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In Memoriam: The Bands We Lost In 2014

Since 2008 I’ve put together a holiday-time video tribute to the year’s band breakups. It’s a sad endeavor really, but there is a bright side. Sometimes it takes a decade or more of inactivity for a band to really maximize its fanbase. Ask American Football, Slint, Neutral Milk Hotel, OutKast, the Replacements, or any of… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 29, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Iceland Airwaves 2014: The War On Drugs, The Flaming Lips, & The Knife’s Final Show

While I might be in some kind of minority here, Iceland Airwaves is the kind of thing I prefer to a normal festival. Not that I’d be in a minority because of the Iceland thing — in the past few months of me mentioning I was about to go to this festival, I’ve discovered that… More »

By: Ryan Leas / November 10, 2014 - 1:46 pm

The Knife – “Stay Out Here (Kane Roth Remix)”

The Knife will be gone for good soon (rest in peace), but before they embark on their final European tour, they’ve released a few new remixes of Shaking The Habitual tracks. One of them is from French producer Kane Roth, who gave her own take on “Stay Out Here.” “My idea was to make the… More »

By: James Rettig / October 27, 2014 - 11:49 am

The Knife Break Up

The relentlessly fascinating Swedish electro duo the Knife have spent the past 15 years playing with ideas of image, advancing radical agendas, and recording amazing tracks. They have four studio albums, one opera, and more than a few brain-bending live shows to their existence. And when they get done their current round of touring, they… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 21, 2014 - 12:21 pm

Europa Europa & The Knife – “För Alla Namn Vi Inte Får Använda” Video

Judging by everything that they’ve done in the past couple of years, the Knife’s two favorite things on earth are leftist activism and modern dance, and so of course they’ll take any possible opportunity to fuse the two. The Swedish avant-garde electro greats have contributed music to Europa Europa, which comes from the writer and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 6, 2014 - 11:49 am

The Knife – “Without You My Life Would Be Boring (J.Phlip Remix)”

The Knife have now successfully toured North America, something I didn’t really think possibly when I saw their batshit-weird interpretive-dance Shaking The Habitual live show last year in Sweden. And to celebrate, they’re posting a mini-album of reworkings called Shaken Up Versions. We’ve already posted the video for the “shaken-up version” of the Shaking TheMore »

By: Tom Breihan / May 22, 2014 - 12:44 pm

The Knife – “Without You My Life Would Be Boring (Shaken-Up Version)” Video

The Knife have altered many of their songs for the wildly theatrical stage show they’ve been touring through North America, and now those reworkings will be available on record. A mini-album called Shaken-Up Versions compiles new versions of songs from throughout the group’s discography. To kick things off, director Bitte Anderson has contributed a wonderful… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 20, 2014 - 12:15 pm

Photos: The Knife @ Terminal 5, NYC 5/1/14

After putting out one of the best albums of 2013 with the gargantuan Shaking The Habitual, the Knife have been touring an equally bombastic live show that finally came to New York this week. You can check out photos of last night’s dance-centric performance at Terminal 5 by photographer Erik Erikson above. And below you… More »

By: Miles Bowe / May 2, 2014 - 4:56 pm

The Knife Announce North American Tour Dates

I caught the Knife’s Shaking The Habitual live show at Sweden’s Way Out West festival last summer, and I hated it. Everyone I’ve spoken to about the group’s recent live shows either agrees with me or virulently disagrees. Their show is a divisive thing: A massive performance-art spectacle, full of modern-dance choreography and gaudy facepaint… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 15, 2014 - 2:48 pm

The Gummy Awards: Your Top 50 Albums Of 2013

Starting today we’re rolling out the winners of the Gummy Awards, Stereogum & Videogum’s annual readers’ poll. Earlier this month we asked you to vote for 2013’s best album, song, music video, new act, TV show, movie, and viral video. And you did! Thank you for listening! Best Album is the first category we’re revealing… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / December 16, 2013 - 12:38 pm

