This post was written by our #SXSW correspondent.
Cults NAILED IT at effing SOUTHBY! I saw Cults play KILLER songs and KILL IT. The CROWD was effing WILD, and EVERY ONE was TRYING TO GET IN. I knew a guy who knew the venue owner and he got me in, and it was easily the MUST SEE event of #SXSW. It was the definition of an effing #GAME_CHANGER, and on top of that, Maddie Follin, Cults frontwoman looked GOOD on stage. Then I saw her on my way to pick up a Taco Bell taco loco, and she was standing there and I asked her to take an instagram pic, and she said she was so tired, but told me to go to their show later that night. I went, and it NAILED IT, and they KILLED IT. They definitely were BUZZING #SXSW, and even Ryan Gosling showed up to their show and he was bobbing their head. It's only a matter of time before Cults blows up, so DON'T SAY I DIDN'T WARN YA.
Then Carson Daly came out and I got his autograph. I asked him about Tara Reid, but he looked mad at me, so I changed the subject by saying, "Cults KILLED IT, huh?" He said, "CRUSHED." Then I asked him if he would play Cults on TRL, and he was like 'Eff u bro.'
U HEAR IT FIRST: HIPSTER RUNOFF COVERS SOUTHBY #CrushKillNail
Cults has some new video for "D'ya know what I mean?", and I am not sure if it is documentary-style, or if it is a high-budget love story involving 3rd degree burns to the entire body of Cults lead singer Brian Oblivion. If it is real, all we can do is #pray for the speedy recovery of Brian Oblivion during this difficult time.
GRAPHIC PHOTO [via face burns]
Do u know if these r for real? Will he play on stage with them?
OMG! My BF is #on_fire, and I don't mean that he is playing the popular video game NBA Jam.
Do u wish u could come 2 Maddie's window? [via riding Melissa Ethridge 1990s female lezbo alt rock waves]
I feel like I will never know what true buzz love is until I form a buzzband with my significant other, and we learn abt the toll that the neverending life on the road takes on us.
Do u <3 or h8 this song?
Do u wish u could be in a relevant buzz couple?
R u worried abt Brian Oblivion?
Does Maddie look good, bb?
Have u ever suffered 3rd degree buzz burns?
May u have a healthy recovery, restoring ur indie hunky good looks back 2 normality.
I remember when u were just another potentially crappy 'blog hit wonder' band
that Gorilla Vs Bear 'creamed' his pants ovr
U really could have 'gone Lana Del Rey'
But due to a series of solid managerial decisions
clear artistic + commercial goals
and 'common sense'
U did not 'go LDR'
U look good on Fallon, bb!
I love the song 'Abducted'! One of my personal faves!
Honestly, sometimes I dream
That some1 in a buzzband will abduct me
they will take me on tour
and I'll be BEST FRIENDS with them
I'll party hard every night
and be intimate with multiple members of the band
Yes, I know this sounds like I'm a 'band whore'
But I swear I have a connection with all of them
Eventually the tour will come to an end
and the buzzband's buzz will run dry
Eventually one member of the buzzband
who has a substance abuse addiction
will be so desperate for money that they actually enslave me
Use me as a prostitute most nights
but every now and then, I will be a drug mule
transporting drugs between the USA-Mexico border
We'll both long for the days when u first abducted me and we were on tour
I guess what they say is right
Buzz can't last forever
And before ur know it
U are being sentenced for ur part in a drug & human trafficking scheme
Having to turn in ur boss
and relocate to Iowa as part of ur agreement with the witness protection program
I just wanna be ABDUCTED, yall!
Is that what u think abt when u hear that song?
M83 wrote the hit 2k11 anthem "Midnight City", a religious song about finding faith in the city, which then becomes your church. Anyways, there is some girl in that band named Morgan Kibby. Tons of readers have been emailing me BEGGING for more Morgan Kibby coverage. In this photograph, it seems like Morgan Kibby looks A LOT like some1 that the blogosphere already knows: Maddie Follin from Cults.
