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Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

A few years back, a critical mass of musicians started making R&B steeped in the sort of art-damaged signifiers indie rock has traditionally claimed as its own. This wasn’t the first time rhythm & blues had pushed boundaries; legendary figures from Curtis Mayfield to Prince to Missy Elliott managed to get some of the most… More »

The first thing you notice, of course, is the lack of guitar. That’s been the hook ever since the announcement of Wye Oak’s new album Shriek. Ever since we got our collective first taste via “The Tower.” After skipping up to the front of the class of “Bands That Make Guitar Music Invigorating And Exciting… More »

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Wye Oak, Dr. Dog, Dawes To Perform With Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

In their centennial 2015-2016 concert season, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra is partnering with WTMD-FM 89.7 as part of Pulse, a new concert series to appeal to the “next generation.” Pulse is bringing indie rock bands to the stage alongside Baltimore’s esteemed classical ensemble. On Tuesday, they announced that Dawes, Baltimore’s own Wye Oak, Dr. Dog,… More »

By: Misha Sesar / July 9, 2015 - 12:10 pm

Watch Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner & Sylvan Esso Cover Crowded House & Gillian Welch Together

Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner records synthy, reberby music on her own under the name Flock Of Dimes. And as Flock Of Dimes, she’s lately been on tour with solid-gold dance-poppers Sylvan Esso. Together, Wasner and Sylvan Esso recently took part in the A.V. Club’s A.V. Undercover video series. Wasner did a pretty stunning version of… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 18, 2015 - 2:34 pm

Wye Oak – “Despicable Animal (Moss Of Aura + Future Islands Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Since the release of Wye Oak’s excellent, nearly guitar-less LP Shriek, the Baltimore duo have contributed synthy remixes to songs from Wilsen and Sylvan Esso. Now it’s other artists’ turn to remix Wye Oak. With a digital-only deluxe edition of Shriek out today, the band have shared a stunning remix of album track “Despicable Animal”,… More »

By: Aaron Lindenberg / April 28, 2015 - 10:01 am

Wilsen – “Sea To Sea (Wye Oak Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Tamsin Wilson’s voice is so intimate that her atmospheric indie pop feels like a long phone call with a significant other. It’s only fitting that she’s caught the attention of Wye Oak, a band known for merging subtle, commanding vocals with powerful instrumentals. The Baltimore duo have given Wilsen’s gentle ballad “Sea To Sea” a… More »

By: Aaron Lindenberg / February 18, 2015 - 2:26 pm

Sylvan Esso – “Play It Right (Wye Oak Remix)”

With Shriek’s move over to the synth-ier side of things, Wye Oak now have more in common stylistically with Sylvan Esso than they ever would have previously, and this remix of “Play It Right” feels very appropriate. The duo adds a few new elements to the song, gradually turning the track into a noisy, clamoring… More »

By: James Rettig / January 20, 2015 - 2:09 pm

Download New Cover Songs And Watch A Short Documentary Celebrating 25 Years Of Merge

North Carolina-based Merge Records is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. From taking over baseball games to planning their own four-day festival, they’ve been doing so in style. The next part of their celebration is a 24-minute documentary chronicling the rise of the indie label. It features interviews with employees and artists and narration from… More »

By: James Rettig / July 8, 2014 - 7:47 pm

Watch Wye Oak Cover Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill” For A.V. Club

Every year the A.V. Club does its Undercover series, which begins with a big list of songs and each week allows a band to pick one of those songs to cover. The catch is, once that song is covered, it is crossed off the list, and the choices become more limited. Wye Oak now have… More »

By: Miles Bowe / June 3, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Watch Wye Oak Cover Kate Bush’s “Running Up That Hill”

Kate Bush’s 1985 single “Running Up That Hill” conjures a soulfully dusky vibe not far off from the feelings Wye Oak elicited on their bass-and-keyboards excursion Shriek, so it’s a perfect fit for the Baltimore duo to cover on tour. And cover it they did Tuesday to kick off their encore at Washington, DC’s 9:30… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 8, 2014 - 9:45 am

Wye Oak – “Glory” Video

The Baltimore duo Wye Oak released their synth-dominated new album Shriek a few days ago, and now they’ve made a video for the grandly fidgety single “Glory.” It’s a weird one. Michael Patrick O’Leary and Ashley North Compton directed the video, which is full of oblique imagery: Blank-faced young blonde women, ice cream cones, cigarettes,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 30, 2014 - 1:58 pm

Stream Wye Oak Shriek

Wye Oak’s Shriek arrives with a Liars-like conceptual conceit: After evolving into masters of the guitar-driven mood piece over the course of three LPs, the Baltimore duo has dispensed with guitars altogether this time out in favor of bass-heavy synth music. On early singles “The Tower” and “Glory,” that self-imposed restriction seemed to be working… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 21, 2014 - 10:05 am

Wye Oak – “The Tower” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

The Tower” was our first sample of Wye Oak’s new guitar-free sound, and now it’s also the first video from the Baltimore duo’s forthcoming Shriek. Although the song’s bounding lope is tinged with melancholy, the video is pure whimsy. Ben O’Brien’s clip finds a crew of painters getting all Mary Poppins on us in the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / April 2, 2014 - 10:02 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We skipped 5 Best Songs last week due to SXSW, and came back to a Week In Music so overcrowded with options that we could have easily filled two or more such lists and still had worthy songs to argue about. Remember this when you note the absence below of, say, Lykke Li or AgallochMore »

By: Stereogum / March 21, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Wye Oak – “Glory”

So far from Wye Oak’s guitar-free, synth-heavy Shriek we’ve heard the elegantly stomping lead single “The Tower” and a live rendition of the grooving twilight slow jam “Before.” Now another studio recording has surfaced, a blustery, uptempo bass burst called “Glory.” This scans as the most aggressive sound on the record so far as well… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 17, 2014 - 1:36 pm

Watch Wye Oak Play New Song “Before” At SXSW

Hey, here’s some more SXSW stuff! You’re not sick of that yet, right? Baltimore duo Wye Oak are in town, and they’re getting ready to release the synthed-up, guitar-free new album Shriek; we’ve already posted first single “The Tower.” Thursday morning, the duo played a session for the Austin radio station KUTX, and they played… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 15, 2014 - 1:40 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Mark Kozelek has now released three songs from the forthcoming Sun Kil Moon LP Benji, and all three have found their way to their respective week’s 5 Best Songs: the brand new “I Watched The Film The Song Remains The Same” is in the upper half of this week’s list. That’s a pretty good sig… More »

By: Stereogum / January 31, 2014 - 3:49 pm

Wye Oak – “The Tower”

2011’s Civilian, the last album from the Baltimore duo Wye Oak, was a small masterpiece of longing, fuzzed-out, down-the-middle indie rock. But even though they’re great at that sound, Wye Oak aren’t content to stick with it. The band has just announced plans to release the new album Shriek this spring, and first single “The… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 29, 2014 - 9:27 am

Watch Dan Rossen, Robin Pecknold, Hamilton Leithauser, And Victoria Legrand Cover Gene Clark In Brooklyn

The four-date indie rock all-star tour in tribute to Gene Clark’s 1974 album No Other made its final stop last night in at Brooklyn’s Music Hall Of Williamsburg. As advertised, Grizzly Bear’s Daniel Rossen, Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pecknold (still closely shorn!), the Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser, Beach House’s Victoria Legrand, and Fairport Convention’s Iain Matthews were… More »

By: Chris DeVille / January 26, 2014 - 5:21 pm
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