Saturday, March 28, 2015

Friday, March 27, 2015

Friday Find: Amber

For those who like: Tom Waits, melodrama

I was very pleasantly surprised when GTA singer Amber's Tall Tales album came across my desk.  It's warm and quirky and downright lovable.

Watch the video for the awesome "Grave Robber" here:

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Bop English: "Constant Bop" (albu, review)

James Petralli is best known as the frontman for Austin, TX garage rockers White Denim.  Now he's taken up the moniker Bop English for the release of his forthcoming solo album, Constant Bop (out April 14th).

Elements of his group work definitely creep into the solo record (it helps that members of the band pitched in).  A garage rock sound is added to the otherwise Elton John-esque piano pop of "Dani's Blues (It Was Beyond Our Control)".

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

New releases for Mar 24th: Van Morrison, Hollerado, Laura Marling

  • Action Bronson
  • The Cribs
  • Etiquette
  • The Go! Team
  • Hayden- Review
  • Hollerado
  • Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  • Lightning Bolt
  • Laura Marling
  • Van Morrison
  • Gabrielle Papillon
  • Strung Out
  • Vetiver

Monday, March 23, 2015

This week in Toronto concerts: Shad, Will Butler

Local hip hop favorite Shad plays Massey Hall on Friday.  The same night the Arcade Fire's Will Butler is at the Horseshoe pimping his solo record.

...also this week:
  • Motionless In White, Mar 24
  • Andrew Jackson Jihad, Mar 24
  • Bo Burnham, Mar 25 & 26
  • Coal Chamber, Mar 26
  • Gorgon City, Mar 26
  • George Ezra, Mar 27
  • Ibeyi, Mar 27
  • The Slackers, Mar 28
  • Tycho, Mar 28
  • Bayside, Mar 29

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Toronto concerts announced this week: Robert Plant w. The Pixies, Ringo Starr

  • Earl Sweatshirt, Opera House, Apr 14
  • The Weather Station, Great Hall, May 14
  • Melt Banana, Lee's Palace, May 17
  • Robert Plant w. The Pixies, Molson Ampitheatre, Jun 7
  • System Of A Down, Molson Ampitheatre, Jun 19
  • OVO Festival, Molson Ampitheatre, Aug 2 & 3
  • Twenty One Pilots, The Phoenix, Sep 13
  • Ringo Starr, Massey Hall, Oct 20

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Playlist Of The Week: CMW preview #3

Another week closer to CMW, and with no major events or dates I can use as a playlist theme I am once again resorting to a preview of the fest.  Listen to more acts here.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Friday Find: Pin Up

For those who like: Buffalo Tom, Letters To Cleo

Montreal's Pin Up have only released two singles to this point, but they show some tremendous oomph, reminiscent of the best of '90s alternative/Power Pop.  The group is aiming for the release of their debut EP in May.

Listen to "Wake Me Up" here.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Joel Plaskett: "The Park Avenue Sobriety Test" (album review)

Joel Plaskett has never really had a monster album, but he can be counted on to routinely put out sharp, smart rock records.  His latest is The Park Avenue Sobriety Test.

Nobody will really be surprised by what Plaskett gives us on this new album.  "Alright/OK" and "Hard Times" are both the kind of catchy, slightly twangy rock that is his bread and butter.

A closer to the roots feeling comes with the swirling, swaying organ on "Broken Heart Songs".  That's just amped up when you add in the blue collar storytelling of "Song For Jersey".

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Reptar: "Lurid Glow" (album review)

It's a challenge to try to annotate all of the myriad influences that go into the music of Athens, GA's Reptar.  The genre-benders are at it again with a new album, Lurid Glow, that comes out on March 31st.

The bright, quirky, warbled beats of "No One Will Ever Love You" is exactly the kind of thing we would expect from Reptar, based on their debut record.  It's a combination of modern electronic indie music and New Wave that is particularly sharp on "Cable" (with it's tail-end of the '80s New Wave vibe).  The clockwork rhythm of "Ice Black Sand" has a heavy Devo influence.