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Wye Oak debuts a new music video for “The Tower.”

April 2, 2014
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The folks over at Stereogum have the premiere of Wye Oak’s new video for “The Tower,” the lead single off their forthcoming album Shriek, due out April 29 on Merge. In the video, locals Ben O’Brien and Cricket Arrison star as a high-stepping, happy-go-lucky pair of painters who lead a group dance with a...
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Want to see Wye Oak in D.C.? There’s a party bus for that.

January 31, 2014
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Want to see Wye Oak in D.C.? There’s a party bus for that.

With no hometown date scheduled yet for an upcoming tour in support of their new album, Shriek, out April 29, local duo Wye Oak (now featuring less guitar) is instead giving Baltimore fans the option of riding a party bus to and from their May 6 gig at the 9:30 Club. A few quick...
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Beach House leads an all-star group of local and national musicians in a performance of Gene Clark’s No Other

December 3, 2013
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Beach House leads an all-star group of local and national musicians in a performance of Gene Clark’s No Other

Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally of Beach House have put together an all-star, Last Waltz-but-indie lineup for a limited run of four performances of Gene Clark’s  solo album No Other in its entirety, with a show scheduled for January 23 at Floristree. A founding member of the Byrds, Clark released the album in 1974 to...
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Watch the Video for “Drive You Crazy,” the first single from Jenn Wasner and Jon Ehrens’ new band Dungeonesse

November 28, 2012
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We have our first taste of Dungeonesse, the hook-heavy pop group featuring Jenn Wasner, of Wye Oak and Flock of Dimes fame, and Jon Ehrens of White Life. Watch the video for the incredibly dancy “Drive You Crazy” below. A 12-inch with “Drive You Crazy” and “Private Party” is due out Dec. 4 on...
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Jenn Wasner’s Flock of Dimes to Get Its First Physical Release

March 21, 2012
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Jenn Wasner’s Flock of Dimes to Get Its First Physical Release

Flock of Dimes, the solo project of Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, will be getting a proper physical release courtesy of Friends Records. Side A of the 7-inch features a newly mastered version of the previously released track “Prison Bride.” Side B is a “screwed mix” of “I Can’t Tell You Why,” the 1979 hit...
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Riding Along on Wye Oak’s “Holy” Roller Coaster

September 12, 2011
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Riding Along on Wye Oak’s “Holy” Roller Coaster

A roller coaster ride would be a temptingly lazy metaphor to describe either the soft-loud dynamics of Wye Oak’s songs or the runaway success the Baltimore duo’s third full-length Civilian has enjoyed since its release in March. But the new video for “Holy Holy,” directed by Jeremy Johnstone, features the members of the band...
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This Wye Oak Danzig Cover Is Gorgeous and Fantastic

April 19, 2011
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This Wye Oak Danzig Cover Is Gorgeous and Fantastic

“I’m not cool; I’m not badass. It’s an intimidating thing to try and do,” says Jenn Wasner, prefacing Wye Oak’s cover of Danzig’s “Mother,” done recently for the Onion A/V Club’s Undercover cover song series (making them the only band invited back a second time). It winds up fitting the Wye Oak aesthetic perfectly,...
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New Wye Oak Album Streaming at NPR

February 28, 2011
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New Wye Oak Album Streaming at NPR

News you can use: Civilian, the third album from Baltimore duo Wye Oak, is streaming in its entirety over at npr.org until its release date on March 8. You’re welcome.
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Listen to the new Wye Oak record and do it right now

June 10, 2009
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Listen to the new Wye Oak record and do it right now

. . .because The Knot is streaming for free at Merge Records. Hint: not only is it devastatingly pretty, it bests just about everything about If Children, which is, yes, possible. The actual physical record comes out July 21 with a release show at the Ottobar the same day. (HT: Idolator.)
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Embracing That Old Lonesome Sound

February 19, 2009
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Embracing That Old Lonesome Sound

Web zine Splice Today posted a free compilation today you’d be wise to check out. Titled That Old Lonesome Sound after a Jim White quote describing Southern folk music, the compilation, in large part drawn from Baltimore talent, is a collection of current folk songwriters covering folk traditionals to lovely, and powerful, effect. Locals...
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Aural States Throw A Killer Anniversary Party

February 2, 2009
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Aural States Throw A Killer Anniversary Party

Arbouretum | Image by Josh Sisk When the Baltimore music blog Aural States announced it was putting on a show to celebrate its first year of existence, it was hard to predict just what the bill would look like, other than that it would reflect the site’s wide reaching tastes. When the Aural States...
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Last Minute: Wye Oak and Caleb Stine Get Together for “Hope Night” This Sunday

October 23, 2008
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We weren’t able to get this into yesterday’s paper, but if you’re looking for some late Barack Obama boosterism or if you’re a McCainiac with a sweet spot for tender, upswelling indie-rock sound fields or urban-folk rusticism, this Sunday Wye Oak and Caleb Stine and the Brakemen have put together an Obama fundraiser at...
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Video: Wye Oak, “Please Concrete”

September 29, 2008
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It’s somehow easy to imagine indie-rock folk in, say, Seattle watching this and responding, “Whoa, how’d they manage to clear all the drug dealers off the streets?” And, indeed, it’s nice to watch something that will reach a relative mass that captures so well how lovely and dignified Baltimore can be, however chilly and...
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Fawning: Paper Magazine Reads Other Magazines

June 4, 2008
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Fawning: Paper Magazine Reads Other Magazines

Granted, this is a rather late entry into the Magazines With a Hard-On for Baltimore category, but we still thought you should know. (Given there’s probably plenty more of these to come, maybe it’s actually not that late.) Paper, a mag we last recall seeing in Whole Foods, gave a fairly similar Baltimore shout-out...
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The G-Spot Raises Its Stage for Wye Oak

April 11, 2008
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Though we first saw the local band then known as Monarch only a year ago, we can’t help but feel some pride about how much the little local duo has accomplished since then. It self-released its debut album, If Children, toured nationally, and garnered some well-deserved buzz and end-of-year accolades from, among others, this...
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Steaming Wolf Penis Not Playing SXSW? . . . But Baltimore Reps It Hard

February 8, 2008
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Steaming Wolf Penis Not Playing SXSW? . . . But Baltimore Reps It Hard

Based on the official South by Southwest lineup, released yesterday by festival organizers, it seems that Baltimore does in fact exist, repping nine bands, DJs, and others at the five-day Austin, Texas, festival. That’s not including off-campus performers, which could, like, double the number. Which would still be probably less than Portland, Ore.’s contribution...
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Steaming Wolf Penis To Play SXSW . . . and maybe some bands from Baltimore

February 5, 2008
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Steaming Wolf Penis To Play SXSW . . . and maybe some bands from Baltimore

The Austinist just released a list of about 500 artists performing at the 2008 South by Southwest music festival, based on hearsay, rumor, and some actual fact. Granted it’s incomplete–the final lineup will include more than 1,500 acts–but, right now, we’ve got Wye Oak and the sorta local Half Japanese in Texas for the...
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