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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

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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Stereogum | August 19, 2016 - 5:43 pm

Interview

Rejected By Record Store Day, Father/Daughter Details Its Compelling Faux Real II Comp

The problems with Record Store Day have been well-documented. What started out as an event to promote independent record stores is still that -- in…
James Rettig | February 11, 2015 - 11:54 am

More LVL UP stories

Premiere

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

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

Stream LVL UP Three Songs

LVL UP are following last year's sophomore album, Hoodwink'd, with a three-track EP fittingly dubbed Three Songs. The new ones feel like a natural extension…
James Rettig | July 15, 2015 - 1:16 pm

LVL UP – “DBTS” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

LVL UP made one of the best albums of the year, and one of the many instant-classics populating the tracklist is "DBTS," an anthem for…
James Rettig | January 5, 2015 - 10:59 am

2014 In Review

The 50 Best Albums Of 2014

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…
Stereogum | December 2, 2014 - 9:39 am

LVL UP – “Big Snow”

If you haven't heard LVL UP's new full-length, Hoodwink'd, make sure that you do -- it's one of my favorite albums of the year, a…
James Rettig | October 13, 2014 - 7:13 pm

Stream LVL UP Hoodwink’d (Stereogum Premiere)

"So am I being hoodwinked to even think that I could love you?" That question looms over everything on LVL UP's masterful sophomore album. It's…
James Rettig | September 16, 2014 - 10:42 am
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