Members of Strokes, Interpol Play Benefit for Benjamin Curtis

August 23, 2013

Last night on the terrace of New York City's Bowery Hotel, artists and music industry crackerjacks gathered for Put Your Sad Down, a fundraiser to help support School of Seven Bells guitarist Benjamin Curtis in his his fight against T-cell lymphoma. The...

Album Review


March 12, 2013

"Get on the dance floor" is not a phrase one associates with Devendra Banhart, but there he is, vaguely demanding it at the start of his seventh album. There's no danger of the king of folkie beardos making a Harlem Shake video. But vintage drum-machine...


Devendra Banhart Gets Back to Basics on New Album

February 13, 2013

For Devendra Banhart, the recording process is an ever-evolving one, he tells Rolling Stone. While laying down his earliest albums, like 2002's primitive-sounding Oh Me Oh My and 2005's communally-aided Cripple Crow, the outré singer-songwriter...



Vampire Weekend, Dirty Projectors Unite for Occupy Sandy Benefit

November 14, 2012

Vampire Weekend and members of Dirty Projectors and the Walkmen have aligned with Occupy Sandy for a benefit show on November 17th at the Brooklyn church St. Ann and the Holy Trinity, Pitchfork reports. Real Estate, Cass McCombs and Devendra Banhart are...


Vampire Weekend and Dirty Projectors Raise Funds for Occupy Sandy

November 18, 2012

There has been no shortage lately of concerts in the name of hurricane relief – benefits have been held practically daily since the day after Hurricane Sandy pummeled New York and New Jersey. However, the show held yesterday to benefit Occupy Sandy...



Devendra Banhart: Sunshine Superman

January 21, 2010

ON A WARM WINTER AFTERNOON IN THE LOS FELIZ hills of East Los Angeles, Devendra Banhart is flitting around his new house, a Seventies-style saltbox once inhabited by Graham Nash. He's fairylike, a rail-thin five feet 11 and 130 pounds, with an elegant,...



Beck Recruits MGMT, Wolfmother, Banhart For "Leonard Cohen" Redo

September 4, 2009

Beck has recruited MGMT, Devendra Banhart and Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale to join his Record Club for a one-day, no-rehearsal studio performance of Leonard Cohen's entire iconic Songs of Leonard Cohen. As Rolling Stone previously reported, Beck's...

Song Review

"Winter Lady"

October 29, 2009

After covering the Velvet Underground and Nico for his "Record Club," dude takes on Leonard Cohen with help from Devendra Banhart and the guys from MGMT, Little Joy and Wolfmother. It's a predictably ramshackle project, but this tender, ramblin' girl...



Radiohead, Petty Start the Party in Golden Gate Park

September 18, 2008

Outside Lands Golden Gate Park San Francisco, California August 22nd-24th You couldn't actually see the Golden Gate Bridge from the grounds of San Francisco's inaugural Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival, but there was never any doubt which city was...


Beck Duets With Devendra Banhart on Dylan Tune at Tour Opener

August 22, 2008

Beck kept things simple at the launch of his 2008 North American tour at the Grand Sierra Theatre in Reno, Nevada, on Thursday night. No marionettes, no Flaming Lips, no flaming guitars or leaf-blowers, but just the full range and restlessness of his...


Album Review

Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon

October 4, 2007

Devendra Banhart is a master of the idiotically cosmic. On Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon, his fifth album, he holes up in Topanga Canyon to make an old-fashioned psychedelic folk opus, breathing in the California spirits and listening to his beard...


Album Review

Cripple Crow

September 22, 2005

For four albums now, Texas-born, Venezuela-raised Devendra Banhart has been getting serious mileage out of a rock archetype: the mysterioso folkie with bohemian leanings and poetry to spare. On the intermittently terrific Cripple Crow, Banhart's eccentricities...


Album Review

Niño Rojo

September 27, 2004

Not everyone can relate to what you and I appreciate, intones whinnying singer-songwriter Devendra Banhart on Niño Rojo. That line speaks volumes about Banhart, who, caustic, weird, absurd and poetic, challenges traditional musical notions. On...


Album Review

Led Zeppelin III

November 26, 1970
Not Rated

I keep nursing this love-hate attitude toward Led Zeppelin. Partly from genuine interest and mostly indefensible hopes, in part from the conviction that nobody that crass could be all that bad, I turn to each fresh album expecting — what? Certainly...