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Sunday, December 16 2012

The Best New Artists of 2012

The best new artists of 2012 have remade R&B for the new century, pushed eclectic art-rock in new directions, and kept indie rock and hip-hop strong.

Thursday, December 13 2012

The Artists of the Year: 2012 Edition

The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.

Monday, December 3 2012

The Best Indie Rock of 2012

Here's a confession: It was hard to define what the term "indie rock" meant in 2012. But this list takes a shot by reemphasizing the "independent" in "indie rock".

Wednesday, May 30 2012

Listening Ahead: Upcoming Releases for June

It used to be that the coming of summer meant that the album release schedule was on its way to a vacation until the fall. That’s definitely not the case this month.

Thursday, December 17 2009

The Best 60 Albums of 2009

PopMatters presents our 60 best albums of 2009, highlighted by a bevy of American indie rock juggernauts, the return of a hip-hop master, and a couple of the finest voices on the planet.


Monday, June 4 2012

Japandroids: Celebration Rock

On this brilliant sophomore record, rock music isn't rebellion. It's not "fuck their rules", it's "let's make our own". Just to survive. Just to continue to be us.

Tuesday, August 31 2010

Japandroids: No Singles

This compilation of Japandroids’ early EP’s only highlights how breathtaking their debut LP is and how far the band has come.

Wednesday, April 14 2010

Japandroids: 1 April 2010 - New York

The usually amazing duo shows its love to New York City but has problems performing. Naturally, booze was involved.

Tuesday, June 2 2009

Japandroids: Post-Nothing

A virile combination of passion and grandiosity that sounds much larger than the guitar/drums instrumentation implies.


Friday, May 30 2014

Counterbalance: Japandroids’ Celebration Rock

Long lit up tonight and still drinking. Don't we have anything to live for? Well of course we do, but till they come true, we're drinking — and listening to this 2012 blast from Japandroids.

Monday, June 3 2013

Japandroids: 28 May 2013 - Indianapolis, IN

Truth is, one of last year’s most beloved albums not only brought the live experience to their fans’ headphones, but Celebration Rock also pushed the band’s performance and presentation to new heights.

Thursday, July 19 2012

Japandroids: 30 June 2012 - Washington, D.C.

Japandroids burn through a set in the nation's capital, highlighting the status of Celebration Rock as a new classic.

Thursday, July 12 2012

Predicting the 2012 Polaris Prize Short List

This is probably a dumb idea. But, here is what I expect to make the Polaris Prize's Short List.

Tuesday, March 27 2012

Japandroids - 'Celebration Rock' (new album / stream)

Japandroids Celebration Rock (Polyvinyl) Releasing: 5 June Japanroids are back with their sophomore outing, Celebration Rock, following the critically acclaimed 2009 debut Post-Nothing. Guitarist Brian King recently

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