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Metric Share “Doomscroller”

With a slightly industrial sound, Metric shares their latest single Doomscroller. The track comes off the bands upcoming album Formentera. Frontwoman, Emily Haines’ whispering vocals set an eerie tone to this piece, especially since she calls out “lining up all the numbers under the names, notify the next of kin.” The beat pulses and you patiently wait for each verse. The light misty feel of the music veils the darker lyrics underneath. You wait for the breakout as you hang in the balance. Doomscroller is an incredible mix of new and old alt music, EDM and the softness of a ballad. Clocking in at about 10 minutes long, we get a good idea of the sound of the next album and one day closer to Formentera.
Written by Octavia Allison

Ruby Waters Gets Things “Harder”

Slow synth pulses to start off Ruby Water’s new single Harder. The lyrics are racy and intricate from the beginning. Waters was nominated for alternative album of the year at the Junos with If It Comes Down to It. Harder feels like longing, lust and the pursuit of pleasure. Her deep vocals are smooth as they run across a soft melody and steady beat. She continues to build on her familiar feel and draws you emotionally into a story. The song is disorienting as you seemingly feel the effects of the “vodka iced tea and pretty bag of weed.” You find yourself laying in bed with the curtains closed perhaps reliving the events of the night before.
Written by Octavia Allison

The JUNOS 2022

Finally, the Juno Awards had come back to Toronto and what a weekend it was.  Some of our favourite artists to home silverware including, Arkells for Group of the Year, Monowhales for Breakthrough Group of the Year, The Beaches for Rock Album of the Year, Half Moon Run for Adult Alternative Album of the Year, Dallas Green (City and Colour) for the MusiCounts Inspired Minds Ambassador Award.  The weekend also included performances from Arcade Fire, Arkells, Avril Lavigne, Ruby Waters, and Valley, you can see all the performances above.  The Junos will be held in Edmonton next year, so until then, let the great Canadian content keep coming.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Arcade Fire Bring The “Age Of Anxiety” To The Tonight Show

Arcade Fire are every at the moment, it’s getting a little difficult to keep up with what the Canadian band are up to these days.  The band helped unveil the first image of black hole by performing “End of the Empire IV (Sagittarius A*)”, you can see the performance above.  The band also stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform “Age of Anxiety II (Rabbit Hole)”, you can see that above as well.  Tickets for The We Tour on sale now; you can see Arcade Fire with special guest Beck at the Scotiabank Arena on December 1st.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

The Black Keys Perform On Kimmel

“Dropout Boogie”, the 11th studio album from The Black Keys is officially out now.  To celebrate the release of the album, the Ohio duo stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform “Wild Child” and “It Ain’t Over”, you can see the performances above.  The Black Keys will bring the Dropout Boogie Tour to Budweiser Stage on September 6th with Band of Horses & Early James, tickets are on sale now.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

My Chemical Romance Share “The Foundations of Decay”

My Chemical Romance has shared their first new music in eight years with “The Foundation of Decay” which you can hear above.  No word if the song is going to be attached to project or if it’ll be a standalone single, regardless we’re happy to have new MCR in our lives. My Chemical Romance will be performing at the Scotiabank Arena on September 4th & 5th, tickets are on sale now.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

The Smashing Pumpkins Perform On Corden

The Smashing Pumpkins and Jane’s Addiction announced they would be going on tour together with a stop in Toronto on October 24th at Scotiabank Arena.  The Pumpkins played the musical guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden, you can watch them perform “Today” and catch with James above.  The Smashing Pumpkins released “Cyr” in November of 2020 and have already starting working on the follow up to it.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Jack Johnson Wants To “Meet The Moonlight”

Jack Johnson has shared the second single and title track from his upcoming album “Meet The Moonlight”, which arrives on June 24th and you can listen to the track above.  “Meet The Moonlight” follows “One Step Ahead” which came out last month.  Jack Johnson work with Blake Mills on the new album and shared this about working together, “When Blake and I first got in touch we’d send each other playlists, and over time we realised we were drawn to music that sounds effortless despite all the effort put into making it,” and “After a while we got a language together and I gained a trust in him that allowed me to let go, push outside my comfort zone, and get to a sound I really loved.”.  Jack Johnson will be at Budweiser Stage on July 5th, tickets are on sale now.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Girl In Red Is A “Hornylovesickmess”

