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Mates Of State – “Staring Contest” Video

As a writer, it’s always really fun when your vague assumptions about a song’s meaning are justified. When I wrote about Mates Of State’s single “Staring Contest,” I mentioned all of its allusions to young love and the kind of reckless abandon that comes with being a tween. Mates Of State released a video for… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 16, 2015 - 1:12 pm

Mates Of State – “Beautiful Kids” (Stereogum Premiere)

The mainstay indie-pop duo Mates Of State are slated to release their first EP since 2011’s Mountaintops next month. The forthcoming EP will be titled You’re Going To Make It, and we’ve already heard its nostalgic first single, “Staring Contest.” Today we’re premiering the second single, “Beautiful Kids.” From what we’ve already heard off of… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 19, 2015 - 11:14 am

Mates Of State – “Staring Contest”

Any song that evokes playground imagery is fated to make you feel nostalgic, regardless of whether or not those images parallel your personal experiences in any way whatsoever. “Staring Contest” is about young love, the kind that surfaces in an instant and is probably extinguished three weeks later once it’s no longer worthy gossip material… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / April 28, 2015 - 2:02 pm

Photos: Bumbershoot 2013

Over 100,000 fans hit the Seattle Center for this year’s Bumbershoot over Labor Day weekend. Performers included Kendrick Lamar, MGMT, Fun., Heart, Gary Numan, and Death Cab For Cutie playing their now 10-year-old LP Transatlanticism start to finish. Our photographer Alex Crick caught those acts and a bunch more; check out his pics in the… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 3, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Mates Of State – “Unless I’m Led” Video

Here’s the video for Mates Of State’s “Unless I’m Led,” wherein we find the Mates Of States beachside, frolicking, jumping over fires, painting (not a landscape, though) and watching one of those morphing thousand-bird clusters in the sky. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 9, 2012 - 2:43 pm

The Drums – “Days (Mates Of State Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Earlier this year, Mates Of State tweeted that they were working on a remix of the Drums’ “Days,” and today we have that very take on the Portamento cut. It’s in interesting remix in the sense that it brings Mates Of States’ vocals into the mix. Download below. More »

By: Corban Goble / March 7, 2012 - 9:54 am

Mates Of State – “Sway” Video

The video for Mates Of State’s “Sway” chronicles the budding romance between a woman who falls into an alternate world and a creature she meets there. Budding, because he’s a plant! Or something. Then they go to her prom where they’re the only two attendees, apparently, and Mates Of State is the house band. Thi… More »

By: Corban Goble / November 4, 2011 - 1:10 pm

Progress Report: Mates Of State

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Progress Report: Indie-rock’s most reliable pop twosome readies the release of Mountaintops. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 29, 2011 - 1:47 pm

Mates Of State – “Maracas” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Connecticut-via-Kansas boy/girl duo Mates Of State return this fall with their seventh LP Mountaintops, the follow-up to 2008’s Re-Arrange Us. This time out they’ve enlisted the support of indie-oriented studio all-star Chris Coady (Gang Gang, Beach House, YYYs, TVOTR, etc.) who lent his ear to the mixing process. Otherwise it’s all Mates, and their apparent… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 27, 2011 - 4:08 pm

Mates Of State – “I Will Dare” (The Replacements Cover) Live Video

We first glommed onto the A.V. Club’s covers project via Owen Pallett’s take on Guided By Voices’ “Game Of Pricks”; in the subsequent weeks more bands have entered the studio and chosen songs from a finite list, leaving one less option for the next band around. The project’s nearing completion, but since that Pallett day… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 4, 2010 - 11:30 am

Mates Of State Crushes (The Covers Mixtape) Info, Girls Cover

Mates Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner’s Crushes…, their first album since 2008’s Re-Arrange Us, includes covers of 10 fairly diverse artists. There are links between a couple — say Tom Waits and Nick Cave — but the jump from Girls to the Mars Volta to Belle & Sebastian is unexpected, to say the least. Why… More »

