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Vennart – “Don’t Forget The Joker”

The Demon Joke is the debut album from former Oceansize frontman Mike Vennart; it’s not out till next month, but I find myself prematurely, preemptively frustrated by the reception I’m expecting it to receive in America. Oceansize were an excellent British band that never got much attention over here, and I imagine the same will… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 28, 2015 - 12:16 pm

Vennart – “Operate” (Stereogum Premiere)

Soon after the demise of Britpop, the United Kingdom produced a wave of excellent guitar bands that had trouble finding traction in the States; bands that combined elements of post-rock, indie rock, emo, and prog to create dizzying sonic towers of fury and sadness. (Frustratingly although unsurprisingly, the one band operating in this mode that… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 7, 2015 - 11:59 am

Trent Reznor Says Biffy Clyro Fucked NIN’s Reading Set

Right now, Trent Reznor and his reactivated Nine Inch Nails are on a big comeback tour, bringing an elaborate show inspired by the Talking Heads’ Stop Making Sense, drawing rave reviews from everyone who sees it. But when NIN played England’s gigantic twin Reading and Leeds festivals this past weekend, everything was not to Reznor’… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 26, 2013 - 9:51 am

Watch Biffy Clyro Cover Vampire Weekend’s “Diane Young”

Scotland’s Biffy Clyro are responsible for one of my favorite albums of 2013, the double-LP Opposites, while Vampire Weekend released the Stereogum consensus choice for album of the year (so far) with Modern Vampires Of The City. Now, in unlikely fashion, the twain have met: Biffy did an acoustic cover of VW’s massive single “Diane… More »

By: Michael Nelson / August 20, 2013 - 1:39 pm

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

Biffy Clyro – “Different People” Live In London Video (Stereogum Premiere)

As far as I know, the the biggest NYC venue headlined to date by Biffy Clyro is the 500-capacity Gramercy Theater. I’ve seen them there, and in considerably smaller spaces, too — the Studio At Webster Hall (capacity: 300) and Bowery Electric (capacity: 200). And Biffy absolutely lays waste to rooms that size. I can’t… More »

By: Michael Nelson / May 7, 2013 - 11:42 am

10 Less Obvious Must-See Sets At Coachella ’13

Coachella Weekend 1 strikes tomorrow! If you’re heading out to Indio for the festival, we know you’re probably intending to check out Blur, Phoenix, the Postal Service, and many of the other marquee acts performing at the Polo Grounds. But if you’re an early riser or someone who is looking for something a little different,… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 11, 2013 - 11:36 am

Biffy Clyro – “Biblical” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

In the video for Biffy Clyro’s “Biblical,” the band’s frontman Simon Neil gets a phone call that sets off a violent series of events — and when the song’s second verse comes around, his day begins anew, Groundhog Day-style, starting with that very same phone call. I’m not sure if the story here has any… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 6, 2013 - 9:00 am

Stream Biffy Clyro Opposites

I wrote a lot about Biffy Clyro last week, when we premiered “Modern Magic Forumla,” from their new album Opposites. Since then, that album has gone to No. 1 in the UK and Biffy has won the NME Award for Best British Band. I can’t think of too many bands I like a whole lot… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 5, 2013 - 12:11 pm

Biffy Clyro – “Modern Magic Formula” (Stereogum Premiere)

What follows is a somewhat-lengthy digression on the nature of one person’s fandom. To skip to the song-reviw portion of this post, click here.

The record store I worked at was called Rebel Rebel — it is called Rebel Rebel; as far as I know, it’s still standing — located in Manhattan’s West… More »

By: Michael Nelson / February 25, 2013 - 12:57 pm

Glastonbury 2011 In Photos & Video

Beyoncé doesn’t normally play festivals, but by all accounts she killed it at Worth Farm last night. After her Glasto headline performance the star told BBC she was so nervous playing for 175,000 people she sent Chris Martin her setlist to approve in advance. Of course between solo hits, Destiny’s Child favorites, and a medley… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / June 27, 2011 - 11:31 am

Iceland Airwaves ’08 Report

Before we kick off the bulk of this week’s CMJ coverage, we’re gonna look all the way back to last week’s Iceland Airwaves Festival. Stereogum sent photog Abbey Braden overseas to take it all in. When not commiserating with locals about our countries’ financial crises, Abbey caught dozens of sets from familiar standbys (Fuck Buttons,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / October 22, 2008 - 9:22 pm

Pitchfork’s Worst Album Covers Of 2007

Our friends at Pitchfork — if there’s one thing they know, it’s how to hate with style. Today the point-lovers set aside their trusty numeric conventions for an unranked and totally amusing list of the year in terrible album covers. A few to give you the idea:

Biffy Clyro: Puzzle
Thi… More »

By: Stereogum / December 13, 2007 - 10:59 am

Stereogum Does CMJ: We Are Wolves/Cut Off Your Hands/Imperial Teen/Biffy Clyro @ FADER Sideshow, NYC 10/18/07

That’s Biffy, nearly in the buff up there. So. We’ve had more than enough bands from Canada and/or bands with lupine names over the past few, but Abbey hit the FADER party on Thursday to see if Montreal’s We Are Wolves are yet another worth loving. And they are, opening the day festivitie… More »

By: Stereogum / October 20, 2007 - 2:21 pm