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12 Best Songs of the Week: Lana Del Rey, Frontperson, Helena Deland, Villagers, and More

Plus Suede, Beak>, Steve Mason, Petitie Noir, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 22, 2018

In many instances an album's strongest songs are shared before the album's release. There were several albums released this week, however, that featured standout tracks that were not advance singles and so this week's Songs of the Week features some of those, filtered in with other new singles released this week.  More

Joint Albums of the Week: Beak>, Frontperson, and Richard Reed Parry

We Had to Give It to All Three to Stop a Fight

Sep 21, 2018

We were in a quandary about this week's Album of the Week. There were a multitude of solid choices and we were racked with indecision. We narrowed it down to six choices: the new albums by Beak>Christine and the QueensFrontpersonRichard Reed ParrySuede, and VillagersMore

12 Best Songs of the Week: Kurt Vile, Villagers, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Low, and More

Plus Danielson, Jungle, Django Django, Farao, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 14, 2018

We spent the week wondering if Hurricane Florence was going to hit us here at our headquarters in Southwest Virginia. Lucky for us, it seems to have angled further south, and while we may still get some heavy rains and winds in the coming days and week, it likely won't be as devastating to Virginia as feared. More

Villagers Shares New Song “Again”

The Art of Pretending to Swim Due Out September 21 via Domino

Sep 10, 2018

Villagers (aka Irish musician Conor O'Brien) is releasing his new album, The Art of Pretending to Swim, on September 21 via Domino. Now he has shared another new song from the album, "Again," the strongest pre-release single we've heard from the album yet. More

13 Best Songs of the Week: boygenius, Wild Nothing, Yumi Zouma, Danielson, and More

Plus Lost Under Heaven, Lala Lala, J Mascis, The Goon Sax, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 24, 2018

This week's Songs of the Week is packed. Firstly boygenius, the new supergroup featuring Julien BakerLucy Dacus, and Phoebe Bridgers, released three songs this week and all were worthy of the list. Thus we decided to expand it from a Top 10 to a Top 12, so that 10 separate artists were still included, be even that wasn't enough, so we added one more for an unlucky Top 13.  More

Villagers Shares Heart-Ripping Video for New Song “Fool”

The Art of Pretending to Swim Due Out September 21 via Domino

Aug 20, 2018

Villagers (aka Irish musician Conor O'Brien) is releasing his new album, The Art of Pretending to Swim, on September 21 via Domino. Now O'Brien has shared a video for another new song from the album, "Fool." More

Paul Weller Announces New Album, “True Meanings”

True Meanings Due Out September 14 via Parlophone/Warner Bros.

Jul 12, 2018

The Modfather himself, Paul Weller, has announced a new album, True Meanings. It is the 14th solo album from the former frontman to The Jam and The Style Council and is fittingly due out September 14, via Parlophone/Warner Bros. More

Jun 30, 2015

Last weekend, Oslo, Norway hosted Piknik i ParkenMore

Listen: Villagers - “The Soul Serene”

New Album Darling Arithmetic Out April 14

Mar 26, 2015

Singer/songwriter Conor O'Brien, a.k.a. Villagers, is poised to release his third studio album Darling Arithmetic on April 14. More

Feb 02, 2015

Singer/songwriter Conor O'Brien, a.k.a. Villagers, has announced the release of his third studio album, Darling Arithmetic. More

Nov 20, 2012

After earning himself a Mercury Prize nomination with his debut album Becoming a Jackal Irish singer/songwriter Conor J. O'Brien (a.k.a. Villagers) has announced the release of his sophomore follow-up {Awayland}. More

Watch: Villagers: “Cecelia & Her Selfhood” Video

Free Track Available for Download via Band's Website

Sep 20, 2011

Irish band Villagers announced that they are taking a break from touring, but have released a new video for "Cecelia & Her Selfhood." More

Apr 13, 2011

Things have been quiet on the Charlotte Gainsbourg front for awhile, but today the French chanteuse came out with two big announcements.

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Interviews

Villagers

One Man Leads a Community

Nov 03, 2010

Conor J. O’Brien has been making music for years, but for the first time, he’s leaving his Dublin hometown to play around the world. He started Villagers the day after his previous band, The Immediate, dissipated. While O’Brien is used to touring the pubs in Ireland, his stateside tour with Villagers is an entirely new experience for him.In the couple short years since he started writing songs under the name Villagers, O’Brien has been nominated for the U.K.’s prestigious Mercury Prize, and his debut album, Becoming a Jackal, has shot to the top of the Irish Albums Chart and the indie charts in the U.K. More


Reviews

The Art of Pretending to Swim

The Art of Pretending to Swim

Domino

Sep 21, 2018

For Villagers' Conor O'Brien, "folk" is more than just a genre of music. Rather, the music he creates with his project, Villagers (who have now released their fifth studio LP, The Art of Pretending to Swim), has shifted to embody an atmosphere far beyond the folksy proclivities of the group's first full-length, 2010's Becoming a Jackal. More

Where Have You Been All My Life?

Where Have You Been All My Life?

Domino

Jan 04, 2016

Conor O'Brien's discography under the Villagers moniker is a restless one, as each of his three albums has carried its own distinct aesthetic, refusing to rest on the stylistic laurels of its predecessor. More

Darling Arithmetic

Darling Arithmetic

Domino

Apr 14, 2015

While much of modern pop surrounds itself in bravado, Villagers are a curious anomaly. The Irish quintet are as honest as they come. More