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We've Got A File On You

We’ve Got A File On You: Jenn Wasner

We’ve Got A File On You features interviews in which artists share the stories behind the extracurricular activities that dot their careers: acting gigs, guest
Ryan Leas | July 15, 2020 - 11:15 am


The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file -- it's ephemera,…
Stereogum | November 5, 2019 - 8:37 am

Status Ain't Hood

Hemlock Ernst, The Little Indie-Rap Side Project That Could

Samuel T. Herring looks like the dad in a '50s sitcom. He sings in a stately baritone-blues quaver that sometimes unpredictably lurches into death-metal growl…
Tom Breihan | October 30, 2019 - 11:47 am

More Future Islands stories

Future Islands – “For Sure” (Feat. Jenn Wasner)

Future Islands' last album, The Far Field, came out a little over three years ago. In the interim, the band never strayed too far from…
Ryan Leas | July 8, 2020 - 10:01 am

PBDY – “Tears Or Rain” (Feat. Samuel T. Herring) Video

Last week, Future Islands frontman released a new album under his rap alter ego Hemlock Ernst, a full-length collaboration with producer Kenny Segal called Back
Chris DeVille | October 30, 2019 - 2:35 pm

Stream Future Islands Singer Samuel T. Herring’s Debut Rap Album Back At The House

When an indie rock star decides to make a rap record on the side, you should probably be suspicious. (Shout out to Everybody On My
Tom Breihan | October 25, 2019 - 10:38 am

Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal – “Addicted Youth”

For years now, Samuel T. Herring, frontman for the great synthy-indie Baltimore band Future Islands, has been making rap music. Herring raps under the name…
Tom Breihan | October 8, 2019 - 10:35 am

Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal – “Down”

Future Islands frontman Samuel T. Herring has a rap alias known as Hemlock Ernst. He's been featured on a few songs throughout the years, and…
James Rettig | September 26, 2019 - 7:20 pm

Watch Future Islands Play Seven New Songs In Northampton

It's been two years since Future Islands last album, The Far Field, and outside of a one-off track that they released last year as part…
James Rettig | September 2, 2019 - 4:25 pm

Future Islands Once Got R. Kelly Dropped From An Ohio Festival: Report

During its four years of existence, the now-defunct Fashion Meets Music Festival played out like a longform Fyre Fest for Columbus residents. Despite regular boasts…
Chris DeVille | May 22, 2019 - 8:50 pm

Sounding Board

Pearl Jam, NIN, Arctic Monkeys Make NOS Alive 2018 A Thrilling, Rock-Dominated Festival

Over the last 11 years under a few different iterations, Lisbon's NOS Alive has sneakily become one of Europe's more appealing festivals. It isn't hard…
Ryan Leas | July 15, 2018 - 12:28 pm

Nina Kinert – “Chapped Lips” (Feat. Samuel T. Herring) Video

2018 sees Sweden’s Nina Kinert moving away from her Nina K moniker and finally embracing the singer-songwriter label. "Chapped Lips," the second single off her…
Gil Green | May 10, 2018 - 9:22 am

Future Islands – “Calliope”

If there is any such thing as a bad Future Islands song, I haven't heard it. The Baltimore synthpop greats are now more than a…
Tom Breihan | May 3, 2018 - 12:47 pm

The National Announce 2-Day Forest Hills Fest With Jason Isbell, Cat Power, U.S. Girls, & More

The National have announced a new two-day event at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, NY. They're calling it "There's No Leaving New York," and it'll…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | April 9, 2018 - 3:01 pm

Future Islands – “Beauty Of The Road” Video

Baltimore synthpoppers Future Islands have long been one of our great live bands. After releasing the album The Far Field earlier this year, they've followed…
Tom Breihan | December 14, 2017 - 10:11 am
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