Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Tuesday Find: Megan Landry

For those who like: Neko Case, Fiona Apple

Megan Landry is an 18 year old singer/songwriter from Ottawa.  She's releasing her album STILLS this month.

Watch "Cut To It" here:

Monday, July 27, 2015

Josh Ritter: new album details, stream "Getting Ready To Get Down"

Josh Ritter continues to cement his status as one of my absolute favorite musicians.  Today he announced the release of his next studio album Sermon On The Rocks (out October 16th).

As part of that he previewed the lead single "Getting Ready To Get Down".  From the first listen I was bopping along and quite frankly, I didn't want the song to end.

Listen to it here:

This week in Toronto concerts

Laura Marling hits the Opera House on Tuesday.  A bunch of shitty bands play Edgfest on Wednesday, possibly completing that station's utter downward spiral.  The always fun Mahones are at the Horseshoe on Friday.  A pair of electronic-oriented fests (Veld & Drake's OVO) invade the city on the weekend.

...also this week:
  • Delta Rae, Jul 27
  • Perch Creek, Jul 27
  • Sunshine & the Blue Moon, Jul 28
  • Veruca Salt, Jul 28
  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Jul 29
  • Motion City Soundtrack, Jul 29
  • The Shore Thing, Jul 30
  • Christine & the Queens, Jul 30
  • Soak, Jul 30
  • Windhand, Jul 31
  • Royal Tusk, Jul 31
  • The Aristocrats, Aug 1

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Toronto concerts announced this week:


  • Shred Kelly, The Garrison, Sep 4
  • Nick Diamonds, Mod Club, Sep 20
  • Vinyl Williams, Drake Underground, Sep 21
  • Braids, Lee's Palace, Sep 22
  • The Wood Brothers, Horseshoe Tavern, Oct 1
  • Chvrches, Danforth Music Hall, Oct 4
  • Lindi Ortega, Mod Club, Oct 24
  • Bright Light Social Hour, Mod Club, Nov 10
  • Citizens!, The Garrison, Nov 21

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Playlist Of The Week: Best of 2015 so far

I'm a bit late coming to the table, but whatever.  Here's a quick playlist of my best Canadian albums of 2015 thus far.

Friday, July 24, 2015

New releases for July 24th


  • Kacey Chambers
  • Ducktails
  • Loop
  • Madchild
  • Old Man Luedecke
  • Ricked Wicky

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Fake Tears: "Nightshifting" (album review)

Individually Larissa Layva and Elisha May Rembold have been kicking around working with some big Canadian indie names for years.  Now they've joined forces, and recruited Jay Arner to produce, to release the album Nightshifting under the name Fake Tears.

The album is an unapologetic nod to 1980's electronic music, particularly the melodic shoegaze sounds of bands like Cocteau Twins and the winding Goth of Dead Can Dance.

The most heavily '80s-influenced tracks include the Anglo-adoring "Hearts Break" and "Night Box" with it's impulsive beat and infectious groove.

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Tuesday Find: Jeen

For those who like: Broken Social Scene, Land Of Talk

Okay this week I'm cheating.  Jeen is Jeen O'Brien, the captivating voice heard on this track from Brendan Canning's Cookie Duster.  Her new album, Tourist, is out now.

Listen to "Remedy" here:

Monday, July 20, 2015

City And Colour: new album details, listen to "Woman"

I've never cared for City And Colour (bores me stiff), but I know that there are plenty of people who are.  So those folks will be excited that the new album will come out on October 9th.

The record, If I Should Go Before You, is Dallas Green's fifth album under the moniker.

Watch the lyric video for "Woman" here:

This week in Toronto concerts: Hillside, Edgefest, WayHome

The free Pan-Am Games concert series continues in Nathan Phillips Square this week with Blind Boys of Alabama, Charles Bradley, and many others.  This year's edition of Edgefest is at Echo Beach on Thursday and will include Milky Chance, Elle King, and The Zolas among many more.  Hillside rocks Guelph through the weekend with Great Lake Swimmers, The Constantines, among the highlights.  WayHome takes place in the middle of nowhere over the weekend.

...also this week:
  • Dawes, Jul 20
  • Deep Purple, Jul 20
  • Mr Twin Sister, Jul 20
  • Shuggie Otis, Jul 20
  • Dave Matthews Band, Jul 21
  • Hiss Golden Messenger, Jul 21
  • The On Sound, Jul 21
  • In the Valley Below, Jul 22
  • Hot Young Writers, Jul 23
  • The Appleseed Cast, Jul 25
  • Cayucas, Jul 26