Do u think that no other girl in indie should be allowed to swoop her hair/long bangs over her eyes to be 'mysterious' or has Madeline Follin already established this as HER brand?
This would be like if some1 copied Vicki LeGrand's curly mop...
Or if some1 copied Zooey Deschanel's baby blues...
Or Feist's signature bangs...
Or if some1 had the name Alice Glass when Alice Glass already existed...
Madeline Follin has established herself as and indie diva, often singing the lyrics, "We should go outside, yall." Critics could argue for days abt whether Midnite City or Go Outside is a better song, but in the end, maybe we should all just Go Outside at Midnight and Hang Out in the City (Our Church).
Is Morgan Kibby the prettiest BB in indie?
photo via GVB
Should Morgan Kibby 'go solo' from M83?
Is Anthony Gonzalez 'nothing' without The Kibbinator?
Do u think Anthony Gonzalez is as mean and controlling as Dave Longstreth of Dirty Projectors?
Did Morgan Kibby rip off the personal brand of Madeline Follin from Cults?
Who is the pound-for-pound #1 indie diva in the world right now?
I want 2 drink hot cocoa with u
Should we go 2 Starbucks?
Maybe 'the Coffee Bean'?
Maybe even a Ghirardelli Specialty Store...
Do u want a peppermint latte instead?
Maybe some sort of frappychinos
I want 2 drink cocoa with u...
Maybe we can just go to Target
and buy some Hot Choco mix
I promise 2 buy milk
Whatever % you prefer
So we don't have to be like 'poor ppl'
who have to make hot chocolate with water
Do u vibe 2 Swiss Miss?
Maybe we should get some hot choc 'in the bulk'
if this is going to become a 'regular thing'...
I noticed that u like marshmallows on ur hot choc...
I will get a big bag of mallows
I'm more into whip cream [via can]
Not the Cool Whip vibes
I want to drink hot chocolate with u...
Do u vibe 2 hot chocolate?
Do u ever wish u could 'meet for coffee' with a relevant alt celeb?
Does hot chocolate make u feel like ur cuddling with some1 because it makes ur insides warm and fuzzy?
Is Yo Gabba Gabba some sort of cool dad buzz pyramid scheme?
Does Maddie Follin look 2HOT4TV?
Every day, buzzbands are searching for a chill website that can host their MP3s and allow them to build an online brand where fans can find them and easily learn abt their music and tour dates. Myspace used to be the #1 buzzband webspace presence, but now bands started 2 use bandcamp, just bc it is the trendy thing to do before the site fails to monetize and buzzbands start 2 use a new platform. Oh well, not sure how I feel abt the name 'bandcamp' anyways.
The popular bandcamp website is now involved in a MASSIVE buzzband scandal involving one of their most famous indie buzzbands--Cults.
Apparently Bandcamp forced Cults to charge people to download their songs (See 6:10 mark of video). They allegedly hit a certain download number, and Bandcamp wanted Cults to charge people to download their MP3s so that bandcamp could take a cut of their buzz bucks. Brian Oblivion, lead guitarist of Cults, went on record saying "FUCK BANDCAMP." As much as we'd like to glorify online tools that help buzzbands build websites even if it on a crappily-subdomained URL, we must acknowledge the darkside of Bandcamp, and how they might just be stealing from the buzzworthy more than they are giving to the buzzless...
Cults claims that the band would be forced to pay $75 for every 1000 free MP3 downloads. Oblivion continued... "I'm not gonna PAY for people to get it for free. I'll give it to them.
Lead singer Madeline Follin went on to say, "We are shutting our bandcamp down."
Bandcamp has yet to issue a statement on the issue, or on their business practices. This is certainly a dark day for buzzbands, but more importantly, consumers who want to legally download MP3s for free from band websites.
Do u <3 or H8 bandcamp?
Do u <3 or H8 Nardwuar? Is is gimmick 'tired' or 'fresh'?
Do the Culties look totally keut?
Will bandcamp let buzzbands buzz 4 free?
Is it fair for Bandcamp 2 expect site users 2 have 2 pay for their service? Or should everything be free 4 every1 4evr?
