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Stream Refused Freedom

Legendary Swedish punks Refused will drop their first album since 1998’s The Shape Of Punk To Come next week, and today the record’s been made available to stream in its entirety. In an interview with Consequence Of Sound that went live today, members David Sandström and Dennis Lyxén commented on the noted absence of guitarist… More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 23, 2015 - 3:24 pm

Refused – “Dawkins Christ” Video

The reunited Swedish post-hardcore outfit Refused will release their first album since 1998 at the end of June. We’ve already heard three songs off of Freedom, “Elektra,” “Françafrique,” and “Dawkins Christ,” which now has an accompanying video. The cut-and-paste collection of dark imagery steals from a variety of sources, most notably, a Hieronymus Bosch painting. More »

By: Gabriela Tully Claymore / June 17, 2015 - 1:06 pm

Refused – “Dawkins Christ”

In a couple of weeks, reunited Swedish post-hardcore energy gods Refused will release Freedom, their first album since the 1998 landmark The Shape Of Punk To Come. We’ve already heard two pretty great early songs, “Elektra” and “Françafrique,” and now they’re letting us hear a third. “Dawkins Christ” starts with a chiming, slow-building intro that… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 11, 2015 - 9:06 am

Watch Refused Play “Elektra” At L.A.’s Vacation Vinyl

Unless they’re from TV or something, we at Stereogum don’t generally post videos of bands performing songs when we’ve already posted the songs in question. But when the band in question is motherfucking Refused, about to release their first new album in forever, we can make an exception. The reunited Swedish hardcore kings are a… More »

By: Tom Breihan / June 5, 2015 - 1:38 pm

Photos: Refused @ Doug Fir, Portland, 5/29/15

Refused are currently making their way around the United States for their reunion tour in support of Freedom, their first new album in 17 years. Last night, they stopped in Portland at Doug Fir, which the band called the smallest venue on the tour so far. From the intimacy of these pictures, it shows. They… More »

By: James Rettig / May 30, 2015 - 9:32 am

Refused – “Françafrique”

Reunited Swedish hardcore titans Refused are about to release Freedom, their fourth album and their first since 1998’s landmark The Shape Of Punk To Come. This is the sort of news that gets punk rock fans hyperventilating and feeling faint. And while first single “Elektra” found the band in diamond-hard, seesawing, anthemic form, “Françafrique,” their… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 26, 2015 - 8:39 am

Refused – “Elektra” + Freedom Details

Here’s some fucking incredible news that nobody was expecting: Refused are fucking back! With a new album! The great Swedish hardcore band broke up almost immediately after releasing their 1998 masterpiece The Shape Of Punk To Come. They got back together to tour in 2012, then claimed that they were done once those dates wrapped… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 27, 2015 - 9:21 am

Refused Announce World Tour

When Refused reunited for a tour in 2012, it seemed to be a one-time thing. Then they fired guitarist Jon Brännström last year, which suggested the seminal Swedish hardcore band had more plans in store. As Brooklyn Vegan points out, the band has revealed some of those plans in the form of an intercontinental tour. More »

By: Chris DeVille / March 31, 2015 - 2:22 pm

Refused Guitarist Jon Brännström Says He Was Fired

Refused reunited for a little while in 2012 for a short tour before closing out their reunion with a message that indicated that they were officially “coming to a close.” Now, Refused’s guitarist Jon Brännström has said in a Facebook post that he was fired from the band last year, which seems to imply that… More »

By: James Rettig / November 1, 2014 - 3:33 pm

Refused, The Bronx @ Fonda Theater, Hollywood 11/5/12

Refused are nearly dead. Having reformed earlier this year in Sweden, Refused proceeded to tour extensively playing blistering sets at Coachella, FYF Festival, and Fun Fun Fun Fest. They stopped by the Fonda Theater in Hollywood for one last lesson in destruction as the the whole floor of the venue was one massive swirl of… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / November 6, 2012 - 5:22 pm

