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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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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “So Good At Being In Trouble (Black Noi$e Remix)” (Feat. Killer Mike & Mr. Muthafuckin’ eXquire)

The twitchy Portland/New Zealand skewed-pop trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra aren't exactly the first indie-pop band you'd expect to line up remixes with guest raps, but…
Tom Breihan | July 16, 2013 - 11:33 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “(Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay” (Otis Redding Cover)

During a recent appearance on Mark Riley's BBC Radio 6 show, Unknown Mortal Orchestra applied the mellow syrup of their current album II to Oti…
Claire Lobenfeld | June 13, 2013 - 11:47 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

This week's top clips tended toward the brighter, flipper side of things. Because summer, probably! But before we dive into the quirk and laughs, there'…
Amrit Singh | May 31, 2013 - 4:05 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “From The Sun” Video

"From The Sun," the kick-off cut from Unknown Mortal Orchestra's sophomore album II is, like its namesake, bright and warm and feels like it belong…
Claire Lobenfeld | May 29, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Rà-àkõ-st” (Lindstrøm Cover)

It shouldn't be expected that Unknown Mortal Orchestra would be dolling out new tunes so quickly after the release of their excellent sophomore LP II
Claire Lobenfeld | April 24, 2013 - 2:51 pm

Photos: Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Wampire @ Aladdin Theater, Portland 4/5/13

Unknown Mortal Orchestra played a homecoming show at Aladdin Theater in Portland over the weekend. Wrapping up their tour with fellow Oregonians and recent BTW
Stereogum | April 8, 2013 - 11:49 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark) (Lindstrøm Remix)”

"Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)" from Unknown Mortal Orchestra's recent LP II is quaint and lackadaisical, all clean riffs and soothsaying vocals. When Norway…
Claire Lobenfeld | April 3, 2013 - 1:50 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)” Video (NSFW-ish)

The video for "Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)," a flinty and idiosyncratic indie-pop song from Unknown Mortal Orchestra's new album II, has a cast…
Tom Breihan | March 4, 2013 - 8:55 am

Wampire – “Spirit Forest”

On "Spirit Forest," Portland duo Wampire show how you can take a few simple elements and combine them to create something greater than its parts.
Miles Bowe | February 28, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Watch Unknown Mortal Orchestra Play Fallon

Before last night, the Portland/New Zealand indie-pop trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra had never shown their faces on American television. But they still looked pretty casual…
Tom Breihan | February 26, 2013 - 10:22 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “So Good At Being In Trouble” Video

Today, the twitchy indie trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra release sophomore album II, and they've also chosen this morning to drop their video for the surprisingly…
Tom Breihan | February 5, 2013 - 9:31 am

Stream Unknown Mortal Orchestra II

The Portland/New Zealand tricky psych trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra return in two weeks with their sophomore album II, and the two early singles we've posted…
Tom Breihan | January 21, 2013 - 10:07 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “So Good At Being In Trouble”

"So Good At Being In Trouble" is the second single from Unknown Mortal Orchestra's sophomore album II. It's a laid back tune with a heavy…
Claire Lobenfeld | January 15, 2013 - 11:40 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark) (Little Dragon Remix)”

Unknown Mortal Orchestra's original "Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)" is a mellow, sweetly gauzy pop track. The thing about sharks is that even whe…
Claire Lobenfeld | January 9, 2013 - 11:24 am

Sky Ferreira – “Everything Is Embarrassing (Unknown Mortal Orchestra Remix)”

At the 12.12.12 concert the other night, Brian Williams panned over to his tank of phone operators, previously filled by the celebrity likes of Whoopi…
Amrit Singh | December 14, 2012 - 10:50 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Swim And Sleep (Like A Shark)”

Here's the first look at Unknown Mortal Orchestra's forthcoming LP on Jagjaguwar, a glimmering rock track called "Swim And Sweep (Like A Shark)." It symbolize…
Corban Goble | September 18, 2012 - 10:46 am

Melody’s Echo Chamber – “Endless Shore” & Unknown Mortal Orchestra Cover

In May, we posted the debut single from the one-woman outfit Melody's Echo Chamber, a psych-tinged pop track called "Crystallized" recorded by like-minded collaborator Kevi…
Corban Goble | July 10, 2012 - 3:16 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “I’ll Come Back 4 U”

Every summer, the people at Adult Swim give us a free song a week through their Adult Swim Singles Series, showing a hit rate and…
Tom Breihan | June 18, 2012 - 4:08 pm

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Nerve Damage” Video

For an indie band with only one album, Unknown Mortal Orchestra sure have a lot of videos: "Little Blu House," "Ffunny Ffriends," "Bicycle," "Thought Ballune,"…
Tom Breihan | April 4, 2012 - 10:38 am

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – “Strangers Are Strange” Video

Never strangers to an odd video concept, Unknown Mortal Orchestra's new clip for "Strangers Are Strange" involves a highly-stylized, excessively amateur stakeout. Watch the Sam…
Corban Goble | February 20, 2012 - 2:15 pm