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Musicians Pay Tribute To Elliott Smith, Who Died 10 Years Ago Today

There are lots of words to toss around when Elliott Smith comes up -- brilliant, troubled, influential, tragic, one-of-a-kind -- each of which fit the music…
Chris DeVille | October 21, 2013 - 7:19 am

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Progress Report: Why?

Name: Why? Progress Report: Yoni Wolf talks about the state of WHY? and the band’s sometime-to-be-released new record. WHY? is one of…
T. Cole Rachel | January 27, 2012 - 2:04 pm

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Unreleased Lorde & WHY? Collaboration “Sway” Surfaces

In 2014, WHY?'s Yoni Wolf recorded a song with Lorde. The collaboration came about after someone pointed out lyrical similarities between Pure Heroine's "Still Sane"
James Rettig | October 12, 2017 - 3:10 pm

Stream WHY? Moh Lhean

Yoni Wolf, frontman of the long-running idiosyncratic art-pop project WHY?, has been keeping himself busy with side projects lately, but he hasn't released a proper…
Tom Breihan | February 28, 2017 - 10:58 am

WHY? – “This Ole King” 360° VR Video

WHY? are releasing a new album, Moh Lhean, on 3/3, and today they've shared a video for early single "This Ole King." It's a 360°…
James Rettig | February 24, 2017 - 10:33 am

WHY? – “One Mississippi”

"This Ole King," the first single from WHY?'s upcoming new album Moh Lhean, was a softly stomping acoustic/bongo anthem. Gentle yet gripping, the song suggested…
Pranav Trewn | February 14, 2017 - 12:58 pm

WHY? – “Proactive Evolution”

WHY? will release a new album in March, their first since 2012's Mumps, Etc. We premiered Moh Lhean's debut single "This Ole King" last year,…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | January 13, 2017 - 12:30 pm


WHY? – “This Ole King”

Winter is finalizing its grip with dropping temperatures and days that slip into night before dinnertime. Yoni Wolf is already daydreaming of the brighter months:…
Margaret Farrell | December 15, 2016 - 9:54 am

WHY? Announce New Album Moh Lhean

Yoni Wolf's splintered indie pop project WHY? are coming back after a four-year hiatus since 2012's Mumps, Etc. Their forthcoming full-length is entitled Moh Lhean,…
Collin Robinson | December 6, 2016 - 12:25 pm

Stream Yoni & Geti Testarossa

Before he turned his WHY? project into fractured indie-pop, Yoni Wolf was making dense, expressive indie-rap under the same name. And on a new album…
Tom Breihan | May 2, 2016 - 11:30 am

Yoni & Geti – “Lunchline” (Stereogum Premiere)

WHY?'s Yoni Wolf and Serengeti teamed up half a decade ago on Serengeti's album Family & Friends, a conceptual song cycle couched in off-kilter experimental…
Chris DeVille | March 10, 2016 - 10:57 am

Stream Yoni Wolf Snowjams (Stereogum Premiere)

WHY? frontman Yoni Wolf is about to launch a short southern US tour, and he's marking the occasion with a limited edition covers tape called…
Chris DeVille | December 12, 2014 - 10:04 am

Cat Power, Zachary Cole Smith, Sky Ferreira To Play Elliott Smith Tribute Show

It feels like a swift kick to the stomach to say, but on 10/21 it will be 10 years since iconic singer/song-writer Elliott Smith passed…
Claire Lobenfeld | October 1, 2013 - 12:27 pm

WHY? – “Murmurer” (Stereogum Premiere)

The natural order of things goes something like this: A listener gets really into a musician, learns as much online as he can about that…
Tom Breihan | August 14, 2013 - 11:52 am

WHY? – “The Water You Walk” (Stereogum Premiere)

Yoni Wolf's WHY? dropped a new LP, Mumps, Etc., in October -- we shared album tracks "Jonathan's Hope" and "Strawberries" in the months leading up…
Michael Nelson | December 10, 2012 - 1:41 pm

WHY? – “Strawberries” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

WHY?'s Yoni Wolf leads a caravan of colorful folks in the new clip for the new Mumps, Etc. single "Strawberries." Scott Fredette and Alex Parks…
Corban Goble | September 27, 2012 - 9:47 am