Tagged New Music

New Music: Gord Downie

By Taylor Benn, October 31 2017 — Most of us are familiar with Gord Downie’s story. However, it wasn’t until the release of Introduce Yerself that we could truly feel it. After the announcement of his terminal cancer and the conclusion of the Tragically Hip’s final tour, Downie dedicated his remaining time to family, his…

New music: King Krule

By Thomas Johnson, October 31, 2017 — Your mind can be a dangerous place to be lost in. Too much time trapped between your thoughts can render even the hardest men to tapioca. The notion that the darkest path snakes inward sits at the gloomy centre of The OOZ, the first album from King Krule…

New music: Tough Age

By Matt Hume, October 31 2017 —  Tough Age, a Vancouver duo turned Toronto trio, are an unmissable staple of Canadian garage punk. Their fuzzy, bubblegum and nonchalant sounds have graced the internet since 2013. Their Bandcamp bio states that they make “music for us and for you if you want it.” Despite a ‘whatever’ attitude…

New music: Destroyer

By Jason Herring, October 31 2017 — Dan Bejar’s music has never sounded at ease. Whether through instrumentation or subject matter, every one of his songs carries an anxious undercurrent. Even during his best work from the 2011 smooth jazz/indie rock hybrid Kaputt, Bejar struggles through dense, cryptic lyrics atop the most lush, dreamy instrumentals this…

New Music: Elijah Blake

By Thomas Johnson, October 18, 2017 — Since the 2011 releases of Frank Ocean’s Nostalgia, Ultra and The Weeknd’s House Of Balloons, R&B is easier to categorize than ever. Reductive copycats can generally be lumped into two groups — the irreverent, starkly personal sad-boy crooner à la Ocean or the Weeknd-esque clandestine self-destructive punk. Releases…

New Music: Neil Young

By Stephen Lee, October 12 2017 — Neil Young has never been one to chase a synthetic sound. Hitchhiker resonates with raw, unnerving and subtle energy beneath a simple sound that perfectly encapsulates Young’s songwriting. Young’s lyrics don’t need to be dissected for meaning. There’s something powerful about the way he tells a story —…

New Music: Lights

By Hurmut Humayun, October 3 2017 —  Lights is an established force in alt-pop music circles. Moving away from her niche alt-pop sound, Skin&Earth is Lights’ attempt to reach a more mainstream audience. Though it’s her most commercially friendly work, the album remains true to her synth-pop origins. Each of the album’s tracks fit perfectly…

New Music: The Wilderness of Manitoba

By Rachel Woodward, September 28 2017 — Toronto folk-rock band The Wilderness of Manitoba have had a busy eight years. Between five albums, three EPs and tours around the world, the group boasts the kind of experience and discography in their short career that many bands dream of. Their fifth studio album, Across The Dark,…

New Music: September album wrap-up

By Thomas Johnson, September 28 2017 — The Outfit, TX — Fuel City Fuel City is a fictitious, claustrophobic and diesel-doused urban utopia of The Outfit, TX’s making. It sits somewhere between Atlanta’s futuristic strip-palace nocturnality, the unholy menace of a Memphis dungeon and Saturn’s sixth moon. The newest album by the Dallas ensemble sounds…

New Music: The National

By Thomas Johnson, September 15 2017 — Since their days as a middling quintet amid the New York garage rock boom that blossomed with The Strokes and Interpol, The National have been steadfast in their consistency. They’re like comfort food — chicken soup for the iPod. A progression exists with each album, but you generally…

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