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Watch Bruce Springsteen Join Brian Wilson Onstage In New Jersey

Last night, the insular Beach Boys sonic genius Brian Wilson played a show at Holmdel, New Jersey’s PNC Bank Arts Center, and he was joined by one of the few people who can really call Wilson a peer. As NJ.com reports, New Jersey king Bruce Springsteen came to the stage to join Wilson for a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 2, 2015 - 9:31 am

Young Buffalo – “Hang On To Your Ego” (Beach Boys Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Though Young Buffalo officially formed in 2009, the group’s two main songwriters, Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett have been polishing their hearty, melodic rock songs for about a decade. The Oxford, Mississippi quartet’s debut album, House, rings with sunny vocal harmonies and and the instrumental playfulness of Vampire Weekend. With their cover of the Beach… More »

By: Aaron Lindenberg / May 6, 2015 - 12:18 pm

Watch A Longer, More Revealing Trailer For Brian Wilson Biopic Love & Mercy

We already saw one trailer for the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy, and it showed us that Paul Dano is a good choice for young Wilson while John Cusack is a questionable choice for old Wilson. Now a new trailer has arrived, giving us glances of Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti’s roles in the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 14, 2015 - 4:37 pm

How Brian Wilson Helped Spawn Punk

It was the winter of 1978/’79 in Los Angeles — that is to say, not much of a winter at all. The Last were holed up in a studio with John Harrison, Hawkwind’s founding bassist. The band had just made the jump from self-financing to Bomp! Records, and under Harrison’s direction, they were hashing out… More »

By: Brad Shoup / April 14, 2015 - 9:32 am

Brian Wilson Has Never Heard Of Punk Rock

While Donald Fagen is recapping his Coachella tour experiences, Brian Wilson is full steam ahead doing interviews for his brand new album No Pier Pressure that’s out this week. (This album title is the best pun of 2015 so far). And while Fagan admitted that he’s never heard AC/DC, Wilson — who most recently spoke… More »

By: Caitlin White / April 9, 2015 - 3:01 pm

Watch The Flaming Lips, Kesha, Bethany Cosentino, Norah Jones, & Brian Wilson Sing Beach Boys Songs At Brian Fest

Last night, the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson was honored at a tribute concert held at the Fonda Theatre in Hollywood. Brian Fest aligns with the release of Wilson’s forthcoming 11th solo album, No Pier Pressure, which is due out early next month. An all-star cast of performers included Wayne Coyne and Steve Drozd of the… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / March 31, 2015 - 2:03 pm

Brian Wilson – “Sail Away” (Feat. Al Jardine & Blondie Chaplin)

Brian Wilson, the erratic genius who made the Beach Boys great, has been working on a new collab-heavy solo album called No Pier Pressure, and we’ve heard the early single “The Right Time.” The new song “Sail Away” reunites Wilson with his former Beach Boys bandmates Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin, recreating some of the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 24, 2015 - 12:12 pm

Watch The Trailer For Brian Wilson Biopic Love & Mercy

Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson is one of the most legendary figures in music, a guy who wrote and produced dozens of classic songs and helped shape the album as music’s preeminent artistic statement. He’s also a bit of an oddball, which makes him an ideal subject for a Hollywood biopic. Just such a movie… More »

By: Chris DeVille / February 25, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Brian Wilson – “The Right Time”

Brian Wilson’s 11th solo album No Pier Pressure will be out in April, and tracks from the record are beginning to surface. The combination of Wilson and a lyric video might be a little incongruous, but here we are in 2015, where the former Beach Boys mastermind is in the studio with Kacey Musgraves and… More »

By: Caitlin White / February 19, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Brian Wilson’s No Pier Pressure Features She & Him And Kacey Musgraves, Not Frank Ocean And Lana Del Rey

Following the success of 2011’s The SMiLE Sessions, Beach Boys frontman Brian Wilson is releasing a brand new album in April. The artwork above is for No Pier Pressure, which is Wilson’s 11th solo album and features a huge cast of collaborators, including both members of She & Him (M. Ward and Zooey Deschanel), country… More »

