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Hear The Joy Formidable And The Flaming Lips Cover Sparklehorse

Mark Linkous, the man behind Sparklehorse, committed suicide in 2010, and now Box Of Stars, a nonprofit that raises mental health awareness, hopes to honor him with a new tribute album called Last Box Of Sparklers. If it reaches its $50k goal, the crowdfunded compilation will include Linkous admirers and contemporaries; right now, the lineu… More »

By: Tom Breihan / December 12, 2013 - 4:42 pm

Know Your Rites: The Joy Formidable

For this installment of Stereogum’s web series Know Your Rites, we talked to Welsh rockers the Joy Formidable before they performed on the Honda Stage at this month’s Austin City Limits. The trio discussed the folklore that inspires their music and the physical fights that the members, lovingly, get into backstage. Check it out below. More »

By: Stereogum / October 16, 2013 - 4:54 pm

Photos: The Joy Formidable, Guards, Kitten @ The Vic, Chicago 4/2/13

The Joy Formidable played The Vic in Chicago last night. After sets from openers Kitten and Guards, the band rocked songs from their recent album Wolf’s Law and 2011 debut The Big Roar. Max Herman was on the scene to capture the night. More »

By: Stereogum / April 3, 2013 - 3:57 pm

The Joy Formidable – “Little Blimp” Video

If, say, you’re the type of person who gets nauseous while watching found-footage movies, you might want to proceed with caution here. The Joy Formidable, the Welsh power-trio who would make stadium alt-rock if stadium alt-rock were still a thing that existed, have a new video for “Little Blimp,” the second single from their sophomore… More »

By: Tom Breihan / March 18, 2013 - 9:48 am

Watch Kendrick Lamar On SNL & “YOLO” Digital Short

Here’s yet another indication, if we really needed one, that Kendrick Lamar is a freshly minted star: This weekend, he made his debut as Saturday Night Live’s musical guest, managing to shine on a difficult stage. With a full live band, Kendrick absolutely rapped his ass off, doing “Swimming Pools (Drank)” and a Drake-free versio… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 28, 2013 - 9:39 am

Watch The Joy Formidable Play Fallon

Tomorrow, the wailing Welsh alt-rock power trio the Joy Formidable will drop sophomore album Wolf’s Law. And on Friday night, the band played their charged-up festival-anthem single “This Ladder Is Ours” on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, giving a pretty good indication of why they are developing a very serious live reputation. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 21, 2013 - 9:47 am

The Joy Formidable – “This Ladder Is Ours” Video

Early next year, anthemic British alt-rock trio the Joy Formidable will release Wolf’s Law, their sophomore album. And in the new video for their churn-soaring first single “This Ladder Is Ours,” Greg Jardin directs as the band’s three members play in different rooms of a decrepit house while a cyclone blows around them. The song… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 8, 2012 - 12:46 pm

The Joy Formidable – “Wolf’s Law” Video

Here’s the clip for Welsh trio the Joy Formidable’s new single “Wolf’s Law,” a black-and-white visual that gets pretty Tree Of Life-y and complements to the epic feel of the song, which is a big, sweeping thing itself. Watch it and nab the MP3 for an e-mail below. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 23, 2012 - 9:38 am

The Joy Formidable, A Place To Bury Strangers, Big Black Delta @ Mayan Theater, Los Angeles 3/14/12

Earplugs were definitely required for an evening full of fuzz guitars and piercing feedback as the triple bill of The Joy Formidable, A Place To Bury Strangers and Big Black Delta rolled into the Mayan Theater. The Joy Formidable are working on their sophomore album to be released later in 2012. Noise rockers A Place… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / March 16, 2012 - 1:06 pm

The Joy Formidable Do “Whirring” On Letterman

Last night, Welsh power trio the Joy Formidable showed up on the Late Show With David Letterman to blast through a seriously kinetic version of their single “Whirring.” Bands don’t usually look this excited to play for a national TV audience, but, you know, they probably should. Letterman actually appeared to be into it. Watch… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 7, 2011 - 12:30 pm

Artist Polaroids From Lollapalooza 2011

Lollapalooza celebrated its twentieth anniversary in Chicago over the weekend with headline performances by Eminem, Foo Fighters, Coldplay, and Muse. It was the support acts, however, that really excited us. So like he did at Bonnaroo, our tireless photog/artist wrangler Graeme Flegenheimer (with help from The Impossible Project) distributed Polaroid cameras and film to 23… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / August 8, 2011 - 11:45 am

The Joy Formidable – “Whirring” (BRAHMS Remix)

“Joy” is a good adjective for this London-via-Wales trio. Many of their songs build on waves of crashing guitar, each building and soaring until you feel giddy and overwhelmed. They opened for Passion Pit last year, and have a soon-to-be-stateside EP, A Balloon Called Moaning, out soon. We mentioned that BTW Brahms had remixed the… More »

By: jessica / April 22, 2010 - 3:17 pm