of unless you’re part of its cult. The densely orchestrated album pushed the studio excesses of early-’70s Cali folk rock to its natural conclusion, and all that ornamentation served to highlight Clark’s voice. More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 3, 2013 - 1:46 pm

Lower Dens – “Non Grata”

“Non Grata” is Lower Dens’ contribution to label Famous Class’ Less Artists, More Condos 7″ series. The split, which features fellow Baltimoreans Horse Lords on the B-side, was released last week and its proceeds go to the Ariel Panero Memorial Fund at VH1 Save The Music. Panero, who passed away in late 2010, was the… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 24, 2013 - 4:23 pm

Lower Dens – “Brains (Trentemøller Remix)”

Earlier this year, the Baltimore band Lower Dens released their very good, krautrock-skewing sophomore album Nootropics, and my daughter still can’t fall asleep without listening to it. On the new three-song EP Nootropics Remixed, the Danish dance producer Trentemøller reworks first single “Brains,” keeping the central pulse and the Jana Hunter vocal intact but carefully… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 7, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Lower Dens – “Candy” Video

Lower Dens hits the corporate team-building camp in the video for “Candy,” a visual accented by light psychedelic flourishes to fully flesh out the strangeness. Plenty of trust falls are practiced, in case you were concerned about that. Alan Resnick and Noah Collier direct. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 3, 2012 - 9:08 am

Album Of The Week: Lower Dens Nootropics

I’ve had the digital promo of Nootropics, the sophomore album from Baltimore dream-rock band Lower Dens, for a couple of months now. And according to my iTunes, I’ve listened to its 10 songs an average of 106 times. I’ve mentioned this a few times on Stereogum already, but it almost immediately became my daughter’s favorite… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2012 - 1:56 pm

Lower Dens – “Propagation” Video

In the video for Lower Dens’ expansive new jam “Propagation,” we see the members of the dreamy Baltimore band, painted white and wearing glowing beekeeper outfits while traipsing through a forest and engaging in some sort of magical alien ritual involving other things that glow. It’s weird. Sebastian Mlynarski directs. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 1, 2012 - 10:06 am

Stream Lower Dens Nootropics

On their very strong sophomore album Nootropics, my toddler daugher’s favorite album of all time, the gooily expansive Baltimore guitar band Lower Dens expands its pallet with motorik beats and snatches of synthpop melody. We’ve posted the early tracks “Brains,” “Propagation,” and “Lamb,” and we’ve also run a Progress Report interview with bandleader Jana Hunter. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 23, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Lower Dens – “Lamb”

Baltimore space-wavers Lower Dens’ sophomore LP Nootropics isn’t out until next month, but we’ve already posted the early tracks “Brains” and “Propagation,” and it’s already my daughter’s favorite album of all time. (She seriously refuses to listen to anything else while going to bed. My iTunes tells me that I’ve heard it literally 84 time… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 20, 2012 - 11:42 am

Progress Report: Lower Dens

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Progress Report: Jana Hunter chats about Lower Dens’ sophomore album, Nootropics.

Jana Hunter is a woman of many talents. Over the past decade she has recorded music and toured with everyone from Devendra Banhart, CoCo Rosie, Deer Tick, Phosphorescent and Indian Jewelry. As a solo artist Hunter has released… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / April 18, 2012 - 4:14 pm

Stereogum’s 25 Most Anticipated Albums For Spring/Summer 2012

HBO’s medieval drama Game Of Thrones premieres April 1, and this season’s plot involves five different claims to the throne and these respective factions’ ongoing clobbering of one another (#TeamRobb). But, yet another mantle is up for grabs, one that involves absolutely nobody getting their head cut off; the claim to “your album of the… More »

By: Stereogum / March 29, 2012 - 10:32 am
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