Sunday, September 21, 2014

Toronto concerts announced this week: Cat Stevens, Mother Mother, Stars

  • Cheap Girls, Lee's Palace, Oct 12
  • The Wooden Sky, Lee's Palace, Oct 17
  • Damien Rice, Danforth Music Hall, Oct 14
  • Trentmoller, Mod Club, Nov 13
  • Mother Mother, Danforth Music Hall, Nov 15
  • Lucinda Williams, Massye Hall, Nov 20
  • Cat Stevens (Yusuf), Massey Hall, Dec 1
  • Lowell, The Garrison, Dec 5
  • The Rural Alberta Advatnage, Danforth Music Hall, Dec 18
  • Black Label Society, Kool Haus, Jan 8
  • Stars w. Hey Rosetta!, Danforth Music Hall, Feb 12 & 13

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Playlist Of The Week: hockey

Hockey is life.  It's just a fact in Canada.  So as NHL training camps grind away let's hear some hockey songs about hockey shall we?  Here.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Ashley Fayth: "I Am the Bird" (EP review)

I have to admit that I'm always a little bit surprised when an artists from Newfoundland DOESN'T have a bit of UK or Irish influence in their music.

Singer-songwriter Ashley Fayth keeps up that tradition from The Rock as she incorporates more than a hint of English folk into her the songs on her new EP I Am the Bird.

Fayth is a versatile vocalist, but is almost always characterized by a crisp, clean sound.

Friday Find: Hatley

For those who like: pop music with a twist

Hatley Edmonds is a local Toronto singer who has just put up a video for her song "Crazy".

Watch it here:

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Leonard Cohen: "Popular Problems" (album review)

On September 23rd, we'll get the release of Popular Problems, kindly characterized as the 13th studio album from the legendary Leonard Cohen.

I say kindly, because despite writing the songs, Cohen seems quite happy to take the back seat on many of the songs.

His vocals are buried so far down and are often so hushed that they serve more as an accent piece rather than a focal point.  He's the furniture as the excellent backing vocals and competent arrangements are the stars of this record.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pet Sun: "Feels Like I'm Going Away" (video)

If you're a fan of bizarre animated acid trip videos, then "Feels Like I'm Going Away", the new one from Hamilton's Pet Sun is a must-see for you.  It's from their forthcoming EP, due out on September 27th.

Watch it here:

Lyon: "Lullaby" (video)

Toronto singer Lyon has released a new video.  It's for the song "Lullaby" from her recent Indian Summer EP.

Watch it here:

Sondre Lerch: "Please" (album review)

Some of the best art is born out of wrenching emotional pain.  We'll see if that's the case with Sondre Lerche's new album.  The record, Please, which comes out on September 23rd, was inspired by the Norwegian singer's recent divorce.

Somehow or other Lerche doesn't allow his inspiration to drive these songs into a depressing sound.  Instead, he channels the emotion into an intensity that permeates the record.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

New releases for Sep 16th: My Brightest Diamond, Lowell, Tweedy

  • Mike Doughty
  • James
  • The Juan MacLean
  • Lowell
  • Moonface
  • My Brightest Diamond
  • Slash
  • This Will Destroy You
  • Tweedy
  • White Arrows
  • Jesse Winchester

Monday, September 15, 2014

Hey Rosetta!: "Soft Offering"

Hey Rosetta! release their new album Second Sight on October 21st (pre-order begins tomorrow).  Today they previewed the second track from the record, "Soft Offering".

Listen to it here:

Hey Rosetta! play the Danforth Music Hall in Toronto with Stars on February 12th.