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Coldplay & BTS Unite On “My Universe”

Coldplay has an album Music of the Spheres, in the works but today they released their highly anticipated collaboration with BTS. The song is called My Universe and it’s a mix of English and Korean lyrics. The pair of bands are also dropping a documentary about the track called Inside My Universe that comes out this Sunday. The song seems to have the same echoing space sound as Higher Power, Coldplay’s previously released single. The chorus is catchy as the groups sing out “you, you are my universe, and I just want to put you first.” It’s an upbeat piece that has the Coldplay sound with a BTS touch.
Written by Octavia Allison

Arcade Fire Bring “The Suburbs” To Best Kept Secret

Arcade Fire performed in 2017 at the Best Kept Secret Festival and now we can relive that performance (or live it for the first time if you didn’t get to attend). The group played The Suburbs. With a synth-y and string filled start you are held in suspense for a few short seconds. It doesn’t take long for the song to take shape as the rest of the instruments fill in. Lead singer Win Butler calls out “I’m moving past the feeling again, sometimes I can’t believe it.” With so much to see all on one stage you won’t be bored with this performance.
Written by Octavia Allison

Said The Whale Is Our “Sweetheart”

Sweetheart is the new single by Said the Whale. This comes while we wait for their upcoming album Dandelion, which is coming out October 22nd. “Sweetheart is an exploration of secrets” according to co-frontman Ben Worcester “how we keep them, who we keep them from and how they effect our relationships.” The song starts off with a string heavy romantic ballad and morphs from there. Its upbeat with just mellow but happy vibes. Its easy to just ride through this piece while the lyrics say, “sweetheart say something anything will do, my thoughts are on fire for you.” Check it out here.
Written by Octavia Allison

CHVRCHES Cover Avril

We all know Avril Lavigne is the original pop punk princess with tracks like Sk8er Boi and What the Hell. Now Chvrches is covering I’m With You, “a classic banger ballad of our times.” You can hear the Chvrches sound being brought out but the song still fits in their realm. It is a slightly different sound as the echoing vocals and electronic synth aren’t part of this piece. Its different but Chvrches did well with this cover. Listen to it here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Wolf Alice Leave “Lipstick On The Glass” At The Union Chapel

Wolf Alice performed Lipstick on the Glass live for the Jim Beam Welcome Session series. The performance was at Union Chapel, and it was eerie. Lead singer, Ellie Rowsell’s vocals echo through the high ceilings of the empty cathedral. It’s a main character moment as Rowsell wanders through the building filling it with ghostly vocals. Complete with a choir and the full band there is nothing missing here. Lipstick on the Glass draws you in especially with such a one-of-a-kind performance. Listen right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Lil Wayne Joins RTJ On “Ooh La La” Remix

We don’t usually mention Lil Wayne here, but this is especially notable. He is on a remixed track by Run The Jewels. Ooh La La has been redone and Lil Wayne fits right in. The song holds the strong beat that it had and you have to nod your head while you listen. Run The Jewels Deluxe version of RTJ4 was released today and Ooh La La was one of 3 songs that was remixed for this rerelease. Check out this new take on a catchy classic here.
Written by Octavia Allison

LexMo Shares “I’m The Worst (But I Love Myself)”

It’s almost been a year since LexMo put out her video for I’m The Worst (but I love myself). The track is edgy and mysterious. It sits on the border of rap and rhythmic poetry. With stripped back beats, the whispering vocals are even more impactful. Although I’m The Worst isn’t incredibly fast paced, it gives off attitude and an overall badass feeling. If you are a fan of Billie Eilish’s NDA, then this track is worth revisiting.
Written by Octavia Allison

“If You Say The Word” Radiohead Will

Radiohead recently put out a new song called If You Say The Word and now they have released an official music video. The track has an almost tribal drumbeat that pushes forward. The whole song sets up a feeling of mystery and curiosity. You wait in suspense for what’s about to come next. Its slow moving but each little note draws you into this piece. Throughout the video people in suits are being hunted and kidnapped out of the wild, put in a truck and then re-released into a city. If you don’t fully understand the video (you aren’t the only one) , no worries just enjoy the music watch the video here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Damon Albarn Has The “Royal Morning Blue”

Damon Albarn is working on his 2nd solo album but has given us a sample of what’s to come. Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows is inspired by Albarn’s “wintery oceanside surrounding” as he worked on this new track in Iceland. It’s called Royal Morning Blue and it has a slow melodic line of vocals but a pulsing dance beat underneath. The song has an air of mystery that shines through further into the piece. You drift through this empty landscape and hear this song as you wonder aimlessly, thinking profound thoughts. Listen to this unique echoing track here.
Written by Octavia Allison

POND Perform “Live In The Mirrorgon”

