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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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Treasure Island Fest 2009 In Photos

This past Saturday and Sunday was the third annual Treasure Island Festival, on San Francisco’s Treasure Island. We sent Josh Bis to capture the weekend…
Amrit Singh | October 20, 2009 - 9:31 am

Austin City Limits 2009 In Photos

There was dust, rain, then mud. There was Eddie Vedder, sitting in with Kings Of Leon and calling Perry Farrell up onstage with Pearl Jam…
Amrit Singh | October 5, 2009 - 1:51 pm

Monolith 2009 In Photos

While we were rocking the Catskills, enjoying what Wayne Coyne said was “the greatest collection of underground music ever assembled,” dozens of other great indie…
Scott Lapatine | September 15, 2009 - 5:42 pm

New Walkmen Video – “On the Water”

Last weekend the Walkmen gave the Guggenheim Crowd a triumphant take on You & Me's "On The Water." Just in time for their push through…
brandon | August 20, 2009 - 11:51 am

Walkmen Play The Guggenheim, Have Arty Video To Prove It

On Friday (8/14), the Walkmen played the Guggenheim Museum with High Places as part of the "It Came From Brooklyn" concert series. Ray Concepcion captured…
brandon | August 17, 2009 - 10:40 am

Sasquatch! 2009 In Photos

Everybody loves Memorial Day weekend, but nobody loves Memorial Day weekend like those that make it to Sasquatch! As friends have returned from their trek…
Amrit Singh | May 29, 2009 - 9:25 am

New Walkmen Video – “Four Provinces”

In this clip for one of You & Me's many clippable tracks, the Walkmen are a lot like the Polyphonic Spree and Kaki King i…
Amrit Singh | February 3, 2009 - 5:25 pm

The Walkmen Usher “In The New Year” On Conan

On Inauguration Night, Hamilton dedicated this song and its “I know that it’s true, it’s gonna be a good year”s to President Barack Obama. A…
Amrit Singh | January 27, 2009 - 3:50 pm

The Walkmen/Beach House/Johnny And The Moon @ Henry Fonda Theater, Los Angeles 1/20/09

While the Obamas were busy party hopping in D.C., the Walkmen were toasting the new age in American politics with a show at Los Angeles’…
Amrit Singh | January 21, 2009 - 12:12 pm

Ryan Adams Sings While His Black Cab Drives A Straight Line

The Black Cab Sessions latest posting features a session with Ry, joined in the backseat and on additional guitar/harmonies by Cardinal mate Neal Casal, singing…
Amrit Singh | January 9, 2009 - 11:26 am

The Walkmen Perform With Record Store Men

When the Walkmen released their fine fourth album You & Me, musically able employees at the Nashville record store Grimey's New and Preloved Music decided…
brandon | October 16, 2008 - 11:55 am

The Walkmen Go For A Walk In San Francisco

The Walkmen's fourth album You & Me is powered, largely, through a dense, dark ambiance and Hamilton Leithauser's raw howl. If you strip away the…
brandon | September 26, 2008 - 12:21 pm

New Walkmen Video – “In The New Year”

As we said on premature evaluation day: unexpectedly, the Walkmen are a band that matters in 2008, and You & Me is one for the…
Amrit Singh | August 28, 2008 - 9:55 am

The Walkmen, Awkwardly Interviewed By Fox 5

There’s also a performance of “On The Water,” and despite how much we love You & Me, it’s the awesomely awkward banter that’s worth the…
Amrit Singh | August 20, 2008 - 8:47 am

The Walkmen Cover Neil Hagerty, Royal Trux

When the Walkmen stopped by Daytrotter recently, they decided to make it Neil Hagerty tribute day, covering "Yellow Kid" from Royal Trux's 1998 album Accelerator
brandon | August 4, 2008 - 3:25 pm

The Walkmen’s You & Me Is $5 On Amie Street

That price is good for three weeks — you pay $5 (buy here), and Amie Street gives $5 to a charity close to the heart…
Amrit Singh | July 29, 2008 - 11:39 am

Premature Evaluation: The Walkmen – You & Me

Before we got to soak-in the woozy organ and raw yelps of "In the New Year," the last taste we had of the Walkmen wa…
stereogum | July 11, 2008 - 9:12 am

New Walkmen – “In The New Year”

At the beginning of the month, we mentioned the Walkmen's forthcoming fourth collection You & Me. The press release name-dropped Elvis, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison,…
brandon | June 19, 2008 - 3:46 pm

The Walkmen Ready For You & Me

New Walkmen album on the way, everybody. We got our last listen of new stuff from Ham & Co. a year ago with the one…
Amrit Singh | June 6, 2008 - 11:40 am

New Walkmen – “Lemon Hill”

Good news/bad news for Walkmen fans. Despite the band’s brash display of three new tunes this past year (“Red River” for Spidey 3, “I Lost…
Stereogum | June 27, 2007 - 11:41 am