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April 16, 2013

Ten years in since the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' debut LP, frontwoman Karen O is a primal institution – the hipster next door lurching from one emo spectacle to another on bigger stages than anyone expected; she's the Lena Dunham of art punk. Mosquito feels...

Song Review


February 26, 2013

Throbbing back to life after several years off, the YYY's pack "Sacrilege" with a mess of classic moves: While guitar buzz and synth beeps make out in the corner, the rock/dance baby rides an almost-disco groove, and Karen O alternates between yelling...

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Show Your Bones

March 20, 2006

This is an underground-purist alert: "Gold Lion," the opening track on the Yeah Yeah Yeahs' second album, Show Your Bones, is named after an advertising award. Last year, an Adidas television spot featuring the original composition "Hello Tomorrow," written...

Album Review

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

July 16, 2002

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a punk-rock dream come true, three New York kids who have become international word-of-mouth sensations thanks to their ass-flatteningly righteous live shows. Lead singer Karen O prowls the stage like the Joanest Jett in town,...

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It's Blitz!

March 17, 2009

"Dance till you're dead!" commands Karen O over the opening notes of "Heads Will Roll," the second song on Yeah Yeah Yeahs' third album. Anyone who has been to one of the Manhattan—born trio's live shows knows that life—and—limb—imperiling...

Album Review

Fever To Tell

April 22, 2003

Karen O is one excitable girl. She's the lead singer of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the guitar-drums-gal band whose debut full-length album, Fever to Tell, proves that the New York rock renaissance runs deeper and wilder than the Strokes. Show O a hottie, or...