The 50 Best Albums Of 2019

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For many of us, 2019 has been a year of flux — politically, culturally, professionally, personally. It’s hard to envision what the future might bring since the recent past has shown us that we don’t know half the things we thought we knew. In unsteady times, music can be a balm and also a mirror. More »

Empath – “Drunken Angel / The Other Side” (Lucinda Williams Cover)

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Empath - "Drunken Angel / The Other Side"Empath’s debut Active Listening: Night On Earth is less than six months old, and today they’re already back with new music. The tune in question is a cover of “Drunken Angel” from Lucinda Williams’ 1998 classic Car Wheels On A Gravel Road — which, you may recall, Waxahatchee’s Katie Crutchfield wroteMore »

Stream Empath’s Debut Album Active Listening: Night On Earth

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Active Listening: Night On Earth is exactly what you want from a debut album: energetic and free-wheeling, Empath play like they’ve got something to prove. The band got its start back in 2016 with a handful of home-recorded songs with monster hooks blearing through a heavy bed of noise. The formula hasn’t changed … More »

Empath – “Roses That Cry”

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Empath’s debut album, Active Listening: Night On Earth, was originally supposed to be out by now, but its release date got pushed back — it’s now coming out next week (5/3) — but that just means we get to enjoy one more single from it before the full thing drops. We’ve heard “SoftMore »

Empath – “Hanging Out Of Cars”

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EmpathIn a few weeks, Philadelphia noise-pop crew Empath are releasing their debut album, Active Listening: Night On Earth. Last month, they shared its lead single “Soft Shape,” and today they’re putting out another new track, “Hanging Out Of Cars.” … More »

Artist Portraits From Stereogum Range Life 2019

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bbymuthaStereogum is in Texas for SXSW right now, and on Tuesday and Wednesday, we played host to an unofficial day party showcase at Cheer Up Charlies in downtown Austin. We know how to throw a party, and we got both established names and exciting up-and-comers, many of them pulled from our own BandMore »

Stereogum Range Life 2019 Recap: 2 Days, 24 Bands, 500 Packs Of Gum

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Charly BlissStereogum returned to Texas in full force this year for Stereogum Range Life 2019, throwing a two-day day party in downtown Austin during the SXSW festivities. We took over the indoor and outdoor stages of Cheer Up Charlies on Tuesday and Wednesday, helping to get the week off to a strong … More »

Empath – “Soft Shape” Video

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Last year, Empath released their excellent Liberating Guilt And Fear tape and followed that up in the summer with a 7″ featuring two new tracks, “Polyfoam” and “Only One.” The Philadelphia four-piece landed on our Best New Bands Of 2018 list because of all that, and today … More »

Watch Priests Cover “Christmas Wrapping” At A 3rd Stereogum Christmas Show

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Last week, a few hundred of us came out to hang out with us at our third annual Stereogum Christmas Show, and it fucking ruled. Priests, Empath, and Nervous Dater all played, and they all sounded titanic. As someone who spent seven hours on a train coming up to the show, … More »

25 Great EPs From 2018

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Best EPs Of 2018Every year, the parameters for this list get a little more specious. With the rise of streaming services and the decline of physical media, the distinctions between a 7″ and a 12″ have largely faded away. Today, everything is a “project” or a “collection” or (groan) a “playlist.” Artists are still releasing EPs in name, … More »