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Diamond Rings – “Show Me Your Stuff” Video

Toronto’s Diamond Rings is the solo project of John O’Regan, who makes glam, strutting synth pop that, even with video treatments like the one below, doesn’t feel camp. There’s a lot to love in this video: the football/basketball imagery (key song line: “I’m the kind of boy who likes to play rough”), the ritualistic locker… More »

By: jessica / June 17, 2010 - 12:34 pm

Op-Ed By Fucked Up’s Pink Eyes (Damian Abraham): Bands Should Play In Arizona Now More Than Ever

Earlier this week Montreal’s Stars responded to the passing of Arizona’s SB 1070 immigration law by declaring via Twitter that they wouldn’t tour in the state until it was repealed. We haven’t heard of other bands joining Stars yet (though Shakira traveled to Phoenix to speak with the mayor and the police chief), but Fucked Up’sMore »

By: Damian Abraham / April 30, 2010 - 4:33 pm

Fucked Up, Stars Debate #AZMLBB

Yesterday Stars Tweeted about Arizona’s new immigration/anti-illegal immigrant law, the one that requires legal immigrants to carry their alien registration papers with them/gives AZ police the right to question people they suspect are in the States illegally. For their part, the Montreal crew says they plan to boycott the state: “We love AZ. but until… More »

By: brandon / April 28, 2010 - 1:57 pm

Todd P’s Inaugural MtyMx Festival: A Photo Essay

[Editor’s Note: The following guest post is by Ryan Muir, one of NYC’s most hardworking and talented photographers. After spending the better part of five days lugging his camera equipment all over Austin on our behalf, he waited for hours in a parking lot for a bus to Monterrey, Mexico to attend NYC promoter ToddMore »

By: Ryan Muir / March 26, 2010 - 3:12 pm

SXSW 2010: The Wrap Up

We saw a bunch of bands this past week. Not every set was memorable, but there were more than enough highlights to make the stiff necks and barking feet worth it. Here’s Wednesday, Thursday, Gibbarday, and SXSW’s metal shows, and more. This last post contains our notes, and photos from our intrepid photographers — RyanMore »

By: stereogum / March 23, 2010 - 11:42 am

Fucked Up Explain “Cranking To Sonic Youth”

FU recanted the dis track (cranking = “crying and wanking at the same time”) saying “Cranking to Sonic Youth / ‘Goo’ in your hand, your favorite band / You love Thurston, you love Kim / You love art and you are thin” is “more of an homage to [SY’s] fans.” “P.U..”… More »

By: brandon / January 25, 2010 - 4:39 pm

Fucked Up & Friends Cover “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”

We waited all yesterday for this to pop up on iTunes and it’s finally arrived… No strangers to the tradition of benefit recordings — see the “David Christmas” 7″, “Year Of The Pig,” etc. — Fucked Up gathered a bunch of friends to record a cover of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” with… More »

By: brandon / December 8, 2009 - 10:11 am

Fucked Up Win 2009 Polaris Prize

The Chemistry Of Common Life was awarded the $20,000 Polaris Prize for best Canadian album of the year, beating Chad VanGaalen and Malajube, among others. The band plans to put the money to good use. More »

By: brandon / September 22, 2009 - 10:16 am

Mission Of Burma/Fucked Up/Ponytail/Jemina Pearl Kick Off The 2009 Pool Parties @ Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn 7/12/09

After being ousted from McCarren Park when the city decided to spent $50MM to restore The Pool as an actual pool, Jelly NYC found a new home for their free summer show series in the upscale hipster haven that is Williamsburg at the East River State Park (aka the Williamsburg Waterfront). It’s just an eight-week… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 13, 2009 - 11:43 am

Coachella 2009: Cure, MBV, Antony Assault The Sound System

Surprise, it wasn’t My Bloody Valentine’s 15-minute aural assault “You Made Me Realise” that caused Sunday’s biggest audio mishap. Organizers cut the speakers during the Cure’s “Fire In Cairo” (two songs into a third encore) only to watch the band play three more songs before the power was killed completely, forcing Robert & Co. to… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / April 20, 2009 - 3:29 pm

New Fucked Up – “No Epiphany (No Age Remix)”

