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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 »

Name: Why?
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 Snowjams. The project will be limited to 300 copies, and it contains Wolf’s characteristically quirky renditions of songs by Frank Ocean, Pavement, Bob Dylan, Beck, the Smiths, the Cure, the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 12, 2014 - 10:04 am

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 away. On that day this year, Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith with Sky Ferreira, and more will pay tribute to the singer at a concert at Brooklyn’s Glasslands. Other performer… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / October 1, 2013 - 12:27 pm

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 musician, maybe gets a tiny bit creepy about it. So leave it to the densely lyrical art-poppers WHY? to invert that formula completely. Next month, WHY? will release the new… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 14, 2013 - 11:52 am

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 up to the release, but today we’ve got a special treat: The B-side to new 7″ single “Waterlines” is “The Water You Walk,” a Christmas song. I don’t think you have… More »

By: Michael Nelson / December 10, 2012 - 1:41 pm

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 Parks direct. Watch it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / September 27, 2012 - 9:47 am

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’ like an intern with a sunburn,” sings Yoni Wolf, “for what an unturned stone uncovers.” So yes, it’s very much the WHY? you know, albeit a little cleaner and more… More »

By: 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 giving us a taste of the new long-player via the colorful, wobbly “Jonathan’s Hope.” “When I got better from the mumps,” Yoni Wolf starts. “Yes, my swollen nut and neck… More »

By: Corban Goble / August 28, 2012 - 10:09 am

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 against a white backdrop. This is the video for “Sod In The Seed,” a stellar cut and the title track from WHY’s new LP out next week. It’s directed by… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 10, 2012 - 1:34 pm

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:… More »

By: Corban Goble / June 27, 2012 - 10:36 am

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 shows he’s capable of standing alone, sure, but here we get a small army remixing closer “Broken.” Fog/Why?’s Andrew Broder took the lead, adding Jeremy Ylvisaker’s guitar, Martin Dosh’s drums, and… More »

By: 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 NYC’s Pool Parties kick off at the East River State Park, on Sunday the greater Williamsburg area was even more a playground of creatively outfitted drunken dilettantes than usual. Which is saying… More »

By: 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 video treatment for their latest LP Eskimo Snow’s opening two tracks. The transitional moment between the two songs is a moment of silence and a good vibe, and that’s how… More »

By: Amrit Singh / December 1, 2009 - 11:31 am

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 Verse),” from that band’s 1992 EP Watery, Domestic. Wolf is sitting alone at the piano here, so it’s a rearrangement bathed more in the sort of bathos we heard o… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 5, 2009 - 3:31 pm

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 Purse” does include the phrase “earnest hands,” the sentence “still sporting my ex-girlfriend’s dead ex-boyfriend’s boxers,” and cups it all in a plaintive recital piano with backup harmonies — “Mom,… More »

By: brandon / July 14, 2009 - 11:18 am

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 album’s best elements in four-and-a-half minute form. The track’s lyrics start with an extraordinary scene (a la “The Hollows” — there it was spying on two men fucking on a… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 24, 2008 - 12:10 pm

WHY? – Alopecia

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By: 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 as a report. A happy report, actually, as it has to do with WHY? the band, a Stereofave we last checked in with via their heavily rotated The Hollows 12″… More »

By: Stereogum / January 17, 2008 - 10:44 am

WHY? – The Hollows EP

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By: Stereogum / December 6, 2007 - 9:53 am
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