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Music, Hear This PAWS: Show Preview

PAWS: Show Preview

Glasgow trio PAWS are about to release their second album, Youth Culture Forever, which frankly doesn't sound very Scottish, whatever you take that to mean. Whereas its predecessor, the relentlessly catchy Cokefloat!, surfed effortlessly along the swooping forelock of '90s…
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Music, Hear This The Pack A.D.: Show Preview

The Pack A.D.: Show Preview

While they haven't achieved the same level of mainstream recognition as fellow Vancouver rock duo Japandroids, snarling garage-punk tandem the Pack A.D. may soon graduate from its longtime status as underground favorites. Guitarist/singer Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller first…
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Music, All Shook Down The Six Best Concerts in the Bay Area This Week

The Six Best Concerts in the Bay Area This Week

6. A Place to Bury Strangers @ the Independent, Wednesday, Nov. 7 In a city overflowing with notable musicians, earning the informal title of "Loudest Band in New York" is no small potatoes. But that's what Brooklyn outfit A Place…
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Music, Hear This Japandroids: Show Preview

Japandroids: Show Preview

How much noise can two people make? Don't answer until you've seen Japandroids, a Vancouver rock duo whose joyous, room-filling fury seems far too large to come from simply a guitar and drums. And it's not mere racket: There's a…
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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 6/14/12: Japandroids Bring Their Humble Fury to the Independent

Live Review, 6/14/12: Japandroids Bring Their Humble Fury to the Independent

Japandroids Thursday, June 14, 2012 The Independent Better than: The nights of wine and roses that you don't remember. "This is a long way from the Hemlock Tavern," remarked Japandroids singer-guitarist Brian King last night onstage at the Independent,…
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Music, Hear This Japandroids: Show Preview

Japandroids: Show Preview

In light of its title, Japandroids' new Celebration Rock bookends its eight tracks with the perfect sound effect: the pop of fireworks. The second album from the Vancouver duo is a legit contender for record of the year based on…
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Music, All Shook Down Canada's PS I Love You Spread the Love Stateside on First Tour

Canada's PS I Love You Spread the Love Stateside on First Tour

Vanessa Heins​San Francisco, meet PS I Love You. They're new here, and they're psyched to meet you. The Kingston, Ontario duo of Paul Saulnier and Benjamin Nelson are a few dates into their first U.S. tour, weathering the ups and…
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Music, All Shook Down The Walkmen and Japandroids Contrast Slick and Scrappy at the Fillmore

The Walkmen and Japandroids Contrast Slick and Scrappy at the Fillmore

The Walkmen Japandroids September 14, 2010 @ The Fillmore Better than: Still being suicidal.Compared to the slick, brooding professionalism of the Walkmen -- whose own wayward-ish beginnings were suggested only by their name spelled out crudely in black masking tape on their kick drum…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rock 'Bots

Rock 'Bots

Some bands kick up so much racket, you feel like your hair is being whipped by a gale-force wind. Vancouver's Japandroids, a guitar-drums duo going strong after a couple of tentative EP releases, manages that sensation both figuratively and literally.…
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Music, Hear This Japandroids

Japandroids

Shouty and overblown, Vancouver guitar-drums duo Japandroids plows through some wicked garage-punk anthems on its breakthrough album, Post-Nothing. The record has been hyped since its spring release on Canadian label Unfamiliar, and is about to be offered up to the…
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