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The Hanukkah Sessions Return

Last year Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and producer Greg Kurstin teamed up for The Hanukkah sessions.  In 2020, the duo covered the Beastie Boys, Drake, Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, Peaches, Elastica, and The Knack.  To kick off night one of Hanukkah the we’ve got a cover Lisa Loeb’s “Stay (I Missed You)” and you can watch it above.  Now the cover is great in all, but it’ll always be hard to be the Workaholics version seen in the “Webcam Girl” episode.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

“All We Have Is Now” With Royal Blood

The Brighton duo returned earlier this year with their third album “Typhoons”.  Since the release of the album, Royal Blood have been performing live renditions of their songs from the album.  Royal Blood have now shared an even more stripped back version of “All We Have Is Now” and you can watch it above.  The closing track from “Typhoons” was already more powerful, but this version is softer and pulls at those emotional strings.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Frank Turner Tell Us About “Miranda”

“FTHC” the new album from Frank Turner is set to arrive on February 11th.  Turner is back with a new single “Miranda” and you can hear it above.  Frank had this to say about the new single, “Miranda’s just actually quite a nice person, but my dad was a shitty person, a bitter and angry and resentful person who had a gigantic temper problem,” and “If you just continue with resentment endlessly for somebody, it’s not having any kind of meaningful effect. The only person it’s affecting is you and it’s a waste of energy.”.  “Miranda” is the forth single from the forthcoming album following “Haven’t Been Doing So Well”, “Non Serviam”, and “The Gathering”.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Wolf Alice Have “Delicious Things” At Abbey Road

London’s Wolf Alice released their third album, “Blue Weekend”, this past June.  The band headed to the legendary Abbey Roads Studio with an orchestra to perform “Delicious Things” and you can watch it above.  Wolf Alice shared this message on Instagram, “We were thrilled to get a chance to record a live version of ‘Delicious Things’ at Abbey Road, we’d never been there before and were so happy to do a version of one of our fave songs with a whole orchestra and choir,”.  You can listen to the Tour Deluxe version of “Blue Weekend” now and hear the band cover Alex G’s “Bobby”.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Fontaines D.C. Perform “I Don’t Belong”

We’re patiently waiting for Dublin’s finest Fontaines D.C. to releases their third album.  In the meantime, the group have shared “Live at Kilmainham Gaol” which you can stream now.  The band have also given us a live video performance of “I Don’t Belong” the opening track from 2020’s “A Hero’s Death” and you can watch it above.  Easily one of our favourite albums of 2020, “A Hero’s Death” is an album you should dedicate some time to listen to.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Softcult Pull Off The “Perfect Blue”

Canadian duo Mercedes and Phoenix, A.K.A. Softcult are back with a new single, “Perfect Blue”, off their upcoming EP, “Year of the Snake”.  Mercedes had this to say about “Perfect Blue”, “We wrote ‘Perfect Blue’ about a time in our lives when we felt like nothing was in our control,” and “In our previous project, we were signed to a label that butted heads with us creatively and wasn’t allowing us to express ourselves authentically. They weren’t interested in the music we were creating at the time, so we became unhealthily obsessed with trying to please them to release anything at all.”.  Softcult shared the music video for “Perfect Blue” and you can watch it above.  Mercedes shared this about the video, “I wanted the viewer to feel like they are entering the mind of someone who is watching themselves transform, powerless to stop their metamorphosis”.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Billy Raffoul & JJ Wilde Are Born To Win

Following a massively successful 2020 for two young artists, Ontario alt-rockers Billy Raffoul and JJ Wilde have collaborated for soaring dance-rock duet “Born to Die”. The track is a perfect synthesis of the duo’s strengths: JJ Wilde’s strong vocal acrobatics help in galvanizing the instrumental’s edgier facets, while Billy Raffoul lends his gruff singer-songwriter croon to ground the piece in earthy Americana. Melding these elements tactfully, the track’s dynamicism proves an unexpectedly bold experiment in a genre and style made stagnant by over-commercialization. While Billy Raffoul is Europe-bound for his 2022 tour, JJ Wilde is due for Toronto’s History venue on December 8th.
Written by Giordano Sousa

iDKHOW Do Know That “Boys Don’t Cry”

