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This weekend, the Brooklyn-based record label Mexican Summer will celebrate five years in business with a two-day, indoor-outdoor festival featuring label artists, alumni, and friends at Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation in Red Hook. With a lineup that spans from living legends (Spiritualized, Ariel Pink) to underground mainstays (No Joy, the Fresh… More »

I haven’t been charting it or anything, but I’ve been writing these lists for the better part of a year now, and despite a few slow weeks, they seem to get better all the time. So here’s something to chew on: We could be living through a new golden era of the music video, eve… More »

Hey, everybody, it’s that time again! South By Southwest 2012. Are you ready? How’s your hashtag game? Can you feel the early-onset FOMO? As the Austin institution grows larger and larger, with more and more high-level acts (ahem) interjecting themselves into the fray, there’s still plenty of room for the groups that are just starting… More »

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Peaking Lights – “Everyone And Us” Video

Hazy dub-pop duo Peaking Lights released their Cosmic Logic album a couple of weeks ago, and now they’ve made a video for the sunny, fizzy single “Everyone And Us.” Robbie Simon directed the clip, which appears to be made mostly from animated construction-paper cutouts and photos of Peaking Lights. It’s a piece of goofy homemade… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 22, 2014 - 1:02 pm

Stream Peaking Lights Cosmic Logic

The L.A.-via-Wisconsin married duo Peaking Lights started out making hazy digital dub, and they’ve kept that stoned and bleary time-bending sensibility even as their music has grown more melodic and accessible. The songs we’ve heard from their new album Cosmic Logic, “Breakdown” and “Everyone And Us,” sound like further refinements of a sound that the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 2, 2014 - 9:16 am

David Byrne’s Luaka Bop Holding 25th Anniversary Events In NYC Elevator Museum, Old-School Italian Restaurant, Karaoke Bar

David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label is turning 25 sometime soon (the label admits they don’t know exactly when it began — “some time in the late 1980s,” they speculate), and they’re throwing a three-day anniversary event in New York City. The celebration will take place over three nights (10/1 – 10/3) and will all pretty… More »

By: James Rettig / September 30, 2014 - 10:15 pm

Peaking Lights – “Everyone And Us”

Peaking Lights got the Cosmic Logic promotional cycle off to a good start with the jittery tropical electro-pop jam “Breakdown.” The album’s second single, “Everyone And Us,” applies that same aesthetic to a more laid-back, soulful soundtrack. Indra Dunis lets her hypnotic sing-song float eerily over top of music that resembles Talking Heads circa “Naive… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 17, 2014 - 11:59 am

Peaking Lights – “Breakdown” Video

A little while back, the dubbed-out electronic pop duo announced the release of their new album Cosmic Logic by sharing first single “Breakdown,” a drifting, deadpan, approachable number about leaving the world behind. That song’s brand-new video expands on those themes, telling the story of a lady who lives with a gigantic anthropomorphic smartphone that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 4, 2014 - 4:45 pm

Photos: Woodsist Festival Pioneertown 2014

This past weekend brought the Pioneertown edition of the Woodsist Festival, now in its second year. The label delivered several bands to the Southern California desert location, including Foxygen, Cass McCombs, the Fresh And Onlys, Peaking Lights, and (of course) Woods. We sent photographer Jasper Bernbaum to capture the event, and you can take a… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 18, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Peaking Lights – “Breakdown”

Peaking Lights made a name for themselves with 2011’s wide-ranging 936 and expanded their sound even further on the following year’s Lucifer. In the time since that album’s release, they’ve mainly stuck to remixes, like their transcendent take on Young Galaxy’s “Pretty Boy” or this one for bedroom instrumentalist Arp. The Wisconsin duo has announced… More »

By: James Rettig / August 18, 2014 - 10:21 am

Photos: Austin Psych Fest 2014

This past weekend Austin Psych Fest hosted a ton of great bands that generally would fall under the umbrella of being psychedelic. That is a gratefully wide definition which led to a varied and far-reaching lineup. Current psych masters like Panda Bear and of Montreal performed alongside old guards like the Zombies while stranger, more… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 5, 2014 - 4:33 pm

Watch Miley Cyrus Cover “Yoshimi” With The Flaming Lips And Turn OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” Into A Country Ballad

