Willis Earl Beal

Listen to ‘Through the Dark,’ a Ghostly New Song From Willis Earl Beal

Modern outsider Willis Earl Beal has announced a new EP, Through the Dark, and shared the title track. With eight songs, the follow-up to 2015's Nocturnes nearly amounts to a…
Anna Gaca / March 21, 2016

Review: Willis Earl Beal Prepares for the Big Sleep on ‘Noctunes’

Since the release of 2013's Nobody Knows., his last LP for XL subsidiary Hot Charity, Willis Earl Beal's been through some s--t. The vagabond songwriter publicly…
Colin Joyce / August 27, 2015

Willis Earl Beal’s Ambient Soul Album ‘Noctunes’ Is Streaming Now

The ever-tumultuous road to Willis Earl Beal's latest solo album Noctunes finally comes to a close on August 28. But after a cross-country move, another stint…
Colin Joyce / August 21, 2015

Willis Earl Beal Spent Nearly Two Weeks in Jail

Lo-fi R&B singer Willis Earl Beal was released from a Portland jail on Tuesday after spending nearly two weeks locked up on criminal mischief and…
James Grebey / August 5, 2015

Willis Earl Beal Shares Subdued Single ‘Survive’

Willis Earl Beal recently outlined the rocky path to his latest album Noctunes in an interview with SPIN earlier this month. After a cross-country move,…
Colin Joyce / July 30, 2015

Nobody Is Nowhere: Willis Earl Beal Talks ‘Noctunes’ and His Hazy Future

Willis Earl Beal is hard to get ahold of. A mid-afternoon call to the casually drifting Chicago-born musician goes straight to his voicemail, which, naturally,…
Colin Joyce / July 20, 2015

Willis Earl Beal Announces New Album and Drops First Single, ‘Flying So Low’

Lo-fi wanderer Willis Earl Beal has announced that he'll be releasing a new album later this summer. Noctunes, Beal's fifth album and follow-up to last year's Experiments in Time, promises to be…
James Grebey / May 28, 2015

7 Albums to Stream: FKA Twigs, Sinead O’Connor, the Gaslight Anthem, and More

End your week on a high note by streaming new albums from FKA Twigs, the Gaslight Anthem, Sinead O'Connor, JJ, and more.
Shannen Gaffney / August 8, 2014

10 Albums to Stream: Slint, Afghan Whigs, Woods, the Both, and More

Another week, another batch of fresh album streams. Below you'll find a remastered version of Slint's classic Spiderland, followed by new releases from Afghan Whigs,…
Cynthia Orgel / April 9, 2014

Mischa Barton Humps the Earth in Willis Earl Beal’s ‘Coming Through’ Video

Actress Mischa Barton becomes a member of the cult of Willis Earl Beal — literally — in the 11-minute video for the man's Cat Power…
Chris Martins / February 19, 2014

10 Albums to Stream: Broken Bells, Les Claypool, CEO, Willis Earl Beal, and More

This week's roundup of album streams stars Broken Bells, Les Claypool's Duo de Twang, CEO, Willis Earl Beal, and the cast of Starbucks' Sweetheart 2014…
Kyle McGovern / January 29, 2014

Willis Earl Beal Almost Plays Himself in the Listless ‘Memphis’

SPIN is in Park City, Utah, traversing snow and cutting queues to bring you reviews of the next big films (and flops) as they make…
Chris Martins / January 18, 2014

Willis Earl Beal Keeps It Unpredictable in YouTube Track Twofer

Willis Earl Beal's congregation has gained two new, markedly disparate hymns. Fresh off the release of the New York-via-everywhere artist's gospel-braying Nobody Knows, Beal recently…
Marc Hogan / November 11, 2013

Watch Willis Earl Beal, King Krule Testify for ‘Church of Nobody’ Live Series

Outsider artist Willis Earl Beal is so devoted to his unassuming alter ego of "Nobody" that he's now started the "Church of Nobody," an eight-part…
Kyle McGovern / October 25, 2013

Willis Earl Beal Wants to be a ‘Nobody’

To those who've followed the winding trail of Chicago-born singer-songwriter Willis Earl Beal, 29, the fact that he's packed up his life and moved to…
Colin Joyce / September 12, 2013

Willis Earl Beal and Lonnie Holley Make ‘Outsider Art’ That Reveals Rich Interior Lives

Willis Earl Beal, Nobody Knows (HXC/XL)7…
Andy Beta / September 10, 2013

15 Albums You Can Hear Now: Lil Wayne, the Weeknd, Arctic Monkeys, Janelle Monae, More

Can't wait to hear new albums from the Weeknd, Janelle Monáe, Arctic Monkeys, the Stepkids, and Kim Gordon's Body/Head project? Now you don't have to —…
Kyle McGovern / September 5, 2013

Willis Earl Beal and Cat Power Wring Out the Truth on ‘Coming Through’

Willis Earl Beal and Cat Power both toe an intriguing line when it comes to fact and fiction. Whether it's Beal's amazing backstory — revisit…
Marc Hogan / August 27, 2013

Watch Willis Earl Beal Act in Meditative ‘Memphis’ Trailer

Willis Earl Beal's sophomore album, the precisely punctuated Nobody knows., arrives September 10, but first the Chicago bluesman will premiere another project. Beal stars in…
Kyle McGovern / August 22, 2013

Willis Earl Beal Inhabits Lana Del Rey’s ‘Black Beauty’ in Fantastic Musical Response

An example of how fast things move nowadays: Chicago singer Willis Earl Beal uploaded a version of Lana Del Rey's "Black Beauty" to his Soundcloud,…
Jordan Sargent / August 6, 2013
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