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Edgy And Dull: 20 Covers Of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire,” Rated

A few weeks back, we premiered Low's cover of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm On Fire," and it was great (more on that below). It's their contribution…
Ryan Leas | August 6, 2014 - 11:10 am

Monthly Mix

Stereogum Monthly Mix: February 2013

It's finally come to this: The first straight-to-Spotify Stereogum Monthly Mix. It's the end of an era, and I'm a little sad about it! But…
Amrit Singh | February 28, 2013 - 1:30 pm

Progress Report

Progress Report: Born Ruffians

NAME:Born Ruffians PROGRESS REPORT: Mastering their album, Say It, for release early 2010. Recorded at Metalworks Studios in Toronto, and mastered at Rusty Santos'
jessica | December 11, 2009 - 2:40 pm

More Born Ruffians stories

Born Ruffians – “We Made It” (Stereogum Premiere)

One of the greatest SXSW shows I ever saw was twitching, wailing Toronto combo Born Ruffians tucked into some tiny hole in the wall a…
Chris DeVille | July 15, 2015 - 9:56 am

Born Ruffians – “Oceans Deep” Video

It has been a little over a year since Born Ruffians dropped Birthmarks, and today they have a new video. Directed by Alphabrette, the "Oceans…
Miles Bowe | March 26, 2014 - 12:01 pm

Born Ruffians – “Permanent Hesitation” Video

"Permanent Hesitation," a track from Ontario indie band Born Ruffians' recent album Birthmarks, is a deeply twitchy song, and its video uses just-off split-screens to…
Tom Breihan | November 6, 2013 - 2:46 pm

Born Ruffians – “Needle” Video

Born Ruffians seem to be exorcising youth demons in their song "Needle" but its video is full of young, fun-loving YOLOing. Concert scenes are punctuated…
Claire Lobenfeld | August 7, 2013 - 1:35 pm

Born Ruffians – “Needle (Young Galaxy Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

Next week, the Ontario indie rockers Born Ruffians will release Birthmarks, their fourth album. And now the Montreal group Young Galaxy have remixed their single…
Tom Breihan | April 9, 2013 - 9:28 am

Born Ruffians – “Needle”

We heard a new Born Ruffians song at the very beginning of this year, but without many other details. With the release of the new…
Miles Bowe | February 19, 2013 - 5:35 pm

Born Ruffians – “With Her Shadow”

Ontario indie quartet Born Ruffians are returning sometime this year with a new album. Thus far, we don't have a whole lot in the way…
Tom Breihan | January 2, 2013 - 9:55 am

Paper Bag Artists Cover Madonna True Blue

Paper Bag Records is celebrating eight years as a label and their new website by releasing a tribute album covering Madonna's 1986 album True Blue.
jessica | April 18, 2011 - 12:02 pm

Born Ruffians – “First Date Kid” (Feat. David Monks)

This track, from Born Ruffians' new tour and digital EP, features Tokyo Police Club's Dave Monks, for what must have been the most polite and…
jessica | October 6, 2010 - 10:06 am

The Acorn – “Crossed Wires (Born Ruffians Remix)” (Stereogum Premiere)

"Crossed Wires" is restrained and measured, as if Acorns singer Rolf Klausener is conversing his energy for a bigger fight. "Oh, but you will never…
jessica | June 4, 2010 - 4:58 pm

Jack Johnson – “You And Your Heart (Boys Like Us Remix)”

As mentioned, Vampire Weekend's Rostam Batmanglij went and remixed Jack Johnson's To The Sea opener "You And Your Heart" using his Boys Like Us handle.
Brandon Stosuy | June 1, 2010 - 10:19 am

Born Ruffians – “What To Say” Video (Stereogum Premiere)

When Jessica spoke with Born Ruffians’ Luke LaLonde about his band's new album Say It, the singer told her the title referenced being direct with…
Brandon Stosuy | April 26, 2010 - 9:24 am

Born Ruffians – “Sole Brother”

When I talked to Born Ruffians' Luke LaLonde about writing Say It, he said the title referred to being more direct with family, friends, and…
jessica | February 26, 2010 - 5:07 pm


The 25 69 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2010

This year in music was great and we'rea gonna let it finish (sorry), but in terms of notable album releases the ship has sailed. No…
Amrit Singh | November 24, 2009 - 5:41 pm

Jamie Lidell, Pivot Cover Grizzly Bear On Warp20 Recreated

After years being at the forefront of forward thinking electronic music, estimable UK indie Warp Records began branching out in directions you are familiar with…
Amrit Singh | September 29, 2009 - 3:47 pm

New Born Ruffians Video – “I Need A Life”

The jerky, sugar-rush rockers of Born Ruffians invite you to the farmhouse, where there are not cluster flies, alas, but there are plenty of animals…
Amrit Singh | April 11, 2008 - 6:05 pm

Stereogum’s Texas Music Trivia – Round 2

In addition to shooting a ton of performances in Austin last week, we subjected many of our favorite acts to Texas music trivia. You saw…
Stereogum | March 19, 2008 - 11:37 am

New Born Ruffians – “Foxes Mate For Life”

Canadian trio Born Ruffians don't pull punches with their brand of jerky sugar rush indie pop; over 11 songs, the band doesn't stray far from…
Amrit Singh | January 23, 2008 - 5:51 pm

Born Ruffians Unveil Album Art, Tour With Cadence Weapon

Born Ruffians's first full-length, Red, Yellow And Blue is still a couple months away from hitting the shelves, but we thought you might want to…
Stereogum | December 21, 2007 - 3:09 pm

New Born Ruffians Video – “Hummingbird” (Stereogum Premiere)

Canadian spunk rock trio Born Ruffians first made waves in earnest with their "Knife" cover last year and were so opening for Peter Bjorn &…
Stereogum | October 30, 2007 - 11:06 am

Born Ruffians – Hummingbird

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Stereogum | October 16, 2007 - 1:17 pm

New Grizzly Bear Snippet – “Blackcurrant Jam” (And Lots Of “Knife”s)

All we've got to go on is a snippet here (53 seconds at that), but for fellow Grizzly fanboys and girls, it's the best way…
Stereogum | September 26, 2007 - 5:46 pm

New Born Ruffians – “Hummingbird” & “Kurt Vonnegut”

Spastic Toronto pop trio Born Ruffians have posted two new sing-a-longs from their forthcoming "Hummingbird" 7" at MySpace. It's usually pretty easy to figure out…
Stereogum | September 24, 2007 - 11:16 am

Born Ruffians Cover Grizzly Bear (Studio Version), Ed Droste Reveals His Ideal

Last year we posted about Warp Records' Born Ruffians in-studio performance at KEXP, covering Grizzly Bear's "Knife," giving the standard-in-the-making a pepped-up, jangly-guit R&B shuffle.
Stereogum | April 17, 2007 - 3:23 pm

Born Ruffians Cover Grizzly Bear

This year was a great one for Grizzly, and you sorta know shit's going well when you start getting the cover treatment. And so it…
Stereogum | December 4, 2006 - 5:44 pm