Girl In Red shared her debut album “If I Could Make It Go Quiet” in 2021 and it made our list of the best of 2021.  Girl In Red has shared the music video for “hornylovesickmess”, which is directed Hunter Schafer from Euphoria, you can see the video above.  Girl In Red shared this statement, “Being able to make a video with Hunter for the album’s anniversary was so cool,” and “We had so many ideas after the first time we hung out and it was cool to be with another creative in that way.”.  Girl In Red performed at The Queen Elizabeth Theatre this past March, we weren’t able to make to the show, but from what we saw on social, it was wild!
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Jehnny Beth Covers Nine Inch Nails

We’re definitely late to the party when it comes to Jehnny Beth and her work with Savages.  What really got us interested in the French artist was 2020’s “To Love Is To Live”, which if you haven’t heard yet, you should give it a listen.  Jehnny Beth has shared a cover of Nine Inch Nails 1994 hit “Hurt”, which you can hear above.  Beth shared this message on social media, “Finally my version of ‘Closer’ by NIN produced by is available to listen to everywhere all the time on all platforms.”.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Arkells & Cold War Kids Visit A “Past Life”

Just before Arkells hit the Budweiser Stage to perform at The Junos this year, the band are back with their newest single.  “Past Life” features Cold War Kids and the music video stars Will Forte, you can see it above.  Max Kerman of Arkells shared this, “We wrote the first verse and left the second one open, hoping that Nathan from Cold War Kids might be drawn to the collaboration. CWK were one of our early influences when we started our band, and we’ve been lucky enough to share the stage with them over the years, and honoured to record this tune with them.”.  Arkells bring The Rally to Tim Hortons Field on June 25th, tickets are on sale now.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Florence + The Machine Bring “My Love” To The Tonight Show

“Dance Fever” the new album from Florence + The Machine has arrived!  Prior to the release of the album Florence + The Machine were the musical guest on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, you can watch them perform “My Love” above.  Florence Welch also sat down with Jimmy Fallon to chat and to perform with Jimmy Buffet “Margaritaville”, see that above as well.  Florence + The Machine will be at Budweiser Stage on September 3rd; tickets are on sale now.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

The Darcys Get “Washed Away”

The Darcys returned in April to share their newest single “Washed Away” and now we have the music video, you can see it above.  The band shared this about the song, ““Washed Away” is about trying to keep your head above water. The expectation for new music and endless content means sink or swim for artists like us. If you’re not always generating, releasing, and growing, it’s easy to feel like you’ll quickly be forgotten,”.  The Darcys also had this to say about the video, “The lyrics tackle some pretty heavy stuff, so we wanted the video to counter that with something fun and literal to capture those themes. There’s really nothing more literal than watching us pretend to be totally fine as we struggle to keep our heads above water.”.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Bastille Ask Corden To “Give Me The Future”

This past February Bastille returned with their latest album “Give The Future”, which has since been treated to a deluxe version.  The band played musical guest duties on The Late Late Show with James Corden, you can see them perform “Give Me The Future” above.  Bastille will be at History on June 3rd; tickets are on sale now.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

PUP Are “Waiting” For Seth Meyers

“THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND” arrived at the beginning of April.  The band has embarked on North American tour, which includes two dates at History on May 14th & 15th, tickets are on sale now.  PUP stopped by The Late Show with Seth Meyers to perform “Waiting”, which you can watch above.  If you ever wanted to see what PUP is like live, this gives you a great sample size of the raw energy they bring to the stage.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Death Cab For Cutie Announce “Asphalt Meadows”

