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There are lots of words to toss around when Elliott Smith comes up — brilliant, troubled, influential, tragic, one-of-a-kind — each of which fit the music as much as the man. But if pressed for a single descriptor, I’d choose fragile. More »

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Progress Report: Yoni Wolf talks about the state of WHY? and the band’s sometime-to-be-released new record.

WHY? is one of those bands that will invariably cause you to sound like an asshole when you try and describe them. Hip-hop-inflected indie rock? Folk-hop? I’m gonna stop trying now. I will say,… More »

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Stream Yoni Wolf Snowjams (Stereogum Premiere)

WHY? frontman Yoni Wolf is about to launch a short southern US tour, and he's marking the occasion with a limited edition covers tape called…
Chris DeVille | December 12, 2014 - 10:04 am
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Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith, Sky Ferreira To Play Elliott Smith Tribute Show

It feels like a swift kick to the stomach to say, but on 10/21 it will be 10 years since iconic singer/song-writer Elliott Smith passed…
Claire Lobenfeld | October 1, 2013 - 12:27 pm
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WHY? – “Murmurer” (Stereogum Premiere)

The natural order of things goes something like this: A listener gets really into a musician, learns as much online as he can about that…
Tom Breihan | August 14, 2013 - 11:52 am
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WHY? – “The Water You Walk” (Stereogum Premiere)

Yoni Wolf's WHY? dropped a new LP, Mumps, Etc., in October -- we shared album tracks "Jonathan's Hope" and "Strawberries" in the months leading u…
Michael Nelson | December 10, 2012 - 1:41 pm
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WHY? – “Strawberries” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

WHY?'s Yoni Wolf leads a caravan of colorful folks in the new clip for the new Mumps, Etc. single "Strawberries." Scott Fredette and Alex Park…
Corban Goble | September 27, 2012 - 9:47 am
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WHY? – “Strawberries”

Last month, we heard the first single from the forthcoming WHY? album, the lively, wobbly "Jonathan's Hope," and today yielded the second single, "Strawberries." "Itchin'…
Corban Goble | September 20, 2012 - 2:52 pm

WHY? – “Jonathan’s Hope” (Stereogum Premiere)

In preparation for October's Mumps, Etc., WHY? put out an EP recently, something that re-established the dormant group's offbeat ways in the ecosystem. Today, they're…
Corban Goble | August 28, 2012 - 10:09 am
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WHY? – “Sod In The Seed” Video

Join Yoni Wolf in his rap-sung crisis of self-realization (i.e. check out this WHY? track) as he struts and waves with friends in vibrant clothing…
Amrit Singh | August 10, 2012 - 1:34 pm
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WHY? – “Sod In The Seed”

A while back, we caught up with WHY?'s Yoni Wolf for Progress Report. Here's Yoni on the new material:…
Corban Goble | June 27, 2012 - 10:36 am
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S. Carey – “Broken (Andrew Broder Remix)”

As Jessica mentioned when we posted "In The Dirt," Bon Iver drummer/pianist S. Carey has a solo album All We Grow. The collection show…
brandon | September 21, 2010 - 5:17 pm

Xiu Xiu, Deerhoof, WHY?, Pictureplane, Fang Island @ JellyNYC Pool Party, Brooklyn 7/12/10

Between the World Cup's conclusion hijacking the standard operating procedure of most any establishment serving alcohol and space enough for a TV screen, and Jelly…
Amrit Singh | July 12, 2010 - 6:07 pm

New WHY? Video – “These Hands” / “January Twenty Something”

With the help of director Ben Barnes, Yoni Wolf and his band of bay-area WHY? guys have made a two-part high-def epic out of the…
Amrit Singh | December 1, 2009 - 11:31 am
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Yoni Wolf (WHY?) Covers Pavement

WHY? founding member and lead man Yoni Wolf pays tribute to another adept phrase turner with this cover of Pavement's "Shoot The Singer (1 Sick…
Amrit Singh | August 5, 2009 - 3:31 pm
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New WHY? – “This Blackest Purse”

It's not that this new WHY? song is necessarily emo, and I don't mean to use the term as a value judgment, but "The Blackest…
brandon | July 14, 2009 - 11:18 am
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New WHY? Video – “Song Of The Assassin”

"Song Of The Assassin" is such a great choice for first video from Yoni Wolf's label-resisting WHY? outfit's Alopecia LP, just because it captures the…
Amrit Singh | March 24, 2008 - 12:10 pm
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WHY? – Alopecia

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Amrit Singh | January 20, 2008 - 4:51 pm

WHY? Cover The Cure

That was indeed what we groaned after Korn's butcher job, but as you'll note with the post title's punctuation, this isn't a question so much…
Stereogum | January 17, 2008 - 10:44 am
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WHY? – The Hollows EP

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Stereogum | December 6, 2007 - 9:53 am
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