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If the past two weeks haven’t made it clear, we are officially headlong into list season! Nothing says “holidays” quite like the internet’s month-long quest to quantify standards of taste. And while a lot of magazines and websites are telling you all about their selections for 2012’s Bests — us included — it’s nice to… More »

This week saw a serious abundance of straight-up fun, ridiculous videos — four-minute blasts of joy that didn’t take themselves the tiniest bit seriously. I’ll take that over a bunch of serious art videos that want to push the form forward. Hype Williams and Kanye West’s seizure-inducing tremorfest had nothing on any of the five… More »

In their Progress Report interview, and in this Pitchfork interview, the two fairly unassuming late-20s dudes in Japandroids talk a lot about how they love touring and hate recording. Touring the world, for two guys from Vancouver who’d never had the chance, was a revelation, and so they went into the studio to record CelebrationMore »

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Watch Operators & Japandroids Play Wolf Parade’s “This Heart’s On Fire” At Canadian Music Week

Back in December we reported from one of the earliest shows by Operators, a new project matching Divine Fits bandmates Dan Boeckner and Sam Brown with keyboardist Devojka. The band is gearing up for more activity, including an album release on a label to be named and, apparently, a special appearance at Canadian Music Week. More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 9, 2014 - 12:38 pm

Photos: Treasure Island Festival 2013

People who live in the Bay Area are lucky. Not only did they get to enjoy the incredible Outside Lands lineup, a month later they get a whole other festival in the form of Treasure Island. A ton of great bands showed up there over the weekend, from James Blake to Holy Ghost! to Real… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 21, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Watch Japandroids Play Letterman

Last night, the great Vancouver duo Japandroids played a show in Charlottesville, about five minutes from my house. (I didn’t go, couldn’t bring myself to miss NBA Finals game seven, but skipping the show broke my heart a little.) Charlottesville isn’t especially close to New York, so they must’ve hauled ass down after taping their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 21, 2013 - 9:50 am

Photos: Free Press Summer Fest ’13

Free Press Summer Fest returned to Houston over the weekend, hosting acts like the Postal Service, Bassnectar, Iggy & The Stooges, Passion Pit, and more. We sent Allyce Andrew to capture the sights. Check out her pics in the gallery above. More »

By: Stereogum / June 3, 2013 - 3:38 pm

Sasquatch! 2013 Friday: Vampire Weekend, Macklemore, Youth Lagoon, & More

Driving to the Sasquatch! Festival on Thursday I opted to skip out on I-90 from Seattle and instead drive way up north and take Route 2. It still gets you where you’re going, but the traffic-congested two-and-a-half hour trip you get with 90 becomes an isolated six-hour journey if you choose Rt. 2. It’s completely… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 25, 2013 - 4:15 pm

Coachella 2013 Weekend 2: Friday’s 5 Best Things

Peel back the surface and look past the picturesque valley backdrop. Forget about the gorgeous, sun-kissed young folk wearing next to nothing (or, on occasion, nothing). Go ahead and ignore the ridiculous hippie art splattering the landscape. Once you get past everything that suggests Coachella is a legit wonderful place, reality sets in. You’re i… More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / April 20, 2013 - 6:40 pm

Coachella 2013 Friday: Blur, Modest Mouse, Grinderman, & More

“It’s the homeland!” one of the girls on the hotel shuttle yelped as we neared the festival. It really begged the question — who is the most common Coachella archetype? The only data I have to cull from is my experience from last year’s first weekend, but the situation was vastly different. Then, I went… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 13, 2013 - 2:11 pm

SXSW 2013 Tuesday: Japandroids, Divine Fits, Marnie Stern

The ‘Gum crew got into Austin last night and made the most of SXSW Music’s slow ramp-up into full on noise-overwhelming-the-signal mode. The options were limited, but with deep lineups: Viceland and Pitchfork’s show at the Mohawk were the primary dueling points. We caught some stuff at each, and had photographers there and also at… More »

By: Stereogum / March 13, 2013 - 1:52 pm

Japandroids Win Canucks Entrance Song Honors

Japandroids’ towering anthem “The House That Heaven Built” was already our indie song of the summer last year, and now it has another severely awesome distinction. A couple of weeks back, we reported that the Vancouver Canucks, Japandroids’ hometown NHL team, had asked its fans to vote on an entrance song, and “The House That… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 27, 2013 - 4:49 pm

Watch Japandroids Play Conan

Last night, Japandroids, one of our finest rock bands currently working, brought their thunderous simplicity to the stage at Conan, blasting through the Celebration Rock opener “The Nights Of Wine And Roses.” It’s not substitute for being there, obviously, but I’m pretty impressed at how the band has managed to translate their live intensity, a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 26, 2013 - 9:31 am

Vote For Japandroids “House That Heaven Built” To Be Official NHL Entrance Song

Do you love hockey? Do you love Japandroids? Do I really even need to ask? Well, the Vancouver Canucks are looking for a new entrance song, and they’re letting fans vote on a few options via their website, and Japandroids’ “The House That Heaven Built” is in the running. Before you vote, you can check… More »

By: Miles Bowe / February 19, 2013 - 11:48 am

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

Incubate Festival 2012 In Photos

Last week, from 9/10 – 9/16, the Incubate festival moved into the city of Tilburg, in the Netherlands. Along with a range of other cultural offerings, Incubate hosted more than 300 musical acts in a wide array of indie, underground, and avant garde genres. Photographer Graeme Flegenheimer was on hand to document some of the… More »

By: Michael Nelson / September 19, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built” Video

You, the readers of Stereogum, have already anointed Japandroids’ bleeding-heart banger “The House That Heaven Built” as the Indie Song Of The Summer, so obviously a music video was a long time coming. This morning, we get one. In the instantly-iconic black-and-white video, director Jim Larson captures the Vancouver duo in pure grind mode: Playing… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 13, 2012 - 11:43 am

Pitchfork Festival 2012: Dirty Projectors, ASAP Rocky, Purity Ring & More

Friday’s first day of Pitchfork Festival wasted no time getting into it, where many festival entrants walked in to the fully-wrought hypnotic swirl of Lower Dens, a set that eventually gave way to the raucous appearance of the ASAP Mob, all before dinner time. Once again, one of the country’s most manageable, well-paced festivals hit… More »

By: Corban Goble / July 14, 2012 - 1:19 pm

Watch Japandroids Play Fallon

Japandroids returned to Fallon to play “Fire’s Highway” as well as “The House That Heaven Built,” which is a web-exclusive. On the latter performance, Roots guitarist “Captain” Kirk Douglas joins the ‘droids. Watch below. More »

By: Corban Goble / June 9, 2012 - 1:16 pm

Stream Japandroids Celebration Rock

Japandroids’ raucous sophomore LP is one of our favorite albums of the year so far, an achievement all the more notable because, as they told us in a recent Progress Report, they basically broke up before Post-Nothing came out. Good thing that decision didn’t stick. Celebration Rock is out 6/5 via Polyvinyl, but you ca… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / May 28, 2012 - 1:04 pm
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