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Mates of State | Mountaintops

As the sequenced synths and handsome beats unfold, matched in merriment by the husband-and-wife vocals of Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner, your mind is miles away from the raging fires of the underworld.
Barsuk (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  September 16, 2011
Mates of State at the Met

Mates of State at the Met


A San Francisco husband-and-wife duo that make nifty little pop tunes that tickle the indie crowd, but not enough to create a massive buzz -...
By webteam  |  September 21, 2010

Mates of State at SPACE Gallery


Tonight at SPACE Gallery (538 Congress St., 207.828.5600), Mates of State - that longstanding combo of the musical and marital - are back in town....
By webteam  |  September 21, 2010

Mates of State with M.T. Bearington at Port City Music Hall


The biggest Portland moment in indie twee since Sufjan Stevens's show at Port City Music Hall goes down tonight, as husband-and-wife duo Mates of State...
By webteam  |  February 10, 2010
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Solo contender

When Carl Newman walks down a New York City sidewalk and seizes some sudden flicker of inspiration by humming bits of melody into his Blackberry.
A.C. Newman adjusts to the limelight on Get Guilty
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 10, 2009
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2008 Listravaganza!

We are not at all sick of bands with animal names yet and seem to have a soft spot for Erykah Badu that we kept very hush about all year.
An absolute glut of cruelly reductive Top 10 lists from our dedicated staff of tirelessly enthusiastic writers
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  December 24, 2008


ROCK'S STEADIES

THINK JUST BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP IS TOUGH? MEET FIVE BANDS WHO'VE COMBINED WORK AND PLAY ? AND AGAINST ALL ODDS ENDED UP MAKING SWEET HARMONIES.
THINK JUST BEING IN A RELATIONSHIP IS TOUGH? MEET FIVE BANDS WHO'VE COMBINED WORK AND PLAY ? AND AGAINST ALL ODDS ENDED UP MAKING SWEET HARMONIES.
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  December 10, 2008
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Mates of State: Re-Arrange Us

For their fifth album, Mates of State sought out and found the perfect pop tune. Ten of them, actually.
Barsuk
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  June 03, 2008
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The cuteness surge

Cuteness, of course, is the collective cultural cure-all to our problems.
Why, in desperate times, we turn to lolcats, twee songs, and mute kittens
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 01, 2008
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Matt and Kim

Not unlike a bottled Frappuccino, Matt & Kim’s homonymous debut is better than no Matt & Kim at all.
Matt and Kim | iheartcomix
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  July 17, 2007
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The OC Mix 6: Covering Our Tracks

Since part of the well-oiled genius of The OC is its blatant appropriation of familiar teen-soap source material, it makes sense that the hit Fox series’s latest mix CD collects covers of tunes most of the show’s viewers likely already know.
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By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 19, 2006


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Unrequited love

Mates of State perform live in much the same way they write their music: by themselves, for themselves.
Mates of State at the Middle East, September 13, 2006
By AUDREY GRAYSON  |  September 14, 2006
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Two by two

Twin Engines have four songs up on their MySpace page, and though guitarist Jimmy Walls cautions they’re just demos, you can get a good feel for the amount of sound and energy Walls and Rae can produce.
Twin Engines marries Vacationland and New York City
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 19, 2006

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By  |  March 23, 2006
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Mates of State

In 2001, the two members of this popular Connecticut combo got married (and last year they had a daughter), forming a family that their music suggests will endure.
Bring It Back | Barsuk
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 23, 2006
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Big business

Now that the music biz has licked its wounds from a nasty 2005, things are finally starting to heat up, and an indie-heavy winter is giving way to a more major spring.
The majors gear up for a promising spring
By MATT ASHARE  |  March 10, 2006