Lala Lala & Grapetooth – “Fantasy Movie” & “Valentine”

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Chicago artists Lala Lala and Grapetooth have teamed up for two new collaborative songs, “Fantasy Movie” and “Valentine.” Lala Lala released a new song, “Legs, Run,” last month, her first new song since 2018’s The Lamb. Grapetooth released their self-titled debut album that same year. The two bands have … More »

Lala Lala – “Legs, Run”

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Lala Lala, the Band To Watch of Chicago’s Lillie West, released their sophomore album, The Lamb, in 2018. Last year, they reissued their debut album, Sleepyhead, and collaborated with WHY?’s Yoni Wolf on a new song. More »

Barrie, Katie Von Schleicher, Lala Lala, & More Contribute Songs To So Many Singing Vol. 2

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So Many Singing Vol. 2 is a forthcoming compilation to benefit immigrant rights, a continuation of a mission established with the 2017 compilation of the same name. It’ll feature contributions from Hovvdy, Christelle Bofale, Renata Zeiguer, Tiny Hazard’s Alena Spanger, Wilder Maker’s Gabriel Birnbaum, post-LVL UP project Spirit Was, and many more. The … More »

WHY? – “We Are Real” (Silver Jews Cover)

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WHY? - "We Are Real" (Silver Jews Cover)Today is World Mental Health Day. In honor of the day and in tribute to the late David Berman, WHY?’s Yoni Wolf has shared a new cover of Silver Jews’ “We Are Real” off the band’s 1998 classic American Water. The track features additional vocals from Lala Lala’s Lillie West and Gabby Smith, … More »

WHY? & Lala Lala – “Siren 042″ Video

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WHY? and Lala LalaOut of all the interviews I’ve done with up-and-coming artists over the years, the name that’s most consistently come up as a musical inspiration is Yoni Wolf, the mastermind behind WHY?. It’s not exactly a surprise — he strikes a balance between art and pop that’s consistently appealing — but it had been a while … More »

Stereogum’s 90 Favorite Songs Of 2018

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Each December, in an effort to celebrate outstanding achievements and commemorate The Year That Was, the pop culture media industrial complex foists lots of lists upon the world. We here at Stereogum are party to that deluge; we shared our collective conclusions about 2018’s best albums a week ago and have been More »

Lala Lala – “Copycat” Video

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Lala LalaWe recently included Lala Lala on our list of the Best New Bands Of 2018 based on the strength of their sophomore album, The Lamb, which came out back in September. They’ve been on the road in the wake of it, and today they’re announcing some headlining dates for early next … More »

Dehd – “Dying For”

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DehdDehd are a Chicago trio comprising Emily Kempf (formerly of Lala Lala), Jason Balla (also of Ne-Hi and Earring), and Eric McGrady. They play a form of dreamy, ramshackle indie rock that flashes me back a decade to the rise of Beach Fossils and Real Estate — or at least they do on “Dying For,” … 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 »

Stream Lala Lala’s New Album The Lamb

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Lala LalaThe Lamb is a deeply personal album, about addiction and death and paranoia, but Lillie West treats those unspeakables like an open secret, finding universality in all of that hurt. It’s her second album as Lala Lala, and the Band To Watch has evolved in the years since her 2016 debut, Sleepyhead, both … More »