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Watch Bon Iver Debut Two New Songs At Eaux Claires Festival

There are, obviously, a lot of festivals these days. You have the establishment, your Bonnaroos and Lollapaloozas and Coachellas, the most massive and famous of the buffet-table approach to live music. Then you have your smaller, more idiosyncratic ones. Bonnaroo or Coachella have a certain character and ethos, a certain vibe attached to the place… More »

By: Ryan Leas / July 19, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Leftfield – “Bilocation” (Feat. Poliça’s Channy Leaneagh)

UK dance entity has been headlining festivals for decades, and now there’s a new Leftfield album called Alternative Light Source coming out next month. On the track “Bilocation,” Channy Leaneagh, frontwoman of the Minneapolis synth-rock band Poliça, comes through to sing. Her intimate, conversational, bell-clear vocals make a strange match for Leftfield’s emotive beeps, but… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 11, 2015 - 1:34 pm

Poliça – “Raw Exit” Video

“Who’s ready to die alone?” isn’t getting any less effective as a refrain. So goes Poliça’s “Raw Exit,” the title track from the all-new EP that comes packaged with the deluxe reissue of last year’s Shulamith. Marijuana Deathsquads frontman Isaac Gale has given the song a seductive video featuring Channy Leaneagh in several scenarios and… More »

By: Chris DeVille / June 11, 2014 - 10:45 am

Poliça – “You Don’t Own Me” (Leslie Gore Cover)

Poliça are getting ready to release a deluxe edition of their second album, Shulamith, and today they share a cover of Leslie Gore’s classic bubblegum-pop hit “You Don’t Own Me.” They give the song a darker edge, though that falls in line with the sounds and imagery they’ve been exploring since last year. Check it… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 3, 2014 - 5:13 pm

Poliça – “Raw Exit” (Stereogum Premiere)

Minneapolis synth-pop pros Poliça released their impressive sophomore effort Shulamith last fall. Now a deluxe edition of the album including new music is in the works. The deluxe Shulamith comes packaged with the new four-song Raw Exit EP, which will also be available as a standalone 10-inch. The ominously funky title track, which the band… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 13, 2014 - 10:16 am

Bumbershoot Lineup 2014

The Bumbershoot Festival goes down in venues around Seattle every year on Labor Day weekend, and the lineup for this year’s festivities on 8/30-9/1 just came out. As usual, it’s a unique assembly of talent, not just a retread of your basic festival mainstay. A sampling of notable acts: Wu-Tang Clan (featuring… who knows?), the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 9, 2014 - 9:46 am

Poliça – “I Need $” / “So Leave” Video

The Minneapolis synthpop trio Poliça released their very good sophomore album Shulamith a few months ago, and their new video strings together the last two songs on that LP, “I Need $” and “So Leave.” In the clip Poliça frontwoman Channy Leaneagh plays a dual role — as a hotel maid who dreams of other… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 23, 2014 - 10:04 am

Watch Poliça Play Kimmel

The great Minneapolis synth-pop group Poliça (can you believe these guys are American and Chvrches are the ones from Scotland?) took to Jimmy Kimmel Live last night with a pair of performances. On the broadcast, they breezed through Shulamith single “Spilling Lines,” and they added their cover of Lesley Gore’s “You Don’t Own Me” a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 18, 2013 - 10:50 am

Flaming Lips’ Stone Roses Covers, Chocolate Skull, Frog Recorder Coming Soon

When I chatted with Wayne Coyne earlier this month there was so much to cover that we didn’t even get around to the Flaming Lips’ promised LP-length cover of the Stone Roses’ self-titled debut — after all, February 2013 is ancient history in Flaming Lips time. But it turns out that record hasn’t been lost… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 15, 2013 - 1:04 pm

Stream Poliça Shulamith

The synthy, R&B-flavored Minneapolis group (and Gayngs offshoot) Poliça built themselves a ground-up audience with their cult-fave 2012 album Give You The Ghost, and now they’ve already followed it up with Shulamith, the new album that builds on all that album’s goodwill. Shulamith is a heavy, mesmeric album — one that can make gorgeous background… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2013 - 9:20 am

