Japandroids Play “Adrenaline Nightshift” on Letterman

July 2nd, 2013 · Comments Off on Japandroids Play “Adrenaline Nightshift” on Letterman

These guys make up for the roll call of references with a shit-kicking rock ‘n roll sound. I hadn’t thought of the Bruce Springsteen connection before I saw this live version of “Adrenaline NightShift,” but it’s definitely there. And also forgiven. Remember when people said The Killers sounded like Springsteen? Man, people are idiots.

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FEATURE: The Joy Formidable

September 28th, 2011 · Comments Off on FEATURE: The Joy Formidable

It’s often hard for me to believe it when bands say they have no direct influences on their sound. And when I recently spoke with The Joy Formidable’s bassist, Rhydian Daffyd, I heard a familiar refrain: “Sometimes we feel like we live in a bubble.” Yeah, yeah. Bands always hem and haw when asked to […]

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Halftime was a snooze

February 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Halftime was a snooze

It’s not that I don’t get Bruce Springsteen; I do. It’s just that his schtick doesn’t appeal to me in the least. I was a kid when he took over the charts with Born in the USA, so he was just another superstar next to Michael Jackson and Madonna and Prince, though I didn’t understand […]

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