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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. Sometimes it takes a decade or more of inactivity for a band to really maximize its fanbase. Ask American Football, Slint, Neutral Milk Hotel, OutKast, the Replacements, or any of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm

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 a New Year’s Eve surprise in NYC. In a new interview with The Chicago Reader’s Dan Hyman, Omori clarifies that Smith Westerns are breaking up for good, with no pla… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 19, 2014 - 1:58 pm

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 year. The band’s last show will be in their hometown of Chicago, though Omori also hinted at a “NYE surprise for New York.” The band released three albums: their 2009… More »

By: James Rettig / December 14, 2014 - 9:52 am

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 Of The Week-honored Soft Will. They’ve been doing some modeling in the meantime, though. Along with Andra Day and Wardell, the Chicago band stars in the Gap’s new music-focused #SummerLove… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 7, 2014 - 3:13 pm

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 in a quieter setting. Check out Pooneh Ghana’s great portraits of HAIM, Phoenix, Purity Ring, Tame Impala, Smith Westerns, and more above. More »

By: 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 sets. The first real highlight of the day was the Men. They’ve quickly evolved into such a diverse sounding band in just a few years, and played a nice, rough… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 10, 2013 - 3:17 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: July 2013

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 »

By: Amrit Singh / July 31, 2013 - 11:32 am

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 this lovely B-side. “Case & Point” comes with the 7″ single for “Varsity,” and provides a nice counterpoint to the album track’s sunny bliss. With warm guitar solos and gorgeou… More »

By: 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 a video for “Varsity,” maybe the best song on the album. But now they’ve got another one, for another album highlight. “Idol,” which pulls off the neat trick of being… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 27, 2013 - 1:51 pm

Album Of The Week: Smith Westerns Soft Will

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 »

By: Tom Breihan / June 25, 2013 - 2:35 pm

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 but assured grandeur of prime big-money Britpop. Soft Will, the band’s third album, arrives next week, and it brings the band close to the sweep of, say, the Verve’s UrbanMore »

By: 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 the summer’s most anticipated new releases. We’ve already heard two tracks from the album — “Varsity” and “3AM Spiritual” — and they’re both excellent. Now, we’ve got one more before… More »

By: Michael Nelson / June 12, 2013 - 10:45 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: May 2013

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 »

By: Amrit Singh / June 7, 2013 - 12:00 pm

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 day jobs. Since that album’s release the band played nearly 150 shows all over the world and, finally, took some time off in order to chill the fuck out for… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / June 3, 2013 - 1:37 pm

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. “Soft” is an operative word, it seems: Based on lead single “Varsity” and today’s listen “3AM Spiritual,” the band’s retained their prodigal ability to craft carefree, swooning hooks that feel… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 20, 2013 - 10:42 am

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” is full of close-up shots of things that scream springtime: juicy grapefruits, flowers blowing in wind, loft-elevator makeout sessions. There’s a gorgeous rooftop sunset scene in there, too. Alan DelMore »

By: 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, fuck it — ZIP FILE BACK. Thank you for your comments and opinions! This is blog-in-action. But, we know some of you enjoyed the ease and increased songchoice represented by… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 29, 2013 - 2:19 pm

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 up this summer with their new LP Soft Will. The trio recorded the album in New York and El Paso, working once again with Dye It Blonde producer (and sharp-as-hell… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 5, 2013 - 11:55 am

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 Best Coast, the Walkmen, the Antlers, Smith Westerns and Washed Out. And now, we’re giving one of each away. To enter, you need be a fan of Stereogum on FacebookMore »

By: Corban Goble / December 7, 2011 - 10:22 am

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 Westerns crammed in as much music as possible before the evening curfew. Smith Westerns bolted through a twenty minute set while Warpaint continued to play past their set time as the… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / September 26, 2011 - 9:23 am
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