Fun Fun Fun Fest: 10 Must-See Sets Plus Nite Highlights

Starting sometime today, and growing tomorrow, some 20,000 people will converge on Austin, TX for Fun Fun Fun Fest. If you’re not one of them, you have every right and reason to be very, very jealous. Now in its seventh year, FFF is presenting one of the strongest bills in recent memory: Over three day… More »

By: Stereogum / November 1, 2012 - 1:40 pm

Report & Photos From FYF Fest 2012

Ever since I was old enough to complain, my dad took great pleasure in the act of dragging my always-resistant ass to music festivals. A summer full of glorious music for him meant a summer full of unstifled groans from me. His taste in music back then — folk, folk, and nothing but folk –… More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / September 4, 2012 - 4:52 pm

Øyafestivalen 2012 In Photos

The always-eclectic Øya collected dozens of big name international acts and local bands to Oslo’s Medieval Park and neighboring clubs over four days last week. Among them: Björk, A$AP Rocky, the Stone Roses, Chromatics, Baroness, Bon Iver, Odd Future, Florence + The Machine, and Frank Ocean, who ended his set after four songs due to… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 14, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Watch Refused’s TV Debut On Fallon

Within their universe, ’90s Swedish punks Refused were a hugely important band, but they were never big enough to end up on American TV. So it’s a measure of how their legend has grown in the years they’ve been away that the reunion-tour version of the band can show up on Late Night With JimmyMore »

By: Tom Breihan / July 19, 2012 - 9:06 am

Watch Refused Play Secret Brooklyn Show, Cover Earth Crisis

After reunited Swedish punk-rock greats played a sold-out Terminal 5 show with Ceremony last night, they kept the evening going by playing a secret late-night set at Bushwick’s Acheron, and it looks like it was fun as fuck. Below, we’ve got an 11-minute video of various songs that they played last night, and it start… More »

By: Tom Breihan / April 24, 2012 - 12:52 pm

Coachella 2012 Weekend 2 In Photos

With their first Coachella 2012 performances a not-quite-distant memory, over the weekend some artists engaged in live collaborations to make for unique experiences in their second fest go-around. John Fogerty joined the Black Keys, Annie Clark of St. Vincent sang with Andrew Bird, and Thom Yorke came out during Modeselektor’s set to perform “Shipwreck.” The… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / April 23, 2012 - 5:49 pm

Refused, The Hives, The Bronx @ The Warfield, SF 4/18/12

Last week, in between Coachella weekends, Refused went north to gig in San Francisco, and SF Stereogum photographer Wilson Lee was there to document the show. Hit his gallery above, which also features shots of the openers the Hives and the Bronx. More »

By: Corban Goble / April 23, 2012 - 5:36 pm

15 Coachella 2012 Performances Not To Miss

COACHELLA BACK. And, this year, the bacchanalia stretches across two weekends featuring identical lineups, as well as an interim week of non-Coachella shows in L.A., so if you’re looking for live music in your city and there’s none to be had outside of that one bar band that always plays Happy Hour on Tuesdays at… More »

By: Stereogum / April 12, 2012 - 2:21 pm

Watch Refused Reunite In Sweden

The fearsome late-’90s punk boundary-smashers Refused are back together and getting ready to tour. And last night in their hometown of Umeå, Sweden, they played their first show back together, an unannounced gig in a room full of very sweaty people. And from the looks of the fan-made videos, they look and sound sharp and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 1, 2012 - 10:15 am

Refused Confirm Reunion Tour

Apparently, we are entering a period of healing and reconciliation for the warriors of late-’90s hardcore. American Nightmare and At The Drive-In are already back together, with the latter band, who announced their reunion just yesterday, already on the Coachella lineup. And now another stone-legend band will join ATDI at Coachella: the Swedish band Refused,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 10, 2012 - 11:15 am