The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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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, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

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

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PBDY - CarewornLast 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 At The House. Today, we published our review, in which my colleague Tom Breihan said it far surpassed his expectations for a rap album from an … More »

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

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Hemlock-ErnstSamuel 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 territory. He dances like an unusually balletic hardcore frontman who has been cast as the lead for a Tennessee Williams play. There is absolutely nothing about Samuel T. Herring, save … More »

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

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Hemlock-Ernst-and-Kenny-Segal-Back-At-The-HouseWhen an indie rock star decides to make a rap record on the side, you should probably be suspicious. (Shout out to Everybody On My Dick Like They Supposed To Be.) But Samuel T. Herring, the endlessly charismatic singer for the heroic Baltimore synthpop dramatists Future Islands, has been rapping since long before … More »

Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal – “Addicted Youth”

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Hemlock-ErnstFor 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 Hemlock Ernst, and it’s not the embarrassing, halfassed side project that you might expect from the not-so-proud history of indie rockers attempting to rap. Instead, Herring has a dusty, insular, … More »

Hemlock Ernst & Kenny Segal – “Down”

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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 next month he’s releasing a full-length project with Kenny Segal, the producer behind Hiding Places, a collaboration with Billy Woods that ranks among our best albumsMore »

Watch Future Islands Play Seven New Songs In Northampton

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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 of Adult Swim’s Singles program, the Baltimore band has been relatively quiet. But over the last week they embarked on a brief Northeastern tourMore »

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

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Future IslandsDuring 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 about “putting Columbus on the map” and such, it amounted to little more than a spectacle to be cackled at, one that probably ultimately did more damage to the city’s … More »

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

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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 for international fests to be more enticing than the ones stateside these days, where lineups have become increasingly repetitive. NOS Alive, like other European festivals, tends to offer something more … More »

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

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Nina Kinert & Samuel T. Herring2018 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 forthcoming album Romantic, is a duet with Samuel T. Herring of Future Islands, and its accompanying music video directed by Palmer Lydebrant is nothing short of cinematic. More »