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I don’t want to bum anybody out, but summer’s almost over. With an emphasis on almost, meaning anything can still happen (aside from reclaiming that unbridled feeling of summer’s start and infinite possibilities; we’re definitely in the zone of finitude, with all its attendant reminders of our own corporeal mortality, now)! LIVE IT UP! Really. More »

In the mid-’60s, when garage rock was first starting to be a thing, bands weren’t trying to play garage rock. They were trying to be the Beatles, or (more often) the Rolling Stones. But their sloppy approximations had their own headlong charm, and years later, when Lenny Kaye assembled the first Nuggets compilation, they were… More »

A few days late but stacked with excellence, here is your collection of May’s absolute jams. For optimal ease of consumption, you’ll find it here in three forms: a 12-track downloadable zip of the month’s best free MP3s, a 15-song Spotify playlist of May’s finest Spotify-enabled tracks, and to close it out, a 46-track Soundcloud… More »

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In Memoriam: The Bands We Lost In 2014

Since 2008 I've put together a holiday-time video tribute to the year's band breakups. It's a sad endeavor really, but there is a bright side.
Scott Lapatine | December 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm
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Smith Westerns Confirm Breakup In New Interview

Smith Westerns frontman Cullen Omori announced over the weekend that his band would be going on "indefinite hiatus" after a farewell show in Chicago and…
Chris DeVille | December 19, 2014 - 1:58 pm
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Smith Westerns Announce Indefinite Hiatus

Smith Westerns frontman Cullen Omori announced on Twitter last night that his band will be going on an "indefinite hiatus" at the end of the…
James Rettig | December 14, 2014 - 9:52 am
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Check Out Smith Westerns’ New Gap Ad

The Smith Westerns have been pretty quiet this year, which is understandable since it has only been about 10 months since they released the Album
Miles Bowe | May 7, 2014 - 3:13 pm
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Artist Portraits From Austin City Limits 2013

Yesterday we shared live shots from the first weekend of Austin City Limits. We also caught up with some bands off-stage to take their photo…
Stereogum | October 8, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Outside Lands 2013 Friday: Paul McCartney, The National, Chromatics, & More

Yesterday Outside Lands '13 kicked off in San Francisco, and there's already been a ton of memorable moments, from food to comedy to many great…
Miles Bowe | August 10, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Smith Westerns – “Case & Point”

If you couldn't get enough of the new album by Smith Westerns (we certainly dug it), then you're in luck because they've just started streaming…
Miles Bowe | July 11, 2013 - 1:09 pm

Smith Westerns – “Idol” Video

Right now, thanks to their swoony third LP Soft Will, Chicago glamsters Smith Westerns are our reigning Album Of The Week champs. They've already made…
Tom Breihan | June 27, 2013 - 1:51 pm
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Stream Smith Westerns Soft Will

On their first two albums, the young Chicago trio Smith Westerns moved from garage-rock scrappiness to glam-rock hauteur, and now they’ve moved onto the gentle…
Tom Breihan | June 17, 2013 - 11:40 am

Smith Westerns – “Idol”

Last week we talked to Smith Westerns frontman Cullen Omori about his band's forthcoming LP, Soft Will, which is definitely (for me, anyway) one of…
Michael Nelson | June 12, 2013 - 10:45 am
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Q&A: Smith Westerns On Their New Album Soft Will And Making A Career Out Of Music

It’s been over two years since Chicago’s Smith Westerns released Dye it Blonde — the hooky sophomore album that finally allowed them to quit their…
T. Cole Rachel | June 3, 2013 - 1:37 pm
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Smith Westerns – “3AM Spiritual”

Young Chicago '70s rock revivalists Smith Westerns are back next month with Soft Will, the Chris Coady-produced followup to their hailed breakthrough Dye It Blonde.
Amrit Singh | May 20, 2013 - 10:42 am
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The Smith Westerns – “Varsity” Video

Chicago glam rockers the Smith Westerns return next month with their new album Soft Will, and their new video for the shimmering lead single "Varsity"…
Tom Breihan | May 8, 2013 - 11:39 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: March 2013

Remember last month when we made a hand-wringing post about the death of the MP3 and thereby the end of the downloadable Monthly Mix? Well,…
Amrit Singh | March 29, 2013 - 2:19 pm
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Smith Westerns – “Varsity”

It's been a couple of years since Chicago glam-rock brats Smith Westerns gave us their breakout sophomore album Dye It Blonde, and they'll follow it…
Tom Breihan | March 5, 2013 - 11:55 am
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Win T-Shirts From Insound’s Delicious Design League Project

Recently, Insound announced its Delicious Design League Project where they commissioned the Chicago design firm Delicious Design League to create their own band t-shirts for…
Corban Goble | December 7, 2011 - 10:22 am
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TV On The Radio, Arctic Monkeys, Panda Bear, Warpaint, Smith Westerns @ Hollywood Bowl, Hollywood 9/25/11

Closing out the concert season at the Hollywood Bowl, a stacked bill of TV On The Radio, Arctic Monkeys, Panda Bear, Warpaint, and Smith Wester…
Andrew Youssef | September 26, 2011 - 9:23 am
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