David Bevan

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Manhattan, NY

  • The Vampire Weekipedia: A Glossary of Terms

    The Vampire Weekipedia: A Glossary of Terms

    Over the past six years, the Vampire Weekend songbook has been defined by its pinballing pop arrangements as well as by the band's wide-ranging and oblique lyrical references — whether he's making mention of Lil Jon or medieval Latin hymns, frontman Ezra Koenig has revealed himself to be a cultural omnivore possessed of an insatiable appetite. With the arrival this week of the band's third and arguably finest outing, Modern Vampires of the City, the New York ensemble has grown yet more intrepid, with Koenig directing his curiosity toward questions of, among other things, life and death. Here's a comprehensive glossary of the unusual people, places, and things that he's referenced in song since 2007, replete with correct pronunciations for each. See also: The Animal Collective Centipedia Correct pronunciations by Julia Walker

  • Mikal Cronin / Photo by Denee Petracek

    Watch Mikal Cronin's Cathartic 'Change' Video

    Last week, San Francisco garage-pop craftsman MIkal Cronin unleashed MCII, his SPIN Essential sophomore full-length and one of the best records of the year so far. "Change" is its most aggressive moment, a "wild and wooly" guitar freakout "made more forceful by dizzying strings and woodwinds." So for its video, Cronin brings the song to a house party for friends and strangers alike, including an invisible kid who makes good use of the song's dizzying final minute. Director Claire Marie Vogel makes a quick cameo early on — meganerds may recognize her from her role as Ty Segall's cheating girlfriend in Epsilons' Laguna Beach-lampooning "Teeny Boppers" clip, which used Cronin's home for its closing (house party) scene back in 2007. 

  • Brother JT / Photo by Stefano Giovanni

    Watch Brother JT's Hallucinatory 'Sweatpants' Video

    Brother JT is the nom de plume of John Terlesky, founder of much beloved, long defunct Bethelehem, Pennsylvania garage-punk foursome the Original Sins. Tomorrow, Terlefsky will release The Svelteness of Boogietude, his first LP under his solo moniker for Thrill Jockey. It's another dazzling platter of high-grade glam, psych and, in the lone case of "Sweatpants," chopped-and-screwed Southern rap. Not unlike his psychedelic talk show, Trippin' Balls, it's a near hallucinatory experience with Terlefsky's paw prints all over it — he animated every bewildering frame. 

  • Mikal Cronin

    Mikal Cronin, 'MCII' (Merge)

    Just over a year ago, Mikal Cronin sat down for what's known in Denton, Texas, as a "Violitionist Session": a three-question interview and a three-song set, the latter usually filmed and recorded live in a local living room. Though he'd released an excellent self-titled solo debut several months earlier, the garage-rocker was then spending his time opening for and playing bass beside longtime friend, bandmate, and creative co-conspirator Ty Segall, a fellow Laguna Beach native to whom he has been inevitably compared.

  • Flashlights

    Hear Flashlight's Skittering Pop-Punk Keeper 'Don't Take Me Seriously'

    Once the name attached to singer-guitarist Terry Caudill's solo acoustic project, Flashlights has come to encompass his fire-breathing four-piece as well, a crew of Florida pop-punk upstarts who've closely studied the mid-'90s work of luminaries like Superchunk and Archers of Loaf, not to mention the leagues of sore-throated, turn-of-the-century hook-slingers that those bands inspired. "Don't Take Me Seriously" is the wonderfully fuzzy title track to their forthcoming EP of the same name. Take everything but its title seriously. 113252:song:Don't Take Me Seriously:

  • pacificUV / Photo by Brittainy Lauback

    Stream pacificUV's Shimmering 'After the Dream You Are Awake'

    "I am very proud of the past records, but I really hoped this record would have a more immediate emotional resonance and aimed to focus as much on the sound and meaning of the words as I did on the tone and texture of the music," pacificUV co-founder Clay Jordan told AudioFuzz last week about his veteran space-pop outfit's latest full-length, After the Dream You Are Awake. Due next week via Mazarine, it's a pulsating, often intoxicating blend of gossamer synths, interstellar ambience, and weightless vocals, all of which combine to meet Jordan's goal and then some. Hear it in full below, pre-order it here. 113207:playlist:pacificUV, After The Dream You Are Awake:

  • Stone Gossard / Photo by Kevin Mazur/WireImage

    Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard Talks Skyscraping Solo LP 'Moonlander'

    Last week, Pearl Jam's Stone Gossard announced the impending release of Moonlander, the 46-year-old guitarist's first solo outing in over a decade. Comprised of songs that Gossard's been writing and recording since shortly after the 2001 release of Bay Leaf, his debut, the 11-song LP arrives June 25 on Pearl Jam's own Monkeywrench Records. (Two digital EPs, Apollo and Luna, will be released on iTunes on May 7 and June 5, respectively.) "I like to write music," he says, simply. "And I think exploring with lyrics and figuring out how to make complete songs is fun. I think I have a take on it. I don't know if it's great, but it's an interesting take. It's original.

  • Phoenix / Photo by Pascal Textiera

    Phoenix, 'Bankrupt!' (Loyaute/Glassnote)

    At the close of Coachella's second night, an interpreter stood awash in the main stage's LED glow, translating the lyrics of Phoenix fronthomme Thomas Mars into sign language. This is fascinating, given that Mars' lyrics are famously inscrutable, a frequently misheard and karaoke-mangled canon that nonetheless charmed anyone exposed to his indie-pop outfit's semi-self-titled breakthrough outing, 2009's Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Euphoric enough to help sell luxury sedans during a Great Recession, inventive enough to tickle critics of all stripes, and agreeable enough to secure a Grammy, it was everything to everyone.

  • Youth Lagoon

    Youth Lagoon: Idaho Psych-Pop Wonder Builds Houses for the Heartbroken

    Who: Trevor Powers never thought that so many people would hear his music. "It was always just for myself," the 24-year-old Boise, Idaho native says of his early recordings under the Youth Lagoon moniker. "My biggest goal was just to record songs, put everything I wanted into the music, and then put it up for free." But after a few songs caught fire online and the indie rock cognoscenti took notice in mid-2011, Powers' full-length debut, Year of Hibernation, got a wide release (on Fat Possum) and reams of critical praise. Which is why writing his much-anticipated follow-up, Wondrous Bughouse, proved daunting at times. "I couldn't get it out of my mind: People are actually going to hear this, people are going to be listening," he remembers. "It affected me in a small way that I didn't like. But it also brought me back to why I make music in the first place.

  • Born Ruffians

    Stream Born Ruffians' Propulsive 'Birthmarks'

    Born Ruffians are growing up. Seven years ago, the Luke Lalonde-led Toronto outfit uncaged their self-titled debut, an eye-opening EP of horny, herky-jerky indie rock that bared little resemblance to anything else happening in their hometown at the time. Next week, they'll release, Birthmarks, a 12-song set written over the course of three years that, while just as vigorous as their earliest work, is more polished and streamlined and considered than anything they've shared to date. Hear it in its entirety below.112127:playlist:Born Ruffians, Birthmark:

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