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Dinosaur Jr. Share Stop-Motion Animated Video for New Song “Take It Back”

Sweep It Into Space Due Out This Friday via Jagjaguwar

Apr 21, 2021

Alt-rock veterans Dinosaur Jr. are releasing a new album, Sweep It Into Space, this Friday via Jagjaguwar. Now they have shared its third single, “Take It Back,” via a stop-motion animated video for it. More

Apr 08, 2021

Lou Barlow (Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Folk Implosion) has announced a new album titled Reason to Live, which will be out on May 28 via Joyful Noise. Barlow has also shared a video for a new song from the album, “Over You.” More

Dinosaur Jr. Share Snowy Video for New Song “Garden” and Announce Livestream Concert

Sweep It Into Space Due Out April 23 via Jagjaguwar; Kurt Vile Co-Produced the Album

Mar 31, 2021

Alt-rock veterans Dinosaur Jr. are releasing a new album, Sweep It Into Space, on April 23 via Jagjaguwar. Now they have shared its second single, “Garden,” via a video for it that features the band performing outside in the snow, with some animation overlaid. They have also announced a livestream concert for May 1st. More

Elliott Smith Tribute Album to Feature Julien Baker, Amanda Palmer, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, and Yuck

Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith Due Out October 15 via American Laundromat Records

Mar 03, 2016

American Laundromat Records have announced Say Yes! A Tribute to Elliott Smith, which is due out October 15. The Elliott Smith tribute album will feature newly recorded covers of Smith’s songs by Julien Baker, Amanda Palmer, Jesu/Sun Kil Moon, Yuck, Waxahatchee, Lou Barlow, J Mascis, Adam Franklin of Swervedriver, Tanya Donelly, and others. More

Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, Cults, Drums, and More Donate Songs to Aid Surfer Blood’s Thomas Fekete

Guided By Voices, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, and Others Also Aid in Cancer Appeal

Nov 11, 2015

Surfer Blood guitarist Thomas Fekete has been battling a rare and aggressive form of cancer. His health insurance has been covering more than six months of regular chemotherapy treatments, but does not cover an alternative treatment plan he’s also been undergoing. As Fekete is unable to work and tour he’s been relying on fan and friend donations to his GoFundMe page to help pay for treatments. More

Watch: Lou Barlow - “Repeat” Video

Brace the Wave Out Today via Joyful Noise

Sep 04, 2015

Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Folk Implosion) released his new solo album, Brace the Wave, today via Joyful Noise. In honor of its release, today he’s also shared a new video for “Repeat.” Directed by Adam Harding, it chronicles Barlow unsuccessfully trying to video chat with someone via Facetime while also performing the song in a hotel room. More

Listen: Lou Barlow - “Moving”

Brace the Wave Due Out September 4 via Joyful Noise

Aug 05, 2015

Lou Barlow (Sebadoh, Folk Implosion) is releasing a new solo album. It’s entitled Brace the Wave and it’s due out September 4 via Joyful Noise. More

Weezer Announce Open Ocean Festival, on a Cruise Ship

Performances by Dinosaur Jr., The Antlers, Yuck, Wavves, and more

Jul 12, 2011

Weezer have announced that they will be presenting a cruise ship festival. More

Lou Barlow announces New Album and Upcoming Tour

Merge Record Will Release Barlow's Goodnight Unknown October 6th

Jul 07, 2009

Lou Barlow’s new record, Goodnight Unknown, is set to be released October 6th on Merge Records. More


Jul 18, 2019

My Firsts is our email interview series where we ask musicians to tell us about their first life experiences, be it early childhood ones (first word, first concert, etc.) or their first tastes of being a musician (first band, first tour, etc.). For this My Firsts we talk to Lou Barlow of Sebadoh. More

Dec 29, 2014

Though we’re still in the process of assessing the cultural and creative significance of the seminal indie rock records from the early ‘90s, three albums from that era stand out as more or less indisputable touchstones: Pavement’s Slanted & Enchanted, Guided by Voices’ Bee Thousand and Sebadoh’s Bakesale. Of the three, Bakesale was the least obvious choice for canonization at the time of its release, if only because it was so out-of-step. When indie rock’s prevailing pose was to look like you didn’t care, Sebadoh wrote songs with a heart-on-sleeve sincerity. When loud guitars and obfuscation were in, Sebadoh played straightforward guitar-pop songs that focused on hooks and lyrical directness. Twenty years later, Pavement and Guided by Voices might be more revered, but Sebadoh is more copied. Bakesale is the moment their legacy was secured. More

Lou Barlow

More Freedom for Indie-Rock’s Lo-Fi King

Oct 12, 2009

Lou Barlow may be the unluckiest man in indie rock history. Having been kicked out of Dinosaur Jr. in the late ‘80s, Barlow saw success with Sebadoh, only to have his musical partner, Eric Gaffney, quit (they only recently reunited for a 2007 tour). Then, to continue the trend, Barlow’s post-Sebadoh collaboration with John Davis, The Folk Implosion, tanked when Davis abruptly left on the release of the band’s 1999 major label debut. More


Jun 17, 2021

To listen to Reason to Live—the latest album by indie rock legend Lou Barlow—is to listen to a recalibration. More

Dec 19, 2016

Coming straight off of last year’s sparse, harrowing, raw Brace the Wave, the new Apocalypse Fetish EP feels like an extension of the mood, vibe, and sound of that excellent, heartfelt, deeply personal LP. More

Nov 03, 2015

Barlow‘s 2005 solo debut (?!) and its excellent 2009 follow-up were sort of head-scratchers. They were good listens (I think Goodnight Unknown in particular holds up to closer scrutiny), but essentially none of the tracks would have been out of place on one of the Dinosaur Jr. reunion records or under the Sebadoh banner. More