Freelance Whales

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2013

    Hunters Sign to Mom Pop, Announce Tour With JEFF the Brotherhood

    File Under: BIG THANGS POPPIN'! Brooklyn cool kids and Voice cover subjects Hunters have just inked a deal with the Mom Pop record label, the home of Big Deal bands like Sleigh Bells, Wavves, Metric, Tokyo Police Club, FIDLAR, Neon Indian, Freelance Whales, etc. etc., so on and so forth. They've a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    Freelance Whales: Indie and Poor

    The Freelance Whales emerged from the underground. Literally. Upon their 2008 inception, the quintet quickly found that the subway was the best way, as multi- instrumentalist Chuck Criss explains: "It seemed silly to book a small club and invite friends and that's all who would show up," he explains ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    Freelance Whales - Webster Hall - 11/7/12

    Better Than: Being outside in all that snow. Ironic is the only way to describe a situation where a band whose most recent album is named Diluvia has a show postponed while the city began its own post-diluvia recovery efforts. Freelance Whales, however, more than made up for the canceled date from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Kid Cudi Added To Governors Ball Lineup

    The Governors Ball—taking place at Randalls IslandJune 23 and 24—has added another headliner to its lineup, which is already led by the likes of Passion Pit, Beck, and Fiona Apple. Kid Cudi, the recently alt-rock-water-testing rapper from Chicago, will play on Saturday, which will also h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Beck, Passion Pit To Headline 2012 Governor's Ball

    The 2012 running of the Governor's Ball, which debuted last year as a single-day festival, will be bigger and bolder than its inaugural outing. Held this June 23 and 24, the festival is moving to Randall's Island, expanding to two days from one, and hosting Beck (playing his first NYC show since 200 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 8, 2011

    You Better Work: 21 Music-Heavy Fashion's Night Out Events

    Nicki Minaj performs at Yves Saint Laurent tonight. ​Let's be honest: Shopping isn't really the main attraction of Fashion's Night Out. Who has time to sift through sales racks when there are so many parties to go to? Some events—Drake's DJ set at Versace, Neon Indian's invite-only gig a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Live: Glee Warbles And Waves At Nassau Coliseum

    by Rae Votta ​ Glee Live Nassau Coliseum Saturday, June 18 Better than: A slushie to the face. Getting caught up in a cultural juggernaut leaves you ripe for teasing. I casually followed Glee at the beginning, but I didn't tumble headfirst into true fandom until this season, sacrificing my ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 15, 2011

    Bonnaroo 2011 Announces Lineup, Starring Eminem, Arcade Fire, Lil Wayne, The Black Keys, And Buffalo Springfield

    Star-studded lineup videos: now a thing. Yes, the Tennessee mega-festival, now in its tenth (!) year, has announced its initial lineup, the usual melange of rappers, rockers, and jam-band monoliths, this year headlined by Eminem and Arcade Fire, only one of whom won the Album of the Year Grammy 48 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Top 25 Headlines Not As Weird As "Dave Sitek Joins Jane's Addiction"

    Good luck learning all the chord changes in "Jane Says," dude​So TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek has joined Jane's Addiction, in some unspecified bassist/songwriter/possibly-non-touring-member capacity, which is super bizarre when you first hear about it, but is, upon reflection, not the stranges ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 15, 2010

    The Worst Band Name In New York: Finally, We Have A Winner

    ​So we griped about lousy NYC band names. You took to the comments section and did the same. We decided to crown one, definitive winner. But then we waffled on this point (sorry) and put it to a vote instead. You obliged. And now, at long last, we can empirically state that the worst band name ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    Week in Review: Taking Our Talents To South Beach

    Sam Horine​In the week we put the worst band name in New York to a vote (Phil and the Osophers, you are no match for Freelance Whales), we watched as LeBron James put his own name in as the most hated in New York, while Kanye West stood proudly at his side. The last place West was seen before ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2010

    Week In Review: We're Looking At You, Wakey Wakey

    ​Even though we eat and sleep local music over here at SOTC, after countless hours of perusing the blogosphere and sifting through mail, we just had to say it: What the fuck, New York? We're talking to you, Wakey! Wakey! That's why we decided to create the First Annual Worst Band Name in New Y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2010

    Hey Everyone, Free Beef Jerky Party At Brooklyn Fireproof Tonight With Freelance Whales

    via SlantShackJerky​Tell me that isn't the most gourmet (can this word be applied to dried-up cow meat?) beef jerky you've ever seen. Over at Brooklyn Fireproof, the goods are being supplied by jerky newcomers SlantShack Jerky, whose mission statement is "To unleash a jerky flavor revolution u ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2010

    Tonight! Hot Hot Heat, Washed Out, Midnight Masses, ArpLine, And 5 de Gall HyperMex Dance Party

    Washed Out: "Gary Low ain't got shit on me."​Tonight, Hot Hot Heat begin their month-long residency at Public Assembly, an attempt to shed their image as radio-rock backwash that ends up on the John Tucker Must Die soundtrack. Over at the Bell House, Washed Out unleash the chill, much to the c ... More >>

  • Voice Choices

    April 6, 2010


    Rejoice for Freelance Whales!

  • Voice Choices

    December 15, 2009


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