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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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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…
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…
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…
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…
Tom Breihan | February 25, 2014 - 10:54 am

The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser Announces Solo Album Black Hours, Out 5/6

UPDATE: Watch the video for "Alexandra," and check out the LP tracklist, here.
Scott Lapatine | February 24, 2014 - 8:42 pm

Watch The Walkmen Reunite In New Orleans; Hamilton Says “This Is The Last Thing We’ll Ever Do”

Last year, we profiled the Walkmen in the weeks leading up to the "pretty extreme hiatus” promised by bassist/organist Pete Bauer in late November. Their…
Scott Lapatine | February 16, 2014 - 10:54 pm

Walter Martin – “Sing To Me” (Feat. Karen O)

In our profile on the pre-hiatus Walkmen, one of the interesting future projects discussed was from Walter Martin. Martin had been working with the idea…
Miles Bowe | February 10, 2014 - 10:57 am

Watch Dan Rossen, Robin Pecknold, Hamilton Leithauser, And Victoria Legrand Cover Gene Clark In Brooklyn

The four-date indie rock all-star tour in tribute to Gene Clark's 1974 album No Other made its final stop last night in at Brooklyn's Music…
Chris DeVille | January 26, 2014 - 5:21 pm

The Walkmen To “Reunite” For NBA All-Star Weekend Concert

Well, that didn't take long. The Walkmen, who announced an "extreme hiatus" and played a goodbye show in Philadelphia last month, will headline a concert…
Scott Lapatine | January 7, 2014 - 7:32 pm

Watch Video From The Walkmen’s Last Pre-Hiatus Show In Philly Last Night

The Walkmen announced their "extreme hiatus" on Black Friday -- though, as the extensive Walkmen profile we published today explains, that break was a long…
Chris DeVille | December 5, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Members Of Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear, Walkmen, Beach House To Cover Gene Clark On Tour

No Other, the 1974 solo album from the former Byrds member, is one of those cult-favorite albums that you're probably never heard of unless you're…
Tom Breihan | December 3, 2013 - 1:46 pm

The Walkmen Announce “Extreme Hiatus”

The Walkmen's upcoming concerts in D.C. (tomorrow) and Philly (Wednesday) will be the band's last for a long time. In an interview with The Washington
Scott Lapatine | November 29, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Walkmen Frontman Hamilton Leithauser Preps Solo LP

Hamilton Leithauser, frontman of the Walkmen, has one of the greatest singing voices in all of indie rock, a suave but ragged croon that he…
Tom Breihan | August 21, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Dessners’ Grateful Dead Tribute To Feature Members Of Vampire Weekend, Bon Iver, The Walkmen, Kurt Vile & The Violators

Aaron and Bryce Dessner of the National are about to record a Grateful Dead tribute album. The band will also include Scott and Bryan Devendorf.
Liz Pelly | August 4, 2013 - 4:17 pm

The Walkmen, Phosphorescent, Friend Roulette, Abadabad @ McCarren Park, Brooklyn 6/15/13

At a blacktop lot in McCarren Park on Saturday, a concert plugged along and the conversation turned to befuddlement: “Is this really a free show?”…
Colin St. John | June 17, 2013 - 2:11 pm

The 10 Best Walkmen Songs

All due respect to Sonic Youth, perhaps the Walkmen should adopt the washing machine as their emblem. And not just any brand: a Maytag model.
Colin St. John | January 10, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Occupy Sandy Benefit Ft. Real Estate, Vampire Weekend, Devendra Banhart, The Walkmen, Cass McCombs, Dirty Projectors @ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity, Brooklyn 11/17/12

On Saturday 11/17, some of indie rock's most prominent names got together to stage a benefit for victims of Hurricane Sandy. Real Estate, Vampire Weekend,…
Michael Nelson | November 19, 2012 - 12:54 pm

The Walkmen – “Dance With Your Partner” & “Vermeer ’65”

A few months ago, the Walkmen released their absolutely excellent new album Heaven, a blissful LP about the pleasures of easing into middle age. And…
Tom Breihan | October 2, 2012 - 4:25 pm