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L-R: Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz

Images by Kyle Johnson

Listening to Montreal rock band No Joy gives us visions of a professional snowboarder on a sunny day, flying off a jump, doing something complex and elegant midair.

Not something we necessarily understand. But we’re into it.

We do know that No Joy leaders Laura Lloyd and Jasamine White-Gluz derive their looped and soaring music from guitars and effects pedals. The rest of their new album More Faithful is a mystery to us. We’re cool with that–and highly recommend it as a soundtrack to summer road-tripping, camping, head-banging and zoning out.

We spoke to guitarist Laura Lloyd after a recent concert in Seattle about Tevas, tinnitus, complicated time signatures and chia seeds.

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Fathers Day - HitchcockImage by Studio N

Last-minute Father’s Day shopping? We thought you might be.

To whittle down the field for you, we’ve been highlighting selected gifts leading up to the day–and our finishing touch is about finishing touches.

Ties are a no-brainer. Great Father’s Day gifts. So are suit components like jackets and shirts. But do not overlook details like cuff links and tie clips.

Because if we may generalize, dads often deprive themselves of simple style components that can take personal presentation to the next level.

Photographer: Barb Penoyar
Stylist: Morgan Dillon
Art Director: Brett Wiseman

Shop: David Donahue ties | David Donahue cuff links | Ted Baker jackets | BOSS shirts | The Tie Bar tie clip | summer suit accessories | all Father’s Day gifts

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Shop: Barbarian bartool | all drinkware | Father’s Day gifts: home & bar

We already got into drinking with dignity. Now let’s go further down that track with a related Father’s Day gift idea.

One bar tool to rule them all. A civilized implement called the Barbarian.

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5Ws with Martin Kaymer

In advance of the U.S. Open golf tournament, we caught up with pro golfer and defending U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer–who was in the Tacoma, WA, Nordstrom a few miles outside Chambers Bay golf course for a public event cosponsored by Nordstrom and BOSS.

Shop: all golf

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grill-strappedShop: briefcase grill | top 100 father’s day gifts

This charcoal briefcase grill by RS Barcelona is dead simple to use, clearly great-looking–and crucial for enjoying after-work dogs at the nearest park.

After falling under its spell, it occurred to us.

Surefire Father’s Day gift. 

True story: Last time we took it to the beach, a group of women eyed the grilling station and, eventually, Amy introduced herself to ask what the product was and where it could be purchased. We directed her to our Poolside Pop-In@Nordstrom, either in person or online. She said it would be the perfect Father’s Day gift for her husband.

Our thought exactly, Amy.

Check this bad boy in action:

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Fathers Day - Ice Melting - No logo

Image by Studio N

Shop: rocking whiskey glasses | all drinkware | Father’s Day gifts: home & bar

The definition of a good Father’s Day gift: something Dad will find useful and likely not have bought for himself–and which heightens his style.

Enter: elevated ice.

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Shop: men’s luggage & travel

Related: men’s style videos

In the event of a business trip, throwing things in a suitcase the night before your flight is one option. We’ve been there.

And we’ve also arrived at our destination having forgotten to pack pants.

Alternatively, we’re here to help you slow down and think it through. Consider which pieces will be most crucial to what you’re doing and build from there.

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Vaadat Charigim: Dan Bloch (denim jacket), Juval Haring (hoodie), Juval Guttmann (black tee); images by Manuela Insixiengmay

In case of the summer bummer, we’ve been known to turn to shoegaze rock–the subgenre made from loops and layers of guitar noise–and travel to a place where pain is beauty.

It usually works.

When we caught up with Juval Haring, who fronts Israeli shoegaze band Vaadat Charigim, he described himself as “pessimistic” and “cynical.” He also deadpanned about his first name, which he shares with his drummer:

“Juval is a common Israeli name. I’m kind of like the Israeli Craig.”

Haring is funny. His band’s new album, Sinking As a Stone, generally, is not.

With little to no musical support system back home and yet over 1,000 concerts played so far, Haring explained what Berlin, Germany, and Portland, OR, have to do with each other, some of his more existential lyrics–and why he keeps on rocking in the free world.

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Shop: Ray-Bans | Gant shirt | chinos | slip-ons

With the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy out now, we thought we’d let you know how to shop the Beach Boys’ look from the late 1960s.

This is how the band dressed early in its life–when all the musicians were still pretending to know how to surf*–before they grew out their hair and started wearing robes. Back then it was stripes, chinos and slip-ons. Classic California style.

The sunglasses are our addition. We swore we remembered Wayfarers as part of this ensemble. Google image search does not agree.

*Only drummer Dennis Wilson ever really surfed.

For more about Love & Mercy, check actor Paul Dano on NPR’s Bullseye below:

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