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Feb 23, 2017

The iconic early '90s TV show Twin Peaks co-created by David Lynch and Mark Frost is returning to screens May 21 with a brand new season on Showtime that's being co-written and directed by Lynch and features much of the original cast.  More

Dec 13, 2016

She & Him (Zooey Deschanel + M. Ward) released a Christmas album back in 2013 entitled A Very She & Him Christmas and they have another one, Christmas Party, that came out at the end of October via Columbia Records.  More

Dec 06, 2016

She & Him (Zooey Deschanel + M. Ward) released a Christmas album back in 2013 entitled A Very She & Him Christmas and they have another one, Christmas Party, that came out at the end of October via Columbia Records. More

Sep 15, 2016

She & Him (Zooey Deschanel + M. Ward) released a Christmas album back in 2013 entitled A Very She & Him Christmas. I guess that went well for Matt and Zooey, because they are back with another album of Christmas covers.  More

Jul 12, 2016

M. Ward opened for Brian Wilson on Sunday at the Hollywood Bowl and during his performance he brought out his old friends and collaborators Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes and Jim James of My Morning JacketMore

Jun 15, 2016

M. Ward released a new album, More Rain, back in March via Merge. Now he's shared a video for More Rain track "Slow Driving Rain." Carlos Foster directed the clip, which mixes footage of Ward performing the song with moody nighttime driving images. Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, who was in the supergroup Monsters of Folk with Ward, cameos as a passenger.  More

Apr 04, 2016

M. Ward released a new album, More Rain, last month via Merge. Now he's shared a video for More Rain track "I'm Listening (Child's Theme)." Carlos Foster directed the pretty clip, which is very impressionistic in nature. Watch it below. Ward has also announced some more tour dates. His full touring schedule is also below. More

Mar 04, 2016

M. Ward is releasing a new album, More Rain, today via Merge. Last night he performed "Little Baby" on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Clad in a dark suit and black shades, Ward played to a very enthusiastic crowd (for a late night TV audience). Watch it below. More

Stream the New Album by M. Ward - “More Rain”

More Rain Due Out March 4 via Merge

Feb 25, 2016

M. Ward is releasing a new album, More Rain, next Friday, March 4, via Merge. Previously he shared the album's first single, "Girl From Conejo Valley," as well as a strange video for the song. That was followed by another song from the record, the religious-themed "Confession." Now the whole album is streaming below via NPR First Listen. More

Feb 08, 2016

Back in January 2006 Jenny Lewis was still in Rilo Kiley when she released Rabbit Fur Coat, which was kind of her debut solo album, but also a collaboration with The Watson Twins and thus billed as an album by "Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins." More

Feb 03, 2016

M. Ward is releasing a new album, More Rain, on March 4 via Merge. Previously he shared the album's first single, "Girl From Conejo Valley," as well as a strange video for the song. That was followed by another song from the record, the religious-themed"Confession." More

Listen: M. Ward - “Confession”

More Rain Due Out March 4 via Merge

Jan 19, 2016

M. Ward is releasing a new album, More Rain, on March 4 via Merge. Previously he shared the album's first single, "Girl From Conejo Valley," as well as a strange video for the song. Now Ward has shared another song from the record, the religious-themed "Confession." Check it out below, followed by Ward's upcoming tour dates. More

Watch: M. Ward - “Girl From Conejo Valley” Video

More Rain Due Out March 4 via Merge

Jan 13, 2016

M. Ward is releasing a new album, More Rain, on March 4 via Merge. Previously he shared the album's first single, "Girl From Conejo Valley." Now the song has a video. Ward and Carlos Forster directed the strange clip, which features a parolee, a picnicking couple, rabbits, helicopters, bikers, police cars, and an underwater guitar solo. More

M. Ward Announces New Album, Shares “Girl From Conejo Valley”

More Rain Due Out March 4, 2016 via Merge

Dec 01, 2015

M. Ward has announced a new album and shared its first single. More Rain is due out March 4, 2016 via Merge. Below you can stream the album's first single, "Girl From Conejo Valley." Also below is the album's tracklist and cover art. Neko Case and Peter Buck both guest on the album.

