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The National Announce Homecoming 2020 Lineup, Will Perform “High Violet” in Full

Local Natives, Patti Smith, Jay Som, Japanese Breakfast, Phosphorescent, Hamilton Leithauser, and More

Nov 20, 2019

The National have announced the lineup to their 2020 Homecoming festival and that they will be performing their 2010 album High Violet in its entirety both nights of the festival. More

Phosphorescent Shares Video for “C’est La Vie No. 2”

C’est La Vie Out Now via Dead Oceans

May 16, 2019

Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) released a new album, C’est La Vie, last fall via Dead Oceans (it was our joint Album of the Week). Now he has shared a video for the album’s “C’est La Vie No. 2.” More

Outside Lands 2019 Lineup: Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, Weyes Blood, Kacey Musgraves, and More

Plus Better Oblivion Community Center, Leon Bridges, Phosphorescent, Toro y Moi, and More

Mar 26, 2019

Outside Lands have announced their 2019 lineup. The festival goes down August 9 - 11 at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. The headliners are Paul Simon, Childish Gambino, and Twenty One Pilots. More

Phosphorescent Announces New Spring American Tour Dates

C’est La Vie Out Now via Dead Oceans

Feb 21, 2019

Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) released a new album, C’est La Vie, last fall via Dead Oceans (it was our joint Album of the Week and one of our Top 100 Albums of 2018). Now he has announced some new spring American tour dates. More

Nov 21, 2018

Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) released a new album, C’est La Vie, last month via Dead Oceans (it was our joint Album of the Week). Now he has stopped by SiriusXMU to perform a cover of Radiohead’s “House of Cards,” from their excellent 2007 album In Rainbows. More

Joint Album of the Week: Madeline Kenney and Phosphorescent

Perfect Shapes Out Now via Carpark and C'est La Vie Out Now via Dead Oceans

Oct 05, 2018

This week we have a tie for Album of the Week, with both Madeline Kenney‘s Perfect Shapes and Phosphorescent‘s C’est La Vie taking the top spot. Below is info on both albums.

10 Best Songs of the Week: Courtney Barnett, Phosphorescent, Julia Jacklin, and More

Plus Moonface, Thom Yorke, Sharon Van Etten, Kurt Vile, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Oct 05, 2018

This week Sharon Van Etten and Moonface announced new albums and their lead singles both made this week’s Songs of the Week list. Joining them are new standalone singles from Julia Jacklin, Jessie Ware, and SOAK, as well as some singles from upcoming albums, and an eight-minute album track. But our #1 this week is a bonus track that probably shouldn’t have been cut from an album released earlier this year. More

Phosphorescent – Stream the New Album

C’est La Vie Out Now via Dead Oceans

Oct 05, 2018

Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) released a new album, C’est La Vie, today via Dead Oceans. Now that the album is out, you can stream the whole thing here. More

Oct 03, 2018

Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) is releasing a new album, C’est La Vie, this Friday (October 5) via Dead Oceans. Last night he stopped by The Late Late Show with James Corden to perform the album’s first single “New Birth in New England.” More

Phosphorescent Shares New Song “C’est La Vie No. 2”

C’est La Vie Due Out October 5 via Dead Oceans

Oct 02, 2018

Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) is releasing a new album, C’est La Vie, on October 5 via Dead Oceans. Now he has shared another song from the album, almost title track “C’est La Vie No. 2.” More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Julia Holter, Thom Yorke, Frontperson, Metric, and More

Plus Men I Trust, Okkervil River, Phosphorescent, The Twilight Sad, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 07, 2018

Last week’s Songs of the Week was sparse, with only a Top 8 (and two of those songs were from the same artist), probably due to it building up a three-day weekend. There wasn’t much to write about at the start of this week, due to the Labor Day holiday on Monday, but labels, bands, and publicists more than made up for it with plenty of new songs the rest of the week. More

Phosphorescent Shares New Song “Christmas Down Under”

