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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 »

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 »

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’s… More »

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Yo La Tengo, Guided By Voices, Real Estate Contribute To Benefit For Surfer Blood’s Thomas Fekete

Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete was diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, and the music community has rallied around him, but the road hasn't been…
James Rettig | November 11, 2015 - 1:57 pm

Watch Real Estate’s Martin Courtney Cover Pavement’s “Major Leagues”

Real Estate frontman Martin Courtney released his first solo album, Many Moons, at the end of last week, and he stopped by the SiriusXM studios…
James Rettig | November 2, 2015 - 4:57 pm

Here’s What Your Favorite Bands Wore For Halloween 2015

Stars: they're just like us! Which means that on October 31st, the spookiest day of the year, they don wacky clothing that they would never…
Peter Helman | November 1, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Listen To Real Estate’s Martin Courtney On The Best Show Podcast

Martin Courtney’s debut solo album, Many Moons comes out at the end of the week (guess what? — it sounds like every other Real Estate…
James Rettig | October 28, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Alex Bleeker & The Freaks – “The Rest” Video

What is it about rock musicians imagining themselves as old men today? First, it was Faith No More, played by senior-citizen actors and seen rocking…
Tom Breihan | October 20, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Stream Alex Bleeker & The Freaks Country Agenda (Stereogum Premiere)

Alex Bleeker is largely known as the bassist for Real Estate, but that only partially hints towards the pastoral folk vibes of his strong new…
Charles Innis | October 13, 2015 - 9:44 am

Martin Courtney – “Northern Highway” Video

Martin Courtney is the last Real Estate member to embark on a solo career, but he got there eventually. Last month, he shared "Vestiges," and…
James Rettig | September 2, 2015 - 10:16 am

Martin Courtney – “Vestiges”

We've now reached the point where every remaining original member of Real Estate has a solo project going. Matthew Mondanile has Ducktails, and Alex Bleeker…
Tom Breihan | August 6, 2015 - 11:45 am

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…
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…
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…
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…
Tom Breihan | January 6, 2015 - 5:25 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…
Chris DeVille | December 19, 2014 - 11:06 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
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…
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…
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…
Tom Breihan | August 25, 2014 - 12:44 pm
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