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Next year, YouTube will celebrate its 10th anniversary. For nearly a decade, then, music videos have belonged almost entirely to the internet. Once upon a time, video directors made their work for TV, expecting you to run across their images when you were flipping through channels. By the time YouTube hit its second year, that… More »

Music is a messy thing. There’s too much of it, too many genres, too many ideas, for anyone to make sense out of all of it — or even to hear all of it. The idea of imposing a narrative on 365 days of music, of making sense of a whole year, is a fool’… More »

Here’s one nice thing about the whole U2 debacle: They didn’t forcibly beam any music videos into your iTunes! Imagine how those things would’ve looked. Actually, as it turned out, this was a great week for music video, and I had a hell of a time picking a #1 from a field of worthy contenders. More »

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Watch The Trailer For Fucked Up Frontman Damian Abraham’s Weed Documentary

Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham was proudly straight-edge for most of his adulthood, but a few years ago, he decided that the anti-anxiety medication he’d been taking wasn’t working for him, and he decided to try something else. In almost no time at all, Abraham (who is, full disclosure, my friend) became the biggest stoner… More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 8, 2014 - 10:51 am

Fucked Up – “Blink” & “The Way We Did”

Earlier this summer, Fucked Up released Glass Boys, one of the year’s grandest, most powerful, most triumphant rock albums. But considering that the members of the band are devotees of the art of non-album singles, they were never going to let the songs on the album be the whole story. And now they’ve announced that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / July 29, 2014 - 9:52 am

The 10 Best Fucked Up Songs

When you look at Fucked Up’s discography, it’s easy to force a certain narrative onto their career arc: they started as a hard-charging hardcore band terrorizing tiny Toronto shows and became genre-agnostic critical darlings, capable of comfortably sharing a bill with either Foo Fighters or Final Conflict and selling out venues with “Ballroom” in the… More »

By: Brad Sanders / June 3, 2014 - 11:52 am

Premature Evaluation: Fucked Up Glass Boys

According to legend, punk rock began as a reaction against classic-rock excess. But every revolution calcifies into tradition eventually, and every rebellious kid has to grapple with growing up. On top of that inexorable life cycle, we’re living in an era of synthesis and quasi-universalism, when most of the taboos that helped keep music scene… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 30, 2014 - 12:55 pm

Stream Fucked Up Glass Boys

In our feature on Fucked Up’s fourth album, vocalist Damian Abraham shed some light on the thought process behind Glass Boys: “It’s about being in a ’subversive’ young people band and waking up twelve years later and being like, ’We’re not young people any more. Where do we fit now? It’s about recognizing that the… More »

By: James Rettig / May 26, 2014 - 2:25 pm

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

Music has the ability to communicate a wide emotional spectrum, and this week’s 5 Best Songs do just that. Whether it be Porter Robinson giving us some anthemic waves of synth, or Cam’ron going in on a vintage Dipset banger, the emotions translated this week tend to be chill-inducing. Fucked Up growls about drinking sangria… More »

By: Stereogum / May 16, 2014 - 2:29 pm

Fucked Up – “Sun Glass” Video

Fucked Up’s excellent new album Glass Boys is out in a few short weeks, and you should be excited. We’ve posted the early songs “Paper The House” and “Led By Hand,” and now they’ve got a video for another one, the prettily roiling “Sun Glass.” There’s no grand narrative concept to this video. It’s just… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 13, 2014 - 10:36 am

Fucked Up – “Led By Hand” (Feat. J Mascis)

We’ve already heard one track from Fucked Up’s forthcoming Glass Boys, and the Canadian epic-hardcore band just dropped another. “Led By Hand” kind of combines the soaring, atmospheric emo of Sunny Day Real Estate or Jawbox with a blues-y, slide-guitar chorus that reminds me of the Charlatans circa Telling Stories or something. Rhythmically and texturally,… More »

By: Michael Nelson / April 29, 2014 - 10:36 am

Fucked Up – “Disorder” (The Ugly Cover)

Fucked Up are about to release their epic 18-minute single “Year Of The Dragon,” the latest in their long line of Zodiac 12″ releases. On the B-side, they’ve covered a couple of ancient, obscure Toronto punk anthems. We’ve posted one of those covers: The band’s version of Cardboard Brains’ “I Wanna Be A Yank.” And… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 4, 2014 - 1:20 pm

