Monday, September 01, 2014

This week in Toronto concerts: Riot Fest

Riot Fest rocks Downsview Park this weekend with an incredibly wide array of artists ranging from The Cure to Dropkick Murphys to The Flaming Lips.  Despite the hefty price tag, it's still good value given the quantity and quality of the bands.

...also this week:
  • Madball, Sep 4
  • Miranda Lambert, Sep 4
  • Lone, Sep 5
  • Nas, Sep 5
  • Chevelle, Sep 6

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Toronto concerts announced this week: Bob Dylan, A Tribe Called Red

  • illScarlett, Horseshoe Tavern, Sep 5
  • A Tribe Called Red, Adelaide Hall, Sep 8
  • "Play Music Festival", Fort York, Sep 13
  • Clean Bandit, Danforth Music Hall, Sep 15
  • Love Inks, Lee's Palace, Sep 18
  • Gloryhound, Horseshoe Tavern, Oct 4
  • Augustines, The Garrison, Oct 8
  • No Devotion, Horseshoe Tavern, Oct 15
  • Milky Chance, Mod Club, Oct 16
  • The Wytches, The Garrison, Oct 29
  • Les Butcherettes, Mod Club, Nov 14
  • Bob Dylan, Sony Centre, Nov 17 & 18
  • Bear's Den, Mod Club, Nov 21
  • Slipknot, Air Canada Centre, Nov 30
  • College, Drake Underground, Dec 1

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Playlist Of The Week: Back To School

For you kids out there, here's a way to ease your way into the hell that is the school year.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Find: Dead Penny Collect

For those who like: Fishbone, Sublime, De La Soul

Toronto's Dead Penny Collect fuse reggae, ska, hip hop, rock

Watch a teaser for the album here:

Dead Penny Collect will play a pop-up album release show in Kensington Market tomorrow.  Check their Facebook page for details.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

By Divine Right: "Just Can't Get Enough" (Depeche Mode cover)

By Divine Right are giving everyone a preview of their forthcoming front-to-back tribute to Depeche Mode's Speak & Spell album, by posting a stream of their version of "Just Can't Get Enough".

Listen to it here:

Q&A with: Sloan's Patrick Pentland

Iconic Canadian alternative rock band Sloan release their new album Commonwealth on September 9th.
 On this record the songs are split into four solo 'sides', one for each band member's songs.

I had the opportunity to speak with the group's Patrick Pentland to talk about the new record.

Here's what went down:
T.O. Snob: Thank you very much for taking the time to speak with me.  I've been a fan since high school when Smeared came out.
All four of you guys have always shared the writing, so why this time around for Commonwealth did you choose to highlight that by each having your own side?PP: I think it was just trying to find and angle, for something interesting to do for the record for us.  We've made a bunch of records.  In the background there's always been people saying 'why don't you do a solo record' or 'why don't you all do solo records' and we've never been that interested in doing full solo records.  But it seemed like a fun thing to do, for each of us to have a certain amount of real estate on a record, do our songs in a row and not divide them up.  

T.O. Snob:  So that was by design from the get-go?PP: Yeah we knew from the beginning that we were going to do it this way.  We just didn't know how we were going to do it, whether we were going to do separate EPs or if we were going to do it all in one record.  Finally we thought if we could fit enough music on one CD and two vinyl let's try to do it that way.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

WiL announces new album "El Paseo"

Vancouver singer WiL has revealed the details of his fifth studio album.  El Paseo has been tapped with a September 30th.

Listen to the track "Make Make" here:

You can download the track from WiL's mobile app.

Toronto Independent Music Awards announce 2014 nominees

The Toronto Independent Music Awards have announced their list of nominees for the 2014 edition.  You an read a complete list of categories and contenders here.

The awards will be doled out at their Decade Party which will be held on September 25th at Tattoo Rock Parlour.  Tickets are $10 in advance and you can get them here.

J Mascis: "Tied To A Star" (album review)

Over the past three decades or so, J Mascis has built himself a reputation as an indie rock guitar god.  On his latest solo album, Tied To A Star, the Dinosaur Jr honcho seems obsessed with proving he's more than just screeching solos though.

From the first strums of "Me Again", you know this is going to be a different kind of record.  It's stripped down, reflective and rootsy.  Those are traits shared by many of the album's songs.

If not for Mascis' omnipresent falsetto, "Every Morning" could easily be mistaken for a slick alternative pop rock tune.  On "And Then", Mascis gains the effect of vastness with big melody, rather than the wall of reverb and feedback we would've gotten in the past.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

New releases for Aug 26th: New Pornographers, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Ty Segall

  • Basement Jaxx
  • Cymbals Eat Guitars
  • Elephant Stone
  • Gob
  • Robyn Hitchcock
  • J Mascis
  • Merchandise
  • New Pornographers- Review
  • Brad Paisley
  • Cassie Ramone
  • The Rentals
  • Ty Segall
  • SW/MM/NG