Tuesday, May 26, 2015

New releases for May 26th: Anti-Flag, The Vaccines

  • Anti-Flag
  • Nick Diamond
  • Folly & the Hunter
  • Little Wing
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra
  • The Vaccines

Monday, May 25, 2015

This week in Toronto concerts: The Constantines, Raine Maida & Chantal Kreviazuk, Shad

The ever popular Constantines play Massey Hall on Wednesday night.

...also this week:
  • Other Lives, May 25
  • Shad, May 25
  • Butch Walker, May 26
  • Jessica Henderson, May 26
  • Brandi Carlile, May 27
  • Low Cut Connie, May 27
  • Raine Maida/Chantal Kreviazuk, May 27
  • The Script, May 28
  • Sepultura, May 28
  • William Fitzsimmons, May 28
  • Bonobo, May 29
  • Beacon, May 30
  • Bobby McFerrin, May 30
  • Little Dragon, May 31

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Toronto concerts announced this week: Destroyer, Veruca Salt, King Crimson

  • The Melvins w. Les Butcherettes, Danforth Music Hall, Jun 22
  • Big Wreck, Echo Beach, Jul 3
  • Cowboy Junkies, Harbourfront Centre, Jul 13
  • Delta Rae, The Rivoli, Jul 27
  • Veruca Salt, Lee's Palace, Jul 28
  • The Church, Danforth Music Hall, Aug 7
  • Destroyer, Danforth Music Hall, Sep 30
  • The Growlers, Horseshoe Tavern, Oct 2 & 3
  • Prong, The Garrison, Oct 18
  • King Crimson, Queen Elizabeth Theatre, Oct 19 & 20

Friday, May 22, 2015

Friday Find: Niamh Crowther

For those who like: Beth Orton, First Aid Kit

Wow.  That's all I can say about 18-year old Irish singer Niamh Crowther.  She combines beauty, twang, and mystery all in one simple vocal.

Listen to her brand new single, "Little By Little", here:

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Gold Star: "Dark Days" (album review)

Gold Star is the stage name of alternative country singer/songwriter Marlon Rabeneither.  On June 2nd, he'll release his debut full length album under that moniker, Dark Days.

The influences Gold Star draws upon truly runs the gamut of what can be described as the extended family tree of alt country.

The mumbled vocals and self-pitying tone of "Sadie" sounds very much like countless Ryan Adams songs.  Similarly, "Back To Me" is an alt country ballad that evokes thoughts of The Jayhawks.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Monday, May 18, 2015

This week in Toronto concerts: Dan Deacon, Torres

Electronic wiz Dan Deacon hits the Danforth Music Hall on Wednesday.  Joel Plaksett walks in there on Friday.  Buzz-worthy Torres is at The Garrison on Sunday.

...also this week:
  • Matt & Kim, May 18
  • The Rentals, May 19
  • Tame Impala, May 19
  • Tennis, May 19
  • Gerard Way, May 20
  • Ivan & Alyosha, May 21
  • Matthew Barber, May 21
  • Oh Land, May 21
  • Diana Krall, May 22 & 23

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Toronto concerts announced this week: Earl Sweatshirt, Grace Potter, Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell

  • Embrace w. Starsailor, Danforth Music Hall, Jun 11
  • Guantonomo Baywatch, Johnny Jackson, Jun 18
  • Atlas Sound, Lee's Palace, Jun 26
  • Ceremony, The Garrison, Jul 7
  • Swirlies, Drake Underground, Jul 14
  • Cayucas, The Garrison, Jul 26
  • Grace Potter, Danforth Music Hall, Jul 30
  • High On Fire, Opera House, Aug 13
  • Earl Sweatshirt, The Phoenix, Aug 16
  • Briana Marela, Drake Underground, Sep 4
  • One Man Gloom, Lee's Palace, Sep 7
  • Albert Hammond Jr, Opera House, Sep 17
  • Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Massey Hall, Sep 17
  • Luna, Danforth Music Hall, Oct 13
  • Barenaked Ladies w. Alan Doyle, Massey Hall, Nov 13 & 16

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Playlist of the Week: Cottage season

It's the Victoria Day weekend, and even though it's early this year, it still marks the unofficial start of cottage season.  Listen to the appropriate playlist here.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Find: Fleece

For those who like: Silver Jews, Mercury Rev

Slack and barely hanging together one minute, smooth and atmospheric the next, that's the breadth of sound from Toronto/Montreal band Fleece and their album Scavenger.

Listen to the track "Wake and Bake" here:

Fleece play The Garrison in Toronto tomorrow night with Dead Beant and Art: The Band.