Watch Damian Abraham Interview Stephen Malkmus On The Wedge

In a sense, Stephen Malkmus and Fucked Up’s Damian Abraham are the chilled-out yin and the amped-up yang of the Matador Records roster. So it only makes sense that they more or less complete each other in the context of a TV interview. Malkmus stopped by Abraham’s MuchMusic talk show The Wedge to discuss Malkmus’… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 31, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Fucked Up – “Year Of The Dragon”

Fucked Up’s next full-length, Glass Boys, isn’t due until 6/3, but the band’s latest single could almost pass for a full-length. “Year Of The Dragon,” the newest entry in the Toronto hardcore powerhouse’s Zodiac singles series, is 18 minutes long. It does a lot with those minutes too, charging through various tempos and textures e… More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 25, 2014 - 11:09 am

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

We skipped 5 Best Songs last week due to SXSW, and came back to a Week In Music so overcrowded with options that we could have easily filled two or more such lists and still had worthy songs to argue about. Remember this when you note the absence below of, say, Lykke Li or AgallochMore »

By: Stereogum / March 21, 2014 - 2:45 pm

Fucked Up – “Paper The House”

When Tom talked to Fucked Up about the making of their upcoming album, the band’s frontman, Damian Abraham, said his lyrical themes this time around were personal rather than character-driven. Abraham was wrestling with his career, his age, his status: “It’s about being in a ‘subversive’ young-people band and waking up twelve years later and… More »

By: Michael Nelson / March 18, 2014 - 11:57 am

Watch Fucked Up’s Glass Boys Trailer

In December, I went to Toronto to talk to Fucked Up as the band was finishing up the recording of their fourth album. I heard a few bits and pieces of the LP, and those bits and pieces were enough to get me very excited. And now the band has shared the album’s title –… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 6, 2014 - 9:50 am

High Anxiety: Behind The Scenes Of Fucked Up’s Fourth Album

On a freezing December Monday morning, Vapor Central is the warmest place in Toronto. Outside, from the busy downtown sidewalk, the storefront looks like nothing at all: A narrow glass doorway, between a Payless and a health food store, leading to a narrow staircase. But up those stairs, it’s a dark, hazy clubhouse: Wood-and-leather furniture,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / February 18, 2014 - 8:24 am

Watch Deafheaven’s Full Set At 285 Kent’s Second-To-Last Show

The storied Williamsburg DIY space 285 Kent held its final show last night. Hundreds of fans of the venue’s progressive booking and indoor smoking paid their respects as Fucked Up, DIIV, White Lung, Guardian Alien, and LODRO played, with many sticking around to dance until dawn. According to Twitter, at least. I didn’t go, but… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / January 20, 2014 - 2:10 pm

The 100 Most Anticipated Albums Of 2014

We’re almost (almost!) done reflecting on the year that was, so it’s time to start taking a closer look at the year that will be. For the past several years, we’ve ranked our most anticipated albums. Today the feature returns, bigger than ever, with a whopping 100 records we’re looking forward to hearing, enjoying, debating,… More »

By: Chris DeVille / December 23, 2013 - 11:23 am

Watch Fucked Up Pay Tribute To The Last Pogo

As a tribute to the Toronto concert film The Last Pogo, which captured many of the city’s first-wave punks playing the Horseshoe Tavern on 12/1/78, last month Fucked Up performed a set of covers from that legendary show at the same venue, just in time for its 35th anniversary. They did songs by the Secrets,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / December 2, 2013 - 11:58 am

Watch PUP Cover Fucked Up With Damian Abraham

PUP, the excellent Canadian punk band (and one of our 40 favorite new bands of the year) had a bit of a surprise for their audience last week at the Halifax Pop Explosion Festival, when they started covering Fucked Up’s “Queen Of Hearts,” from their last album David Comes To Life (our #4 album ofMore »

By: Miles Bowe / October 28, 2013 - 10:40 am

Smartboys – “A Different World Now” & “Sacked”

Smartboys are a band made up of a lot of great people from other bands: Two dudes from Fucked Up, a lead singer from US Girls, the bassist from Moon King, and a guitarist from Urban Blight. They’re up next on Matador’s “Singles Goin’ Home” series in which subscribers get a new 7″ each month,… More »

By: Miles Bowe / October 25, 2013 - 11:25 am