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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’… More »

This was one of those weeks where the best music-related video wasn’t a music video. It was Future Islands performing on Letterman and just fucking going for it. Letterman has already introduced frontman Samuel T. Herring’s dancing as a recurring joke on the show, and I sincerely hope it’s because he realizes that dancing wa… More »

This week, two primal, grizzled, loud, messy rock albums come out, and I had a hell of a time choosing between them. I’m still not sure I made the right call. The self-titled debut from the Leeds punk band Eagulls has “Possessed,” the best song on either album, and it has a clarity and a… More »

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Preview Gaspar Claus’ One Night Stand, A New LP Feat. Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner, Porcelain Raft

In 2012, French cellist Gaspar Claus gathered a group of musicians in Brooklyn to create something in a single night. The session featured some key members of the current musical scene: Sufjan Stevens, Bryce Dessner of the National, Mauro Remiddi of Porcelain Raft, Jessie Stein of the Luyas, David Moore of Bing And Ruth, Rémi… More »

By: Caitlin White / May 22, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Uniform – “Perfect World” (Stereogum Premiere)

Uniform is the duo of Brooklyn neighbors Ben Greenberg (The Men, Hubble, Pygmy Shrews) and Michael Berdan (York Factory Complaint, Drunkdriver, Believer/Law). Their US label is Gerard Cosloy’s 12XU, so you know their sound has something to do with harsh, aggressive, noisy, punk-oriented skree. Uniform are on the industrial side of that sound, drudging u… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 25, 2015 - 10:55 am

Stream Dream Police Hypnotized

Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi are both members of the Men, which means they spend most of their time bashing out fuzzed-up rock rave-ups in room that smell like spilled beer. But under the name Dream Police, the two of them also make dark, bleary psychedelia with synths and drums machines. Their debut album HypnotizedMore »

By: Tom Breihan / November 3, 2014 - 4:14 pm

Dream Police – “Hypnotized”

Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi are best known for their band the Men — who already released a great album earlier this year — but they’ve got another project, the electronic-leaning Dream Police, with an album on the way. What does an electronic-minded project from some dudes in the Men end up sounding like? Based… More »

By: Miles Bowe / September 16, 2014 - 5:31 pm

Photos: Pickathon 2014

This past weekend, the 2014 Pickathon Music Festival was held, as always, at the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, just outside Portland. Major draws this year included the War On Drugs, Mac DeMarco, X, and People Under The Stairs. We sent photographer Colin McLaughlin to document the festival in pictures. Check out what he… More »

By: Stereogum / August 4, 2014 - 3:49 pm

The Men – “Different Days” Video

Near the middle of the Men’s Tomorrow’s Hits comes “Different Days,” which captures so many feelings and frustrations with a yell of, “I hate being young.” Now the Men have a music video that captures the same sentiment. Directed by Helge Mundt, the video came about through a contest held by Sacred Bone Records encouraging… More »

By: Miles Bowe / April 9, 2014 - 3:51 pm

The Men – “Pearly Gates” Video

The Men are the reigning Album Of The Week honorees for their bombastic roadhouse throwdown Tomorrow’s Hits, and today they’ve released a video for its lead single, the passionately beloved skronking rock ‘n’ roll runaway train “Pearly Gates.” Fittingly, it’s a pulpy, lo-fi road video involving crooked cops, high-speed chases, and a dark, mysterious ceremony. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 5, 2014 - 11:08 am

Stream The Men Tomorrow’s Hits

We’ve heard three songs from the upcoming album by the Men, Tomorrow’s Hits. “Pearly Gates,” “Another Night,” and “Different Days” all show that the band was serious in their ambitions to make more of a studio album with a high-fidelity sound. They all sounded great, and it’s not remotely surprising that the other five song… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 25, 2014 - 3:58 pm

The Men – “Different Days”

Pearly Gates” and “Another Night,” the last two songs we heard from Brooklyn band the Men, sounded like classic-rock bands coating their sound with scuzz. But “Different Days,” their latest, sounds like a krautrock crew trying to find room for a little bit of Allmann Brothers choogle-boogie in their staring-into-the-void rhythmic infinity. Even as the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 4, 2014 - 11:01 am

The Men – “Another Night”

In a month, the Brooklyn band the Men will give us their new album Tomorrow’s Hits, the latest step on their journey from scuzzed-up punk to classic-rock majesty. “Pearly Gates,” the first song they shared from the album, was a skronky six-minute rave-up, and “Another Night,” the latest song they’ve shared, is a blaring roadhouse… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 3, 2014 - 11:08 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Yesterday we launched our new Week In Pop column, so it’s fittingly (if unintentionally) ironic that our list of the week’s five best songs is, for once, basically devoid of “pop music.” In fact, three of this week’s five best are decidedly, demonstrably, actual rock. Nice to have some loud guitars to help keep u… More »

By: Stereogum / January 10, 2014 - 1:23 pm

The Men – “Pearly Gates”

New York rock bulldozers the Men have been reliably cranking out a great album every year for the past few years, and the next one, the optimistically titled Tomorrow’s Hits, lands in March. The first album track that the band has shared is “Pearly Gates,” which is six minutes of skronky horns and pounding piano… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2014 - 10:51 am

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We’re almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

The Men Tomorrow’s Hits Details

Following this year’s New Moon and the Campfire Songs EP, the Men have another new album coming out on Sacred Bones. According to a press release, it’s the first record by the Men to be recorded in a high end studio, and has their highest fidelity recordings to date. Titled Tomorrow’s Hits, the LP contai… More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 3, 2013 - 11:59 am

The 15 Most Memorable Moments At Fun Fun Fun Fest 2013

Fun Fun Fun Fest went down this past weekend in Austin, Texas, aka “the Live Music Capital Of The World.” The Fest celebrated its eighth year with headliners M.I.A., Snoop Dogg, and Slayer, along with a stacked lineup that included Ice-T, the Descendents, Kurt Vile, the Julie Ruin, Bleached, Killer Mike, the Men, Chelsea Light… More »

By: Ryan Leas / November 11, 2013 - 2:17 pm

The Men – “Turn Your Color”

For the past few years, the blaring New York rock band the Men has been cranking out one deeply impressive album per year, all while maintaining a nutso tour schedule. This year, they up the ante even further, releasing a companion EP to the great and already-out new album New Moon. The band recorded the… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 24, 2013 - 12:18 pm

The Men – “The Seeds” (Acoustic)

This October, the Men will release the all-acoustic EP Campfire Songs, an addendum of sorts to their LP New Moon. The 5-track EP was recorded in Big Indian, NY during the Moon sessions and features two new version of cuts from the LP, including “The Seed,” which you can hear below. “I Saw Her Face,”… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / August 27, 2013 - 12:09 pm
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