Yesterday POND performed a show at the Mirrorgon. The stage is surrounded by colour changing lights and what looks like funhouse mirrors. It seems like you can see the synth vibrate off the mirrors and different camera shots make the scene a kaleidoscope. Guitar riffs filled out empty spaces and synthesizers filled in the background. A wavy energy took over for the whole performance. Be part of this psychedelic experience here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Alt-J Announce “The Dream”

A new album is in the works from Alt-J called The Dream. The band also shared one of the tracks called U&Me and according to a press release its about “having a good time and togetherness.” An even and steady tempo holds the piece together as the chorus chants “it’s just you and me now.” The song is packed with a full sound that includes a background chorus, drummers playing on something industrial, and a few strong guitar licks. Check out this catchy and mellow piece here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Boy Golden Serves “KD And Lunchmeat”

Boy Golden just put out a song called KD and Lunchmeat which sounds like the most Canadian dinner ever. As a song however it’s funky and bright. The track is immediately danceable through the echoing vocals and fun lyrics. The video is colourful with little hints of retro styles. The lyrics go on to talk about quitting your job and just eating KD and lunchmeat. The song is so upbeat and catchy that it deserves to have a home on your playlist.
Written by Octavia Allison

Angels & Airwaves Are A Ticking “Timebomb”

Angels & Airwaves released a new song called Timebomb. On top of this song, the band is releasing their first new album in 7 years, tomorrow. Titled Lifeforms, it will have 10 tracks with a central theme of “interpersonal relationships” according to a press release. Timebomb is coated with the electronic sound. The vocals leading you into the song are robotic and rhythmic. It sounds like it would be the soundtrack behind a dramatic car chase scene. Adrenaline is pumping through the track as it talks about pushing your limits. Lines like “there’s danger so close to that edge” and “your heart is like a time bomb and it’s going to start to kill you” show the extremes. Timebomb is in electronic pop punk track that is definitely worth a listen.
Written by Octavia Allison

Yukon Blonde Ask You To “LET YOUR BODY MOVE”

In 2020 Yukon Blonde released their LP Vindicator and this year they are taking that record to the next level. They have released an expanded version that includes 4 bonus tracks, Come Over to Mine, Birthday, Beat the Pressure and Let Your Body Move. The band said that there were many songs that didn’t make the cut but they felt that these 4 songs should have been included. Besides, who’s going to be upset about extra music? Let Your Body Move is an echo-y piece that flows with a positive feeling intertwined. You can’t help but dancing around to this light new track.
Written by Octavia Allison

Imagine Dragons Get “Wrecked” On Ellen

Imagine Dragons took to the stage on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to play Wrecked. It’s a rhythmic piece and the lyrics are relentlessly moving the song forward. Wrecked has a soft and sad feel too it as you float through themes of loss and pain. The expressions on lead singer Dan Reynold’s face say just as much as the lyrics. Surrounded by the fog creeping across the stage the band put on an impactful performance. Watch it here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Arcade Fire Give Us An “Intervention”

We are still waiting to see Arcade Fire perform right in front of us. For now, they are keeping us satisfied with recordings of previous shows. This one is from 2007 and the group plays Intervention. The song holds energy that you know will have a chance to push through. The organ gives the song another level of drama but stays in balance with the folksy sound. The group of eclectic instruments that are brought together in any Arcade Fire tune is incredible. Once again, the band delivers a memorable performance.
Written by Octavia Allison

Tom Morello & Bring Me The Horizon Want To Get The Party Started

Bring Me The Horizon has teamed up with Tom Morello for a new song called Lets Get the Party Started. The track is off Morello’s upcoming solo album The Atlas Underground Fire that’s set to be released October 15th. The song starts off with lead singer Oliver Sykes wailing “lets get this party started,” and it’s a party I’d like to attend. With a hint of distortion and a low vibration in the vocals, it’s a headbanger. Loud drum solos, and warped guitar’s give this track a full sound. You are immediately at the center of the dark side of the party. Let’s Get the Party Started is energetic with a hard-edged punk feel. Listen to it here.
Written by Octavia Allison

St. Vincent Brings Us To “The Nowhere Inn”

St. Vincent brought us her new song The Nowhere Inn and now she took the stage on Jimmy Kimmel to perform it. The song is actually for her movie of the same name. St. Vincent brings the emotion out of the strong performance. The song has delicate moments but also holds some grit. The guitar brings just the right amount of a rough texture in an otherwise smooth piece. The vocals give you a glimpse of old Hollywood glamour. Watch this one of a kind performance here.
Written by Octavia Allison

James Blake Takes On “Hope She’ll Be Happier”

James Blake has been busy with his upcoming album, Friends That Break Your Heart but he has had time to make even more music. He performed a cover of Bill Withers piece Hope She’ll be Happier. Blake manages to keep some of the rough grit in Withers voice, while pulling the vocals into a higher range. It’s a raw sound as you hear very minimal guitar and piano. Its so slow that it is almost haunting. You can imagine Blake on stage with a single spotlight shining up on him. It’s a beautiful rendition of an iconic song. Listen to it here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Parquet Courts Unleash The “Black Widow Spider”

