Watch Wye Oak rework “It Was Not Natural” in a room full of Moogs

Earlier this year, Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack released their sixth studio album as Wye Oak, the introspective, beautifully dense The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs. Just before its release, the duo cut an alternate take of standout “It Was Not Natural,” surrounded by a glut of analog gear in the Sound Lab at Moog’s…

Wye Oak, Eels, and more albums to know about this week

Wye Oak’s sixth album is beautifully dense, while The Deconstruction proves the Eels haven’t lost their touch for melancholic pop, and Dr. Octagon swings for the goddamn fences on Moosebumps. These, plus The Weeknd, No Thank You, Kali Uchis, and many more in this week’s new releases.

Dirty computers, invasions of privacy: The 26 most-anticipated albums of April

April promises another strong, diverse set of new releases to follow up an excellent March, with albums from favorites like Grouper, Wye Oak, and Flatbush Zombies as well as up-and-comers Saba, No Thank You, and Half Waif. There’s also Janelle Monáe’s third full-length, Kali Uchis’ long-awaited debut, the latest from…

Our most-anticipated albums of 2018 (that we know of)

With confirmed releases from the likes of Tune-Yards, Lucy Dacus, and Superchunk—plus expected new albums from My Bloody Valentine, Kanye West, Vampire Weekend, and more—2018 is already shaping up to be another strong year for music. Here are the albums we most look forward to hearing this year (or, at least, that we…

Here’s a new Flock Of Dimes (Jenn from Wye Oak) video, plus Sylvan Esso tour dates

Jenn Wasner has made a ton of great music with Andy Stack under the name Wye Oak: Perhaps you recognize that band from its multiple A.V. Undercover appearances? Last year, Wasner put out what was essentially a solo disc under the name Flock Of Dimes, and today we’ve got the exclusive premiere of her latest video,…

Wye Oak’s Tween is an enthralling glimpse into roads not taken

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Tween isn’t technically Wye Oak’s fifth studio record. The music on the seven-song mini-album dates from the years between 2011’s Civilian and 2014’s Shriek, a period when the duo evolved from a biting indie-rock outfit into a kaleidoscopic synthpop act. Band members Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack even characterize the…

Here’s what’s coming to record stores and streaming services in August

Every Friday, dozens of new records are released into the wild. Some make big splashes, and others sink almost immediately. For most music consumers, it’s almost too much information, and save for those precious few who spend their hours glued to reviews sites and release calendars, it’s hard to know what’s coming out…

Exclusive: Wye Oak and Flock Of Dimes’ Jenn Wasner has a new label, signature guitar

The A.V. Club is the first two bring you two news items about one of our favorite musicians, Jenn Wasner: Most pressingly, the Wye Oak frontwoman’s Flock Of Dimes project has a new label home and a record in the works. The electronically oriented act has signed to Partisan Records, joining a roster that includes Craig…

This week’s Undercover sessions will be released on vinyl

We’re delighted to announce (or sorta re-announce) that this week’s gold-star Undercover sessions—Flock Of Dimes and Sylvan Esso covering Gillian Welch and Crowded House—will be released as a seven-inch single later this year. Partisan Records will issue the single on November 27 in a limited edition of 500, which you…

Bigger and bitchier: A superlative rundown of the best records of 2014 so far

If 2013’s crop of albums made for an embarrassment of rock riches, 2014 has been a bit more sedate. Plenty of good records have come out this year, but there has still not been one universally agreed upon shining star. That critical bell curve makes The A.V. Club’s examination of our favorite records this year into an…

What’s your favorite song of the year so far?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

Exclusive: Here's Wye Oak's creepy new video for "Glory"

Wye Oak’s new album Shriek came out yesterday, and Erik Adams already told you how great it is. Now we’ve got the exclusive debut of “Glory,” a kinda creepy, kinda ’80s video directed by Michael Patrick O’Leary and Ashley North Compton. It features ice cream, cigarettes, gold shoes and beads, and a wristwatch, which…

Reminder: We’ve got two parties in Austin next week, with Bob Mould, Wye Oak, The Hold Steady, and more

Here is your reminder, since this news may have been lost in the shuffle and we don’t want you to miss out: We’re throwing two parties in Austin next week, during the annual South By Southwest hullabaloo. On the evening of Monday, March 10, our brothers and sisters from The Onion are presenting a party at Mohawk with…

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