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When Nathan Williams isn’t bringing snotty pop-punk back as the frontman of Wavves, he and his brother Kynan are making instrumental rap mixtapes under the name Sweet Valley. They’ve already made three of the things, and the fourth, entitled SV, hit the internet today. Check it out below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 11, 2013 - 1:46 pm

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Once again, the best piece of music-related video wasn’t a music video this week; it was this haunting performance from Neil Young and Willie Nelson, and we can thank CMT, of all possible cable networks, for its existence. (Jim James on Letterman was also pretty great.) Meanwhile, weirdo giants of the music-video field like NabilMore »

By: Tom Breihan / June 21, 2013 - 12:37 pm

Wavves – “That’s On Me” Video

Punk weirdos Wavves release another oddball clip with “That’s On Me.” This one is way less trippy than “Afraid Of Heights,” but still contains multitudes of absurdity. Whether it’s a suit seeking stress-relief via slicing up soda bottles or parody metal dude standing in for Nathan Williams, the video is filled with quirk. Check it… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 19, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Watch Wavves Play Letterman

Four takeaways from Wavves’ performance of the Afraid Of Heights single “Demon To Lean On” on last night’s episode of the Late Show With David Letterman, which marked the band’s late-night TV debut: 1. Nathan Williams has a better live singing voice than most of us have given him credit for. 2. Some Letterman producer… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 28, 2013 - 9:34 am

Wavves – “Afraid Of Heights” Video

Here’s the BLACK // DOCTOR-directed clip for Wavves’ “Afraid Of Heights” from their new album of the same name and yowza what a video! At first I was getting very serious John Waters Fever Dream But Without The Polish vibes from its beginning but it goes a wholly different route that is more on par… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / March 26, 2013 - 12:18 pm

Stream Wavves Afraid Of Heights

I saw it firsthand last week, so I can say with great certainty that Wavves still incite stagediving frenzies when they play live. But their records have been growing more and more polished and accessible every time out, and the new one Afraid Of Heights promises to be a pretty professional piece of snot-stomp craftsmanship. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 18, 2013 - 9:22 am

Wavves – “Demon To Lean On” Video

California punk rocker Wavves is about to release the new album Afraid Of Heights, and today he gives us the video for the polished and extremely catchy snot-anthem “Demon To Lean On.” BLACK//DOCTOR directs the video, which tells the story of a kid who wakes up in a junkyard and soon discovers the warlike scavenger… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 11, 2013 - 1:45 pm

Wavves – “Demon To Lean On”

A little while back, Wavves announced an impending new album and shared the track “Sail To The Sun.” And now we know a few more things about the LP: It’s called Afraid Of Heights, the duo made it with producer John Hill, and frontman Nathan Williams says that, “The general theme of the record i… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2013 - 9:14 am

Hear Merry Indie X-Mas, Featuring Parodies Of Bon Iver, Beach House, xx, Das Racist, & More

When we posted the 10 Best Indie Christmas Songs we limited our list to yuletide jamz that actually exist. Animal New York took a different tack, imagining what holiday songs would sound like if they were covered by folks like Bon Iver, the xx, Wavves, Beach House, Das Racist, and others. (Adam Horne of BearMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 23, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Wavves – “Sail To The Sun” Video

Wavves are coming back with a new album this spring, and they worked on it with pop producer John Hill. First single “Sail To The Sun” is a fast, snotty rager that sounds a lot like the songs Williams always writes, but it’s cleaner and more direct than any of his older stuff; he’s going… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2012 - 1:11 pm

Wavves – “Hippies Is Punks”

Last week on Twitter, Wavves’ Nathan Williams promised a new song was imminent, and voila, here we go. “Hippies Is Punks” debuts today as part of Adult Swim’s Singles Series; it’s a bit cleaner-sounding than the band’s recent releases, Life Sux and King Of The Beach, but it retains their sharp songcraft and ultra-caffeinated energy/attitude. More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 6, 2012 - 1:01 pm

Play The Wavves Video Game

Last October, Pitchfork reported that Wavves’ Nathan Williams was working on a video game with NYC fashion label/tastemaking outfit Mishka. Then, people sort of forgot about it. But now, it’s out! And it’s based on the NES game Paperboy but filled with characters from the Wavves universe. Oh, and also, you sell weed instead of… More »

By: Corban Goble / April 30, 2012 - 3:43 pm

Mr. Little Jeans – “Runaway (Wavves Remix)”

Here’s Wavves’ rework of Mr. Little Jeans’ anthemic “Runaway,” a remix that gives the track a little more pronounced backbeat as well as adding a little color via some good, old-fashioned psychedelic sampling. Stream it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 6, 2012 - 11:52 am

Wavves Covers The Misfits

At some point, pretty much every American punk band has to cover the Misfits. It’s practically a requirement. My own high school band only played two shows, but we still found time to put together a “Last Caress” cover. And we might’ve also done “Teenagers From Mars” too? I forget.

Anyway, Wavves have… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 12, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Best Coast & Wavves Soundtrack Guitar Center Holiday Ad

Wavves and Best Coast double dip in the royalty pot by licensing last year’s “Got Something For You” — originally written for Target — for a Guitar Center holiday ad. Can they do that? I guess they can. Watch the commercial after the jump. More »

By: Corban Goble / December 19, 2011 - 9:51 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

We actually got a ridiculous number of strong, visually striking music videos this week: everything on this week’s list is pretty much must-see. And it does my heart good to see that two of them come from my two favorite albums of 2011 thus far, Past Life Martyred Saints and Father, Son, Holy Ghost. (There’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 23, 2011 - 4:32 pm

Wavves – “Bug” Video

“Bug” is the last new song to surface from Wavves’ new Life Sux, and you won’t mistake its visual manifestation for anything besides a Wavves video. It features weed, beer, mindless hangs, a Ouija board, a mermaid/stripper with an Uzi, asshole cops and Wavves/Odd Future publicist Heathcliff Berru wielding a gun in what is assumed… More »

By: Corban Goble / September 22, 2011 - 2:36 pm

Wavves – “100%” (Sonic Youth Cover)

On his Twitter this afternoon, Wavves main man Nathan Williams posted an out-of-nowhere cover of Sonic Youth’s classic Dirty opener “100%,” claiming that he recorded his “quick acoustic” version of the track while getting stoned and watching The Price Is Right. I think he was playing fast and loose with the truth, though, because (1)… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 14, 2011 - 4:40 pm

Wavves – “Destroy” (Feat. Members Of Fucked Up)

You’ve heard Wavves’ Nathan Williams’ collab track with his lady, and now here’s another Life Sux track that’s pretty much the opposite of collaborating with your girlfriend, a thrashtastic song called “Destroy” featuring vocals from Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham. More »

By: Corban Goble / September 13, 2011 - 1:42 pm

Progress Report: Wavves

Name: Wavves
Progress Report: Wavves’ main man Nathan Williams talks about how much Life Sux, the elusive Dave Grohl, making a new album, and the relative difficulty of getting into the VMAs with weed in your pocket.

Wavves has been pretty unavoidable lately. From dropping a new EP in the coming week… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / September 12, 2011 - 4:39 pm