Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, R&B/Hiphop

[Watch] Unbuttoned- Listen to Me

No Comments 14 October 2014

Unbuttoned’s “Listen to Me” sings about the favourite songs of our (ex)partners. Now the emotional song has a video!

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] ev ree wuhn- Found You/Use Me Up

No Comments 14 October 2014

by Tiana Feng
evreewuhn
Toronto electropop group ev ree wuhn dropped a brand new single “Found You/Use Me Up” from their upcoming self-titled LP. Check the new tunes now including “Use Me Up” feat. Bravestation’s Devin Wilson.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Album Review] The Sky Lit Up- The Sky Lit Up

1 Comment 14 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
theskylitup

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Release Date: September 28th, 2014
Label: Independent

Comparisons to the Beatles are often lazy (how many bands don’t owe something to the Beatles, after all?) and can be a disservice (who wants to listen to a band that sounds like them when we all know and love the original?). So, I’ll limit my analogy to just two elements  – first, like the Beatles, The Sky Lit Up walks that fine line between being universally appealing and being artistically satisfying, and, second, “Shadow of a Vampire” does actually sound like a George Harrison number that they forgot to put on ‘Revolver’

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Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, New Age, Pop

[Listen] Weaves- Shithole

No Comments 14 October 2014

by Tiana Feng
weaves

Have a listen to Weaves latest single “Shithole”. This isn’t on their debut EP but will be out October 20th.

Album Reviews, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Hansmole- Whitest Whiteness

No Comments 12 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
hansmole

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Release Date: September 17th, 2014
Label: Independent

Up until now Hansmole (or Hannah van Adrichem, according to her driver’s licence) has been first and foremost a visual artist. So it comes as no surprise that she brings an artist’s aesthetic to bear when she turns her talents to music. None of the tracks on ‘Whitest Whiteness’ are simple in their structure, as each has been carefully composed with a vision in mind. Consider the song “Sunshine” with its contrasting elements (a recurring device throughout the record). There are light leopards on the surface with a sombre rhythm below, like a dark undercurrent in a babbling brook. Van Adrichem’s pleasant voice is offset by eerie, heavily processed backing harmonies. When she sings the refrain, “Sunshine“, it is cleverly accompanied by a burst of glittering synths, like the sun suddenly bursting forth from behind a cloud.

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Album Reviews, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Rich Aucoin- Ephemeral

No Comments 12 October 2014

by Tiana Feng
richaucoin

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Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Label: Bonsound

It’s hard to review a Rich Aucoin album without also referencing his live shows. The energy, spontaneity and uplifting spirit of his concerts are captured in his latest album Ephemeral, but unlike 2011’s We’re All Dying to Live, the new album is listenable and just as good on it’s own as a cohesive work.

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Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Shoegaze, Watch

[Watch] WISH- All the time

No Comments 12 October 2014

by Tiana Feng

Can you name the Toronto landmarks in WISH’s video for “All the Time”?

Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Secret Sun – Passing Cars

1 Comment 11 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Yet another b/w video this Saturday morning. It’s OK, we like it. This one is from the electronic dream pop duo Secret Sun. “Passing Cars” is from the Montreal band’s debut album ‘Cold Coast’.

Alternative, Canadian, Pop, Watch

[Watch] In-flight Safety – Animals

No Comments 11 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

In-flight Safety now have a lyric video for their beautiful song “Animals”, filmed in eye-popping b/w (does anyone use colour anymore?).

Alternative, Canadian, Grunge, Listen, Music, Pop, Punk

[Listen] Dilly Dally – Green

No Comments 09 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dilly dally

A few weeks ago we featured the single “Candy Mountain”, and now we have the b-side. This is another great grunge/pop number. You’ll be drawn in by the lively guitar work, but you’ll leave marveling at singer Katie Monk’s unique delivery.

Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Hardcore, Pop, Watch

[Watch] WHOOP-Szo – Niizhwaaswi

No Comments 09 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

This one is definitely different. It’s post rock, but also experimental in its unconventional pacing and odd mixing down of the vocals.

Hey, Guelph seems to be a hotbed for non-conventional rock bands. Is that a thing?

Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Windmills – Face to a Name

No Comments 08 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
windmills

Windmills is an ambient folk one-man band. “Face to a Name” is a good introduction to his craft, with its clever but restrained arrangement.

Alternative, Canadian, Pop, Punk, Watch

[Watch] JPNSGRLS – smalls

No Comments 08 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Vancouver’s JPNSGRLS present a hoppin’ video of their song “Smalls” from their album ‘Circulation’.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Bass Lions – We Got Guts

No Comments 08 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
basslions

Despite their name, there is a lot more going on here than just bass. In fact, bass doesn’t figure very prominently in this rather frenetically paced indie folk pop number that features an idiosyncratic vocal delivery by frontman Nathan Stretch.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Legato Vipers- Gangly Dancer

No Comments 07 October 2014

by Tiana Feng
legatovipers
Toronto surf-rockers Legato Vipers release their album LV today! Check out the first single “Gangly Dancer” from the album below.

Tour Dates
October 11 – Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar Room *
October 23 – Guelph, ON @ ANAF ^
October 24 – Ottawa, ON @ House Show *
October 25 – Montreal, QC @ TBA

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