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Ricked Wicky (Robert Pollard) – “Tomfoole Terrific” (Stereogum Premiere)

Even though Guided By Voices officially broke up last fall, former frontman Robert Pollard has been releasing plenty of material to fill some of that void with his new band Ricked Wicky. Right after Guided By Voices split, we heard “Mobility” from Ricked Wicky’s debut album, I Sell The Circus , and this past April,… More »

By: Lisa Brown / June 25, 2015 - 10:00 am

Alien Lanes Turns 20

“The club is open!” No other phrase out of Robert Pollard’s mouth ever rang quite so true. The once-again-former Guided By Voices frontman deals almost exclusively in the surreal, but the climactic lyric from Alien Lanes opener “A Salty Salute” is ridiculously literal coming from a band known for marathon three-hour sets anywhere American lager… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 3, 2015 - 10:37 am

Robert Pollard – “Up And Up And Up”

Former Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard has been unleashing material on his own ever since the band officially called it quits in September of last year. Just a few weeks ago, Pollard released an album titled I Sell The Circus under the moniker Ricked Wicky, and we heard the first single, “Nobility,” about a… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / February 16, 2015 - 3:19 pm

Sweet Apple – “Reunion” (Feat. Robert Pollard) Video

Dinosaur Jr.’s J Mascis leads the riff-rock side project Sweet Apple, but the band’s namesake is Dave Sweetapple, the Witch member who also plays in Sweet Apple. He’s the star of the band’s new Halloween-themed video for “Reunion,” a triumphant track that features fellow indie legend Robert Pollard. (It’s on The Golden Age Of Glitter,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 30, 2014 - 12:05 pm

Ricked Wicky (Robert Pollard) – “Mobility”

Less than a month ago, Guided By Voices announced their for-real-this-time breakup, and it probably shouldn’t suprise anyone that frontman Robert Pollard already has a new thing up and going. Pollard’s new project is called Ricked Wicky, and in a piss-take press release, he calls it a “sophisticated arena rock band.” (He also says it’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 14, 2014 - 12:28 pm

Cocktails – “Bob Pollard’s Mind” (Stereogum Premiere)

San Francisco rockers Cocktails play what Father/Daughter Records calls “no-frills blue collar power-pop,” and they do it well. Next month the label will release a 33-minute burst of Cocktails’ best stuff in the form of debut full-length Adult Life. The lead single is a catchy clap-along guitar ditty called “Bob Pollard’s Mind,” but it’s not… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 12, 2014 - 11:06 am

Robert Pollard Discusses His Historic No-Hitter

As a songwriter, Guided By Voices leader Robert Pollard is not known for his batting average; when he hits, he hits big, but you have to sift through a lot of strikeouts and sacrifice bunts to find the classics. Maybe that’s because in his day Pollard was more focused on E.R.A. In May 1978, he… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 31, 2014 - 6:07 pm

Robert Pollard – “Tonight’s The Rodeo”

Guided By Voices frontman Robert Pollard has another new album on the way (following Honey Locust Honky Tonk and Mouseman Cloud earlier this year) titled Blazing Gentlemen, and with it he claims to have “finally figured out how to write a song after 55 years.” That’s quite a statement from the dude who made BeeMore »

By: Miles Bowe / September 26, 2013 - 10:38 am

Guided By Voices, Robert Pollard, Circus Devils Prep New LPs

Robert Pollard completists, prepare to update your spreadsheets and add a new display case to your “Uncle Bob” room. In keeping with his prolific rep, the Guided By Voices frontman will (flying) kick out six new releases under his various guises between now and February, culminating in a new GBV album early next year. More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 20, 2013 - 9:57 am

Teenage Guitar – “Atlantic Cod”

The reunited Guided By Voices have released a staggering four new albums since last January, and ultra-prolific frontman Robert Pollard also has a new solo album coming out in July. But that’s not enough! Before that solo album even lands, Pollard will debut a new mostly-solo side project called Teenage Guitar. In this one, Pollard… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 16, 2013 - 10:30 am

Robert Pollard – “I Killed A Man Who Looks Just Like You”