2022 tour dates coming our way from Parquet Courts. The band made the announcement today and they will be stopping at Queen Elizabeth Theater here in Toronto in March 17th . With an upcoming album on the way as well the band is busy, not to mention they released a new single called Black Widow Spider. With strong riffs right off the top you know this track will go hard. The guitar is reminiscent of Highly Suspect’s Mister Asylum era. The vocals are distinct and monotone. The breakdowns are funky and intriguing. Check out this alt rock mix that is Black Widow Spider.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Lumineers Are On The “Brightside”

The Lumineers have announced that they have a new project in the works called Brightside, which is also the title track for the album. It will be released January 14th and it’s the groups first new album in over 2 years. The band performed the piece on Jimmy Kimmel and it has that Lumineers sound we all know. Lead singer Wesley Shultz has distinct vocals that bring a little extra to every song. According to Shultz the track is “like a 15-year-olds fever dream, an American love story in all its glory and heartbreak. The last couple left, on the run from something and all alone.” Listen to the first taste of the Lumineers upcoming album here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Billie Eilish At Time 2021

Alongside her brother Finneas, Billie Eilish sang Billie Bossa Nova and Getting Older for a Time ABC Performance. Its amazing to see how the vocals just flow out of Eillish effortlessly. You can see the reassuring looks that Finneas gives while he plays guitar. Both tracks are off Billie’s latest album Happier Than Ever. The acoustic and raw performance brings in a new age of Eilish. Her voice isn’t woven between big beats and electronic sounds. Its just her being vulnerable in so many ways. Getting Older has a haunting tone to it as Finneas switches to playing piano. The lyrics are a little heavier but both songs paint vivid pictures with a beautiful sound. Listen to them here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Girl In Red Performs On Seth Meyers

Seth Meyers had Girl in Red on to perform her track I’ll Call You Mine. Her full LP, If I Could Make it Go Quiet, comes out in April. She gives off a casual vibe while performing in a hoodie. Her song is soft with a rhythm that leads you further into the music. I’ll Call You Mine has a hint of pop sound and it will stick in your head. Girl in Red’s voice comes so naturally and its easy to listen to this track about relationships.
Written by Octavia Allison

Meg Myers “Breaks My Back” Remix

Last year Meg Myers put out her song Breaks My Back. Today she released an All The Damn Vampires Remix. This version is breathy with whispers but a bold chorus. The different layers of synth give off a bit of a retro feel. It morphs into different fragments and somehow flows back together. It has energy that builds to hit the highs at just the right time. Check out this funky remix right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

James Blake With “Say What You Will”

James Black performed last night on The Late Show with Jimmy Kimmel ahead of his upcoming album release. The record is called Friends That Break Your Heart and it’s set to be released October 8th. Blake played Say What You Will with incredibly deep vocals that take you through a range of feelings. The vocals themselves also range from deep to quite high for the chorus. It’s a smooth and somber piece. You could definitely get into a sad mood with this one. Check out this emotional track right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Lumineers Announce “BRIGHTSIDE”

The Lumineers are set to release their fourth studio, “BRIGHTSIDE”, on January 14th, 2022.  With the announcement of the new album came the first single, which happened to be the title track, “BRIGHTSIDE”, you can watch the official visualizer for the song above.  Wesley Schultz of the group had this to say about the lead single, “It’s like a 15-year-old’s fever dream, an American love story in all its glory and heartbreak. The last couple left, on the run from something and all alone…”.  The Lumineers released their last studio album, “III”, in September of 2019.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

The Tragically Hip Give Us An Alternate Take On “Fiddler’s Green”

The Tragically Hip’s Road Apples will be celebrating an anniversary and for us this means some new and unheard versions of songs from The Hip. The deluxe version of Road Apples comes out October 15th with an alternate version of Fiddlers Green. A sensitive song from the group as it was about Gord Downie’s nephew that passed due to heart conditions. This new version helps to keep Gordie’s memory around. Fiddlers Green will always cut deep for me, and this version does the same. It’s such a visual song as it moves slowly through each different scene. Listen through this story right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Kings Of Leon Keep “Time In Disguise”

Kings of Leon just put out a visualizer for their new track Time in Disguise. The song starts slow and has a mysterious vibe to it and the video matches in a very artsy way. It starts off with concert footage but moves into something more abstract. Space, lights and distorted images make up this video. Time in Disguise is a smooth track you can float through, so check it out here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Modest Mouse Is Creating The Casket

Modest Mouse returned this past June with “The Golden Casket”, the group’s first album in six years.  The band has shared a new video to show how the deluxe vinyl packing has come to be.  You’ll go on a journey of the process of creating and manufacturing the album, all sound tracked by “Wooden Soldiers”.  The video is colourful, strange, and a trip, just like “The Golden Casket”.
Written by Simone Santarsieri