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Because sometimes you just want friends to tell you about cool things… the Brew House team offers up its weekly mix of author-supported goodness.

Band: Japandroids

 Japandroids have 26 officially released songs and one volume setting: loud. The Canadian twosome plays hard, plays fast, and makes a hell of a lot more noise than you would expect from a guitar-drums duo. With their second full-length due out June 5 and riding a sizeable wave of SXSW hype, the band seems to finally be creeping into the consciousness of the music-listening public, despite their rough edges. This is great news if you’re a fan of earnest music that doesn’t carry an ounce of irony (I am). They aren’t incredibly cool, they aren’t at all polished, but they are real.

Japandroids sing about the feeling this feeling is never going to end, french kissing French girls, and the rush of our bodies in the heat of the night. Songs about friends, girls, drinking, lament, late nights and slow days. Songs about life. – Asher Fusco

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Concert Film: “The Last Waltz”

More music. The Band’s Levon Helm died on Thursday after a long battle with throat cancer. In 1976, the Band held their “last concert” before breaking up at the Winterland Ballroom in San Francisco.

Two years later, a documentary with footage from the film was released; in reality, Helm, the Band’s drummer and lead singer, was never much of a fan of the documentary. But this YouTube clip, with the Band performing “The Weight” with Mavis Staples is one of the best live music performances you’ll ever see. – Rustin Dodd

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