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Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon (Of The Walkmen) – “Proud Irene”

The Walkmen officially announced their hiatus toward the end of 2013, and we published an extensive cover story about the band’s final days. Frontman Hamilton Leithauser has been releasing solo material ever since, and today, he and Walkmen guitarist Paul Maroon announced that they will put out a record together in August titled Dear God. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / July 10, 2015 - 4:09 pm

Peter Matthew Bauer – “Hold On To Someone (Quiet Version)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Last summer, Peter Matthew Bauer joined the first wave of Walkmen solo releases with his strong debut Liberation! He spent much of the following 12 months on the road, starting with a band but eventually heading out on his own, in his car, with one electric guitar and one acoustic, to play a series of… More »

By: Ryan Leas / June 9, 2015 - 9:59 am

Watch Hamilton Leithauser Cover Will Oldham’s “Trudy Dies”

Hamilton Leithauser — Walkmen singer and solo artist in his own right — sat down with Toronto radio station Indie88 last month for a Collective Arts Black Box Session. He did an impassioned cover of Will Oldham’s “Trudy Dies,” a rare B-side from the prolific folk singer that he recorded under his Palace Brothers moniker… More »

By: James Rettig / March 24, 2015 - 6:05 pm

Watch The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon Play 3 New Songs In NYC

Hamilton Leithauser played a solo show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York last night and dedicated his setlist to mostly new songs. For three of the new tracks, he brought out fellow Walkmen Paul Maroon to help him out. The concert was the last one on his tour to support his debut solo album… More »

By: James Rettig / January 31, 2015 - 11:49 pm

Hamilton Leithauser – “Room For Forgiveness”

The former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser released his debonair, lived-in solo debut Black Hours earlier this year, and it was really, really good. This morning, Leithauser shared a new non-album song called “Room For Forgiveness,” previously available on a tour-only 7″. It’s an emotional, sozzled number, with backing vocals that push it into straight-up drinking-song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 21, 2014 - 9:42 am

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

Hamilton Leithauser – “5 AM” Video

“Do you ever wonder why I sing these love songs/ When I have no love at all?” So goes “5 AM,” a minor-key piano ballad from Hamilton Leithauser’s solo debut Black Hours that feels like what Jeff Tweedy might call “the bible-black pre-dawn” — a black hour indeed! The track now has a video by… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 28, 2014 - 11:23 am

Peter Matthew Bauer – “I Was Born In An Ashram”

Now that the Walkmen have split, the band’s members are beginning to branch out into new projects. Peter Matthew Bauer will release his debut solo album in June, titled Liberation!. We previously heard the single “Latin American Ficciones” (and watched the music video), and now Bauer has shared “I Was Born In An Ashram,” a… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 10, 2014 - 2:33 pm

Stream Hamilton Leithauser Black Hours

We’ve been reading about Walkmen singer Hamilton Leithauser’s solo album Black Hours forever. News broke almost a year ago, many months before that epic farewell portrait Ryan Leas wrote about the Walkmen last year. After lots of hype and at least one postponed release date, the album has finally arrived online for public consumption. You’ve… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 23, 2014 - 10:22 am

Watch Lily McMenamy Dance Around Manhattan To Walter Martin & Matt Berninger’s “We Like The Zoo”

With the Walkmen on hiatus, a few of the group’s members are going on to release solo projects. Multi-instrumentalist Walter Martin was the first one out, and his solo debut, the kids’ album We’re All Young Together, features a bunch of big-name indie guests, including the National’s Matt Berninger on “We Like The Zoo (‘CauseMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2014 - 12:09 pm

Hamilton Leithauser – “I Retired” (Feat. Rostam Batmanglij) Lyric Video

Hamilton Leithauser, the once and perhaps future Walkmen frontman, is a couple of weeks away from releasing Black Hours, his elegantly beaten-down solo debut. Leithauser worked with a host of new collaborators on the LP, including Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij, who produced the lead single “Alexandra.” Batmanglij also produced the album track “I Retired,” a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 20, 2014 - 10:28 am

