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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 »

Back in December, I wrote a profile about the Walkmen that doubled as a maybe-eulogy for the band as they embarked on an indefinite hiatus and various solo projects. It was inevitable that the potential end of the Walkmen elicited, for many, memories of a bygone era of New York and its rock music, but… More »

Somewhere along the line, something went wrong. Things fell out of place, or failed to fall into place to begin with. The general assumption is that Johnny Marr’s set went absurdly long, and that nobody forced Kurt Vile to shorten his in order to get things back on schedule. On subsequent days, photographers and others… More »

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Walter Martin – “Jobs I Had Before I Got Rich & Famous”

When the Walkmen announced their hiatus in 2013, Walter Martin told us that he planned to release an album of music for children. It wasn't…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | November 20, 2015 - 10:59 am

Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon – “How And Why”

Sometime later this month, Hamilton Leithauser and Paul Maroon, two former members of the Walkmen, will release Dear God, a vinyl-only album that they're only…
Tom Breihan | August 10, 2015 - 9:54 am

Watch The Walkmen’s Peter Matthew Bauer Cover St. Vincent’s “Prince Johnny” (Stereogum Premiere)

"Prince Johnny" is one of the best songs off St. Vincent's self-titled release from last year. It's a slow ballad with a striking chorus, ridden…
Grace Birnstengel | August 4, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Hamilton Leithauser – “To Susan On The West Coast Waiting” (Donovan Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Legendary folk musician Donovan will have a tribute compilation out this fall, titled Gazing With Tranquility, through non-profit label Rock The Cause Records. Album proceeds…
Lisa Brown | August 3, 2015 - 9:44 am

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…
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…
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…
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…
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,…
Tom Breihan | November 21, 2014 - 9:42 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…
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…
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
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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…
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…
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…
Tom Breihan | April 3, 2014 - 11:05 am
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