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Hey, everybody, it’s that time again! South By Southwest 2012. Are you ready? How’s your hashtag game? Can you feel the early-onset FOMO? As the Austin institution grows larger and larger, with more and more high-level acts (ahem) interjecting themselves into the fray, there’s still plenty of room for the groups that are just starting… More »

This was a tough one. A whole lot of good albums come out today, including two that I think are just fucking great: The Men’s Open Your Heart and Ceremony’s Zoo. Both of those albums come from bands with hardcore-scene roots that are figuring out ways to harness their fuck-shit-up power and putting it i… More »

February’s Monthly Mix makes up for the grievous error in January’s Monthly Mix, namely having omitted Bear In Heaven’s “Reflection Of You.” No offense (none taken). That song’s great! Here it comes flowing out of Violens’ smooth and shifty new wave, and into Diplo’s bounce showcase “Express Yourself,” which in turn dives into Ceremony’s hardcore,… More »

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Watch Ceremony Cover The Cure With Patrick Stickles In Brooklyn

Last night, Ceremony continued the tour behind their new album, The L-Shaped Man, at Brooklyn’s Shea Stadium. They brought Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles — who used to live at the venue and helped to get it up and running — on stage to perform a cover of the Cure’s “Just Like Heaven.” Full video… More »

By: James Rettig / July 3, 2015 - 11:15 am

Ceremony – “Your Life In France (Liberation Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Before their new album The L Shaped Man, Ceremony weren’t really the kind of band that you could remix. There just wasn’t enough breathing room in any of their tracks for someone to wedge themselves in there and break it down. But with a lighter sound comes some more freedom, which allowed David West from… More »

By: James Rettig / June 3, 2015 - 9:06 am

Stream Ceremony The L-Shaped Man

Ceremony is the crown jewel of what’s left of the Bay Area hardcore scene, which is why The L-Shaped Man is a disorienting first listen. On their new record, Ceremony skirts their hardcore origins and instead wades into the equally dark but much more melodic waters of post-punk. I hesitate to say that Ceremony sound… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / May 12, 2015 - 1:19 pm

Ceremony – “Your Life In France” Video

On their new album The L-Shaped Man, the great California hardcore band Ceremony leave hardcore behind entirely, replacing it with dark and heavy Joy Division-style postpunk. We’ve already heard “The Separation” and “The Understanding,” and now the band has shared the video for another new song, the driving and flinty “Your Life In France.” DustinMore »

By: Tom Breihan / April 28, 2015 - 11:47 am

Ceremony – “The Separation” + “The Understanding” Video

California hardcore band Ceremony have announced their fifth album, The L-Shaped Man, and shared two-part video by director Ross Thomas. “The Separation” + “The Understanding” isn’t just split in its title; at about the 3:30 mark “The Separation” ends and “The Understanding” begins. As the names suggest, the album is centered around a breakup; i… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 26, 2015 - 11:50 am

Photos: SXSW 2015

SXSW 2015 has come and gone. As Scott noted over the weekend, it was an altogether less corporate, less celebrity-infused, less insane experience than in recent years, though of course it was still at least a little corporate and celebrity-infused and insane. (We never did make it to the McDonald’s showcase, damn.) As much a… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 23, 2015 - 2:14 pm

Dark Blue – “Here On My Street” (Stereogum Premiere)

Dark Blue are a Philly supergroup consisting of John Sharkey III of Clockcleaner, Andrew Mackie Nelson of Ceremony, and Mike Sneeringer who used to be in Purling Hiss and is now in Strand Of Oaks. (All of them played in Puerto Rico Flowers as well, but that was always framed as Sharkey’s solo project.) Dark… More »

By: Miles Bowe / August 19, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Photos: Ceremony, White Lung, Perfect Pussy @ Kimmel Center, NYC 12/5/13

Three exhilarating punk bands at different stages of their careers converged at NYU’s Kimmel Center last night, and our photographer BJ Enright was there to take in the action. Atop the bill were the trailblazing hardcore veterans Ceremony, currently at work on the follow-up to 2012’s Album Of The Week honoree Zoo. Vancouver punks White… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 6, 2013 - 4:55 pm

Fun Fun Fun Fest: The Rest Of Our Photos: Fucked Up, Superchunk, A Place To Bury Strangers, And More

Well, the fun is officially over — Fun Fun Fun Fest 2012 concluded yesterday with sets from Fucked Up, Japandroids, Deerhoof, Ceremony, Fang Island, Turbonegro, A Place To Bury Strangers, and like 30 other bands. We’ve got pics in the gallery from Sunday’s sets — courtesy of Trent Maxwell — with Linda Flores’s shots of… More »

By: Michael Nelson / November 5, 2012 - 1:06 pm

Ceremony – “Everything Burns”

Cali punks Ceremony already made a ridiculously fun album this year with Zoo, and now they’re teaming up with Titus Andronicus for a massive fall tour, which would be the punk rock tour of the year if Titus hadn’t already toured with Screaming Females. Both bands are also hooking up for a super-limited new split… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 1, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Report & Photos From FYF Fest 2012

Ever since I was old enough to complain, my dad took great pleasure in the act of dragging my always-resistant ass to music festivals. A summer full of glorious music for him meant a summer full of unstifled groans from me. His taste in music back then — folk, folk, and nothing but folk –… More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / September 4, 2012 - 4:52 pm

Øyafestivalen 2012 In Photos

The always-eclectic Øya collected dozens of big name international acts and local bands to Oslo’s Medieval Park and neighboring clubs over four days last week. Among them: Björk, A$AP Rocky, the Stone Roses, Chromatics, Baroness, Bon Iver, Odd Future, Florence + The Machine, and Frank Ocean, who ended his set after four songs due to… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 14, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Watch Ceremony Cover Violent Femmes’ “Kiss Off”

Someone needs to write the hidden history of hardcore bands and Violent Femmes’ mathematical nerd-rage anthem “Kiss Off,” the closest than any acoustic band ever came to writing Suicidal Tendencies “Institutionalized.” The night after I graduated from high school, I watched Avail, my favorite hardcore band ever, cover the song onstage in DC. (They might’ve… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 24, 2012 - 12:14 pm

Ceremony – “I Don’t Wanna Be Learned/I Don’t Wanna Be Tamed” (Ramones Cover)

Here’s a newly recorded cover of the Ramones’ “I Don’t Wanna Be Learned/I Don’t Wanna Be Tamed” by California ragers Ceremony, a roaring track that’s pretty faithful to the original. Download it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / June 14, 2012 - 3:46 pm

Ceremony – “Adult” Video

Adult” is a fiery standout from Zoo, the excellent new album from Cali punks Ceremony. The track’s brand new video gets straight magic-realist Mad Men with it, telling the story of a stereotypical postwar suburban housewife who disappears underneath her house when nobody’s looking. BLV BLK BRD directs. Watch it and download the track below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 20, 2012 - 1:34 pm

Stream Ceremony Zoo

Zoo, the new album and Matador debut from cultish Cali punks Ceremony, is one of the most ferocious and feral records we’ve heard in recent memory — a crushing and immediate barrage of riffage and misanthropy that builds on classic hardcore sounds without being beholden to that blueprint. We’ve posted the tracks “Hysteria” and “Adult,”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 29, 2012 - 10:18 am

Ceremony – “Adult”

Here’s something you need to know: Zoo, the new album from Cali punks Ceremony, is an absolute monster. We’ve already posted leadoff track “Hysteria” and the video for “World Blue.” And now we’ve got “Adult,” the album’s charged-up next single. Download it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 21, 2012 - 9:40 am
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