C'est La Vie Due Out October 5 via Dead Oceans

Sep 06, 2018

Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) is releasing a new album, C’est La Vie, on October 5 via Dead Oceans. Previously he shared its first single, “New Birth in New England” (which was one of our Songs of the Week). Now he has shared another song from the album, “Christmas Down Under.” More

Under the Radar Announces Issue 64 with Kamasi Washington on the Cover

Issue 64 Out Now and Also Includes Interviews with Interpol, Beach House, Wild Nothing, Death Cab for Cutie, Suede, Natalie Prass, Ethan Hawke vs. Phosphorescent, Christine and the Queens, Low, Snail Mail, and Much More

Aug 31, 2018

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our new print issue, which is out now nationwide (on newsstands, in such stores as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, and elsewhere) and available to buy directly from us here. The issue features Kamasi Washington on the cover. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Anna Calvi, Spiritualized, Petite Noir, Neneh Cherry, and More

Plus Phosphorescent, Moses Sumney, Robyn, Jaakko Eino Kalevi, Teleman, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 03, 2018

Lots of strong Songs of the Week contenders this week. We were tempted to do a Top 12 again like last week, instead of our usual Top 10, but resisted the excess. There are lots of Europeans in this week’s list. More

Jul 30, 2018

Phosphorescent (aka Matthew Houck) has announced a new album, C’est La Vie, and shared its first single, “New Birth in New England.” More

May 01, 2017

“Our First 100 Days” is an anti-President Donald Trump project. The good folks behind the “30 Days, 30 Songs” anti-Trump campaign during the election teamed up with Secretly Group for “Our First 100 Days.” More

Mar 24, 2016

Last week The National revealed the tracklist and release date for for their Grateful Dead tribute compilation Day Of The Dead. Now they’ve shared five songs featuring some well-known musicians: The War On Drugs’ “Touch Of Grey,” Courtney Barnett’s “New Speedway Boogie,” Bruce Hornsby and Justin Vernon’s old band DeYarmond Edison’s “Black Muddy River,” The National’s “Morning Dew,” and Phosphorescent, Jenny Lewis and Friends cover of “Sugaree.” More

Justin Vernon Is Working on New Bon Iver Music, Announces Eaux Claires Festival Line-up

Line-up Includes James Blake, Beach House, Jenny Lewis, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, a Grateful Dead Tribute Led by Members of The National, and More

Feb 11, 2016

Bon Iver‘s main creative force Justin Vernon said last year that there were no upcoming plans for a new Bon Iver album (the last one was released in 2011), but in a new interview with Billboard he has said that he’s “no longer winding down” and promises that he’s “definitely been working on music.” More

Dec 02, 2014

Following his 2013 album Muchacho, singer/songwriter Matthew Houck, a.k.a. Phosphorescent, has announced the release of a brand new live album, Live at the Music Hall. More

Beck, Fiona Apple, Vampire Weekend to Contribute to Starbucks Valentine’s Day Compilation

Also Featuring Sharon Jones, Phosphorescent, and Jim James

Dec 11, 2013

For those who like to plan way in advance when it comes to getting something special for your significant other on Valentine’s Day, Hear Music/Concord Music and Starbucks have announced the fifth installment of their love song covers compilation Sweeheart 2014. More

Phosphorescent Announces Tour

Supporting Muchacho

Dec 03, 2013

Phosphorescent‘s Matthew Houck has announced plans for a new round of tour dates behind his project’s latest album Muchacho. More

Watch: Phosphorescent on “Fallon”

Performs "Song for Zula"

Apr 24, 2013

Scheduled to play at New York’s Brooklyn Academy of Music later this week, Phosphorescent, a.k.a. Matthew Houck, served as the musical guest last night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. More

Mar 27, 2013

Phosphorescent’s new video for “Song for Zula” debuted today on NPR Music. Phosphorescent, aka Matthew Houck, co-directed the video with Djuna Wahlrab. The video consists of a single slow-motion shot of a woman chained up and attempting to break free with a rock. The anticipation and anxiety felt while watching her slam the rock over and over matches the song’s theme of pain and emotional baggage. More

Dec 10, 2012

Phosphorescent, the musical project of songwriter Matthew Houck, has announced the arrival of a new album titled, Muchacho. More

Sep 20, 2011

Check out photos from Day Two of ACL Music Festival 2011 in Austin, TX including Stevie Wonder, Alexander, Chromeo, Cut Copy, Iron and Wine, My Morning Jacket, Telekinesis, Twin Shadow, and more. More

Check Out Photos from Bonnaroo Day Two

Including Arcade Fire, Florence and the Machine, Matt and Kim, Sharon Van Etten, Big Boi and More!

