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Minneapolis producer Ryan Olson and Zack Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Tanlines pals Solid Gold are at the center of Gayngs, but a couple dozen other folks orbit the trio on the debut album Relayted. Olson started the project in his Minnesota bedroom, but stepped outside and into Wisconsin’s April Base studio where he threaded… More »

Raleigh-via-Eau Clair BTW Megafaun debuted impressively earlier this year with Bury The Square. The trio nip-and-tuck experimental tendencies (tape splicing, white noise colliding with banjo, junkyard-laced spring reverb, screeching feedback at the tail end of a quiet back porch lament) and spacey explorations (see the second half of “Find Your Mark”) into epic barber-shop Americana. More »

On their debut Bury The Square, Raleigh-via-Eau Clair trio Megafaun neatly splice together different strands of sounds, whether it’s tape manipulated hoedowns (“Tired And Troubled”) mournful, slow-blooming banjo-and-white-noise-laced epics (“Where We Belong”), or the rural barbershop doo wop of “Find Your Mark.” Focusing on a wide palette of instrumentation, but always coming back to their… More »

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Watch Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath & Megafaun’s Phil Cook Cover Willis Alan Ramsey’s “Northeast Texas Women” In Durham

Amelia Meath is a powerhouse of a woman. Most recently she’s been lauded as half of the electronic-pop duo Sylvan Esso, but Meath is also one of the founding members of the incredible all-female folk trio Mountain Man. This past Wednesday, 6/24, she joined Phil Cook (Megafaun, DeYarmond Edison, Gayngs, Sharon Van Etten) as a… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 26, 2015 - 12:28 pm

Phil Cook – “Great Tide” (Stereogum Premiere)

You may recognize the name Phil Cook from his sideman gigs in Megafaun and Hiss Golden Messenger or his collaborations with Justin Vernon in Gayngs and DeYarmond Edison. Cook’s been lurking on the fringes of the South’s experimental folk-rock renaissance, but he’s more than just a backing musician. His full-length solo debut, Southland Mission, dro… More »

By: Grace Birnstengel / June 8, 2015 - 11:00 am

Hear Indie Folk Supergroup Sounds Of The South Play “Trials, Troubles, Tribulations” From MusicNOW – 10 Years Comp

For the past decade, the National’s Bryce Dessner has been helping to put together Cincinnati’s MusicNOW Festival, which regularly features acts from the National’s orbit doing one-off collaborations. A new compilation called MusicNOW – 10 Years collects live recordings from past years, and it features big indie stars like Robin Pecknold, Sufjan Stevens, Grizzly Bear,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 12, 2015 - 1:03 pm

Watch John Darnielle, Justin Vernon, & Megafaun Cover Grateful Dead’s “Friend Of The Devil”

Lately, Justin Vernon has been playing a few random shows with the North Carolina band Megafaun, his friends and former DeYarmomd Edison bandmates. They played a show at the Pinkhook in Durham together on Tuesday, which included a Johnny Cash cover. And at a second show the following night, Vernon and Megafaun were joined by… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 2, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Watch Justin Vernon Perform With Megafaun In Durham

As the story goes there was once a band called DeYarmond Edison that was having difficulties and decided to break up. Three of the members formed Megafaun, while their ex-frontman, Justin Vernon, moved to a cabin in the woods to try to work on a different project he called Bon Iver. It has been a… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 1, 2014 - 10:43 am

Sylvan Esso – “Play It Right”

Sylvan Esso, a collaboration project between Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Megafaun’s Nick Sanborn, dropped “Play It Right” today — the lead track from the second A side of their upcoming “2 A side” 12″, Hey Mami/ Play It Right. The song is off-kilter and unpredictable, melodically and rhythmically, and really showcases the sonic unio… More »

By: Elliah Heifetz / August 7, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Sylvan Esso – “Hey Mami” (Stereogum Premiere)

Sylvan Esso is new project from Mountain Man’s Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn of Megafaun. Their first single “Hey Mami” is the perfect synthesis of both group’s sound — folksy crooning and layered harmonies from Meath and Sanborn’s crunchy synths that both bounce and stutter. It’s an unexpected sound for a song that ruminates o… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 15, 2013 - 12:17 pm

Gayngs – “Faded High” (Stereogum Premiere)

Recent Minneapolis BTW Gayngs is essentially the project of producer Ryan Olson (above) with Zack Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Solid Gold, but there are so many extra hands crammed into the hot tub each track it feels more like a community effort. When we posted Relayted opener “The Gaudy Side of Town” we mentioned… More »

By: brandon / April 9, 2010 - 11:55 am

Megafaun – “Volunteers”

This summer, North Carolina BTW (and Gayngs-related triathlon weepers) Megafaun are following last year’s Gather, Form & Fly with a 36-minute mini-album Heretofore. It reportedly includes a 13-minute instrumental, so that leave 23 minutes of singing songs. Our first taste, “Volunteers,” is a laid-back down-home dose of banjo and sunshine that should go over well… More »

By: brandon / April 9, 2010 - 10:38 am

Bon Iver @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood 9/27/09

Fresh off of making waves by performing for the filmic undead, Justin Vernon continued his recent fascination with thespian mortality by holding his previously reported show at the Hollywood Cemetery, where all the actors are buried. Cemetery gates opened at the stroke of midnight (obviously). Coffee and donuts were served. Photographer Andrew Youssef arrived shortly… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 28, 2009 - 9:42 am

New Megafaun – “Kaufman’s Ballad”

Megafaun’s Bury The Square was an invigorating mix of folk harmonies, spaced-out explorations, and noisy/spliced experimentation. Tellingly, the Raleigh-via-Eau Claire trio’s comfortable playing (or collaborating) with Akron/Family, the Rosebuds, and/or Arnold Dreyblatt: Their unique, refined cut-and-pasting earned them a BTW stamp and had us curious enough to look into their day jobs. Megafaun’s second album… More »

By: brandon / June 26, 2009 - 9:34 am

SXSW: Wednesday Featured Showcases

You don’t need us to tell you that if you want to see R.E.M. tonight you should have started lining up at Stubb’s two days ago. Also you know how big these SXSW crowds are getting every year. The best bet for the sake of your legs — and for the sake of not standing… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 9, 2008 - 1:59 pm