Who will win the Cults vs Bandcamp drama?
If u were starting a buzzband, what would u use 2 build ur web presence?
Can bandcamp 'recover' from this PR DISASTER?
Photos via p4k
Maddie BB! Sing ur heart out
I can call u 'Maddie', right?
Yes, I think u r beautiful on the outside...
but more importantly... u inspire me...
Ur rags to buzz riches story
has made me believe
that 1 day I can go from 'enigmatic anonymity'
to mindie buzzworthy making mad bank
playing to Midwestern bros at Lollapalooza
U did it bb!
Look at u now...
Ur getting buzz paper...
So every time u hit that magic note
Every time u grab ur lil skirt
Sway side 2 side
Grab the microphone oh so tenderly...
We're here with u
Chill vibes with U and Bri Oblivvy.
Let the buzz wash over our faces
U did it Cults....
u truly 'went outside' [via go-ing]
Do u <3/miss the Cults BB?
Mark Hoppus: SO I HEAR U GUYS HAVE BEEN GETTING A LOT OF BUZZ ON BLOGS
CULTS: Yeah. It has been a WILD Ride!
Mark Hoppus: My band came around before blogs
CULTS: Yeah. We love Blink.
Mark Hoppus: Blink 182. Call us by our full name.
Mark Hoppus: So how has Blink 182 influenced yalls sound?
Mark Hoppus: Well...
CULTS: Well I did have ur CD when I was an alt tween.
Mark Hoppus: Did "Go Outside" sample "What's My Age Again?"
CULTS: No, I don't think so.
Mark Hoppus: U sure?
CULTS: Pretty sure.
Mark Hoppus: So do u guys think u will be as big as my band?
CULTS: Maybe b4 yall went mnstrm
Mark Hoppus: But we stayed tru 2 ourselves'
Mark Hoppus: We love life and being zany
Mark Hoppus: whats ur fave blink song?
CULTS: Why r u allowed 2 call ur own band "blink"?
Mark Hoppus: Cuz I'm the Hopmeister.
Mark Hoppus: U ever listen to Boxcar Racer?
Mark Hoppus: That was my side projjie.
Mark Hoppus: I have my own tv show on FUSE
CULTS: What is it about?
Mark Hoppus: I just interview new buzzbands on how the feel abt me and Blink 182.
CULTS: Oh ok.
Mark Hoppus: So u like Blink?
CULTS: Yes. We love Blink 182.
Mark Hoppus: ok. u can be on my show.
Mark Hoppus: Yeah, good song.
Mark Hoppus: Song
CULTS: I miss u
Mark Hoppus: Blink is the effing best. We are fun, meaningful, and alt. No1 will ever 'nail it' quite like we did. God bless my band.
Photo via flickrs
U make me afraid of the light
Do u know what I mean bb?
(I'm not afraid)
I wish u would go outside 4 once
No1 does it quite like u, Madsters...
when u sing, the whole world stops
We learn 2 <3 again
I know there are conflicting waves of positivity
and waves of pseudo backlash
but don't listen 2 any1, bb
The world <3s u
Sing ur heart out, Maddie
sing ur lil heart out....
Has Madeline Follin leapfrogged Vicki LeGrand on the indie frontwoman power rankings?
Is Alice Glass still hot?
Would u rather vibe out at Chili's with Merrill Garbus or Maddie Follin?
Whatever happened to the Puro Instinct broads?
What will Cults get from p4k?
How many extra points will they gain bc of Maddie Follin's cuteness?
Will Bethany Cosentino 'roll over in her grave' on the day that Cults gets their p4k score?
I just watched some new video for the song 'Abducted' by Cults. The song is 'buzzing up the charts', and many insiders expect them to get a p4k rating that Tyler the Creator could 'only dream of.' I'm not really sure what happens in the video. If I had to guess, some bro sees this woman who he can brainwash, so then he decides to human traffick her, and the video represent some sort of metaphorical 'long journey' where he has to psychologically brainwash her in order to continue to coerce her into performing graphic acts for money. As yall know, I am a HUGE fan of benders AND human trafficking, so I can vibe 2 it.
