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Crystal Stilts

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Biography All Music Guide

Group Members: Frankie Rose

All Music Guide:

Formed in New York in 2003 by Brad Hargett and JB Townsend, multi-influenced indie rock band Crystal Stilts released their first work -- some singles and an EP -- in 2004 on the Feathery Tongue label. The first single, "Shattered Shine," was followed by a series of local shows and then a five-song EP on Woodsist in 2008. Later that same year, their debut full-length album, Alight of Night, was released by Slumberland. While the records were made by the duo, they were joined by Kyle Forester on keyboards, Andy Adler on bass, and Frankie Rose, formerly of Vivian Girls, on drums for live shows and the tour surrounding the album's release. After touring with the band during 2009, Rose left to form her own band (Frankie Rose & the Outs). The remaining members, including new drummer Keegan Cooke, began work on their next album and the result, In Love with Oblivion, was released by Slumberland in April of 2011. Mere months later the band released the Radiant Door EP on Sacred Bones. Sticking with Sacred Bones but expanding their sound to incorporate elements of soul, country, and folk, their next album, Nature Noir, was released in fall of 2013.

eMusic Features

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eMusic Selects: EULA

By Wondering Sound Staff, Contributor

Since 2008, we've used our eMusic Selects program to spotlight our favorite unsigned bands, releasing their albums exclusively to eMusic members and giving you a first look at bands whose music and vision inspires us. We're proud to say that bands like Best Coast, High Places, Yellow Ostrich, Julianna Barwick and others are all graduates of our Selects program. We feel just as excited about the latest members of our Selects family, EULA. This band… more »

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2011: Garage Rock Grows Up

By Mike McGonigal, Contributor

Four years ago, I flew from Portland to New York to see my favorite band, New Zealand's garage-pop trio the Clean, play three shows at a glorious pit called Cake Shop. The openers were Crystal Stilts, a Brooklyn group with no records out whose moody and noisy music pushed all the right buttons. I quickly befriended the group, especially guitarist JB Townsend and his then-girlfriend Frankie Rose, whose own band Vivian Girls were soon-to-be favorites.… more »

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Interview: Crystal Stilts

By Leonard Pierce, Contributor

Getting bogged down in the specifics of the familiar-yet-particular sound made by Brooklyn's Crystal Stilts often leaves critics describing the trunk and tail of an elephant and concluding that it's a whale. You can hear whole record collections in their songs – the Joy Division lows of Brad Hargett's evocative vocals, the pumping highs of Kyle Forester's Dunedin Sound keyboards, the gnarly Jeffrey Lee Pierce reverberations in JB Townsend's guitar, but attempts to reduce them… more »

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Label Profile: Captured Tracks

By J. Edward Keyes, Editor-in-Chief

File Under: Ragged, guitar-based indie pop; jangle-'n'-reverb forever! Flagship Acts: Beach Fossils, Wild Nothing, the Fresh & Onlys, the Girls At Dawn Based In: Brooklyn, New York When I first meet Mike Sniper, he's drinking Patron Silver at an Oyster Bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn. From any other record executive, the scene would be typical to the point of almost seeming mundane. But Sniper is the founder of the tiny, ragged Brooklyn indie Captured Tracks, a label that prizes… more »