The 50 Best Albums Of 2013

Earlier this year, New York Times pop critic Jon Caramanica wrote a piece about pop’s Summer Of Smooth, about how many of this year’s big warm-weather crossover hits were soft and breezy and immaculately produced and comforting pieces of throwbacky, slick pseudo-R&B. Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” drove the narrative, but it also encompassed Bruno Mar… More »

By: Stereogum / December 3, 2013 - 10:58 am

The Knife – “Raging Lung (Hannah Holland Remix)”

It’s no wonder that it’s taken some time for remixes of the new Knife album to come out, since the best way to describe the response to Shaking The Habitual is with that scene from Scanners when Michael Ironside uses his psychic powers to make that newscaster’s head explode. But now that we’ve had time… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 11, 2013 - 11:29 am

The Knife – “Let’s Talk About Gender Baby, Let’s Talk About You And Me (Planningtorock Rework)” Video

The Berlin-based dance-music feminist Planningtorock last worked with the Knife on their experimental 2010 opera Tomorrow, In A Year, and now she’s reworked their Shaking The Habitual single “Full Of Fire,” overhauling it completely and transforming it into a double-dutch electro playground chant called “Let’s Talk About Gender Baby, Let’s Talk About You And Me.”… More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 18, 2013 - 2:05 pm

Photos: Øyafestivalen 2013

In its 12th year, Øya Festival brought another diverse set of artists to Oslo’s Medieval Park over four days last week. Among the performers were Blur, the Knife, Kraftwerk, Kendrick Lamar, Slayer, Beach House, James Blake, Cat Power, Grimes, Tame Impala, Wu-Tang Clan, Grimes, Rodriguez, Kvelertak, Disclosure, HAIM, Iceage, Phosphorescent, and many more. Check out… More »

By: Stereogum / August 14, 2013 - 10:45 am

Way Out West 2013 Day 2: The Knife, Miguel, Giorgio Moroder, & More

Giorgio Moroder dances by stabbing two fingers in the air, like the aging European man that he is. He also plays air-slap-bass. The Italo-disco legend is here in Sweden, at Gothenburg’s Way Out West festival, to DJ in the afternoon sun. There are trees all around him, and he’s in front of a placid duck… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 10, 2013 - 8:56 am

The Knife – “Raging Lung” Video

Here is the first official footage from the Knife’s Shaking The Habitual show. The collection, set to “Raging Lung,” comes from a performance last May at Stockholm venue Hangaren Subtopia. Watch the self-directed (albeit, under the Knife’s ever-changing art collective Sorkklubben’s name) video below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / July 3, 2013 - 11:42 am

Photos: NorthSide Festival (Denmark) 2013

NorthSide festival, a young upstart on the Danish festival scene, kicked off on June 14th, with three days of high caliber performances. Situated in Aarhus, Denmark’s second biggest city, and home to a large student population, NorthSide hosted international artists including Phoenix, Alt-J, Biffy Clyro, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, the Flaming Lips, fun.,… More »

By: Clint Heyer / June 20, 2013 - 2:14 pm

Photos: Primavera Sound 2013

Primavera Sound Festival took place over multiple days in Barcelona last week, hosting acts including Blur, My Bloody Valentine, the Knife, Phoenix, the Postal Service, the Breeders, and many more. We sent Autumn Andel to capture the sights. Check out her pics in the gallery above. More »

By: Stereogum / May 28, 2013 - 11:29 am

Watch Footage From The Knife’s Wild Shaking The Habitual Live Show

The Knife are not exactly road dogs. Before last night, the mysterious Swedish electronic duo hadn’t played a live show in seven years. And, arguably, they still haven’t. On Friday night, the group performed in Bremen, Germany, but it’s not entirely clear that the bizarre event was a live show by any usual definition. Instead,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 29, 2013 - 10:42 am

The Knife – “A Cherry On Top” Video

Thus far, the Knife’s massive and intimidating new double album Shaking The Habitual has produced two videos, for “Full Of Fire” and “A Tooth For An Eye,” that serve and gender-play mini-manifestos. But that’s not the case with the duo’s new video for “A Cherry On Top,” a near-ambient nine-minute piece of creeping Lynchian dread. More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 18, 2013 - 9:32 am
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