Last summer, “No Epiphany” was he first taste we got of Fucked Up’s The Chemistry of Common Life. As you now know, the track’s epic wall-of-sound is shared by the majority of the collection’s other ten components via the subtle, layered use of French horn, flutes, organ, guest Vivian Girls, and etc. Matador recently released… More »

By: brandon / March 13, 2009 - 5:20 pm

Fucked Up On Fox News

Fucked Up are quickly becoming the most popular “fuck” band, at least of the current crop of “fuck” bands: Fuck Buttons, the Fucking Wrath, Holy Fuck!, Total Fucking Destruction, Starfucker, Jackie-O Motherfucker, Fuck The Facts, the Fucking Champs (do they count as “current”?), etc. Why? The Chemistry of Common Life is a really good album… More »

By: brandon / January 28, 2009 - 9:52 am

New Fucked Up Video – “Crooked Head”

Fucked Up’s first official video edits together footage from their Blitz covering, Chemistry Of Common Life promoting 12-hour marathon. The footage, shot by Brendan FitzGerald of, was edited together by Bajir Cannon. We probably could have done without the after effects and fancy splicing, but it’s a nice enough snapshot of the Toronto band… More »

By: brandon / January 9, 2009 - 9:09 am

Fucked Up Cover Blitz, Descendents With Ezra Koenig

I never thought I’d be writing a headline even close to that, but in less than a year, Fucked Up’s gone from the light bulb factory to playing all their indie-rock cards just right. That said, it’s hard to get even slightly cynical about this: During the Toronto crew’s 12-hour marathon last month, Vampire Weekend… More »

By: brandon / November 25, 2008 - 9:12 am

Fucked Up Psych-Out Daytrotter

Fucked Up’s The Chemistry of Common Life should show up on a few year-end lists. Taking a break from marathons, the Torontonians stopped by Daytrotter and played stripped-down, underwater-psychededlic versions of three songs from said new one and one from Hidden World: ListenMore »

By: brandon / November 24, 2008 - 10:31 am

Fucked Up And Moby Cover The Ramones

There’s bound to be more clips surfacing from Fucked Up’s free 12-hour show at the Rogan Store (330 Bowery, NYC) yesterday (10/14), but seems like video of the Toronto-based bathroom re-designers doing a cover of “Blitzkrieg Bop” with Moby on guest guitar/vocals is as good a place as any to start. (Other guests included J. More »

By: brandon / October 15, 2008 - 10:57 am

Fucked Up Fuck Up MTV Live’s Bathroom

Ahead of their upcoming 12-hour NYC show, Toronto’s Fucked Up played a very short set — The Chemistry Of Common Lifeshout-along “Twice Born” — in MTV Live’s bathroom. They rip the place apart, spray painting the walls, removing ceiling tiles, doing something untoward to a motorcycle, etc. It kinda feels like MTV wanted this to… More »

By: brandon / October 10, 2008 - 9:17 am

Fucked Up Playing Free 12-Hour Show In NYC

If you live in the New York City-area — or are able get there in less than 12 hours — you can catch Fucked Up live Tuesday 10/14. The Torontonians are celebrating the release of The Chemistry Of Common Life by playing 12 hours straight at the Rogan store at the corner of Bowery and… More »

By: brandon / October 3, 2008 - 11:06 am

Stream Fucked Up’s The Chemistry Of Common Life

On their new record (out 10/7 via Matador), the Torontonian hardcore outfit’s expanded the template to include flute, horns, organs, ambient/fuzzy instrumentals, and background vocals from Vivian Girls. We’ve spotlighted two tracks, but you should stream the rest at Rhapsody. More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 1, 2008 - 1:14 pm

New Fucked Up – “Twice Born”

The new Fucked Up’s really good. (I’m still digesting it, so hard to say if it tops Hidden World, but it definitely gives it a run…) As mentioned when posting “No Epiphany,” The Chemistry of Common Life’s a collection of lush, kick-ass wall-of-sound hardcore rock ‘n’ roll that adds flute, horns, organs, and ambient/fuzzy instrumental… More »

By: brandon / September 2, 2008 - 12:30 pm