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Progress Report: Brian King talks about the duo’s highly anticipated sophomore album, Celebration Rock.

Canadian pop-thrash duo Japandroids will release their sophomore album, the aptly named Celebration Rock, next month via Polyvinyl Records. Judging from the response to our recent Premature Evaluation, early reaction to the record seems to be… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / May 8, 2012 - 10:11 am

Premature Evaluation: Japandroids Celebration Rock

A couple of months ago, someone I follow on Twitter posted a video of some kids goofing around in their basement/rec room area to the soundtrack of Japandroids’ “Younger Us.” Even though the footage was randomly cobbled together, and there isn’t really a narrative to speak of, and at least one of the kids i… More »

By: Corban Goble / April 30, 2012 - 2:00 pm

Japandroids – “Jack The Ripper” (Nick Cave Cover)

Last week, we posted “The House That Heaven Built,” the excellent new track from ragged Canadian destroyers Japandroids. That track is the first single from Japandroids’ new album Celebration Rock, and the 7″ version of it, out next month, features something nearly as badass on the B-side: A cover of Nick Cave And The Bad… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 3, 2012 - 9:19 am

Stereogum’s 25 Most Anticipated Albums For Spring/Summer 2012

HBO’s medieval drama Game Of Thrones premieres April 1, and this season’s plot involves five different claims to the throne and these respective factions’ ongoing clobbering of one another (#TeamRobb). But, yet another mantle is up for grabs, one that involves absolutely nobody getting their head cut off; the claim to “your album of the… More »

By: Stereogum / March 29, 2012 - 10:32 am

Japandroids – “The House That Heaven Built”

In the buildup to Japandroids’ new album, Celebration Rock, the duo has been playing some awesome-sounding new stuff, so it’s no surprise that the new single, “The House That Heaven Built,” also channels that soaring, anthemic energy. The single is out 5/15 on Polyvinyl. Celebration Rock is out 6/5 (pre-order here). Listen below while you… More »

By: Corban Goble / March 26, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Watch Japandroids Play New Track “Fire’s Highway”

Vancouver fuzz-rock duo Japandroids may just have a fistful of new songs. Earlier this month, we posted live footage of them playing the new track “Adrenaline Nightshift.” And at the Pop Montreal festival last week, they also busted out the energetic new one “Fire’s Highway,” which has some great whoa-oaaaah action. Watch the video below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / September 29, 2011 - 11:41 am

Japandroids Debut “Adrenaline Nightshift” In Dallas

It’s been a second since we heard anything new from these dudes, but last night, punk pop standouts Japandroids debuted a new song called “Adrenaline Nightshift” in Dallas. Check it the uptempo ripper below. More »

By: Corban Goble / September 12, 2011 - 5:51 pm

Stereogum Monthly Mix: October 2010

This weekend in Las Vegas, Matador Records is celebrating 21 years of shaping the ship of independent music with a fearsome deepdive through its roster, headlined by the reunited “classic” lineup of lo-fi progenitors Guided By Voices. Awesome. Amrit’s at the Palms right now, repping team ‘Gum, emptying his wallet into Crazy Bill’s Gold Strike… More »

By: Stereogum / October 1, 2010 - 12:41 pm

Japandroids – “Heavenward Grand Prix” (Stereogum Premiere)

Japandroids mix-up that blurry, punked post-Lync sound on “Heavenward Grand Prix,” a mid-tempo track that might remind you of slightly older (to say, younger) Thermals in its half-spoken vocal approach. Or, if you want to go older older, the post-Honor Role Richmond-based Coral. Whatever your departure point, nice to hear them coming up for a… More »

By: brandon / September 9, 2010 - 2:50 pm

Japandroids – “Younger Us”

Vancouver duo Japandroids’ oldish McLusky cover resurfaced recently in the name of Saucony. “Younger Us” also comes with its share of nostalgia. Lyrically, it’s an “I Remember” sort of song. (Or an issue of Cometbus.) The 3-minute emo anthem’s about to be pressed on vinyl as the second installment of a 7″ series featuring previously… More »

