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 »

Illuminati Hotties – “I Wanna Keep Yr Dog”

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When Illuminati Hotties played SXSW last year — back when they were the best band that almost no one saw — they whipped out a then-unreleased banger called “I Wanna Keep Yr Dog,” which they’ve been consistently playing live ever since. It feels fitting, then, that a studio version of the track should … More »

Palehound, Sidney Gish, Worriers, & More Cover Magnetic Fields On You Can Sing Me Anything: A Tribute To 69 Love Songs

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Magnetic Fields69 Love Songs is ambitious all by itself. A few dozen songs from anyone would be a significant feat no matter what, but part of why Stephin Merritt has become a touchstone for many artists and endured for so long is because he writes at a humungous volume but makes it look easy. And best … More »

illuminati hotties – “The Way You Say Good-Night” (The Magnetic Fields Cover)

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Magnetic Fields Tribute CompilationThe Magnetic Fields’ 69 Love Songs turns 20 years old next year. It stands as one of Stephin Merritt’s most popular and beloved songwriting exercises, and a lot of artists have cited it as a huge inspiration over the last decade. That means it probably isn’t too hard to find musicians that want to pay … More »

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2018

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Best New Bands 2018This fall, an artist found her voice. In A Star Is Born, Ally Campana goes from unknown to sensation in under a year. The movie is unrealistic wish fulfillment, but her upward trajectory embodies our hope for all artists, at least on a smaller scale: to become popular enough to follow their muse without sacrificing … More »

Watch Illuminati Hotties’ Stereogum Session

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Earlier this year, the Sarah Tudzin-led project Illuminati Hotties released their excellent debut album, Kiss Yr Frenemies. It landed on our list of best albums of 2018 so far and was named an Album Of The Week. They’ve been on tour in support of the album for the last couple months, … More »

Illuminati Hotties – “Cuff” Video

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Earlier this year, Sarah Tudzin released her debut album as Illuminati Hotties. We were big fans of Kiss Yr Frenemies — it landed on our best albums of 2018 so far list — and today she’s sharing a new music video for “Cuff,” one of its most striking tracks. More »

The 50 Best Albums Of 2018 So Far

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Have you ever talked to your parents about what it was like to live through the late ’60s? National leaders were gunned down right and left. Entire generations were asserting themselves loudly. War was erupting, and nobody seemed quite certain why. People were walking on the moon. Hippie cults were chopping people up. A few … More »

Album Of The Week: Illuminati Hotties Kiss Yr Frenemies

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Illuminati Hotties - Kiss Yr FrenemiesIf you can appreciate the wit and whimsy that inspires a barely-scraping-by solo musician to name their project Illuminati Hotties, you will also probably dig that project’s debut album. Only halfway through her twenties, LA-based Sarah Tudzin has gotten as good at writing songs as she is naming bands and, not coincidentally, titling albums. Her … More »