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Wavves' new album Afraid of Heights comes out March 26.
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March 17, 2013 The new album from these sons of grunge has the mix of pop and pessimism pioneered by Nirvana and others. Without the earlier bands' studio slickness — and despite various onstage and offstage upheavals — Wavves battles personal demons with powerhouse choruses.
Clockwise from upper left: Nathan Williams of Wavves, David Bowie, John Denver, Phoenix, and Kanene Pipkin of Lone Bellow
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February 26, 2013 On this edition of All Songs Considered, Bob Boilen crushes co-host Robin Hilton's little heart in a disagreement over the music of John Denver. Plus brand new music from David Bowie, Phoenix, Wavves and more.
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Wavves performs at the 2011 Sasquatch Music Festival.
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May 30, 2011 Nathan Williams and company bring their willful punk primitivism to a late morning set.
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January 31, 2011 It got loud at Washington, D.C.'s 9:30 Club when the punk-infused band Wavves and the garage-rock revivalists in Best Coast came together for a night of live music. Both bands were recorded live in concert on Jan. 31, 2011.
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Wavves' "Take on the World" is a brash little gem that pushes everything, including adversity, out of its way.
August 3, 2010 Wavves' music has caught plenty of attention, some of it fiercely negative, but "Take on the World" ought to help quiet the debate -- if only because frontman Nathan Williams gets ahead of his critics, singing, "Well, I hate my writing / It's all the same." But for all the self-loathing, there's unmistakable buoyancy to go with the bad vibes.
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