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Mainstream American rock music, as you might recall, was in rough shape in the late ’90s. The Alt-Nation era had run out of road for the most part, giving way to legions of awful post-grunge and nu-metal bands soundtracking extreme energy-drink commercials and extreme-sports video games. These were dark times. This was at a time… More »

Technological currents have carried us ever closer to cyborg status, our smartphones becoming more and more like permanent extensions of our hands. That includes at concerts, where shooting photo and videos on phones has become so commonplace and so constant that bands felt the need to fight back this year. One of 2013’s most prominent… More »

Two massively important alt-rock greats returned to the music-video earlier today, and neither of them is on this list. The Pixies’ “Bag Boy,” their first new song in nine years, soundtracked a disturbing video about a little kid fucking up somebody’s house and added in a visual punchline that was more nasty than funny. And… More »

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The Section Quartet Cover Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Cross-genre’d indie covers are nothing new (see Christopher O’Riley, Brad Mehldau — and remember the jazzy Pavement of Gold Sounds?), but we’ll always love ‘em. Get Jon Brion involved, and we’re sold on the spot. The Section Quartet present Fuzzbox, a two-violin/viola/cello take on acts like Queens Of The Stone Age, Muse, Radiohead, Bowie, the… More »

By: Stereogum / July 18, 2007 - 1:25 pm

New Yeah Yeah Yeahs Video – “Rockers To Swallow”

More nightvision fun from the Glasslands shoot. YYYs keep coming with the Is Is vids; last week they gave us “Down Boy,” but this one’s for the EP’s palm-muted ‘n’ dirty lead track — and it’s got a special place in their hearts and loins. Nick recently told NME that “Rockers” is “one of the… More »

By: Stereogum / June 27, 2007 - 1:02 pm

New Yeah Yeah Yeahs Video – “Down Boy”

Well the results of that YYYs MySpace show in Brooklyn are in, and we finally know (in part) what they were filming: a music video! The clip’s for “Down Boy,” the single from the never-say-no trio’s forthcoming EP of freshly-recorded old tunes. Maybe it’s the night-vision effect, but it doesn’t look like that crowd followed… More »

By: Stereogum / June 21, 2007 - 1:14 pm

Yeah Yeah Yeah Fan Video Shoot Pisses Off Fans

Flickr reports trickle in from the YYYs MySpace getdown in Brooklyn Monday night, where Karen ostensibly opened the doors to the first hundred fans dressed in black and arriving at the Grasslands Gallery, set to enjoy a pair of shows and, obviously, a video shoot. Miss Modern Age selected a few photo highlights to capture… More »

By: Stereogum / May 9, 2007 - 10:41 am

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Want The Ladies, Front To Back And Dressed In Black

Just another reason it’s better in Brooklyn. Via YYySpace:We will be gathering the flesh of the young and old this Monday Evening to rejoice in an unholy manner to songs from the runt of the litter: our brand new EP. A few notes, there is only room for roughly 250 of you for either performance… More »

By: Stereogum / May 4, 2007 - 1:44 pm

Spiderman Unleashes New YYYs, Walkmen Tracks

Peter Parker likes indie now, and like any self-respecting music fan in the digital age, he’s all about showing off his taste on his MySpace page. So head to for previously unreleased (and entirely awesome) cuts from the Walkmen (“Red River”) and YYYs (“Sealings”). So much better than Hoobastank, eh Spidey? Full Spiderman 3:More »

By: Stereogum / April 9, 2007 - 6:47 pm

Stereogum & team9 Present… MySplice: 2006 Mashed Up

UPDATE: Since this post was published, we’ve made MySplice an annual tradition. Listen to and download all editions here.


