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Streets Of Philadelphia: How The Former “Sixth Borough” Became Rock’s First City

There’s a small plastic turtle on the dashboard of Cayetana’s old blue van. Her name is Tracy. She wears red glasses and does a little side-to-side dance. The van’s name is “Fast Car,” after the Tracy Chapman hit that the band cranks every time they head out to the next show. They’re aware it’s a… More »

By: Stereogum / June 8, 2015 - 11:38 am

Pattern Is Movement – “Save Me”

Shaking Through — the same project that gave us that great Mutual Benefit track a few weeks back — has shared its next song. It’s one from Philadelphia’s Pattern Is Movement, and it’s extra special because the band announced last month that they would be disbanding after one last farewell tour. The song is called… More »

By: James Rettig / May 16, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Pattern Is Movement – “Climb To Me” (Stereogum Premiere)

Pattern Is Movement are always exploring interesting new sounds (and putting out awesome covers), and judging from this new single, their upcoming self-titled album will keep that going. “Climb To Me” is surprising in how it throws itself in so many directions without ever seeming to spread itself thin. Throughout the song, the xylophone, funky… More »

By: Miles Bowe / March 5, 2014 - 11:44 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Our weekly track countdown is still a toddler when it comes to Stereogum franchises, but it’s already teeming with vets. And a couple of repeat performers have made the list this week, one with a previously-unheard cut (following the recent debut of their acclaimed full-length) and another with a song that’s been floating around i… More »

By: Stereogum / October 11, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Pattern Is Movement – “Suckling” (Stereogum Premiere)

Last week we heard Philly duo Pattern Is Movement’s cover of D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel)”; now it’s on to new originals. A whole new album of them is coming in January via Hometapes, and we’ve got the first taste for you today. “Suckling,” which is also the A-side from a new 12-inch backed… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 8, 2013 - 12:04 pm

Pattern Is Movement – “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” (D’Angelo Cover) Video (Stereogum Premiere)

Pattern Is Movement have been covering D’Angelo’s “Untitled (How Does It Feel)” live for a few years now, but this is the first time we are hearing a studio recording from the Philly-based duo. It’s undeniable that Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward are outstanding musicians — we have heard them cover other notable artists i… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / September 30, 2013 - 2:02 pm

The 10 Best Indie Rock Beyoncé Covers

It’s going to be impossible to claim that Beyoncé Knowles has “quietly” put together a vicious song catalog, stocked with everything from heart-wrenching ballads to shamelessly fun bangers, but she has done it without some of the fanfare associated with other pop stars. And, you know, the musical work is stellar; it makes a to… More »

By: Stereogum / October 14, 2011 - 10:24 am

The Forms Return With EP Featuring The National, Dirty Projectors, Pattern Is Movement, Craig Wedren

The Forms, now the duo of vocalist/keyboardist Alex Tween and multi-instrumentalist Matt Walsh, are releasing a new “remix” EP, Derealization, in February. The six-song collection features instrumentally reworked versions of older material and a number of guests: The National’s Matt Berninger, Shudder To Think’s Craig Wedren, Nat Baldwin of Dirty Projectors, St. Vincent player Daniel… More »

By: brandon / November 17, 2010 - 12:43 pm

Pattern Is Movement – “Light Of The World”

It’s been a minute since we’ve heard from Pattern Is Movement, last seen jamming with the Roots and D’Angelo at Brooklyn Bowl late in 2009, or turning in another of their inspired covers (check their Daytrotter version of “Crazy In Love,” and their title-track contribution to our own Enjoyed comp). But new material is nigh:… More »

By: jessica / February 12, 2010 - 11:33 am

Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Rock

We’ve seen indie rockers reach out to hip-hop’s most recognizable collective (or at least the most recognizable hip-hop collective to indie rockers). But lately, it’s been Wu-Tang Clan making the moves. This week Judgment Night 2009 is in full force, with genres meshing again and RZA, GZA, and company at the heart of it. More »

By: brandon / October 5, 2009 - 1:04 pm

Pattern Is Movement Cover Beyoncé

Antony has his own show-stopping version of “Crazy In Love,” now Stereo-favorites Pattern Is Movement throw their twist on his take, building on “the beauty of Antony and the swagger of Beyoncé.” It’s arty, dark, and got a fat backbeat. Download it at… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 9, 2009 - 11:38 am

Broken Social Scene And Land Of Talk Join For “7/4 (Shoreline)” At NYU

Well not all of Land Of Talk — and as is generally the case, not all of Broken Social Scene. Last minute distractions kept me from hitting the Mystery Concert semester kickoff party at NYU (featuring BSS, Pattern Is Movement, and the French Kicks) last night, but Pop Tarts Suck Toasted made it to the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 5, 2008 - 12:57 pm

New Pattern Is Movement Live Video – “Sound Of Your Voice”

Man, how good is Pattern Is Movement? I get the sense that far too few people have seen or heard much from the experimental Philly duo. People should change that. Our first brush with their live thing came last October, on the eve of the outstanding All Together, which still stands as one of my… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 28, 2008 - 2:00 pm

ENJOYED: The Reviews Are In!

It’s entirely possible you don’t check Stereogum as often as we do, so drag your mouse to this link and click to download our tribute to Björk’s Post. It’s essentially a list of our favorite bands right now — Liars, Dirty Projectors, No Age, High Places, Atlas Sound, El Guincho, Final Fantasy & Ed Droste,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 2, 2008 - 6:04 pm

Stereogum Presents… Enjoyed: A Tribute To Björk’s Post

Stereogum’s complete 12-track Enjoyed comp is live and ready to be downloaded (for free). Yep, 12. Because No Age cooked up an excellent alternate take on “It’s Oh So Quiet,” which we wanted to keep a surprise until … now. In addition to Dean and Randy’s Björk, you’ll hear, in order of appearance, the previously… More »

By: brandon / March 31, 2008 - 9:16 am

5. Pattern Is Movement – “Enjoy”

Pattern Is Movement On “Enjoy”
“Björk’s music informs nearly every one of Pattern is Movement’s songs. We’ve always been completely enamored with her ability to combine universe-sized grandness with the intimacy of lips on your ear. We are thrilled to be a part of this love letter to her. Our approach was to substitute the… More »

By: jim / March 28, 2008 - 2:32 pm

Quit Your Day Job: Pattern Is Movement

Philadelphia duo Pattern Is Movement are about to release their unclassifiable third album All Together. Looking too deeply into childhood influences can get dicey, but maybe some of Andrew Thiboldeaux and Chris Ward’s excellently unique sound came from their beginnings: They both grew up in “strict” Pentecostal households and met as teens while part of… More »

By: brandon / March 19, 2008 - 2:03 pm

Stereogum’s Texas Music Trivia – Round 2

In addition to shooting a ton of performances in Austin last week, we subjected many of our favorite acts to Texas music trivia. You saw part one. In this follow-up, we test the smarts of Islands, My Brightest Diamond, Peter Morén, The Cribs, YACHT, and others. Shea Hess lends a hand as our quizmaster, and… More »

By: Stereogum / March 19, 2008 - 11:37 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

SXSW: Wednesday Party Picks

No more pussyfooting — it’s SXSW time. The day parties are starting like now. Since those of you that are Austin bound will spend your daylight hours Thursday-Saturday at Volume for the Stereogum/Paste party (right?), today’s the best day to wander around the rest of the too-many spots to load up on free music, food,… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 9, 2008 - 1:58 pm
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