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RENDERS >> “Running Through the Night”

June 16th, 2016  |  by  |  published in New Music | Comments Off on RENDERS >> “Running Through the Night”

RENDERS >> “Running Through the Night”

Renders’ Kelly McMichael says that “Running Through the Night” takes inspiration from Slutwalk and is her own personal ‘take back the night’ anthem. “Almost all of my songs are soul soothers, either for myself or for others…. This one was for slut-shaming, victim-blaming, rape culture, and the idea that sometimes women need to go places […]

TUNS >> “Mind Over Matter”

May 31st, 2016  |  by  |  published in New Music | Comments Off on TUNS >> “Mind Over Matter”

TUNS >> “Mind Over Matter”

PHOTO: Vanessa Heins Canada’s East Coast music scene in the 90s was always more about community than competition, so it’s only natural that three of its preeminent songwriters, Sloan‘s Chris Murphy, Matt Murphy of Super Friendz and The Flashing Lights, and Mike O’Neill of Inbreds, have come together as TUNS. Their friendship, first fostered on an Inbreds/Superfriendz […]

BADBADNOTGOOD >> “Time Moves Slow” (feat. Sam Herring)

May 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in New Music | Comments Off on BADBADNOTGOOD >> “Time Moves Slow” (feat. Sam Herring)

BADBADNOTGOOD >> “Time Moves Slow” (feat. Sam Herring)

Yesterday, BadBadNotGood announced the second universe-expanding album of 2016 named IV and shared their so-sexy-it-hurts new single, “Time Moves Slow”, featuring the distinctive voice of Future Islands’ Sam Herring. IV finds BBNG bringing long-time collaborator Leland Whitty (saxophone) into the fold full-time, and inviting a cluster of guest vocalists to join them, including so-hot-he’s-burning-up producer Kaytranada. The album drops […]

TWIST >> “Soaked”

May 10th, 2016  |  by  |  published in New Music | Comments Off on TWIST >> “Soaked”

TWIST >> “Soaked”

Real collaboration is a rarity in any field these days. Often what passes as a collective effort is really just people working parallel to each other and then merging together what they’ve independently created.Removing one person’s contribution doesn’t really effect the end result. Songwriter Laura Hermiston knows that collaboration can make all the difference in […]

ADRIAN TEACHER & THE SUBS >> “Victory Square”

May 5th, 2016  |  by  |  published in New Music | Comments Off on ADRIAN TEACHER & THE SUBS >> “Victory Square”

ADRIAN TEACHER & THE SUBS >> “Victory Square”

The two minute pop song is as formulaic as modern music can get, but in the hands of Adrian Teacher & The Subs, a 120-second nugget of indie rock can take on all matter of consequence. It’s a skill Teacher put to good use in his former band, Apollo Ghosts, and with “Victory Square”, the first single from […]

BRAIDS >> “Companion”

May 3rd, 2016  |  by  |  published in New Music | Comments Off on BRAIDS >> “Companion”

BRAIDS >> “Companion”

Don’t think of Companion, the new EP from Braids, as a companion release to last year’s Deep In The Iris album; it’s more of an extension of the intricate electronic chamber pop music, pushing deeper into their exploration of sound and emotion.

The title track features a starkly beautiful, minimalist arrangement that slowly unfurls to show its inner beauty. It is one of four pieces on Companion, recorded “during a burst of creative energy” this past summer. Braids says the compositions on Companion are a “study of extremes —from joy to disaffection, thunderous explosion to delicate introspection,” presented as a whole.

ABSOLUTELY FREE >> “Full Sweep”

April 26th, 2016  |  by  |  published in New Music | Comments Off on ABSOLUTELY FREE >> “Full Sweep”

ABSOLUTELY FREE >> “Full Sweep”

“Full Sweep”, a mood-filled, instrumental musical passage is the first new music from Absolutely Free since the band released its self-titled debut in 2014. It comes from the soundtrack for Two Cares Due None, a full length feature film by visual artists Chris Boni and Melissa Fisher, shot on location in Iceland, Italy and Toronto in 2013. […]

EXE >> “I/O Error”

April 21st, 2016  |  by  |  published in New Music | Comments Off on EXE >> “I/O Error”

EXE >> “I/O Error”

The short story on EXE: Phil Wilson of VIRE handles the drums and electronics, and Garbageface‘s K. Orzechowski takes on vocal duties for this industrial-noise-punk-rap partnership. together the pair are set to blast your sound system to smithereens starting with the chaotic “I/O Error”. EXE release their DEADROP EP, from which “I/O Error” is taken, next month, and have […]

TV SETS >> These Rifle Years EP

April 21st, 2016  |  by  |  published in New Music | Comments Off on TV SETS >> These Rifle Years EP

TV SETS >> These Rifle Years EP

There’s been some changes for Toronto lo-fi popsters TV Sets since last we visited with them. Now a trio, the band spent most of last year playing stages around Toronto, gathering buzz and praise along the way. These Rifle Years is their first release in the current three-person line-up, and is mastered by Warren Hildebrand of Foxes […]

CASPER SKULLS >> “Mink Coats”

April 19th, 2016  |  by  |  published in New Music | Comments Off on CASPER SKULLS >> “Mink Coats”

CASPER SKULLS >> “Mink Coats”

Back in February, my comrade predicted that new music from Toronto upstarts Casper Skulls would be “…sure to create even more buzz for the young band”, and how right he was. Yesterday, the quartet announced they’re signed to Buzz Records by sharing a one-off single, “Mink Coats”.  According to vocalist Neil Bednis, the song is older than […]


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