In the past year and a half, the reunited classic-lineup Guided By Voices have released a jaw-dropping four studio albums, somehow outdoing the output of their first incarnation. The last one was English Little League, which dropped just last week. So naturally, frontman Robert Pollard has wasted zero time announcing his next solo album HoneyMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2013 - 11:57 am

Guided By Voices – “Class Clown Spots A UFO (New Version)”

“Class Clown Spots A UFO” is the title track from Guided By Voices’ forthcoming LP, though it’s been knocking around under different titles, and via different recording sessions, for a very long time. (Rolling Stone pegs the first iteration as an ’80s-era Pollard composition titled “Crocker’s Favorite Song,” which is a very long time ago!)… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 10, 2012 - 12:40 pm

Robert Pollard – “Obvious #1″

Guided By Voices just released Let’s Go Eat The Factory earlier this year, so a solo album from Robert Pollard is long overdue. In March, GBV’s Budweiser bard releases Mouseman Cloud, an album Fire Records says has an emphasis on “wordplay rather than melody.” The first single’s “Obvious #1,” and you can assess its relative… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 20, 2012 - 9:52 am

Guided By Voices – “The Unsinkable Fats Domino”

Let’s recap: Last October, Robert Pollard reconvened Guided By Voices’ “classic” lineup for Matador’s rather epic 21st birthday gala in Vegas. The ensuing year has seen a premium placed on Cuervo and fistpumps, with GBV offering their rousing, rambling indie rock pith in 120-second bursts on tour ever since. Then came the announcement of Let’sMore »

By: Amrit Singh / October 25, 2011 - 12:27 pm

Guided By Voices Let’s Go Eat The Factory Details

Last year, Robert Pollard reunited the mid-’90s “classic” lineup of Guided By Voices and played a whole bunch of beer-drenched marathon shows with them. There was talk that the band’s recent set at North Carolina’s Hopscotch Festival would be their final reunion show, but this reunion ain’t done yet. The lineup of Pollard, Tobin Sprout,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 21, 2011 - 10:01 am

New Boston Spaceships Video – “How Wrong You Are”

With this year’s turn toward tape hiss and rusty-hinged rock sounds, it’s nice to hear something fresh from the voice that guided them all (all the time, listen to GBV all the time). It’s not like “hearing something new” from Bob Pollard has ever been a problem, but on “How Wrong You Are” the prolific… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 2, 2009 - 11:58 am

Stream Shins, Bright Eyes, National Covering Merge Classics

Merge Records turns 20 this year and the celebration is well underway. Last week we told you about the five-day summer fest in North Carolina with Superchunk, Spoon, Conor Oberst, M. Ward, Destroyer, and others. If that’s a party you can’t attend, there are some birthday souvenirs you can enjoy without leaving home. Namely 20More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 8, 2009 - 1:55 am

The ‘Gum Drop LXXXI: Hear Cosmos (Robert Pollard & Richard Davies), Win Rock Band 2

Cosmos is the collaboration between Richard Davies (the Moles, the amazing Cardinal) and Robert Pollard (that Robert Pollard). Their debut Jar Of Jam Ton Of Bricks is out 6/9 via Happy Jack Rock. For fans of smart, singular pop, this is a dream come true … even if you’d never dreamt it. In this week’… More »

By: brandon / March 25, 2009 - 11:10 am

Cosmos – “Hail Mary”

Cosmos is the collaboration between Richard Davies (the Moles, the amazing Cardinal) and Robert Pollard (that Robert Pollard). Their debut Jar Of Jam Ton Of Bricks is out 6/9 via Happy Jack Rock. For fans of smart, singular pop, this is a dream come true … even if you’d never dreamt it. We spoke with… More »

By: brandon / March 24, 2009 - 11:11 am

Stereogum x Amazon MP3 Friendly Deals #1: Guided By Voices’ Bee Thousand

Today we announce a partnership that brings you classic indie rock albums at hugely discounted prices. Every week, Amazon.com is letting us select one album from its MP3 store to go on super sale (up to 75% off normal prices). Hopefully you’ll be able to add these must-own LPs to your library without breaking yourMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / November 9, 2008 - 7:44 pm
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