Night Beds

Night Beds, the musical project of 26-year-old Colorado Springs native Winston Yellen, received much acclaim for his 2013 debut album, Country Sleep, scoring plaudits for its tortured take on alt country and Yellen's soaring vocals. But Yellen has always been much more than another singer-songwriter. "When Country Sleep came out, I had never made songs like that before," explains Yellen, who currently splits his time between Nashville and Los Angeles. "That was a departure for me. That wasn't my bread and butter." The charismatic, enticingly unhinged Yellen had been living in a house that used to belong to Johnny Cash and the atmosphere had taken an effect, but after finishing that album and before Country Sleep was even released, Yellen began experimenting with the kind of melancholic, neon-tinged R&B that makes up the mesmerising Ivywild.

Meet You in Austin // Dead Oceans at SXSW 2013

It’s hard to believe we’re saying this, but SXSW starts next week! Go ahead and sip on the sweet nectar that is our OFFICIAL SXSW LABEL SHOWCASE, featuring Phosphorescent, Night Beds, Brazos, Bleached and Akron/Family. We have teamed up with Jagjaguwar and Secretly Canadian for the event, which will take place on THURSDAY, MARCH 14 at RED 7 (611 E. 7th St.).

Artists will perform on both the indoor and outdoor stages, and folks with wristbands/badges are invited to join. Check out the full schedule above or below. Note that DOC artists are in bold. You’ll also find all of our artists’ showcase schedules at the bottom of the post.

Stay tuned this week for updates on SXSW, Spotify playlists and contests! Niiiceee.

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DOC/JAG/SC Official Label Showcase

Outdoor Stage
Unknown Mortal Orchestra: 1:00 – 1:45
Phosphorescent: 11:55 – 12:40
Foxygen: 10:55 – 11:35
Bleached: 10:00 – 10:35
Small Black: 9:05 – 9:40
Cayucas: 8:15 – 8:45

Indoor Stage
Akron/Family: 12:35 – 1:20
The Besnard Lakes: 11:30 – 12:15
DIANA: 10:40 – 11:10
Suuns: 9:45 – 10:20
Night Beds: 8:50 – 9:25
Brazos: 8:00 – 8:30

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ARTIST SHOWCASE SCHEDULES:

Akron/Family
3/12 @ Antone’s (Pandora) 3:00pm
3/13 @ Clive Bar (Filter) 5:00pm
3/14 @ Hotel Vegas (Reverb Appreciation Society) 4:30pm
3/14 @ Red 7 (DOC/JAG/SC Showcase) 12:35am
3/15 @ Old Emo’s (Brooklyn Vegan) TBD

A Place To Bury Strangers
3/16 @ Brazos Hall (Psych Fest SXSW) 12:45am

Bleached
3/14 @ Scoot Inn (Converse / Thrasher) 2:00pm
3/14 @ Red 7 (DOC/JAG/SC Showcase) 10:00pm
3/15 @ Bar 96 (Filter) 6:00pm
3/15 @ Hotel Vegas (Panache) 9:35pm
3/16 @ Easy Tiger (Spin House) 2:00pm
3/16 @ Holy Mountain (Third Shift) 4:00pm

Brazos
3/14 @ Red 7 (DOC/JAG/SC Showcase) 8:00pm
3/16 @ 1000 E 5th (Shiner/Do512) 1:00pm
3/16 @ The New Movement (Pop Press International) 2:30pm

Night Beds
3/14 @ Urban Outfitters 3:00pm
3/14 @ Red 7 (DOC/JAG/SC Showcase) 8:50pm
3/15 @ Hotel San Jose (SXSJ) 2:00pm

Phosphorescent
3/13 @ Hype Hotel (Aquarium Drunkard) 10:00pm
3/14 @ Willie Nelson’s Ranch in Spicewood, TX – Heartbreakers Banquet 6:30pm
3/14 @ Red 7 (DOC/JAG/SC Showcase) 11:55pm
3/15 @ Red Eyed Fly (Another Planet) 3:30pm
3/15 @ Bar 96 (Filter) 9:30pm
3/16 @ Hotel San Jose (SXSJ) 6:00pm

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WATCH // Night Beds Perform Live for Lawrence High School’s Film & Media Series

Night Beds stopped by Room 125 at Lawrence High School for a another beautiful live session (aren’t they all, really?) and interview. It’s all for an ongoing project film & media students started awhile ago. You can watch “Lost Springs” and “Was I For You?” in our Youtube playlist above. I personally recommend paying special attention to the 1:50 mark in “Was I For You”; Winston and Caleb work some special harmonizing magic. Siggghhhh.

Did you see Winston on Rachael Ray earlier this week? SPIN certainly did, which means you probably should too….fast forward to the 3:40 mark and open your eyes.

WOW // Night Beds In a Near Perfect Tiny Desk Concert

Every part of me wants to post this Tiny Desk concert and include only one word -> WOW. No lengthy introduction or description could make you fall more in love with Night Beds; you simply just need to watch and watch you will! The four-song set includes Country Sleep‘s “Faithful Heights,” “Ramona,” “22” and an older track, “Hide From It.”

“…one of 2013’s most arresting new voices.”Robin Hilton, NPR Music

Now go witness the beautiful thing that is Night Beds in person. They are currently touring the US, with European dates to follow. See all HERE.

WATCH // Night Beds Perform “Ramona” Live on Fallon

Night Beds took over Late Night With Jimmy Fallon on Friday and we could not be prouder of their performance. Playing a fantastic (so says Jimmy) rendition of Country Sleep standout track “Ramona,” Winston and the band seemed very much at ease on the big stage. Watch the clip above (move to the 42 minute mark).

You can see Night Beds on tour now! They are playing St. Louis’s Off Broadway tonight with lots of shows to follow. Find all their dates HERE.

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