By: brandon / June 8, 2010 - 1:57 pm

Japandroids Cover Mclusky For Saucony

Japandroids’ cover of UK alt/noise-rock trio Mclusky’s “To Hell With Good Intentions” appears on No Singles, a recent compilation of two previously self-released EPs. Or, if you’re a Japandroids diehard you might already have one of those EP, 2007’s All Lies, and therefore the song. If neither of these situations apply, or if you need… More »

By: brandon / May 19, 2010 - 2:19 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

SXSW 2010: Wednesday In Photos

Here’s a tip if you’re going to one of these industry festival type things: If IAMSOUND is having a party, you should attend that party. Just like this past CMJ, the L.A.-based imprint owned their night, pulling together an eclectic lineup that showcased the right bands, all having a moment: Scott already posted some videoMore »

By: Amrit Singh / March 18, 2010 - 6:59 pm

Japandroids – “Art Czars”

Just by glancing at their recently updated Post-Nothing tour schedule (now with 100% more Bonnaroo), you already know that Japandroids are too busy to record a follow-up to their much-loved debut. But like all workaholics, they can’t/won’t stop. The duo will release a series of limited edition 7″‘s until the end of the year, and… More »

By: jessica / February 11, 2010 - 2:33 pm

Japandroids Bring Their “Wet Hair” To Fallon

Between the unexpected Jawbox and Black Star reunions, the Yacht Rock superjam, and the Roots subbing as the best backing band in late night (see: Elvis Costello, Monsters Of Folk, Paul Simon, the Lonely Island, Zach Morris), Jimmy Fallon’s music department’s did everything right in ’09 to vault from newcomer to reigning king of lateMore »

By: Amrit Singh / January 5, 2010 - 10:22 am

CMJ ’09: Thursday In Photos

On Thursday at CMJ the xx played theIr 66th and 67th shows of the week — one at the Apple Store SoHo, another as the “x-rated” secret guest at the horribly delayed, horribly sweaty Club NME showcase at the Delancey. The sound dudes couldn’t get it together, the subterranean, reverse-gradient pit is perfect for sweltering… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 24, 2009 - 11:27 am

Pygmalion 2009 In Photos

Some 90 acts descended upon Champaign-Urbana, IL this past weekend, performing across 14 venues and four days for the fifth annual Pygmalion Music Festival. We sent photographer John Gitchoff to circle the fest, and he delivers this spread including shots of Low, Iron & Wine, the Antlers, and the Zach Hill-ified Wavves. Enjoy. sounds of… More »

By: Amrit Singh / September 22, 2009 - 3:37 pm

Capitol Hill Block Party 2009 In Photos

This past weekend, Seattle roped off a couple of blocks on Pike Street to host the Capitol Hill Block Party, inviting everyone from Sonic Youth to Micachu to the Jesus Lizard to help fill out a strong roster of artists. And Speaking of Yow’s iconic band: 13 years ago the Jesus Lizard played the city… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 27, 2009 - 4:23 pm

Siren Festival 2009 In Photos

The Voice’s annual indie rock fest gave audiophiles the second good reason to visit Coney Island last week, bringing out everyone from Spank Rock to Future Of The Left to Built To Spill on a sunny Saturday afternoon. We sent Natasha Ryan to eat all the hot dogs and take all the pictures, sadly missing… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 20, 2009 - 10:28 am

The ‘Gum Drop XCVII: Hear New Japandroids, Win Lomography Cameras

Japandroids, the poppy, playfully angsty Vancouver garage-punk duo of guitarist Brian King and drummer David Prowse formed in 2006, self-releasing 2007’s All Lies and 2008’s Lullaby Death Jams. Originally circulated by Canadian label Unfamiliar, their newest outing Post-Nothing gets an official U.S. release 8/4 via Polyvinyl. We asked King about standout “Wet Hair,” curious if… More »

By: brandon / July 15, 2009 - 10:51 am