Death Cab For Cutie will release their tenth studio album, “Asphalt Meadows”, on September 16th.  The band has also shared the first single, “Roman Candles”, which you can hear above.  Ben Gibbard of DCFC shared this statement about the new song, “The lyrics were cobbled from a couple of different songs dealing with my general sense of anxiety; the feeling that the fabric that weaves a functioning society together was crumbling during the pandemic.”.  The band have announced a string of US shows, but we have a good feeling the group will announce a Toronto show in the coming months.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Parquet Courts Perform On Kimmel

Since releasing “Sympathy for Life” in October Parquet Courts have been on the never-ending promo cycle.  The band stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform “Walking at a Downtown Pace”, which you can see above.  The band shared a three-track EP this past March titled “Plant Life” if you haven’t checked that out.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Viagra Boys Share “Troglodyte”

The Swedish punks are back with the second single of their upcoming album “Cave World” with “Troglodyte”, which you can hear above.  In a press release the band said this about the newest single, “exploration into the chaos and confusion of current events through the comparison of modern man with troglodytes (I.E. cave dwellers)”.  “Troglodyte” follows the lead single “Ain’t No Thieft”, you’ll be able to hear both tracks on “Cave World”, which arrives on July 8th.  Viagra Boys were in Toronto in April, so we don’t know if they’ll be back this year, but we’ve got a feeling they will be and it’s going to be a hot ticket.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

The Smile Are A “Thin Thing”

The Smile have given us the final preview of music with “Thin Thing” before “A Light For Attracting Attention” arrives.  You can watch the music video for “Thin Thing” above.  “Thin Thing” follows “You Will Never Work In Television Again”, “The Smoke”, Skrting On The Surface” and “Pana-vision”.  You’ll definitely want to check out “A Light For Attracting Attention” this weekend.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

The Arcade Fire Round Up

Since releasing “WE” last Friday Arcade Fire have been everywhere and doing everything, so here’s a quick round up of what you missed and you can see it all above.  The group joined the 5-timer club on Saturday Night Live, they played “The Lighting I, II” and “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)”, which made it to air, what didn’t make it to air was a performance of “End Of The Empire II”.  The band also released the music video for “Unconditional I (Lookout Kid)”, they covered Harry Styles “As It Was”, and performed a few tracks for BBC Music.  In the coming days, the band will perform on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, they’ll be at The Junos Awards, and tickets for The We Tour go on sale, they’ll be in Toronto at Scotiabank Arena on December 1st with special guest Beck.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

AWOLNATION Share “My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers & Me”

Back in February AWOLNATION announced their next project “My Echo, My Shadow, My Covers & Me” would be a covers album and was due out in May.  The time has come and the album is here now, which features so Edge elite artists including Beck, Tim McIlrath of Rise Against, Brandon Boyd of Incubus, Portugal. The Man, and Grouplove.  The album includes covers of Madonna, Biz Markie, and ABBA.  Aaron Bruno shared this statement, “I know a lot of artists and everybody deals with fear differently, and my way of dealing with it was to never stop moving. And so that’s why I just started making a covers album instead of feeling too defeated by everything getting shut down. I thought, “Well at least if I stay busy and stay active, I’ll feel productive.” It also allowed me to be prepared to make original music as well, because the last thing I wanted to do is release Angel Miners — the fourth AWOL record — and then just make the fifth one right away. It didn’t feel appropriate. I didn’t feel emotionally capable, because I just said everything I wanted to say on that album, so this was a great palate cleanser for me.”.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

KennyHoopla Gets Wiz Khalifa A Pair Of “DIRTY WHITE VANS//”

Back in March KennyHoopla returned with his first new music of 2022 with the Travis Barker produced “DIRTY WHITE VANS//”.  Now that the warmer weather has finally arrived Hoopla has got Wiz Khalifa to join him on a remix of the track which you can hear above.  In June of 2021 KennyHoopla & Travis Barker dropped the “Survivors Guilt: The Mixtape”, which included “estella//” and “hollywood sucks//”.  This past April KennyHoopla stopped by The Axis Club to give one of the most energetic performances we’ve seen in a while, you can see clips of the performance on our social media channels.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

