Featured LVL UP stories

2018 In Review

In Memoriam: Bands We Lost In 2018

Another year gone by means a few dozen more popular bands broke up, but not Coldplay. (No offense to them but imagine how psyched people…
Scott Lapatine | December 12, 2018 - 12:19 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Please wish our very own Gabriela Tully Claymore a happy birthday. She shares the date with North West, Ice Cube, Neil Patrick Harris, and Courtney…
Stereogum | June 15, 2018 - 5:54 pm

2016 In Review

Stereogum’s 100 Favorite Songs Of 2016

Is anything more personal than a favorite song? Even with our thinking caps on, we all experience music through unrelentingly individual ears. When evaluating entire…
Stereogum | December 6, 2016 - 10:00 am

More LVL UP stories

The Glow – “Beamer” Video

When LVL UP was still a thing, Mike Caridi -- one of the band's three main songwriters -- occasionally put out songs on his own…
James Rettig | November 28, 2018 - 11:39 am

Krill Reuniting For LVL UP’s Final Show

Krill called it quits back in 2015, but the beloved Boston-bred band is getting back together for one night to say goodbye to LVL UP,…
James Rettig | September 24, 2018 - 11:14 am

LVL UP Break Up, Share One Last Song

LVL UP are breaking up. The project began at SUNY Purchase in 2011, when they released their first album, Space Brothers, and moved to Brooklyn…
James Rettig | June 11, 2018 - 10:16 am

Trace Mountains – “Turn Twice”

LVL UP's Dave Benton started Trace Mountains a few years ago with the intent to make some songs on his own. Those efforts coalesced in…
James Rettig | January 9, 2018 - 3:24 pm


Stream EIS: Live At Shea Stadium Feat. Pile, Speedy Ortiz, Krill, LVL Up, & More

Back in March, after receiving a series of violation notices related to zoning and licensing, the beloved Brooklyn DIY venue Shea Stadium launched a Kickstarter
Peter Helman | September 29, 2017 - 10:00 am

LVL UP – “Blur” Video

LVL UP evoke a number of classic '90s rock bands on last year's Return To Love. So do they sound like Blur on "Blur"? Not…
Chris DeVille | March 23, 2017 - 9:31 am

Stereogum’s Austin Oasis 2017 Yearbook

Congratulations to the SXSW Class Of 2017! For the third year in a row, Stereogum presented a marathon show at Austin's Hole In The Wall.
Gabriela Tully Claymore & James Rettig | March 20, 2017 - 2:26 pm

LVL UP – “The Closing Door” Video + Stream Return To Love

LVL UP's fantastic third album (and Sub Pop debut) Return To Love comes out tomorrow (though you can stream it below now), and today the…
James Rettig | September 22, 2016 - 11:02 am

LVL UP – “Spirit Was”

The first two singles from LVL UP's upcoming third album, Return To Love -- "Pain" and "Hidden Driver" -- were about coming to terms with…
James Rettig | September 7, 2016 - 10:21 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Stereogum | August 19, 2016 - 5:43 pm

LVL UP – “Hidden Driver”

What motivates us, pushes us forward? Are we responsible for our own decisions, or we nudged by the guiding hand of fate? Are we our…
James Rettig | August 16, 2016 - 12:31 pm

LVL UP – “Pain”

On their sophomore album, Hoodwink'd (one of 2014's best), LVL UP practiced in shaky self-delusions and disaffected romanticism, doled out in quick and scratchy bursts…
James Rettig | July 13, 2016 - 9:56 am