Miley Cyrus has long been a fan of the Flaming Lips. She’s been tweeting their lyrics for years and has called Wayne Coyne one of her favorite artists of all time. For his part, the OKC psych-rock band’s leader has tweeted at Cyrus, too and gave her props in a recent interview. So last night’… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 23, 2014 - 2:26 pm

Arp – “Gravity (Peaking Lights Remix)”

Arp, aka bedroom composer Alexis Georgopoulos, just released an album called MORE that forgoes his former synthetic tendencies for a tactile combo of piano, cello, and guitar. But for their remix of MORE track “Gravity (For Charlemagne Palestine),” Peaking Lights infused Arp’s sound with electronic keyboard sounds once more. It’s a jaunty little Balearic number,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 11, 2013 - 11:26 am

Young Galaxy – “Pretty Boy (Peaking Lights Remix)”

When the Wisconsin duo Peaking Lights remixes a track, they usually slather on a few layers of dubby synth-haze. But in reworking the Montreal band Young Galaxy’s effervescent single “Pretty Boy,” they’ve kept everything sharp and clear, stretching it into a six-minute dance-pop track with a utopian rhythmic ripple at its center. Listen below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 1, 2013 - 3:45 pm

Merchandise @ Sonos Studio, Los Angeles 1/24/13

From a New Yorker-in-January’s point of view, the Sonos Studio’s single biggest attribute is that it is in La Brea, which is a place where it is not 2º at the moment. GOOD JOB, SPIN MUSIC GROUP & SONOS #UNMUTED SERIES. There are other impressive features, too, though, like the fact that it is a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 25, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Win Tickets To See Merchandise In LA, Presented By Stereogum

Next Thursday 1/24, SPIN Music Group, Stereogum, and Sonos Studio present Unmuted, featuring a performance by Stereogum40 alums Merchandise in an intimate Los Angeles gallery space . The Tampa post-punk trio (whose Totale Night is out this spring) will perform an early evening set, preceded and followed by DJ sets from Peaking Lights. There will… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 17, 2013 - 12:01 pm

Peaking Lights – “Beautiful Dub” Video

Earlier this month, Wisconsin production duo Peaking Lights released Lucifer In Dub, an album of dubbed-out versions of tracks from their already-trippy 2012 LP Lucifer. “Beautiful Son,” the married duo’s absolutely beautiful song for their infant, was a highlight of Lucifer, and now there’s a video for the song’s dub version. Director Mike Seely set… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 17, 2012 - 11:33 am

Peaking Lights – “Cosmick Dub”

Everything that Wisconsin duo Peaking Lights do is, more or less, a dub edit of itself. But later this year, the group is planning to release Lucifer In Dub, an LP that’ll push the tracks from their 2012 album Lucifer even further out. Below, listen to “Cosmick Dub,” which transforms Lucifer’s “Cosmic Tides” into something… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 25, 2012 - 12:34 pm

TEEN – “Sleep Is Noise (Peaking Lights Remix)”

In Limbo, the debut album from Brooklyn BTW TEEN, is full of fractal, kraut-damaged space-pop. And as it happens, its swirling rhythmic grace makes for prime remix material. We’ve already heard Dan Deacon’s take on “Better,” and now Wisconsin dub-pop duo Peaking Lights have transformed “Sleep Is Noise” into a bubbling six-minute zone-out. Hear it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 27, 2012 - 11:26 am

Peaking Lights – “Dream Beat” Video

It’s their song and some version of their gauzy lens-flare aesthetic, but the married Wisconsin dub duo Peaking Lights only make a quick cameo in the video for their track “Dream Beat.” Instead, the video, from directors Jordan Redaelli and Jason Miller, follows a girl from Coney Island’s outer-borough scuzz to New York’s visually gorgeou… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 20, 2012 - 12:49 pm

Peaking Lights – “Beautiful Son” Video

Beautiful Son” is the married Wisconsin dub-poppers Peaking Lights’ ode to their one-year-old, and as a biased dad type, I think it’s the prettiest thing they’ve ever done. Their new video for the song imagines parenthood as a particularly batty ’70s psych-rock album cover, and I teared up a tiny bit watching it, since I’m… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 10, 2012 - 1:41 pm
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