Jun 11, 2011

Day Two Bonnaroo! Check out photos from the performances on Friday, June 9th 2011. Photographer, Matt Jones, was there to capture all of the action. Full gallery here.

Dec 10, 2010

Last night, Phosphorescent took to the Letterman stage for a rocking take of, “It’s Hard to Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama).” More

Aug 04, 2010

Phosphorescent have released the video for their first single “It’s Hard To Be Humble (When You’re From Alabama)” off their current album, Here’s To Taking It Easy. Directed by Natalie Johns of Dig For Fire TV, the video documents the journey of the band through live shows, practices, and hangs outs that lead to the release of the new album. Phosphorescent is currently on tour in the U.S. and begin their European tour in September. The tour ends in San Francisco at the Treasure Island Music Festival with The National, LCD Soundsystem, Broken Social Scene, and She & Him. Check out the video and complete tour dates. More

Jul 12, 2010

Treasure Island has announced its lineup for the 2010 festival, held October 16th and 17th on Treasure Island in the middle of the San Francisco Bay. Split evenly between dance music and indie rockers, headliners includeLCD Soundsystem and Deadmau5 (Saturday) and Belle & Sebastian and The National (Sunday). We have the full lineup. More

News Roundup: Thom Yorke, Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau, Jay-Z, Oasis, Patrick Wolf

Also Headlights, Phosphorescent, Cailfone, Bad Lieutenant, Brian Jones

Sep 01, 2009

Our News Roundup briefly reports on various entertainment news stories that are circulating the web: Thom Yorke‘s upcoming limited 12” release, the possible reinvestigation of Brian Jones’ death, Bad Lieutenanta project formed by New Order members Bernard Sumner and Phil Cunningham, Patrick Wolf‘s missing cape, Jay-Z’s album has leaked and is streaming, Oasis’ demise, Robert Downey Jr. and Jon Favreau teaming up again for Cowboys & Aliens, and upcoming tours from Headlights, Phosphorescent, and Califone. More


Dec 12, 2018

With a career that spans three decades and four Academy Award nominations, Ethan Hawke is among the premiere names in film. First making his mark as a young actor in movies such as Dead Poet’s Society, Reality Bites, and Before Sunrise, Hawke has remained one of the most consistent American actors, going on to win further acclaim for his roles in such works as Gattaca, Training Day, and Boyhood. More


Devastated for You

Apr 25, 2009

Onstage at Club De Ville at this year’s SXSW, time finally ran out. “Well, goddamnit, Austin, we have to go,” said Matthew Houck, singer/songwriter and organizing Beard Number One of the multibearded monster that is Phosphorescent. His joy was slightly dented by the news, but he recovered quickly (“we’re not going to pout. Well, we might pout a little”). Then he brought the show to its slightly premature close with a raucous, freewheeling version of-what else?-“The Party’s Over”: “Let’s call it a night/The party’s over/You know that all good things must end.” More


Oct 05, 2018

Five and a half years have ticked over since Phosphorescent’s last album, Muchacho, a punishing period for many. The warmth and comfort of Matthew Houck’s records somehow seemed to make more sense back in the halcyon days of spring 2013, but upon this return, perhaps his presence has never been more needed. More

Mar 20, 2013

While Matthew Houck would not be strictly classified as a country musician, he’s taken a wonderful lesson from country about range of emotion. Muchacho, his latest album, swings from heartbroken to celebratory and back again, sometimes within one song. More