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Jesse Jenkins – “Hotel Rising”

If you’ve heard the daybreak psychedelia of Pure X’s “Thousand Year Child,” then you know why the Austin psych-pop group have developed something of a cult following. Especially on last year’s Fat Possum debut Angel, they honed bleary psychedelia and country sensibilities to a fine point. Jesse Jenkins plays bass and sometimes sings for Pure… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 19, 2015 - 12:58 pm

Pure X – “Sweet Janine” & “I Don’t Wanna Make Love (With Anyone Else But You)” (Eddie Rabbitt Covers)

Pure X put out their new album, Angel, earlier this year, offering soft psych-rock with songs like “Heaven,” and it’s a vibe they explore further on a new pair of covers. Now the band has shared “Sweet Janine” and “I Don’t Wanna Make Love (With Anyone Else But You),” songs by the late Eddie Rabbitt. More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 3, 2014 - 2:14 pm

Pure X – “Heaven” Video

The laid-back Austin psych band Pure X released their Angel LP earlier this week, and today they’ve shared the video for the warm, amber-hued jam “Heaven.” Director Ben Kitnick’s video starts off as a prettily shot meditation on farm life and carnivals, but after the demolition derby, things turn dark and disturbing. Watch it below,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Stream Pure X Angel

The twangy and pastoral Austin psych band Pure X has morphed quite a bit in sound and structure while working their way up through the underground ranks, to the point that Angel, their third album and first for Fat Possum, barely resembles the band that released Pleasure just three years ago. The blurry reverb ruminatio… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 26, 2014 - 3:03 pm

Pure X – “Heaven”

Austin’s Pure X will release their third album (and Fat Possum debut) next month. “Heaven” builds off of what we heard on “Starlight,” embracing the sun-drenched, serene vibe that they’ve spent their last two records refining. Their new album was recorded to tape over a five-day period in a century-old Texas dance hall. You ca… More »

By: James Rettig / March 7, 2014 - 5:29 pm

Pure X – “Starlight”

Respect Pure X’s grind. The pillowy Austin psych band is less than a year removed from dropping Crawling Up The Stairs, their last album, and they’ve already announced plans to release another. The band recorded Angel, their new LP, in a century-old dancehall in rural Texas, doing most of it live-to-tape, and it’s their first… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 13, 2014 - 1:57 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

Pure X – “Thousand Year Old Child” Video

Thousand Year Old Child” is a deeply pretty song from Crawling Up The Stairs, the new album by the gently expansive Austin fuzz-rock trio Pure X. And its new video, from director Malcolm Elijah, works as a study of the deep lines on the face of Bob Olson, the video’s lead actor. The beautifully shot… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 12, 2013 - 4:21 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

Pure X – “Thousand Year Old Child”

“Thousand Year Old Child” is the third release from Pure X’s upcoming LP Crawling Up The Stairs. It’s a wispy, twangy heartbreak song seen through the lens of repetitive failure in love. Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 24, 2013 - 12:49 pm

Pure X – “Someone Else”

The atmospheric Austin psych trio Pure X are getting set to release their sophomore album Crawling Up The Stairs, and we recently posted the song “Things In My Head.” Now, they’ve shared another one, “Someone Else,” which welds a glassy and vaguely country-fried synth-rock lope to vocals so chokingly emotional that they remind me of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 25, 2013 - 11:40 am

Pure X – “Things in My Head”

Texas outfit Pure X return with new track “Things In My Head.” The cut is somber and has a lowkey alt-country feel and a tinge of a cinematic touch, with pieces feeling like the band should be playing in a seedy, smoky bar. Pure X will release their new album, Crawling Up The Stairs, thi… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / February 13, 2013 - 12:33 pm

Pure X – “Surface”

The ethereally dour and sultry “Surface,” one of many great dreamcasting tracks from TX outfit Pure X’s Acéphale debut LP, gets the video it deserves compliments of director and collaborator Malcolm Elijah. What this means for you is watching a clip with lights constantly peering through smoke, bodies strewn about in a partied-out stupor, and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / November 1, 2011 - 1:30 pm

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands of 2011

Last year, right around the time summer turned to fall, we at Stereogum published our list of the 40 best new bands of the year. The idea of a “new” band is a pretty nebulous one, since many of the kids we listed were probably planning out their musical ventures in their basements since they… More »

By: Stereogum / September 13, 2011 - 12:26 pm

Pure X – “Easy” Video

Austin trio Pure X’s Pleasure makes for great summer listening — the Bedhead vibe and shadowy production have a cooling effect even when the air-conditioner’s busted. That said, director Malcolm Elijah plays off the collection’s red-and-leather cover art, creating a “steamier” feel in his video for “Easy.”… More »

By: brandon / July 21, 2011 - 9:30 am

Stream Pure X Pleasure

We’ve spoken highly of Pure X’s Pleasure, an album that landed at the No. 11 of our Top 20 Albums Of 2011 So Far. It’s officially out today. Take a listen:… More »

By: brandon / July 5, 2011 - 3:15 pm

Download Stereogum’s Cruel Summer 2011 Mix

Here’s the sequel to last year’s popular heartbreak of a mixtape, Cruel Summer. That one was worn, forlorn, and sexual, it was the soundtrack arc to your winter romance burning up and melting in the hot, hormonal sun. This year it’s just a party, really, soundtracked once again by some of the very best and… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 1, 2011 - 3:23 pm

Stereogum’s Top 20 Albums Of 2011 So Far

We still have plenty of time and music left in 2011, but since we’re at the halfway (or so) mark, we thought it made sense to pause and take stock of the best albums of the year so far. There was some science behind the final tally: Each one of us made a list and… More »

By: Stereogum / June 21, 2011 - 1:11 pm

Pure X – “Dry Ice” (Stereogum Premiere)

Pure X’s Pleasure continues to provide just that. The Austin trio’s sleepy, hazy followup to the reissued You’re In It Now EP arrived out of nowhere and — one pretty, loose, patient, blown-out, warmly melancholic song at a time — has become one of my favorite albums of 2011. You heard “Twisted Mirror.” Get lost… More »

By: brandon / June 15, 2011 - 9:19 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: June 2011

June’s started on a hot streak: It made sense to counter the sweat by opening this Monthly Mix of recent standout free MP3s with a few chillier tracks. You don’t want to hide out in the air conditioning forever, of course, so things move outdoors to a humid rooftop party just past the halfway mark. More »

By: brandon / June 9, 2011 - 10:25 am
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