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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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Phil Cook – “1922” Video

Megafaun's Phil Cook recently went solo on the likably ramshackle new roots-music album Southland Mission, and now he's made a video for his joyous cover…
Tom Breihan | October 13, 2015 - 10:32 am

Phil Cook – “Ain’t It Sweet”

Phil Cook's new solo album is so good it'll make you forget all about Megafaun. Okay, well maybe you shouldn't forget about Megafaun, because they're…
Caitlin White | September 1, 2015 - 11:59 am

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…
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
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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
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)…
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…
Amrit Singh | March 9, 2008 - 1:59 pm