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MTV’s annual Video Music Awards theoretically exist to honor excellence in the field of music videos. But they’re really about famous people either agreeing on truces or declaring open war on one another, this year more than ever. They’re silly bullshit. And the three high-profile videos that debuted on VMA night are all basically silly… More »

We’re officially five full weeks into 2015, so where do we stand (besides shin-deep in gray-curb slush puddles)? From the sounds of this playlist, we might not be standing at all. We could be bounding through aquariums, huddling in storm-wrecked caves, kneeling in funereal cathedrals, feasting in royal courts, or traipsing around the woods. Thi… More »

It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly five years since Ruban Nielson — the mad genius and mastermind behind Unknown Mortal Orchestra — first started mysteriously posting his music on Bandcamp. In the years since, Unknown Mortal Orchestra have released two increasingly amazing (and at times totally confounding) full-length records of kaleidoscopic psych-pop that… More »

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Watch Toro Y Moi Cover Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s “Multi-Love”

Toro Y Moi and Unknown Mortal Orchestra are two good but perpetually overlooked and underrated artists, and it makes sense that both of them would…
James Rettig | October 2, 2015 - 11:33 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone” Video (NSFW)

What happens when you're so indecisive that you can't figure out what idea you want to pursue for a music video? You try to cram…
James Rettig | September 3, 2015 - 10:46 am

Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra Perform With Connan Mockasin On Conan

Unknown Mortal Orchestra were just on Seth Meyers two weeks ago, but they already made another late-night stop on Conan yesterday to promote their new…
James Rettig | August 26, 2015 - 9:49 am

Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra Get Magnetically Weird On Seth Meyers

Slowly but surely, the Seth Meyers version of Late Night is turning into the same sort of dependable source for music that Jimmy Fallon's versio…
Tom Breihan | August 13, 2015 - 9:59 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Ur Life One Night” Video

Unknown Mortal Orchestra's excellent, funky third album Multi-Love came out earlier this year, and today the band have shared a video for "Ur Life One…
Caitlin White | July 29, 2015 - 11:20 am

Jackson Boone – “Moonbeam” (Stereogum Premiere)

The soft, billowy sounds of Portland's Jackson Boone flourished when he joined forces with Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Riley Geare, Radiation City bassist Randy Bemrose, and…
Misha Sesar | July 15, 2015 - 10:09 am

Artist Portraits From Bonnaroo 2015

If you didn’t make it down to Bonnaroo, chances are you checked out the livestream that we hosted here on the site, or at least…
Stereogum | June 15, 2015 - 2:57 pm

Stream Unknown Mortal Orchestra Multi-Love

Multi-Love is the first Unknown Mortal Orchestra album that Portland-by-way-of-New-Zealand frontman Ruban Nielson didn't record entirely alone, and it shows. He feels like isolated here,…
James Rettig | May 18, 2015 - 8:51 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Can’t Keep Checking My Phone”

Funk has sashayed its way back into the forefront of music, and almost no one is incorporating it better than Unknown Mortal Orchestra. Maybe it'…
Caitlin White | April 20, 2015 - 1:31 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Multi-Love” Video

In an interview with Stereogum last month, Unknown Mortal Orchestra's Ruban Nielson announced that the band will release their third full-length this fall. So far,…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | March 25, 2015 - 10:13 am

Third Unknown Mortal Orchestra Album Nearly Complete

We don't know when, exactly, but the quirked-out New Zealand-via-Portland psych-pop trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra will have a new album for us soon. On Facebook,…
Tom Breihan | January 8, 2015 - 9:06 am

Photos: Pickathon 2014

This past weekend, the 2014 Pickathon Music Festival was held, as always, at the Pendarvis Farm in Happy Valley, Oregon, just outside Portland. Major draw…
Stereogum | August 4, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Photos: Austin Psych Fest 2014

This past weekend Austin Psych Fest hosted a ton of great bands that generally would fall under the umbrella of being psychedelic. That is a…
Miles Bowe | May 5, 2014 - 4:33 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “SB-01″

Here's how the Portland-via-New Zealand indie trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra spent their Christmas: Posting a mysterious new 22-minute mostly-ambient instrumental called "SB-01" to their Bandcam…
Tom Breihan | December 26, 2013 - 1:03 pm

Stream Unknown Mortal Orchestra Blue Record EP

Portland/Kiwi combo Unknown Mortal Orchestra's follow up to January's sophomore set II is an acoustic EP called Blue Record. (Somebody tell Baroness!) It features spare…
Chris DeVille | October 29, 2013 - 12:25 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Swing Lo Magellan” (Dirty Projectors Cover)

Next month Unknown Mortal Orchestra will release a follow-up EP to this year's II called Blue Record. The EP will include acoustic versions of album…
Claire Lobenfeld | September 10, 2013 - 12:10 pm

Photos: Øyafestivalen 2013

In its 12th year, Øya Festival brought another diverse set of artists to Oslo’s Medieval Park over four days last week. Among the performers were…
Stereogum | August 14, 2013 - 10:45 am
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