Poliça – “Warrior Lord” Video

Minneapolis synthpoppers Poliça’s video for “Warrior Lord,” a song from their forthcoming album Shulamith, is about two girls swimming in a lake. Or, anyway, that’s all it’s about on paper. In practice, the video, from directors Isaac Gale and David Jensen, exists entirely in a rhapsodic dreamworld of bubbles and reflected sunbeams and floating strand… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 7, 2013 - 3:06 pm

Poliça – “Smug”

With every release this year Poliça have moved into darker and darker territory. First there was the brutally violent and disturbing video for “Tiff” (featuring Justin Vernon), then the bloody cover art above — even last month’s synth-pop sugar-rush of “Chain My Name” was still on the darker end of the spectrum. Now we have… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 25, 2013 - 3:05 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

It’s been awhile since an MP3 post has dominated the Most Commented list around these parts, but this week there were two. On Monday, Nine Inch Nails, after putting out two songs that harkened back to what made them initially hit, released “Everything,” an unadulterated alt-pop cut, and you guys had a lot to say. More »

By: Stereogum / August 23, 2013 - 12:43 pm

Poliça – “Chain My Name”

Alt-electro band Poliça have been bubbling under for a while, but they seem primed to crossover by the end of the year. They kicked-off delivering new material with brooding-but-bright “Tiff,” a collaboration with fellow Midwesterner Justin Vernon. But it’s the bass-y and energetic “Chain My Name” that feels like a real hit. Check it out… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 19, 2013 - 5:18 pm

The 5 Best Music Videos Of The Week

Guys, Yeezus leaked. You don’t need music videos right now. You need to just play that real loud, let blood fill up your vision, luxuriate in the angry anxiety. If, however, you somehow need a break in between Yeezus sessions, or if you’re one of those weird and virtuous people who waits until it’s legal… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 14, 2013 - 2:35 pm

Poliça – “Tiff” Video (Feat. Justin Vernon)

You may remember Justin Vernon and Channy Leaneagh teaming up earlier this year for “Tiff,” the first single off Poliça’s upcoming sophomore album. “Tiff” was dark to begin with, but the newly released video is violently disturbing. Featuring Leaneagh as both torturer and victim, the video very bluntly –- almost clinically -– depicts her going… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 11, 2013 - 12:54 pm

Governors Ball 2013 In Words And Photos

In 1994, when there were no Vines or Instagrams or Twitter feeds or blog updates to at least slightly numb one’s FOMO, I watched MTV’s coverage of the Woodstock re-up as a means to dull my anger about being born in the ’80s. I was too young to go, and the dry, dirt-and-mud-free confines of… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 10, 2013 - 1:42 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: April 2013

After experimenting with three formats for the Monthly Mix — MP3 zip, Spotify playlist, Soundcloud set, etc. — in March we finally came upon a solution that pleased everyone: all of them. And so, for you, here is the month’s music, whittled down to its very best, via each of the aforementioned mediums, limited only… More »

By: Amrit Singh / April 30, 2013 - 12:30 pm

Poliça – “Tiff” (Feat. Justin Vernon)

At Coachella over the weekend, Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon joined the Minneapolis synth-rock quintet Poliça onstage to sing “Tiff,” a new single. (Poliça’s Ryan Olson and Channy Leaneagh are Gayngs bandmates with Vernon, so the connection is not entirely random.) And today Poliça shared the song’s studio version, which brings some of Bon Iver’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 15, 2013 - 10:17 am

Coachella 2013 Friday: Blur, Modest Mouse, Grinderman, & More

“It’s the homeland!” one of the girls on the hotel shuttle yelped as we neared the festival. It really begged the question — who is the most common Coachella archetype? The only data I have to cull from is my experience from last year’s first weekend, but the situation was vastly different. Then, I went… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 13, 2013 - 2:11 pm
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