Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Arkells- 11:11

No Comments 21 July 2014

by Tiana Feng

Ever met a girl(/boy) at the show? This song might be for you. It’s from Arkells’ upcoming August 3rd album High Noon.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] The New Pornographers- War On The East Coast

No Comments 20 July 2014

by Tiana Feng

The New Pornographers debut “War on the East Coast” with a music video. Their album Brill Bruisers will be out August 25th.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Music

[Album Review] Five Alarm Funk- Abandon Earth

No Comments 18 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Rating:

Release Date: June 7th, 2014
Label: Independent

The last thing that occurs to you when first listening to ‘Abandon Earth‘ is that there is any coherent theme to this barely bridled mayhem. The album is an exhilarating but frightening rollercoaster ride through funk, heavy metal, gypsy, punk, prog rock, afro-beat and many other musical styles just too numerous to list. This is such high octane insanity that you’d never believe there was actually a method to the madness. But there is — this is actually a concept album, which relates the sci fi tale of a demented ice cream vendor who laces his wares with drugs and then takes his victims on a psychedelic trip to the centre of the earth. Whoa, hang on, that sounds … nuts. Maybe we should just say that there is madness to their madness.

Five Alarm Funk have been around for ten years now, and in that time they have evolved from a more traditional-sounding funk band into something heavier, darker and weird, something that is all their own. They make full use of everything at their disposal – drums, guitars, brass, sax and percussion —  to gleefully whip their listeners into a frenzy. It is still a carnival, but where it was once a romp in the fun-house it is now a riot at the freak show.

The album opens to the chiming of an ice cream truck, which gives you a bit of a shiver because you know that it’s ominous, like the singing of a nursery rhyme at the beginning of a horror movie. Then there is a brief bit of vaguely Balkan-sounding guitar work before the flood-gates open and the band hits you with all that they’ve got — and this is a 9-piece band, so that’s quite a bit. When lead singer (and drummer), Tayo Branston, delivers the narrative he does so with a menacing growl that one normally associates with death metal, putting you on notice that this is no walk in the park. This is a dizzying, high-energy thrill ride, but it has a sinister edge.

Once the band unleashes their sonic barrage on “We All Scream” they never let up. ‘Abandon Earth‘ is impressively creative with its unique concoction of sounds, but it’s relentless and it’s intense. So intense, in fact, that when the band plays this material live they make sure to intersperse it with some of their older, less demanding songs.

However, for all of that, Five Alarm Funk’s music remains rhythmic, bouncy and infectious. The story they tell on this record may involve catastrophe, fear and destruction, but at the end of the day it is still a party.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] Absolutely Free- Beneath the Air

No Comments 18 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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We’re finally going to get an Absolutely Free LP on October 14th. The self-titled debut is produced by Fucked Up’s Mike Haliechuk. Check out their light and dreamy new tune “Beneath the Air” below.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Cold Specks- Bodies At Bay

No Comments 17 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
coldspecks
Cold Specks has unleashed another new tune from her August 26th album Neuroplasticity. Here’s the powerful “Bodies At Bay”. The songstress also has some tour dates which you can check out after the jump.

Tour Dates Continue Reading

Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Experimental, Listen

[LISTEN] BEEF TERMINAL – THE SHORT TURN

No Comments 17 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Impressive ambient guitar music from Toronto’s Beef Terminal. “The Short Turn” is the first track on the new album ‘Canadian Patent’.

Acoustic, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Punk, World Music

[LISTEN] TOWER OF DUDES – MAKE YOUR OWN CULTURE

No Comments 17 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The first twenty seconds of “Make Your Own Culture” may leave you thinking you’ve accidentally wandered into a Greek wedding. But no, this is the crazy world of Victoria’s Tower of Dudes. They describe themselves as a gypsy punk accordion rock band. Who am I to argue? It’s zany, lively, irreverent, funny and always entertaining.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, World Music

[Listen] Elephant Stone- Child of Nature- (Om Namah Shivaya)

No Comments 16 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Elephant Stone integrate Buddhism in their latest track “Child of Nature (Om Namah Shivaya)” from their upcoming album Three Poisons. There’s a sort of holy feel to the whole song, like it’s speaking to a higher power.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Under 2000

[Listen] Bride & Groom- Bride and Groom EP

No Comments 15 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Bride & Groom is an indie folk duo from Montreal made of guitar-wielding singer/songwriter Jesse Daniel and cellist Kaitlyn Raitz. The result is quite harmonious as proven by their recent self-titled EP.

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Experimental, Music

Ought w/ Dub Thompson @ The Drake 7/14/2014

No Comments 15 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
Ought @ The Drake Hotel 7/14/2014
It’s rare that I would go out on a Monday night to see a band, unless it’s something I am really excited about and Ought was just one of those bands. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music

[Listen] Lydia Ainsworth – PSI

No Comments 15 July 2014

by Mica McCurdy

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Lydia Ainsworth is gearing up to release her debut album Right from Real in September, and in the lead up she’s released “PSI”. The track features breathy vocals from Ainsworth and Active Chid-esque harp/chime runs, juxtaposed with a strong electro base. All in all it’s a great taste of more to come.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Bahamas- Stronger Than That

No Comments 15 July 2014

by Tiana Feng

Juno-nominated Bahamas has announced the release of his upcoming album Bahamas is Alfie for August 19th, 2014. The title gives hint that the album will be the most personal yet from the singer/songwriter. Watch the video for the smooth new tune “Stronger Than That”, which takes the topic quite literally with a strongman.

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Listen, New Age

[Listen] Default Genders – Negotiating With Demons

No Comments 14 July 2014

by Mica McCurdy

Default Genders Magical Pessimism 2014

Default Genders (formerly Dead Girlfriends, and moniker of musician James Brooks), pulled a Beyoncé today and released Magical Pessimism 2014 seemingly out of the blue. It’s a striking album featuring new sounds, reworked tracks from EP Stop Pretending, as well as work pre-dating it. Listen below to the stand out “Negotiating With Demons”, a visceral track with a beat that makes my heart race.  

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Sloan- Keep Swinging (Downtown)

No Comments 14 July 2014

by Tiana Feng

We haven’t heard from Sloan for a while but the band just announced the September 9th release of a double LP titled Commonwealth. Stream “Keep Swinging (Downtown)” above which sounds so distinctively Sloan.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Ivory Hours- Mary

No Comments 14 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
ivoryhours
Ivory Hours is an indie-pop band from London, Ontario made up of brother and sister Luke & Annie Roes as well as Chris Levesque and Thom Perquin. After the loss of their brother, Luke & Annie put their feelings into music and it’s result is their debut Mary. It may seem upbeat and poppy but lyrically focuses on depression, loss and the fragility of life.

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