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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

Watch Jonah Hill Cover Drake, Scarlett Johansson Cover New Order, Stephen Malkmus Cover The Black Crowes, Jarvis Cocker Cover Celine Dion For Vice’s 20th Birthday In Brooklyn

There was a not-entirely-common sight down around the Brooklyn Navy Yard last night. Dozens of cabs lined the street, because depending on where you’re coming from the Navy Yard can kind of be a pain to get to, and also because NYC’s been doing this thing where it’s decided to just rain constantly in December,… More »

By: Ryan Leas / December 6, 2014 - 4:18 pm

26 Essential Songs From The NYC Rock Resurgence

Mainstream American rock music, as you might recall, was in rough shape in the late ’90s. The Alt-Nation era had run out of road for the most part, giving way to legions of awful post-grunge and nu-metal bands soundtracking extreme energy-drink commercials and extreme-sports video games. These were dark times. This was at a time… More »

By: Ryan Leas / November 19, 2014 - 10:26 am

Looks Like The Rapture Broke Up

All signs point to the New York dance-punks the Rapture quietly breaking up. As Consequence Of Sound points out, a press release for an upcoming Red Bull Music Academy event in New York lists guitarist and passionate hyena-yawper Luke Jenner as “formerly of the Rapture.” When self-titled sought clarification, Jonathan Galkin of DFA Records responded… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 7, 2014 - 5:46 pm

Echoes Turns 10

Dance-punk revival, the early-aughts movement headlined by the Rapture around the time Brooklyn “hipster” culture was metastasizing into a national media sensation, is pretty much an historical curiosity at this point. LCD Soundsystem transcended it, Liars left it behind almost as soon as the dust cleared from digging that trench, and Yeah Yeah Yeahs only made it… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 10, 2013 - 10:43 am

Shit Robot – “Feels Real” (Feat. JENR)

There was a time, the end of 2010, when disco nostalgia was bubbling and artists like Escort and Midnight Magic were making the case for white spandex bell bottom revivalism. Midnight Magic’s DFA brethren Shit Robot (née Marcus Lambkin) was a major player in that movement (Take ‘Em Up,” never forget!). Now, he’s back with… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 26, 2013 - 11:57 am

S.S. Coachella Jamaica Diary & Photos

The S.S. Coachella sailed from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Jamaica and back between 12/19 and 12/23, along the way featuring performances from Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, and many more. Andrew Youssef was on hand to document the cruise for Stereogum. His diary is below. Check out his photos in the gallery. More »

By: Andrew Youssef / December 26, 2012 - 3:15 pm

The Rapture – “How Deep Is Your Love?” Video

The Rapture’s excellent gospel-disco rager “How Deep Is Your Love?” is the better part of a year old now, but its video, in which a dancing Indian In The Cupboard-sized Luke Jenner entertains a bunch of ladies at a tea party, is brand new. It is also ridiculous. Watch it and download the track below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 24, 2012 - 5:39 pm

Justice, The Rapture @ The Fox, Oakland 4/17/12

Justice and the Rapture paired up to play Oakland’s the Fox on Tuesday night, and Stereogum contributor Wilson Lee was there to capture the proceedings. Check out his shots up top. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 19, 2012 - 1:29 pm

The Hives, The Rapture, Housse De Racket @ Glass House, Pomona 4/16/12

After a standout performance at Coachella, the Hives packed their colossal high energy show into the Glass House in Pomona. The Hives are gearing up to release their new album Lex Hives due in early June. The Rapture dispensed their cowbell-fueled dance punk energy while touring in support of their latest album In The GraceMore »

By: Andrew Youssef / April 17, 2012 - 11:02 am

15 Coachella 2012 Performances Not To Miss

COACHELLA BACK. And, this year, the bacchanalia stretches across two weekends featuring identical lineups, as well as an interim week of non-Coachella shows in L.A., so if you’re looking for live music in your city and there’s none to be had outside of that one bar band that always plays Happy Hour on Tuesdays at… More »

By: Stereogum / April 12, 2012 - 2:21 pm

The Rapture – “In The Grace Of Your Love” Video

“In The Grace Of Your Love,” the title track from the Rapture’s great and kinda-overlooked 2011 album, now has a stark and striking new video. In it, Luke Jenner stares dead-eyed into the camera while singing, nightclub lights shine through darkness, and one guy dances extremely well against a blank pink background. Hard to explain,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 15, 2012 - 10:37 am

Cut Copy Remix The Rapture

“Sail Away” was the song we posted from the Rapture’s “secret” comeback show at Union Pool a year and a half ago, and as such, it was the first song the internet knew from In The Grace Of Your Love. And here it is boomeranged and bookended as possibly the last song we’ll post from… More »

By: Amrit Singh / January 13, 2012 - 11:49 am

The Rapture – “Sail Away” Video

In director Kris Moyes’s video for the Rapture’s “Sail Away,” frontman Luke Jenner rides what appears to be a gigantic pouch of Capri-Sun around the streets of Brooklyn, while the other two members of the band blow conch-shell horns. It’s a weird video. There’s apparently also an extended version on the way, so maybe that’ll… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 16, 2011 - 10:48 am

The Rapture @ The Glass House, Pomona 10/7/2011

On Friday night, The Rapture took to Pomona’s The Glass House to showcase cuts from their triumphant return LP In The Grace Of Your Love and Stereogum’s Jasper Bernbaum was on hand to document. Poolside opened. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 10, 2011 - 11:39 am

The Rapture – “How Deep Is Your Love? (A-Trak Dub AKA Dub For Mehdi)”

Last night, DFA shared a pounding seven-minute remix of the Rapture’s disco anthem “How Deep Is Your Love?” from the Montreal turntable whiz A-Trak. A-Trak also shared a story about how the idea for the mix’s arrangement came from a conversation with DJ Mehdi, his tragically fallen dancefloor comrade. Grab the remix and the original… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 29, 2011 - 11:53 am

The Rapture In The Grace Of Your Love Premature Evaluation

Five years is a long time. The Rapture’s last album, Pieces Of The People We Love, came out almost exactly five years ago, on the same day Justin Timberlake released FutureSex/LoveSounds. Pieces never found anything like the exalted reputation as Echoes, the band’s previous album, but I loved the thing. Especially heard back-to-back with Timberlake’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 23, 2011 - 2:55 pm

Stream The Rapture In The Grace Of Your Love

The Rapture’s new record made a glorious entrance via the gospel-and-house tinged jammer “How Deep Is Your Love?,” now it’s time to take that record in its glorious whole. (Wow, that sentence.) Stream In The Grace Of Your Love below in preparation for our group premature evaluation next week:… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 19, 2011 - 9:30 am

Stereogum Monthly Mix: August 2011

We took last month off from our Monthly Mix series in favor of our midterm flashback/annual summer jams compilation Cruel Summer, which you should grab if you haven’t. But it is a new month — the last one of Summer 2011 — so here’s a filtered recap of the month’s finest free MP3s. Use it… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 9, 2011 - 10:03 am

The Rapture – “How Deep Is Your Love?”

A few weeks ago there was that phony rapture that made all of your friends terrible rapture-comics on twitter, with one of the most recurring punchlines incorporating seminal dance-punk outfit The Rapture in some fashion. It was the most anybody had talked about the Rapture in a while, despite the worthy new song we callMore »

By: Amrit Singh / June 10, 2011 - 11:38 am
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