Pearl Jam, NIN, Arctic Monkeys Make NOS Alive 2018 A Thrilling, Rock-Dominated Festival

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Over the last 11 years under a few different iterations, Lisbon’s NOS Alive has sneakily become one of Europe’s more appealing festivals. It isn’t hard for international fests to be more enticing than the ones stateside these days, where lineups have become increasingly repetitive. NOS Alive, like other European festivals, tends to offer something more … More »

Watch Japandroids Cover The Tragically Hip’s “Nautical Disaster”

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The music world is mourning the death of Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie, particularly in his native Canada, where the Hip are regarded as a national treasure. We’ve seen tributes from fellow Canucks ranging from Leslie Feist to Justin Trudeau, and last night Japandroids contributed their own. At Toronto’s Massey Hall, the … More »

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

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Radiohead’s “Lift” video is apparently packed with Easter eggs for Radiohead superfans. That’s cool, I guess. Good for that video. It’s still a boring music video that doesn’t get good until the twist at the end. Nobody needs Easter eggs. They’re fine and all, but they won’t make a video good by itself. Don’t … More »

Japandroids – “North East South West” Video

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Japandroids aren’t big on music videos — they’ve only made one other one, for “The House That Heaven Built” — but today they’ve released a new one for their Near To The Wild Heart Of Life track “North East South West.” It’s a sorta sequel to their first one in that it yet … More »

Watch Japandroids Play The Hell Out Of “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life” On Colbert

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Japandroids on ColbertIt can’t be easy for a band of two dudes to face the prospect of a late-night TV performance. But last night on Stephen Colbert’s Late Show, Japandroids stepped the hell up. As the show’s musical guests, Japandroids performed “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life,” the title track from their great newMore »

The 5 Best Songs Of The Week

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The 5 Best Songs Of The WeekWhelp, today was a day. Donald Trump is officially the 45th president of the United States, and we spent most of the day blogging while watching live streams of the action in DC. 2017 is off to a bleak start, but we have some really inspiring music to be thankful for. Get into it below. More »

Foxygen, Shy Girls, Austra

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For some reason, we’re not really in the mood to joke around today. It’s a rough one, no doubt about it – but the world still turns and we still must find solace and strength regardless of what is going on in the nations capitol. We have a lovely list of releases today that will help distract you, even if just momentarily. Foxygen is out with a much anticipated debut, Cherry Glazer brings an album full of fire and  we even added the new Japandroids record, which doesn’t technically come out this week but is streaming on NPR and you know what, we need it today.

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Foxygen – Hang

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Shy Girls – Salt

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Cherry Glazerr – Apocalipstick

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Austra – Future Politics

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Japandroids – Near to the Wild Heart of Life

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Premature Evaluation: Japandroids Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

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Japandroids - Near To The Wild Heart Of LifeYou have to feel for Japandroids. For their second album, they achieved such a perfect distillation of their sound, a rock record so nourishing and exciting and fun, that it was hard to imagine that they’d ever hit those heights again. So they take that follow-up about as seriously as they can. They took nearly … More »

Stream Japandroids Near To The Wild Heart Of Life

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Japandroids - Near To The Wild Heart Of LifeIt’s been nearly five years since Japandroids released their last album, the fiery instant classic Celebration Rock. And it’s taken that amount of time for the Vancouver duo to finally come out with the follow-up. That follow-up is now here. Next week, Japandroids release their searing and triumphant third album Near To The Wild … More »

Japandroids – “No Known Drink Or Drug”

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PrintAfter what felt like forever, Vancouver rock warriors Japandroids are about to return with Near To The Wild Heart Of Life, the follow-up to 2012’s triumphant Celebration Rock. We’ve already posted the crashing, anthemic album-opening title track. And today, Japandroids have shared “No Known Drink Or Drug,” a huge and surging song that … More »