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Alex Bleeker Reviews The Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well Shows

Last weekend at Soldier Field in Chicago, the Grateful Dead played a series of farewell shows with Phish frontman Trey Anastasio standing in for the late Jerry Garcia. Alex Bleeker, who has covered the Dead with his bands Real Estate and the Freaks, was in attendance all three nights. We asked him to share hisMore »

By: Alex Bleeker / July 8, 2015 - 1:35 pm

Artist Portraits From Shaky Knees 2015

Shaky Knees Festival went down in Atlanta this weekend, and we sent two photographers to capture portraits and live shots of some of the performers on this extensive lineup. The Strokes, The Avett Brothers, Wilco, Pixies, Social Distortion, and Ryan Adams headlined, and a smattering of equally well-known acts played over the course of three… More »

By: Stereogum / May 11, 2015 - 11:46 am

Watch Real Estate Perform On CBS This Morning

Real Estate stopped by CBS This Morning earlier today to perform three songs off of their latest album, Atlas. They did “Primitive,” “The Bend,” and “Had To Hear” against a backdrop of blue skies, big hills, and green fields. Watch them perform below. More »

By: James Rettig / March 7, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Watch Alex Bleeker & Dave Harrington Play “Eyes Of The World” During Marathon Grateful Dead Covers Set

Even though the halcyon indie-pop janglers Real Estate and the darkly psychedelic electronic duo Darkside have little in common sonically, there are distinct yet distinctly different traces of the Grateful Dead in the music of both acts. So it weirdly makes sense that Darkside’s Dave Harrington joined Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker’s band the Freak… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 11, 2015 - 4:27 pm

Matt Mondanile – “Bad Fog Of Loneliness” (Neil Young Cover)

Matt Mondanile, the Real Estate guitarist and Ducktails frontman, apparently isn’t so busy with his side projects that he can’t record the odd fuck-around cover in his room. Today, Mondanile shared his version of “Bad Fog Of Loneliness,” a song that Neil Young wrote in 1971 and played live occasionally but didn’t release until the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 6, 2015 - 5:25 pm

The 40 Best Music Videos Of 2014

Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 19, 2014 - 1:01 pm

Watch Real Estate Play Rarity “In My Car” In Brooklyn

Real Estate played the Music Hall Of Williamsburg in Brooklyn last night, and they performed Smuggler’s Way obscurity “In My Car” — described by Alex Bleeker as “a beautiful, sephardic tune” — for the first time in a few years. Stereogum reader Joey Garza shot some video from the balcony. Watch below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 19, 2014 - 11:06 am

The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

By: Stereogum / December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am

Watch Rivers Cuomo Join Real Estate On Weezer’s “No Other One” In L.A.

Weezer have always loomed large in Real Estate’s constellation of influences, so it must have been wild for the Jersey indie-rockers to play a Pinkerton track with Rivers Cuomo himself. Cuomo showed up for a run through “No Other One” during Real Estate’s headlining set at the Belasco Theater in Los Angeles, a Red Bull… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 19, 2014 - 10:02 am

Watch Real Estate Play A Lovely Version Of “Crime” On Conan

Real Estate’s remarkably pleasant album Atlas is something like eight months old now. But that thing has legs, and it makes sense that they’re still in the late-night musical-guest roundtable. Last night, the band rolled through Conan playing a lovely and twinkly version of their single “Crime.” The band’s guitar interplay has always been a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2014 - 9:36 am

Red Bull Sound Select Lines Up Run The Jewels, Kurt Vile, DFA1979 For 30 Days In LA

While music fans in New York are used to Red Bull Music Academy taking over the city during the month of May, it looks like fans on the West Coast will be getting a similar treatment this fall. November will see the arrival of Red Bull Sound Select, featuring 30 days of events geared toward… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 10, 2014 - 6:09 pm

Real Estate – “Paper Dolls” (The Nerves Cover)

The L.A. band the Nerves helped develop the sound of American power-pop in the mid-’70s, and Blondie’s hit “Hanging On The Telephone” was originally a Nerves song. It might be a bit of a stretch to call the beautifully shambolic Real Estate “power-pop” in any way, but the band have covered the Nerves’ 1976 song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 25, 2014 - 12:44 pm

Watch Real Estate Cover The Cranberries’ “Linger”

The AVClub’s always great Undercover series has been going strong this year, and now Real Estate have joined its ranks. Here, the Jersey band plays a version of the Cranberries’ “Linger,” but they make it sound as breezy and chill as any Real Estate original. Watch the band perform the song below, and see where… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 19, 2014 - 12:54 pm

Watch Real Estate Cover The Grateful Dead’s “He’s Gone” For Jerry Garcia’s Birthday

The Grateful Dead’s Jerry Garcia would have been 72 years old at the beginning of this month and Real Estate celebrated his birthday at their show in San Francisco on Friday by playing a cover of “He’s Gone,” which was a favorite in their live shows before Garcia’s passing. Watch video of the cover below. More »

By: James Rettig / August 4, 2014 - 7:53 pm

Real Estate – “Had To Hear” Video

I became a homeowner recently in a neighborhood that could be described as quasi-suburban, and whether painting the interior or cooking my wife a birthday dinner I’ve found Real Estate’s Atlas to be as fitting a soundtrack for domestic bliss as my review originally surmised. Opening track “Had To Hear,” though, is about being o… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 30, 2014 - 10:37 am

Watch Real Estate Play New Song “White Light,” Cover Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” In Acoustic Blogothèque Session

Real Estate released their third album, Atlas, earlier this year, and you can see from its placement on our Best Albums Of 2014 So Far that we’re big fans (personally, it’s my favorite album of the year). Recently the band shot a special with the French video series La Blogothèque, where they performed an acoustic… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 17, 2014 - 12:52 pm

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

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Right now, our busiest comments section is a heated debate over whether a white lady is racist for dancing with black men in her music video and then being defensive about it. That is how indie rock, and every other form of media, works in 2014. You get used to it, I guess. Here’s what… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 18, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Real Estate – “Crime” Video (Feat. Andy Daly & Nick Kroll)

Real Estate previously worked with New Jersey underground-comedy overlord Tom Scharpling on their “Easy” video, and now Scharpling is back to direct their new video for “Crime,” from the gorgeously zoned-out new album Atlas. The video features comedy types like Andy Daly and Nick Kroll. In one of those meta tricks that Scharpling pulls off… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 15, 2014 - 9:35 am

Watch Real Estate Play Letterman

Somehow, Real Estate made it three albums into their career without once performing on a network late-night talk show. They corrected that oversight last night, when they served as musical guests on the Late Show With David Letterman. On the show, they amiably jangled their way through “Talking Backwards,” the lush and pretty first single… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 10, 2014 - 10:23 am
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