Hamilton Leithauser – “In The Shallows”

Alexandra” was the first single to be released from former Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser’s forthcoming solo LP, Black Hours. That track will be released as a 7″ single, and today, its B-side has been revealed: “In The Shallows” is similar to its counterpart on the A-side in that it presents Leithauser’s familiar voice in front… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 7, 2014 - 10:51 am

Watch Hamilton Leithauser Play Conan

Hamilton Leithauser, the golden-voiced frontman of the possibly-defunct Walkmen, is about to go solo on Black Hours, the first album he’s recorded on his own, and “Alexandra,” the Rotsam Batmanglij-produced first single, has grown on me like nuts since we first posted it. Last night, Leithauser showed up on TV as a solo artist for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 7, 2014 - 8:50 am

Peter Matthew Bauer – “Philadelphia Raga”

Of the three members of the Walkmen who have solo albums coming out in the next few months, Peter Matthew Bauer is the one who wasn’t the singer of the band and who isn’t making a kids’ album. Hopefully, then, Bauer’s solo debut album Liberation! won’t get lost in the shuffle. First single “Latin AmericanMore »

By: Tom Breihan / April 25, 2014 - 11:43 am

Walter Martin – “We Like The Zoo (‘Cause We’re Animals Too)” (Feat. Matt Berninger)

The Walkmen are now on hiatus, possibly forever, and three of the band’s members have solo albums coming out in the next few months. Only one of those members, however, has a kids’ solo album coming out, and that’s multi-instrumentalist Walter Martin. Martin’s We’re All Young Together is his entry into the kids’-music-that-is-somehow-not-annoying-to-adults circuit, which… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 8, 2014 - 9:48 am

Hamilton Leithauser – “11 O’Clock Friday Night” Video

The (former?) Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser is getting ready for the release of Black Hours, his debut solo album, and he’s already shared his video for the Rotsam Batmanglij-produced first single “Alexandra.” He’s now followed that one up with an inky, low-key clip for “11 O’Clock Friday Night,” an album track that we’re hearing for… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2014 - 11:05 am

Peter Matthew Bauer – “Latin American Ficciones” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

The cyclical heartland guitar anthem “Latin American Ficciones” was our first taste of Walkmen member Peter Matthew Bauer’s upcoming solo debut Liberation! Today that song becomes the album’s first video, too. Like the music itself, Matthew Barrick’s shadowy greyscale performance footage is a natural extension of the ragged-yet-refined aesthetic Bauer helped develop with the Walkmen. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 31, 2014 - 12:13 pm

Hear Walter Martin Debut Two New Songs, Discuss The Walkmen’s “Extreme Hiatus” On Soundcheck

My favorite song from among the many post-Walkmen solo projects so far is Walter Martin’s Karen O duet “Sing To Me.” So I’m happy to report that Martin debuted two more songs from his upcoming kid-friendly album We’re All Young Together on the WNYC radio show Soundcheck yesterday. “Rattlesnakes,” an easygoing folk song with a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 14, 2014 - 12:17 pm

Peter Matthew Bauer – “Latin American Ficciones”

The Walkmen may be on a “pretty extreme hiatus” but the band members seem dead set on making sure you don’t miss them too much by releasing a bunch of solo efforts. Following in the footsteps of frontman Hamilton Leithauser and Walter Martin, bassist Peter Matthew Bauer will also release an album this year. “Lati… More »

By: James Rettig / March 3, 2014 - 1:11 pm

Hamilton Leithauser – “Alexandra” (Feat. Rostam Batmanglij) Video

Just last night, Hamilton Leithauser, the (former?) frontman of the Walkmen and the owner of one of indie rock’s greatest voices, announced the impending release of Black Hours, his debut solo album. And now he’s already shared the video for “Alexandra,” the album’s first single. Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij produced and co-wrote the song, and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 25, 2014 - 10:54 am
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