By: brandon / April 7, 2010 - 3:40 pm

Virgin Mobile FreeFest 2009 In Photos

Indeed, this year’s Virgin Mobile Festival was totally free, and Richard Branson’s attempt to “put a smile on people’s faces” totally worked. Aside from those grumbling about the long lines for admission, because everybody loves complaining about something. The day featured sets from a reunited Blink-182, Weezer, Wale, and made for some fantastic scheduling whe… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 31, 2009 - 2:16 pm

More Indie Rockers Visit Yo Gabba Gabba!

Yo Gabba Gabba!, the kiddie show that grabbed our attention with original music from Cornelius and the Shins, has booked lots more bands to appear in season two. Ladytron, MGMT, Mates Of State, Datarock, Hot Hot Heat, the Roots, Jimmy Eat World, the Ting Tings, and Mixmaster Mike have all been invited by DJ Lance… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / September 24, 2008 - 10:17 pm

All Points West: Friday In Photos

It’s time to brave the ferry lines for another day in Jersey, but first: pretty pictures via the eye of Abbey Braden. As mentioned, things got off to a slow start, but from thereon the day belonged to Gregg Gillis, “Born Slippy,” and the talented Mr. Yorke. Time is tight, so we’ll have… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 9, 2008 - 1:16 pm

New Mates Of State Video – “My Only Offer”

The new Mates Of State video is set in a hipster clothing store, following a day-in-the-work-life of an employee and married bloggers Kori and Jason stuck in display cases that are slowly being filled with colorful balls. The theme: “Oh, it’s my only offer / stifled copies of myself / as someone else.” Among other… More »

By: brandon / June 16, 2008 - 2:46 pm

Sasquatch 2008 In Photos

On first blush we all agreed Sasquatch! pulled together one of the lineups to beat of this glutted summer festival season, which is why we’re psyched that, despite not having made the trip ourselves, we were able to send photog Chona Kasinger in our stead to capture the Lips/Mouse/R.E.M. & M.I.A.-heavy lineup. Rainn Wilson wa… More »

By: stereogum / May 28, 2008 - 11:20 am

An MP3 Mix For Your Memorial Day

It’s totally reductive to associate Memorial Day Weekend solely with drinking and eating (and not, you know, Memorializing), but here it is, that special weekend custom made for welcoming summer, getting drunk, and eating bbq, and yay for that. Before signing off for the weekend, we got to thinking that it’s been a pretty great… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 23, 2008 - 3:02 pm

New Mates Of State – “My Only Offer”

Make this advance track two from noted child-rearing bloggers/indie rock couple Mates Of State’s Re-Arrange Us. Maybe not as memorably melodic as the outstanding “Get Better,” but it’s not for lack of arrangement: “My Only Offer” builds bells, glockenspiels, horns on top of a simple two-chord piano figure, with Kori and Jason’s vocals swapping o… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 13, 2008 - 5:25 pm

New Mates Of State Video – “Get Better”

With its strings and upwardly arced twee-pop harmonies, “Get Better”‘s a pretty one. The track’s from Mates Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel’s forthcoming fifth album Re-Arrange Us. In the video, various people in animal masks ride scooters, drive, walk, etc., their way to a party. It’s familiar, though this clip has a more explosive ending. More »

By: brandon / April 21, 2008 - 4:38 pm

Feist Gets Folks From Broken Social Scene, The National, Grizzly Bear, The New Pornographers, Mates Of State, And Nicole Atkins To Dress In White And Perform “1234” On Letterman

While our tech people are determining if that is the most post-title-characters in Stereogum history, set aside a few minutes and enjoy the spectacle: Feist and friends, on Letterman, doing “1234.” Leslie sounds better than she did on Conan and all, and if you’d never heard her before last night you probably would’ve “ooh”ed” and… More »

By: Stereogum / August 28, 2007 - 9:21 am
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