Do albums matter as much as singles anymore? We like to think so. But 2006 was a great year for indie acts representing with a hot track. We wanted to figure a way… More »

By: Stereogum / December 13, 2006 - 6:00 pm

Karen Talks Demo

Between the apologies and the accusations, Karen O’s demo leak became a certifiable shit storm, and the illustrious Ms. O has acknowledged that, sometimes, that “happens.” She offered her thoughts on the situation in this post to the YYYs message board (Thanks, Roman!):Re: Message From Karen : Leaked Demos, weird me out to the max. More »

By: Stereogum / December 13, 2006 - 10:49 am

The Story Behind The Karen O Demo

Whenever rare, heretofore unheard recordings from our favorite artists “leak” to the internet, we always wonder how the tracks got out there, and it was no different with Karen O’s bedroom demos. Well we may have some answers — from sources close to the situation. Stereogum reader M wrote us this email, with the subject… More »

By: Stereogum / December 11, 2006 - 8:37 pm

Karen (Dem)O

Reader Mark piques our interest with this query:Hey– there was a 16-track album floating around last night of a lot of Karen O’s home recordings. You guys hear anything or manage to snag it? It got pulled off before I had a chance to grab it… Thx mHere’s what we’ve got for ya, Mark: The… More »

By: Stereogum / December 11, 2006 - 3:21 pm

NME’s Albums And Singles Of ’06

‘Tis the season for music journos and bloggers to rank and rate their favorite musical discoveries of the year. And thanks to a fine transcribing soul at ILM, we have NME’s rankings right here. By their lists, this was the year of Hot Chip:50 The Kooks – Inside In / Inside Out
49 Absentee -… More »

By: Stereogum / December 6, 2006 - 10:44 am

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Cover Sonic Youth

Thanks Pitchfork for the heads up about YYY’s iTunes exclusive take on “The Diamond Sea.” So totally worth your 99¢. Get it at iTunes. More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 23, 2006 - 1:37 pm

New Yeah Yeah Yeahs Video – “Cheated Hearts”

With the Internet so busy these days (it’s a series of tubes), our beloved YYYs asked the homegrown YouTube stars of the world to do the Karen O. The resulting music video for “Cheated Hearts” is pretty cute. I like the “Nick” with the camera (funny!). Check it out:… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 13, 2006 - 12:18 pm

Do The Karen O

Speaking of superheroes, over at, they’re having a casting call for the “Cheated Hearts” video. (Via Jason):WE NEED YOU! OUR FANS to be US… the YEAH YEAH YEAHS.

We want to see what you would do if you were playing us in our video for “CHEATED HEARTS” off our new album. We know… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 30, 2006 - 1:04 pm

Yeah Yeah Yeahs @ Bowery Ballroom 2/24/06

[EDITOR’S NOTE: You know the drill. Below is our man Amrit’s third concert review for Stereogum. Next time, he’ll need no introduction. Last night our intrepid reporter was blown away by Karen O’s stage prowess and the band’s new Bones. He also snapped some sweet photos before getting kicked out by security! If you’re going… More »

By: Amrit Singh / February 25, 2006 - 1:30 pm

New Yeah Yeah Yeahs Video – “Gold Lion”

Watch at AOL Music.

I’ll take Jenny Lewis over Karen O, but this vid does have fire. Beavis would approve. And I have to say I’m impressed how Interscope has kept the leaks at bay. Anyone going to the YYYs’ Hoboken show? More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 22, 2006 - 7:52 pm

Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah

Three valentines for your iPod:

Click here for The Flaming Lips – “Yeah Yeah Yeah Song” (MP3 Link Expired)
From At War With The Mystics LP
Click here for Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Let Me Know” (MP3)
From Gold Lion Single
Click here for Nine Black Alps – “Behind Your Eyes” (MP3)
From EverythingMore »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 13, 2006 - 1:25 pm

New Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Gold Lion”

YYY’s new album Show Your Bones is out in March, and, unlike Cat Power, their tour is not cancelled:

Yeah Yeah Yeahs Tourdates
Thu 2/23 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
Fri 2/24 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Sat 2/25 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
Mon 2/27 Chicago, IL Logan Square Auditorium
Wed… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / February 7, 2006 - 9:18 am

Gnip it in the Bud

Calling out a trend when it starts- working the word “Gnarl” into your band gname. More »

By: jim / October 6, 2005 - 2:22 pm

Ben Lee Hearts Karen O

Via New West Records:i went to see the yeah yeah yeahs play live in l.a. last summer. i had one of those ‘zap!’ moments where i saw the entire evolution of humanity played out (from the big bang all the way to space colonization) in a single hand gesture of karen o. i got it… More »

By: Stereogum / March 4, 2005 - 1:30 pm
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