“WE” Are Arcade Fire

One of Canada’s biggest bands, based on sheer size alone, has shared their newest album. Arcade Fire released WE, a 10-song project and it “was the longest time we’ve ever spent writing, uninterrupted, probably ever.” says Win Butler. Forever folksy, the album connects you to the roots you didn’t know you had. It gives you a mix of alternative vibes and synth before throwing you into a laid-back, thought-pondering spiral. WE and its mix of eclectic tunes is just what we wanted coming into this season.
Written by Octavia Allison

YUNGBLUD & WILLOW Share “Memories”

Yungblud put out Funeral a month ago and there was more to come. Today he released a track with Willow, called Memories. The themes of taking on tough times and coming up from your lowest points are a familiar messages. “There’s something freeing about turning painful memories from your past into lessons for the future.” says Yungblud. Willow and Yungblud’s individual styles stand strong as the music stitches the piece together. As an advocate for equality and expression, Yungblud himself cannot be replicated. As hard as they try, new pop punk has nothing on this gender-bending rocker with a cause.
Written by Octavia Allison

Wolf Alice Sing Lullabies On A “Blue Weekend”

Soft and almost fragile vocals from Wolf Alice dance with the otherworldly melodies on their cover of King Gizzard the Wizard Lizard’s Sense. This comes after Wolf Alice announced Blue Weekend Lullaby EP which promises to be more “emotional” and “stripped down.” Wolf Alice effortlessly makes the track their own and bring the gentle feeling we recognize. We wonder how their songs can get softer than this. The Blue Weekend Lullaby EP will feature No Hard Feelings, Lipstick on the Glass, How Can I Make it Okay and Last Man on Earth, and it will be released June 24th.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Head & The Heart Bring “Virginia” To Kimmel

The Head and the Heart performed on Jimmy Kimmel with their newest single, Virginia (Wind in the Night). With a soft start supported only by piano, it only gets more powerful from there. As the blue lights shine on the stage every instrument flows together and this duet puts you in your feelings. It’s a gentle piece that makes you think. Check out the performance here.
Written by Octavia Allison

George Ezra Has “Green Green Grass”

George Ezra put out the official video for Green Green Grass. The video is quirky as you see Ezra himself in the background of every shot. His distinct vocals are at the forefront of this funky track as it builds. The chorus “Green, green grass, blue, blue sky you better throw a party on the day that I die” is catchy and just bold enough that you wont forget it.
Written by Octavia Allison

POND Wants To “Hang A Cross On Me”

Pond is sending us into the weekend with a bright video for their latest single, Hang a Cross on Me. You know its automatically going to be good when you see a disco ball in the video. The song has a retro feel but not in the way that you could place it in any one era. You can get a grip on the beat and let it pull you through the waves of this track. Hang a Cross on Me should be added to your playlist immediately.
Written by Octavia Allison

Milky Chance Watch The “Sweet Sun”

We are finally getting closer to the summer and Milky Chance have the perfect sound to go with it. The band released a performance of Sweet Sun from last year in Vancouver. A harmonica solo, a light and bright rhythm, and the distinct vocals of Clemens Rehbein make this an energetic show. Sweet Sun feels like sitting on the beach covered in sunscreen with the radio playing (listening to The Edge of course).
Written by Octavia Allison

Jack Johnson Is “One Step Ahead”

Jack Johnsons new album, Meeting the Moonlight is set to be released June 24th and he has been playing around with his first single. Johnson shared One Step Ahead but this version is different. One Step Ahead Loopy Style sees him experimenting with the loop pedal. Johnson builds the song slowly but surely from the ground up. This version really shows his musicality. It takes skill to create a heartfelt piece in such a unique way. Without the drums, One Step Ahead holds a more laid back sound. Check it out right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Ducks LTD. Are Nice People

Ducks LTD sat down for a Nice People session and played a couple songs. Just imagine the band setting up in your living room. They started off with Get Bleak, made of warm guitar and soft melodies. You are sitting and flipping through photos of your best memories as this soundtrack plays. Its all fitting and speaks on learning and growing confidence. They follow it up with the upbeat tracks, How Lonely Are You and 18 Cigarettes. The messages seem lighter with the alt pop sound the group puts out.
Written by Octavia Allison