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POP ETC – “Bad Break” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

POP ETC was once a Berkeley-based band known as the Morning Benders; they moved to Brooklyn around the same time they rebranded themselves under their current moniker in 2012. That same year, the band released their self-titled debut LP on Rough Trade Records. We haven’t heard much from POP ETC since then, aside from the… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 19, 2015 - 10:35 am

Julianna Barwick, Marnie Stern, Kip Berman, POP ETC Playing Benefit For Cancer-Stricken Surfer Blood Guitarist

Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has been diagnosed with a type of rare and aggressive cancer called a sarcoma that will sideline him during the band’s new national tour. In order to help raise funds to cover Fekete’s medical costs, the band has launched a Go Fund Me page. The crowdfunding effort has already raised… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 1, 2015 - 2:08 pm

POP ETC – “I Won’t Back Down” (Tom Petty Cover)

True to their name, POP ETC have never had a problem taking on the most ubiquitous hit songs. In January, they gave us an aching, sparse cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game,” and before that, the band warped Gin Blossoms’ immortal ’90s alt-pop gem “Follow You Down” into springy Strokes-esque rock. The trio can stri… More »

By: Patrick Hosken / April 10, 2015 - 11:24 am

33 Musicians Discuss Their Favorite Radiohead Songs

From star-studded guest lists to an audible influence on several generations of bands, Radiohead’s fan base has always included quite a few of their fellow rock stars. We polled dozens of notable musicians about their favorite Radiohead songs, and this is how they responded. More »

By: Stereogum / March 10, 2015 - 10:42 am

POP ETC – “Running In Circles” Video

Running In Circles,” the glistening new single from POP ETC, is probably the best thing the group has done since the long-ago era when they were still calling themselves the Morning Benders. The song is pure sleek, yearning ’80s synth-rock revivalism, and the video builds on that aesthetic. It plunges the group into a neo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 24, 2015 - 12:24 pm

POP ETC – “Wicked Game” (Chris Isaak Cover)

Covering Chris Isaak’s 1989 boudoir ballad “Wicked Game” isn’t exactly an original move; indie types have been cranking out their own versions of the song for years. (The last time one popped up on our radar, it was Lydia Ainsworth in December.) But it’s not like it’s ever a bad idea to refashion that song. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 27, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Yoko Kanno x POP ETC – “ís”

POP ETC, the entity formerly known as the Morning Benders, ended a bit of a prolonged silence earlier this month, when they released the shimmering “Running In Circles,” our first taste of an unannounced new album. Another recent song they just re-upped to YouTube: “ís,” a soft and still little melodic meditation. On the track,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 12, 2015 - 3:16 pm

POP ETC – “Running In Circles”

POP ETC recently shared covers of artists ranging from U2 to the Beach Boys to Gin Blossoms to Wham! in what now appears to be a warmup for a new album cycle. On New Year’s Eve the band shared a new original song, and it’s the best thing they’ve released since changing their name (Morning… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 2, 2015 - 11:11 am

POP ETC – “Follow You Down” (Gin Blossoms Cover)

The last time we heard from POP ETC, the former Morning Benders, it was two years ago, and they were covering Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know.” It’s been a while since I’ve even thought about them. And yet here they are, covering the Gin Blossoms’ 1996 alt-rock radio hit “Follow You Down,” the sort… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 3, 2014 - 2:30 pm

POP ETC – “How Will I Know” (Whitney Houston Cover)

A few days ago, POP ETC took to their Tumblr to give a sneak peek of the visuals for their cover of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know.” The video follows singer Chris Chu throughout the woods and busy Tokyo streets, where he is seemingly looking for, or at least ruminating about, love. Check out… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / December 26, 2012 - 10:57 am

POP ETC – “Speak Up” Video

“Speak Up” is the former Morning Benders’ contribution to the soundtrack of teen-vampire-romance blockbuster The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and it oscillates between delicate acoustic folk and digital Auto-Tune pop. The song’s brand new video, directed by fourclops, intercuts between footage of the movie and images of the band on a picturesque… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 6, 2012 - 2:46 pm

Stereogum x With POP ETC: Part 2

Last month we launched another round in our partnership with, an online platform showcasing the latest merch from Gap. Our model is Chris Chu of Brooklyn’s POP ETC and today he’s sporting two more fall looks. Apropos for Fashion Week! Check ‘em out below. More »

By: Stereogum / September 6, 2012 - 2:45 pm

Stereogum x Session 2: POP ETC

This past spring, we partnered with Mayer Hawthorne for, a new online platform showcasing the latest looks from Gap. Today, we begin another round with the clothing retailer, this time featuring Chris Chu of Brooklyn’s POP ETC as our model. More »

By: Stereogum / August 9, 2012 - 11:17 am

Stereogum’s 25 Most Anticipated Albums For Spring/Summer 2012

HBO’s medieval drama Game Of Thrones premieres April 1, and this season’s plot involves five different claims to the throne and these respective factions’ ongoing clobbering of one another (#TeamRobb). But, yet another mantle is up for grabs, one that involves absolutely nobody getting their head cut off; the claim to “your album of the… More »

By: Stereogum / March 29, 2012 - 10:32 am