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The Leftovers, an excessively dark series that follows the lives of those left on Earth after an unexplained, Rapture-like event, just completed its first season on HBO. I chatted with the guys from Wampire about the first season, why hopelessness and unanswered questions can be so appealing, and what they hope to see in seaso… More »

A few days late but stacked with excellence, here is your collection of May’s absolute jams. For optimal ease of consumption, you’ll find it here in three forms: a 12-track downloadable zip of the month’s best free MP3s, a 15-song Spotify playlist of May’s finest Spotify-enabled tracks, and to close it out, a 46-track Soundcloud… More »

Portland exports Wampire are a long time in the making. The duo, comprised of Rocky Tinder and Eric Phipps, have been playing music together since they were in middle school — “we started jamming in 2001,” says Tinder — in their hometown Keizer, OR. While this is a lengthy amount of time to have under… More »

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Photos: Project Pabst 2015

Project Pabst took place this past weekend in Portland’s South Waterfront District, and the lineup boasted a collection of acts both young and old. Blondie, the Buzzcocks, Weezer, TV On The Radio, Run The Jewels, Passion Pit, Against Me! and more performed in the stifling heat over the course of two days. Colin McLaughlin captured… More »

By: Stereogum / July 20, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Wampire – “Wizard Staff” Video

At the end of July, we premiered “Wizard Staff,” a single from Wampire’s new album, Bazaar. Today Wampire released the video to go along with “Wizard Staff” — it’s a whimsical depiction of two goofy detectives on the hunt for a wizard who is running rampant around Portland, OR. Directed by Robbie Auspurger, the video… More »

By: Ethan Jacobs / October 9, 2014 - 5:39 pm

Wampire – “The Amazing Heart Attack”

The queasy Portland indie-poppers Wampire, a 2013-vintage Band To Watch, seem poised to move away from their jokey roots on their new album Bazaar. Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jacob Portrait produced the album, recording it live-to-tape in Brooklyn, and it finds the band tackling darker themes than the did on last year’s Curiosity. We’ve already posted… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 9, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Wampire – “Wizard Staff” (Stereogum Premiere)

When we named Wampire a Band To Watch last year, they were a jokey Portland two-piece that evolved from middle-school tomfoolery to twentysomething house-show hijinks. That development has continued: Wampire are a quintet now — a “real band,” if you will — and “Wizard Staff,” the lead single from sophomore full-length Bazaar, sounds a little… More »

By: Chris DeVille / July 31, 2014 - 11:09 am

Wampire – “Giants” Video

We named Portland micro-psych duo Wampire a Band To Watch earlier this year. Since then, their Polyvinyl debut Curiosity has yielded videos for “Orchards” and “The Hearse.” Now comes a third visual, this time for “Giants.” It’s a deranged romance of sorts brought to you by director David Fine. Watch it below. More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 12, 2013 - 4:29 pm

Wampire – “The Hearse” Video

Earlier this year, the Portland indie-pop duo Wampire became a Band To Watch — this, despite them being named “Wampire” and everything — and released Curiosity, their debut album, which Universal Mortal Orchestra’s Jake Portrait produced. Today, they give us their video for the single “The Hearse.” It tells the story of an ’80s-style photo… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 18, 2013 - 11:44 am

Stereogum’s Cruel Summer 2013 Mix

This week, for the 237th time, our country tis of thee will celebrate its Miss Independence. Which means that this week, for the fourth time, our blog will celebrate the arrival of Cruel Summer, our annual heartbreak of a mixtape. Tradition. Times have changed since our 2010, 2011, and 2012 installments. Namely, nobody releases free… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 3, 2013 - 2:09 pm

Wampire – “Orchards” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

BTW alums Wampire release their debut full-length Curiosity today and have dropped a quirky clip for album cut “Orchards” in tandem. The video features the duo on a road trip that goes haywire when an unexpected extra passenger comes along for the ride. It’s the right kind of silly for a band who named themselve… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / May 14, 2013 - 12:42 pm

Wampire – “Trains”

Portland psych-pop duo Wampire are a Band To Watch as of March 2013, and their debut album Curiosity drops in a couple of weeks. We’ve already posted its songs “The Hearse” and “Spirit Forest,” and now we’ve got another one, a carefree guitar-twinkling lope called “Trains.” Download it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 30, 2013 - 10:49 am

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 Wampire, UMO played a drum jam-filled set, including an encore with covers of Jay Reatard’s “My Shadow” and Pink Floyd’s “Lucifer Sam.” Check out Colin McLaughlin’s pictures from the show. More »

By: Stereogum / April 8, 2013 - 11:49 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. The track is far more laid back than their glitzy first single; drums and bass create a groovy foundation, while organs and guitar riffs dance around on top. Like I… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 28, 2013 - 3:11 pm

Wampire – “The Hearse”

The Portland band Wampire traffic in the sort of queasy, staring-into-infinity indie-pop that’s been proliferating ever since Ariel Pink became everyone’s favorite influence to cite. Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Jake Portrait produced the band’s debut album Curiosity, out later this year, and its first single is “The Hearse,” a morbid little bop. Listen below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 16, 2013 - 1:08 pm