Sep 21, 2015

Back in January 2006 Jenny Lewis was still in Rilo Kiley when she released Rabbit Fur Coat, which was kind of her debut solo album, but also a collaboration with The Watson Twins and thus billed as an album by "Jenny Lewis with The Watson Twins." In honor of the album's upcoming 10th anniversary, Lewis is prepping a deluxe remastered vinyl reissue of the album.  More

Listen: M. Ward – “Here Comes The Sun Again (Four-Track Demo)”

The Transistor Radio reissue is Out Dec 2 Via Merge

Oct 29, 2014

On Dec 2, classic M. Ward (nowadays known as the Him in She & Him) album Transistor Radio will get the reissue treatment via Merge. More

Oct 11, 2012

The new video for M. Ward's "Me and My Shadow" features a Justin Bieber-esque teen pop star who is controlled by his evil manager who shoots lasers out of her eyes. Laser eyes we tell you! Also, a certain tall, redheaded late night talk show host (aka Conan O'Brien) has a cameo. More

M. Ward App Encourages Radio Lovers

A Wasteland Companion Out Now

Jul 19, 2012

A noted radio fan (see 2005 album Transistor RadioM. Ward has created app to help others share his passion. More

Under the Radar Announces Full Details for June/July Issue Featuring Yeasayer on the Cover

Issue also Includes Beach House, Liars, Hot Chip, Sigur Rós, Hot Chip, Father John Misty, Aubrey Plaza, and more

May 26, 2012

Under the Radar’s June/July 2012 Issue features Yeasayer on the cover as well as interviews with Beach House, ChromaticsPeaking LightsM. WardEdward Sharpe & The Magnetic ZerosLower DensSoulsavers featuring Dave GahanFather John Misty vs. Aubrey PlazaSigur RósHot Chip, and others.  More

Watch: M. Ward Plays “Conan”

Performs "Primitive Girl"

Apr 11, 2012

Last night M. Ward stopped by the set of Conan in L.A. to play the lead single "Primitive Girl" from his just released new album A Wasteland Companion. More

Mar 28, 2012

Feist and M. Ward are clearly becoming road buddies—as evidenced by this video where the winsome paring covers The Jesus and Mary Chain tune “Sometimes Always.”  More

Mar 26, 2012

With his latest solo album A Wasteland Companion scheduled for release on April 10, M. Ward has granted permission for the new record stream in full online. More

Mar 05, 2012

Merge Records have a slew of Record Store Day releases planned. Translation: get your butt down to your local brick and mortar shop on April 21 to check out exclusives from Arcade Fire, M. Ward, Destroyer and more.  More

Listen: M. Ward - “Primitive Girl”

A Wasteland Companion Out April 10

Feb 20, 2012

Awash in a sea of She & Hims and Monsters of Folks, some may have temporarily forgotten M. Ward is also a solo artist. Ward set out to remind listeners of that today with new track, “Primitive Girl.” More

M. Ward Guest DJs KCRW

Devotes An Hour to Favorite Love Songs

Feb 14, 2012

This morning LA radio station KCRW welcomed singer/songwriter M. Ward into the studio to host a special edition of its Morning Becomes Eclectic show, devoting an entire hour to some of his favorite love songs. More

Watch: M. Ward - “The First Time I Ran Away” Video

Off Forthcoming LP A Wasteland Companion

Feb 01, 2012

M. Ward has debuted a beautifully animated music video to accompany the first single off his upcoming new album A Wasteland Companion. More

Lee Ranaldo Readies Tour with Disappears, M. Ward

Supporting Between The Times & The Tides

Jan 19, 2012

Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo has booked a short jaunt through the U.S. in support of his upcoming solo effort Between The Times & The TidesMore

