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We interviewed a lot of people in 2015. I know this because, in order to compile this list, I read upwards of 60 Q&A’s with a wide array of artists who would go on to define the year. A lot of the interviews we published this year focused on process, but the byproduct of having… More »

Up until yesterday morning, this was a pretty bleak week for music videos. Then an American hero came along to save us all. Her video is below, as are four others. … More »

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 »

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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 Bandcamp…
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

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 Otis…
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's…
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 belongs…
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 when…
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 symbolizes…
Corban Goble | September 18, 2012 - 10:46 am