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London-based by way of North Wales trio the Joy Formidable are every bit the elder statesmen/woman, both in their stage presence and epic storytelling. The three were immediately comfortable on SPIN’sMore »


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After an epic closing set from Radiohead the night before, fatigue began to show on the concertgoers as the gates opened on Day 3 of Lollapalooza. The Grant Park fairgrounds… More »

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Lollapalooza descends upon Grant Park in Chicago next weekend (July 28-31) with an impressive four-day lineup headlined by Radiohead, LCD Soundsystem, J.Cole and Red Hot Chili Peppers. SPIN — along with… More »

Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival has emerged in its second year as one of the East Coast’s major summer-music draws (especially with the Virgin Mobile Free Fest moving to a one-day… More »


See What the Joy Formidable’s Guitars See in ‘Little Blimp’ Video

Road warriors the Joy Formidable bring a slice of spontaneity to their newest video, “Little Blimp,” from their sophomore album Wolf’s Law. The short consists of live footage of the… More »

The Joy Formidable, ‘Wolf’s Law’ (Atlantic)

Joy Formidable singer-guitarist Ritzy Bryan often seems like a pitiless and superhuman assassin from a comic book, laying waste to your pleasure centers with one fatal swoosh. After work-shopping their… More »

On an unseasonably warm Manhattan afternoon in late January, as the Joy Formidable prepped backstage for their first performance on Late Night on NBC, they had at least one goal… More »


The Joy Formidable don sheep’s clothing for the opening minute-plus of new song “The Wolf’s Law,” which the grandly noisy Welsh rockers posted on their Facebook page last night (via… More »

“There’s a real hunger to [record] when you’re on the road,” says Ritzy Bryan, frontwoman for storm-brewing Welsh alt-rockers The Joy Formidable. Thankfully, she’s been able to satiate herself. More »


One band that laid the groundwork for alternative rock and a younger batch of speaker-destroyers steadily making their way to the top: Late-night TV watchers had their choice of both… More »

From August 12-14, San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park welcomes the Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival, the fast-growing event that delivers a stellar lineup — and, in typical NoCal fashion,… More »


Best Photos from SXSW: Day 2

The Joy Formidable, ‘The Big Roar’ (Atlantic)

As if the size-related descriptions of 2006’s mighty-sounding mini-album A Balloon Called Moaning weren’t enough, this trio blows out 2009 single “Whirring” to nearly seven minutes with a Slayer-worthy kick-drum… More »