By: Caitlin White / January 29, 2015 - 11:58 am

Mini Mansions – “Any Emotions” (Feat. Brian Wilson)

Mini Mansions are a Los Angeles trio featuring Queens Of The Stone Age bassist Michael Shuman, and they lined up one of the biggest gets possible for their new single “Any Emotions.” Brian Wilson himself is on the track, contributing his harmonious touch to the group’s airy, beat-driven psych-pop. Wilson is obviously the hook here,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 13, 2015 - 12:44 pm

She & Him – “God Only Knows” (Beach Boys Cover)

She & Him just released an entire album of covers, but they’re not finished re-recording classic songs. The duo’s version of the Beach Boys’ timeless “God Only Knows” appeared on Zooey Deschanel’s show The New Girl earlier this week and is online today. Incidentally, the BBC recently sponsored an all-star cover of the same song. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 12, 2014 - 12:30 pm

Watch Pharrell, Lorde, Elton John, Dave Grohl, One Direction, & Many More Cover The Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” For BBC Music

The BBC describes its new initiative BBC Music as “an ambitious wave of new programmes, innovative partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives that amount to the BBC’s strongest commitment to music in 30 years.” To mark the launch, the media conglomerate commissioned this music video featuring an all-star lineup singing the Beach Boys’ classic “God Only… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 7, 2014 - 4:52 pm

Win A Beach Boys Made In California Box Set

To celebrate 50 years of being a band, the Beach Boys will release a 6-disc archival retrospective box set called Made In California and we have one for you to win. The collection chronologically charts the band’s catalogue from demos to their most recent work and includes television and radio appearances and other rarities a… More »

By: Stereogum / August 27, 2013 - 3:44 pm

The Beach Boys – “That’s Why God Made The Radio” Video

The reunited Beach Boys’ video for their comeback single “That’s Why God Made The Radio” looks exactly the way you’d expect a record label-masterminded Beach Boys video to look like in 2012: Instagram-style footage of various attractive young white people enjoying California sunshine, with the elderly Boys only showing up at the very end, to… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 19, 2012 - 11:59 am

The Beach Boys – “From There To Back Again”

After decades of acrimony, the Beach Boys are back together again with resident sonic genius Brian Wilson, and their new album That’s Why God Made The Radio is about to hit shelves. We’ve already heard the triumphant title track. And now here’s the second song we’ve heard from the LP: A mellow orchestral track called… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 31, 2012 - 9:16 am

Watch The Beach Boys On Fallon

Last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, an understandably excited Fallon played host to the Beach Boys, back together with resident visionary Brian Wilson for the first time in decades. Fallon turned over a huge chunk of the show to the band. They played three songs: The all-time classics “In My Room” and “Wouldn’t… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 8, 2012 - 9:03 am

The Beach Boys – “That’s Why God Made the Radio”

The Beach Boys, together with estranged sonic genius Brian Wilson for the first time in decades, played the first show of their reunion tour last night in Tucson, playing a long set of classics that included a few covers and the brand-new reunion single “That’s Why God Made The Radio.” (They also did “Kokomo.” Sorry.)… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Hear The Flaming Lips Cover “God Only Knows”

My third Flaming Lips post in a row, but this one surprisingly has nothing to do with Record Store Day. In celebration of the Beach Boys’ 50th anniversary, UK music mag MOJO has compiled an original track-for-track Pet Sounds tribute album featuring folks like Saint Etienne, Gaz Coombes, Here We Go Magic, and those ever-busy… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 21, 2012 - 9:39 pm

Grammys 2012 Comment Party!!

It’s the 2012 Grammys! The Stereogum crew is over at my house, there may or may not be pizza and beer involved, and on the off chance you are experiencing something similar at yours, we have decided to put up a post for us all to congregate and talk shit about Adam Levine. This year’… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 12, 2012 - 7:55 pm
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