MTK: Music to Know Festival Cancelled and So M. Ward Also Cancels Part of Tour

Low Ticket Sales Blamed for Cancelation of East Hampton, NY Festival

Aug 08, 2011

The MTK: Music to Know Festival, which was scheduled to take place this coming weekend in East Hampton, NY, has been cancelled due to low ticket sales. More

M. Ward Going At It Alone…Again

New Solo Album in the Works

May 03, 2011

M. Ward is using 2011 for some "me" time. We have the details on his upcoming projects. More

M. Ward, Dawes Join Bright Eyes Tour

Extra Shows Added to U.S. Tour

Mar 09, 2011

Today, the indie folk-rock outfit confirmed the dates, venues, and acts for the newly added shows to their U.S. tour. We have the details. More

Nov 17, 2010

We’re all quite taken with Joanna Newsom, who graced the cover of our magazine earlier this year. Turns out we’re not alone in our love of the pixie-like harpist. A group of artists, including Owen Pallett and M. Ward are paying tribute to Newsom in new digital album, Versions of Joanna. More

Sep 08, 2010

Sooner or later, every musician has to try his or her hand at Stairway to Heaven. Now a bunch of artists—including M.WardChris Walla, and Laura Viers—are trying their hands at other covers in new compilation From the Land of and Snow: Songs of Led Zeppelin. We have the tracklist.  More

Oct 30, 2009

This Saturday, PBS' Austin City Limits will premiere a performance of M. Ward and Okkervil River.  More

M. Ward, Jim James, Conor Oberst, and Mike Mogis Form Monsters of Folk

With Your Powers Combined - I Am Captain Folk!

Jun 12, 2009

Your eyes don't deceive you. Monsters of Folk—aka Conor OberstMy Morning Jacket's Jim James, M. Ward, and producer/engineer Mike Mogis is a reality! The verdict is still out and whether this will be a runaway Traveling Wilburys-like success or a M.O.R. Highwaymen-esque novelty. The trio of songwriters are certainly in BFF material. They've joined each other on and offstage, been Under the Radar favorites, and covered each others' songs, but the build-up to this was questionable at best. More

Coachella Day One Photos

View photos of Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Leonard Cohen, Franz Ferdinand, Conor Oberst, Noah and the Whale, and others

Apr 18, 2009

Check out photos from Coachella day one (Friday, April 17, 2009) More

M. Ward Has Time for More Touring

Singer/songwriter Announces More Dates and New Video

Apr 15, 2009

M.Ward extends tour and debuts new video. More


Interviews

Monsters of Folk

Averting Disaster

Oct 01, 2009

It's one of the most ill-used words in the rock and roll lexicon, but 20 years ago, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, and Jeff Lynne brought new meaning to the word "supergroup" when they formed The Traveling Wilburys. More

M. Ward

Still Holding True

Feb 01, 2009

“You can only discover something once,” M. Ward says, speaking about both his own music and the influence other artists have had on him. Over the course of his first five solo LPs, Ward slowly opened up, both lyrically and musically, so that each successive album still exuded that feeling of discovery. His sixth, Hold Time, is no exception. More


Reviews

More Rain

More Rain

Merge

Mar 04, 2016

More Rain starts with silence. Then the patter of rain on tarp slowly reintroduces us to Matthew 'M' Ward's lightly graveled croon for the first time in four years. And as he sings "it's alright if you don't mind, it's alright if you do" during opener "Pirate Dial" you're reminded and reassured of the beauty he is capable of creating. It feels like finding an old friend. More

A Wasteland Companion

A Wasteland Companion

Merge

Apr 17, 2012

The timeless quality always inherent in M. Ward's music abounds here on the songwriter's seventh solo album, and rather than a wasteland, this feels more like slices of a dreamscape. Reflective, calculated, and ultimately seductive, A Wasteland Companion drives one's senses through a quiet maelstrom of compressed energy. More