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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 other… More »

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Outside Lands 2012 In Photos

Over the weekend, thousands of fans flocked to this year’s Outside Lands at Golden Gate Park. Overcast and chilly weather was offset by the fire from the Metallica pyrotechnics and warm vibes from festival attendees. Neil Young & Crazy Horse turned up their guitars to close out Friday, Metallica blew everyone away with their hellfire… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / August 13, 2012 - 6:19 pm

Lollapalooza 2012: Jack White, The Walkmen, Dum Dum Girls, & More

For Saturday’s recap and photos, click here.
For Friday’s recap and photos, click here.
Sunday’s recap below…

In contrast to Saturday’s torrential downpours, emergency weather evacuation, and general air of hecticness, Sunday floated by, with cooler temperatures and even occasional breeziness, to ease out of three long festival days. More »

By: Liz Pelly / August 6, 2012 - 1:27 pm

The Walkmen – “Heartbreaker” Video

Just yesterday, the Walkmen gave us their video for “The Love You Love,” a song from their excellent Heaven album, and they’re already back with another one today. This one’s for “Heartbreaker,” and it has Alex Southam directing Walkmen frontman Hamilton Leithauser as he struts around a scratchy black-and-white New York City, looking absolutely badass. More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 10, 2012 - 5:26 pm

The Walkmen – “Blue Turns To Grey” (Rolling Stones Cover)

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the first Rolling Stones show ever — 7/12/1962 — BBC 6Music is running a series of programs during July to commemorate the occasion. They’re having some of the station’s favorite bands take on classic Rolling Stones tracks, so, without much further ado, here’s the Walkmen’s faithful cover of… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 10, 2012 - 12:13 pm

The Walkmen – “The Love You Love” Video

The Walkmen’s new video for Heaven standout “The Love You Love” is a black-and-white clip that exhibits a vintage science video feel. In it, a weird kid patrols an empty, cavernous house filled with floating Beckoning Cat figurines. Best Video Of The Week alum Sean Pecknold directs. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 9, 2012 - 11:58 am

The Walkmen @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 6/6/12

“This feels like a hometown show.” Only two of five Walkmen call Brooklyn home, but it was “nice to be back at our old stomping grounds” for the band last night. In return, Bowery hosted a sold-out celebration for new millennial indie’s most admirably reliant band and their outstanding new record Heaven — no small… More »

By: Amrit Singh / June 7, 2012 - 12:45 pm

Watch The Walkmen On Fallon

Last night, the Walkmen, fresh off of releasing one of the year’s best albums, came through Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. On the show, they performed “Heaven,” that album’s title track. And as an online bonus, they also did the deep cut “The Love You Love.” And beyond the obvious greatness of the songs and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2012 - 9:05 am

The Walkmen – “Heaven” Video

The Walkmen’s masterful new album Heaven is finally out, and the brand-new video for the title track uses photo collages and archival footage to show the band’s evolution over the years. It turns out they weren’t always quite as suave as they are now. In the video, we see old photos of the band member… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 30, 2012 - 10:27 am

Sasquatch! 2012 In Photos

Washington’s Sasquatch! Festival took place over the weekend, a heavy-hitting four day lineup featuring people like Jack White, St. Vincent. Bon Iver, Beck, Sanitgold, the Shins, Feist, Metric and dozens more. Stereogum contributor Alex Crick was on hand to behold and snap some great shots. Check out his gallery up top. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 29, 2012 - 12:59 pm

Stream The Walkmen Heaven

Heaven is the elegant, understated, utterly gorgeous new album from the Walkmen, and it may well be their best. I got a promo of the thing a few weeks ago, and it’s been on constant rotation ever since. And now the rest of the world gets to hear it, too. Heaven is streaming in it… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 21, 2012 - 10:20 am

Premature Evaluation: The Walkmen Heaven

If the Walkmen were a basketball player, they’d be Tyson Chandler: Charming, erudite, handsome, and smooth, but not flashy or self-aggrandizing. Like Chandler, they bring a fundamental intensity to just about everything they do. Chandler has his muscular low-post moves, and the Walkmen have drummer Matt Barrick, who never overwhelms the songs he plays o… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 18, 2012 - 4:28 pm

The Walkmen – “The House You Made”

The Walkmen will release “Heaven,” the title track of their new record, as a 7”, and today the B-side to that release hit the ‘net. It’s called “The House You Made,” and it’s a gently rising, impressive ballad. Hear it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 15, 2012 - 10:37 am

The Walkmen – “We Can’t Be Beat”

The latest song to emerge from the Walkmen’s upcoming Heaven is the downtempo, penultimate “We Can’t Be Beat,” a track that puts Hamilton Leithauser up front (and Fleet Fox Robin Pecknold on backing vox) with minimal accompanying instrumentation. Leithauser then leads the song into a rousing, joyous jangle of a climax. Stream it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / May 8, 2012 - 10:45 am

Crossing Brooklyn Ferry @ BAM, Brooklyn 5/3/12

The National-curated Crossing Brooklyn Ferry kicked off its weekend-long fest last night and Thursday’s slate featured performances from the likes of the Walkmen, Sharon Van Etten, Twin Shadow, Zs, Jherek Bischoff with David Byrne and more. Stereogum contributor Jessica Amaya was in full effect to document last night’s affair. Check out her photos up top.Today’… More »

By: Stereogum / May 4, 2012 - 12:37 pm

The Walkmen – “Southern Heart”

In the fall last year, the Walkmen started playing a new song called “Southern Heart,” and now the studio version of the track has surfaced online. To recap, we’ve already heard title track “Heaven” and “Heartbreaker” from the Walkmen’s new one. Head to 27:25 below to hear “Southern Heart.”… More »

By: Corban Goble / May 2, 2012 - 9:35 am

The Walkmen – “Heartbreaker”

A couple of days ago, we posted “Heaven,” the driving but lovely first single and title track from the new Walkmen album. And now there’s another track from the album floating out there in the ether: “Heartbreaker,” another excellent track done with the sort of old-school panache that nobody manages quite like the Walkmen. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 18, 2012 - 12:14 pm

The Walkmen – “Heaven”

In February, our T. Cole Rachel spoke with the Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser about their forthcoming, Phil Ek-produced record, which later got a name and a more official announcement. Behold:

STEREOGUM: I’m always fascinated by the role the producer plays with bands, how involved it is sometimes and how not involved it is sometimes. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 16, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Watch The Walkmen Play New Song “Heaven”

Last week, the Walkmen announced the details of their new album Heaven, which I’m pretty much frothing at the mouth to hear right now. The band recently appeared on the Pitchfork.tv show “+1,” which intersperses interviews with live footage, and it gives us a chance to hear them play the new album’s title track at… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 2, 2012 - 12:16 pm

The Walkmen Heaven Details

Earlier this month, great New York indie wailers the Walkmen posted a goofy medley of U2 covers, which they’d apparently recorded in a delirious burst of energy to celebrate the fact that they were done recording their new album. Then, literally minutes after we were done putting together our Most Anticipated Albums list, the band… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 29, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Watch The Bridge Session, National Members Playing With Bob Weir

On Saturday night, Bob Weir, the Grateful Dead legend, played a show at his own TRI Studios in San Rafael, California. At the show, he was backed by a one-off band called the Bridge Session. As Rolling Stone reports, that group included the National’s Aaron Dessner and Bryan and Scott Devondorf, as well as Dovema… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 26, 2012 - 11:25 am