The Mountain Goats

New Music: The Mountain Goats Announce New Album Goths, Share “Andrew Eldritch Is Moving Back to Leeds”

Following the recent success of John Darnielle's second novel Universal Harvester, which just hit the New York Times Bestseller List, the Mountain Goats have announced…
Rob Arcand / February 22, 2017

14 Songs About Heartbreak for Your Sad Valentine’s Day

Don't believe the hype: Love stinks, and no day reminds you of its follies quite like Valentine's Day, as marketers fall over themselves to remind…
SPIN Staff / February 14, 2017

John Darnielle’s Universal Harvester Is an Unsettling, Gripping Meditation on Grief

Nothing interesting ever goes on in rural Iowa, but nevertheless, something strange has happened to Jeremy Heldt and Sarah Jane Shepherd. Recently, customers at the…
Jeremy Gordon / February 13, 2017

Listen to the Mountain Goats’ Imaginary Star Wars Theme Song, “The Ultimate Jedi Who Wastes All the Other Jedi and Eats Their Bones”

The title of the newest song by The Mountain Goats, "The Ultimate Jedi Who Wastes All the Other Jedi and Eats Their Bones," isn't really…
Andy Cush / January 30, 2017

Is the Mountain Goats’ “Cubs in Five” Finally Going to Come True?

In 1995, the Mountain Goats recorded "Cubs in Five," a short song in which John Darnielle sings about trying to reconnect with a former love.
Jeremy Gordon / October 25, 2016

The Music of David Bowie: Behind the Curtain at Carnegie Hall’s 2016 Tribute Concert

David Bowie had meant to attend his Carnegie Hall tribute concert on March 31. Instead, hours after announcing the night's extensive lineup of artists (Pixies, Cyndi Lauper,…
Rachel Brodsky / March 29, 2016

Mountain Goats Enlist Titular Wrestler for Lo-Fi ‘The Legend of Chavo Guerrero’ Video

Last month, the Mountain Goats released Beat the Champ, a wrestling concept album that contained the standout jangler "The Legend of Chavo Guerrero." Now, the…
Brennan Carley / May 20, 2015

Review: The Mountain Goats Remain Undefeated on the Bloody ‘Beat the Champ’

The question isn't why John Darnielle made an album about pro wrestling but why he didn't do it sooner. With a catalog that eulogizes murdered…
Dan Weiss / April 9, 2015

Q&A: The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Talks Pro Wrestling-Themed New Album ‘Beat the Champ’

John Darnielle is this indie-rock generation's poet laureate, strumming too hard and singing too passionately to be a mere folkie, despite much of his catalog boiling…
Dan Weiss / April 7, 2015

Watch the Mountain Goats Introduce a ‘Foreign Object’ to ‘Seth Meyers’

Just a week after releasing their latest album, the pro wrestling-themed Beat the Champ, the Mountain Goats turned up to Late Night with Seth Meyers to…
Rachel Brodsky / April 7, 2015

Stream the Mountain Goats’ Pro Wrestling-Themed ‘Beat the Champ’

The Mountain Goats' pro wrestling-themed new record, Beat the Champ, officially comes out April 7 via Merge Records, but you can now stream it in…
Rachel Brodsky / March 30, 2015

See Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle Talk Satan and Boomboxes With Mac McCaughan

‪"I just yelled 'Hail Satan!' and it felt so transgressive,"‬ Mountain Goats mastermind‪ John Darnielle‬ tells Mac McCaughan in the clip above. While it'd be…
Dan Reilly / August 13, 2013

Mountain Goats Wed Pro Wrestling to the Miracle of Birth on ‘Animal Masks’

Mountain Goats frontman John Darnielle has a known way with metaphors, and his latest concoction "Animal Masks" cleverly mixes disparate ingredients: pro wrestling and childbirth.
Dan Reilly / August 7, 2013

F*** Prop 8: Musicians Weigh in on the Supreme Court’s Landmark DOMA Decision

On June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), the law barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages…
SPIN Staff / June 27, 2013

Mountain Goats’ Song to Justin Bieber’s Paparazzi: ‘Don’t Be an Asshole’

Justin Bieber's name has been showing up in unexpected pairings of late. He had a Twitter feud with the Black Keys Patrick Carney, entered his…
Chris Martins / March 11, 2013
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