I sorta just waited around for the band 2 show up, and then they popped up and were like 'hey.'
I just rlly want to get to know them...
They're so mysterious...
What are they all abt?
What do they do in their free time?
What kind of food do they eat?
Do they have the same hopes, fears, and dreams that non-buzzworthy humans do? Nvm. Guess I don't really want to learn as much abt buzzbands as we have learned abt Best Coast + WAVVES.
Do u <3 Cults or h8 Cults?
Do u <3 or h8 this video?
Do u think they need to really increase the Maddie Follin exposure by 800-1000%?
Have u ever been kidnapped?
Do u ever see an old lady at a grocery store and think about putting her in your trunk?
Cults is a buzzband that is buzzing hard after their hit songs "Go Outside" and "Abducted" and "You Know What I Mean"... but maybe they should change the names of those songs to "Go Outside on a Bender", "Abducted by myself because I went on a bender" and "You know what I Mean? I was on a bender, yall" after the popular 2k11 buzzband was spotted on an all-night bender, hitting up a relevant tittie bar.
The truth is, I go on regular benders, ending up in very dark places. Most nights, I'd be lucky to end up in a strip club, instead of other dark options such as:
-a Motel 6 hotel room with some1 who is getting human trafficked
-a snuff film lounge
-having to pay off drug debts [via prostitution] [via Less Than Zero]
-staying up all nite on a bender, eating a McGriddle 4 breakfast
-calling ur ex and saying u want to get back with her, but ur effed up on a bender, and the next day she shows up at your apt, and ur like 'uhh... I just wanted an emotional handjob, I wasn't REALLY trying to get back with u....'
As you can see in the above photo, lead frontman Brian Oblivion is trying to negotiate 'half off' the cover price to get into a strip club. Usually, who can pay the fallen-overweight-stripper at the front desk 'under the table.'
Here is a picture of lead singer Madeline Follin 'canoodling' with some bro...getting ready 2 bender...
Here is a buzzband member 'getting a relevant lappy' [sponsored by _____]
Here is the keut buzz couple 'canoodling', looking to get a better view of some premium 'stripper ass.' Sometimes when I am too poor to be a 'high roller' i n a strip club, I will just bring $100 in $1-bill, and 'make it last' for hours/minutes.
Best Coast was spotted inside of the relevant strip club venue, but I am not sure if she was 'working at the titter' or if this was just earlier in the night when they were bendering together, but then she fell asleep [via dank vibes]
Here is indie QT 'Maddie Follsies' carrying a drum that probably has tons of bender-wave drugs in it.
I'm not sure if she got a lap dance... 'On paper' [via porn], acts of bisexuality [via girls] 'turn me on'... but when it comes to a relationship, I have complex sexual ownership + insecurity issues that probably couldn't handle it if I found out that one of my fave indie female celebs 'swung both ways.' I want a relationship with a top tier female indie celeb... Not a 'dark sexual fling...'
It's difficult being in a buzzband. Every night u end up somewhere different, every night, there are tons of floozies who would love 2 'take u home' and get a slice of ur buzzworthy genitalia. That's why u have to on a bender. U have to 'get up'... but then u 'come down hard' [via Charlie Sheen].
Lord knows I've had my dark nights...
What is the darkest night of ur life?
Have u ever gone on a krazie, buzzworthy bender?
Do u think more buzzbands should go on 'krazie benders'?
Is Cults trying to build a 'bad-boy' image?
Do u have an 'tips' for 'looking like a baller' and 'saving some $$$ in a strip club'?
Did you know that most strippers would be willing to give a free lappy and a VIP handjob in exchange for a few key bumps of cocaine?
I just saw this 'totally sexi' new picture of Madeline Follin, the frontwoman from Cults, and I thought it was blogworthy because she is getting 'tons of buzz' for being one of the 'hottest females in indie.' Insiders claim that Vicki LeGrand, Kickball Katy and the much-maligned Bethany Cosentino are doing their best to 'out-diva' Cults, and limit their buzz growth in the sometimes nasty behind-the-scenes scene of indie.
