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She & Him Volume Two, Tour, HBO Groupie Information

We passed along details about M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel’s sophomore album Volume 2 many moons ago, but now we can offer the album art, a tracklist (eleven originals plus NRBQ and Skeeter Davis covers), a listen to first single “In The Sun” (featuring Tilly & The Wall on guest vocals), and news about Deschanel’… More »

By: brandon / February 3, 2010 - 2:56 pm

She & Him Vol. 2 Details

The sequel to Zooey & Matt’s Volume 1 promises 13 songs — 11 originals and covers of Skeeter Davis and NRBQ — and a 3/23 release date via Merge. Keep up at More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 8, 2009 - 4:22 pm

She & Him Prep Vol. 2

Mrs. Gibbard told MTV the new She & Him’s done and will be out in 2010: “It’s official. It’s done and being released in the spring. And we’re going to go on tour.” Also, they’re definitely continuing the “Volume” title concept. More at TwentyFourBit. More »

By: brandon / November 30, 2009 - 9:44 am

New Monsters Of Folk Video – “Say Please”

The last time a video featured Conor Oberst in a public performance period piece, he was getting clobbered by trash and tomatoes. But that was before he and Mogis recruited Yim Yames on drums and M. Ward on piano to form the hydra-headed Paste-rock superbeast Monsters Of Folk, so this time around the reception i… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 13, 2009 - 1:34 pm

The ‘Gum Drop CXII: Hear New Jookabox, Win A Guitar Signed By Monsters Of Folk

In a very special Halloween edition of the ‘Gum Drop, David “Moose” Adamson, aka Jookabox, told us “Evil Nite” — “a song about the infection taking hold of a pure soul in limbo” — is an early version of “Zombie Tear Drops” from his Indianapolis crew’s zombie-inspired Dead Zone Boys (Asthmatic Kitty, 11/3). We kept… More »

By: brandon / October 28, 2009 - 9:56 am

Monsters Of Folk @ Paramount Theatre, Seattle 10/15/09

Conor Oberst, M. Ward, Jim James, Mike Mogis, and Centro-matic’s Will Johnson donned their best late-night suits and played Seattle’s Paramount Theatre last night. Photographer Laura Musselman was on hand and delivers this set of shots. More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 16, 2009 - 5:57 pm

Monsters Of Folk “Say Please” On Conan, Release “Right Place” Video

Monsters Of Folk are four dudes better known for other projects, they are the Them Crooked Vultures of the NPR-section of contemporary music, they are like the Traveling Wilburys but not as iconic, all of this is true. But also they are four dudes best known for playing guitar while they sing, which you’re reminded… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 23, 2009 - 11:11 am

Monolith 2009 In Photos

While we were rocking the Catskills, enjoying what Wayne Coyne said was “the greatest collection of underground music ever assembled,” dozens of other great indie bands (and a few hip-hop luminaries) put on a much larger mountain festival in Morrison, Colorado. In its third year Monolith delivered rain from the get-go, but that only served… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 15, 2009 - 5:42 pm

Monsters Of Folk Unveil Their Album Art

And art it is. On the front sleeve of the forthcoming Monsters Of Folk album is an illustration of the lite-indie superheroes’ beatific mugs, just beckoning you to listen to more NPR. Matthew Hollings rendered the drawing, and also scribbled a portrait of the four bro-ing down with arms on each other’s shoulders for the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 4, 2009 - 12:47 pm

New Monsters Of Folk – “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)” & “The Sandman, The Brakeman, And Me”

The Paste-y supergroup of Conor, Matt, Yim, and Mike drop another pair of tracks from their forthcoming mindmeld. These aren’t as free as was “Say Please,” you’ll have to pony up a couple bucks at iTunes. But at least one of them is considerably more folky, and both seem to have more easily identifiable songwriters:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 29, 2009 - 8:55 am

Monsters Of Folk Announce Fall Tour

The all-star roots troupe of Conor Oberst, Jim James, M. Ward, and Mike Mogis finally let us sample their Monsters Of Folk project with the not very folky “Say Please” the other day. The self-titled LP is due 9/22 via Shangri-La music, which is good news that gets better with today’s announcement that the crew… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 23, 2009 - 1:29 pm

New Monsters Of Folk – “Say Please”

Finally some sounds to round out the months of vague news reports and website launches for Monsters Of Folk, the project that brings Yim Yames + M. Ward + Conor Oberst + Mike Mogis to one set of liner notes. On the back of just this one track, Monsters Of Folk are more like Monster… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 17, 2009 - 1:55 pm

Monsters Of Folk Coming Soon

The previously reported Jim James/M. Ward/Conor Oberst collab project has a release date (9/22). Also a site which doesn’t offer much (yet), although the credit to Yim Yames is a nice touch. More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 16, 2009 - 12:16 pm

Coachella 2009: Moz, Macca, Cohen Lead Friday’s Nostalgia Parade

By Amrit Singh & Brandon Stosuy
Our trek into Indio went so smoothly this year that we’ve both become paranoid about something going incredibly wrong at any moment, but so far we’ve made it through without broken bones or spirits. In fact, even though the day started with extreme lines and heat, once we passed… More »

By: brandon / April 18, 2009 - 1:33 pm

New M. Ward Video – “Rave On”

The Zooey fans were probably hoping Matt would follow up “Hold Time“‘s video with some sort of visual treatment for “Never Had Nobody Like You,” but they have cotton commercials to hold them over. And, yes, Deschanel also shows up on Ward’s cover of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On,” albeit as a more-distant, basically disembodied backu… More »

By: brandon / April 15, 2009 - 4:19 pm

SXSW 2009: Wednesday In Photos

SXSW 2009 opened with a bit of bad luck turned good: It was too foggy for our flight to land in Houston, so they re-routed us directly to Austin, cutting out the layover, etc. Not all the passengers were happy, but the 50-something of us who listed Austin as final destination arrived in the sunny,… More »

By: brandon / March 19, 2009 - 11:22 am

M. Ward Brings Craig Ferguson “To Save Me”

When M. Ward performed last week at the Henry Fonda Theater, Zooey Deschanel showed up to accompany the guitar slinger on a couple of tracks, including the recently Late Night-tested “Never Had Nobody Like You.” The Smiths fan was nowhere in sight for Ward’s rendition of Hold Time’s “To Save Me” Friday on Craig Ferguson. More »

By: brandon / March 9, 2009 - 1:14 pm

M. Ward (Feat. Zooey Deschanel)/Delta Spirit @ Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles 3/4/09

Although they never seem to be too far from each other, the She and the Him reunited last night for a few songs during M. Ward’s very sold out show at Henry Fonda Theater. Matt ran the spread, from whisper quiet “Hold Time” to rollicking “Roll Over Beethoven,” but naturally it was Zooey’s (somewhat) surprise… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 5, 2009 - 10:47 am

M. Ward Brings Letterman “Never Had Nobody Like You”

Mr. M. Ward is on the perennial promotion circuit thanks to the sizable success of his She & Him feeding directly into the ever-swelling support for his solo endeavors, so here he is again, doing the talk show thing. Matt’s mostly comfortable being the visual focal point here, although he’s brought enough players and background… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 18, 2009 - 12:02 pm

Elvis Costello Fleshes Out His Spectacle With She & Him & Jenny Lewis

Elvis Costello’s Sundance Channel show really is a perfectly packaged hour for music nerds. EC is an adept interviewer, and never shy about joining in the jam during his guest’s performance segments. As at the wrap party, last night’s Spectacle had Costello perform with Jenny Lewis on her Acid Tongue cut “Carpetbaggers.” Only this time… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 12, 2009 - 12:59 pm