In this new 'promo photograph' for their record single vinyl album 'Abducted', Maddie Follin is seen with a (paper) bag over her head... This could be some sort of metaphor on 'what beauty means' and how indie females are often 'objectified' by the male blogosphere. The picture begs the modern critic to judge cults not on her looks or the boy:girl ratio of the band, but instead by the quality of their song writing and pop craftsmanship.
Sometimes u just wish Maddie would 'show the world her smile'... but at the same time her 'enigmatic brand' is driving entry level hype machine blog bros 'crazie.'
Do u <3 their new song 'Abducted' or do they need to write 10 songs that sound like 'Go Outside (and play)'?
Is Madeline Follin 'the next big indie sex icon'?
Are Kickball Katy and Maddie Follin making Best Coast 'obsolete'?
Who is the #1 female in indie right now?
Is Cults 'getting too much buzz'?
Did the sad LCD AZN 'gain some points' after their farewell tour?
R u still 'hot' 4 the Puro Instinct sisters?
Which indie female is HOT right now?
Will 'wearing a bag over ur head' become a hot female alt trend?
What type of bag is that? A designer clutch-wave handbag, or a 'green-wave' recyclable shopping bag?
R u going to wear a bag over ur head to Coachella/a relevant buzz pool party?
Cults are getting put thru 'the buzz cycle' from any magazine blog outlet possible as every1 is trying to 'invest' in their buzz stock since they are 'at the top of the post-lofi pop' genre. They did some fashion shoot for New York Times Magazine where they wore 'rich ass clothes 4 rich ppl.' Madeline Follin is wearing a dress that is more expensive than a poor person car.
Brian is wearing a Tom Ford sweater, $990. Go to tomford.com. Madeline is wearing a Burberry Prorsum vest, $1,995. Go to burberry.com. Valentino dress, $5,900. Call (212) 772-6969. Makeup on Madeline: bareMinerals Original SPF 15 Foundation in Fairly Light, $25.00. NARS Bangkok Pure Matte Lipstick, $25. Go to narscosmetics.com.
I wonder if they got to 'keep the clothes.' Maybe they could pawn them for buzzworthy instruments and bleepy bloop machines. From what I have read, a buzzband makes at least $40k per show (in buzz dollars), but I don't know the conversion rate between buzz dollars and $USD (or the_Euro).
Do u think they look 'mad keut'?
Is Cults 'the #1 buzzband of 2k11' or do u consider them a 2k10 buzzband?
Will Madeline Follin and Brian Oblivion 'play up their alt celebrity relationship' just to get more headlines [via the BestWavves model]?
Do u think she should change her name 2 'Maddie Oblivion' just so they sound more Culty?
R u 'excited' about Cults' 'first album', or are u already getting anxious about their sophomore follow-up?
Is "Go Outside" the 'greatest MP3 that Gorilla Vs. Bear has ever posted'?
Has Madeline Follin moved 'to the top' of the indie QTs power rankings?
I just saw this picture of the 2k11 buzzband Cults playing a concert show inside of a church. It seems like they might be trying to say that 'indie buzzbandology' is way more important than God, religion, Christianity, Arab religion, and any other type of spirituality. I definitely agree with them bc without The Holy Spirit of Indie, how would we live our lives'? What sort of meaningful authenticity would we pursue?
Anyways, they have some new mp3 out called "You Know What I Mean" that many blogs have named the #1 fuzzy buzzy song of 2k11. U have to wonder if the Vivian Girls + Best Coast are 'pissed' that they lack the emotional depth/skills 2 write this type of song.
Here is Madeline Follin looking 'prettier' than every other female fuzzy buzzy band member.
Are yall on #TeamCults?
Is Cults the #1 fuzzy buzzy band of all time?
Will their upcoming album 'save' 2k11?
Were u worried that they were only ever going 2 release that 'Go Outside' mp3 and milk it for the next 30 years?
Do yall believe in God?
Did God create 'indie buzzbands' or is the indiesphere a deity in itself?