Covering The Cure is a herculean feat for the modern indie, though the group’s ineluctable influence over today’s rock sees it still so-often attempted, to varying degrees of success. Enter I DONT KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME (hereafter iDKHOW, for brevity), whose take on their 1979 cult classic “Boys Don’t Cry” eschews the alluring safeties of a carbon-copy rendition for a performance doubly unique and beautifully faithful. iDKHOW trade early Cure’s punky propulsion for a hip Smiths-esque jangle, transforming the confrontive and wry original into a soft, lamenting ballad. With experience in tactful emulation of new wave greats, the cover proves that enduring music can be faithfully revamped in the hands of talented and impassioned artists.
Written by Giordano Sousa

USS Present Their “Final Freakquency”

Toronto genre-benders USS (Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker) have taken to YouTube for a live-streamed concert ahead of their final Canadian tour, “Final Freakquency”. No doubt a bittersweet farewell for fans, the stream featured a variety of live renditions spanning the entirety of the duo’s catalogue, particularly from their next and final LP “The Science and Artfunkel Victory Lap”. Highlights include sullen alt-crooners “Harmonize” and “Pornostartrek”, and their brilliant long-setlisted cover of The White Stripes’ “Fell In Love With a Girl”. Interjections from the band, ranging from somber reflections to humorous anecdotes, cement their performance as a nakedly personal affair between band and fan; though, the group’s energy serves to stave no newcomers. USS are due for Toronto’s History venue December 17th and 18th.
Written by Giordano Sousa

Rezz and Metric “Spiral” Up

Ukrainian dancefloor master Rezz continues her series of bold collaborative efforts for new record “Spiral” with new track “Paper Walls”, featuring long-dormant national treasures Metric. Warping the wry intensity of the group to a fever pitch, Rezz masterfully blends Metric’s spacey sonics with her own brand of heady, affecting headbanger pastiche. Staunch fans of the group will recognize similarities between this piece and their extensively-remixed back catalogue, evoking Adventure Club’s take on “Collect Call” or their self-remixed “Gimme Sympathy”. “Paper Walls” presents a successful, inventive modern renewal of club-ready Metric, one sorely missed and dearly beloved by fans. Rezz begins her North American tour February 4th, 2022.
Written by Giordano Sousa

Twenty One Pilots Get “Scaled And Icy” Live

Twenty One Pilots just announced a tour with a stop in Toronto on August 27th at the Scotiabank Arena. But wait there’s more! The duo just released a digital deluxe version of their latest album Scaled and Icy. It also includes new live versions of Shy Away, Choker and more. Some are performances from the band’s livestream back in May. This version of Scaled and Icy fittingly has 21 tracks, no less. These 2 performers always deliver so you need to listen to all the extras they have put out. It’s a great album full of energy and now we countdown until we can see it live.
Written by Octavia Allison

Girl In Red Says “I’ll Call You Mine”

Girl in Red just released an intriguing video for her track I’ll Call You Mine. It’s a familiar and strong piece and the video gives the song a different story. It flashes between 2 lovers who are robbing banks to there being one in the back of a cop car. The video shows the contrast that is laid out in the lyrics. Each moment has deep emotion whether its happy or otherwise (although its mostly otherwise). It brings a new intensity to I’ll Call You Mine. Check out the video right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Jungle Plays “All Of The Time”

With a live session in Paris, Jungle has our attention once again. The group performed All of the Time with good warm energy. Each person in the band is smiling as they sing the chorus “all of the time.” The song has a full sound to it with a retro and almost magical sparkle to it. The group seems to be one entity as they perform this track. It flows so easily, and the energy radiates from one person to the next and the feeling seeps out of your screen. This bright piece automatically brings up your mood. Listen to it all come together right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Foo Fighter Tell Us “Love Dies Young”

Foo Fighters just put out a video for their song Love Dies Young. The video features special guest Jason Sudeikis (who plays Ted Lasso) as a swim coach. The video starts with a comical and quirky monologue before we get into the music. You see that each of the 5 swimmers has the face of one of the Foo Fighters. It’s hard to take seriously as you see Grohl with a noseplug and swimcap. It really makes you wonder who comes up for the concept of these music videos. The synchronized performance goes awry as team members fight and even worse goes on in the pool. I’ll let you watch that for yourself though. The song it up tempo and fairly bright. Don’t be fooled as the lyrics are dark and you don’t have to dive deep to see that. “Love dies young there’s no resuscitation, once it’s done no regeneration.” is the first line and it only gets heavier from there. Love Dies Young is still a great pump up piece that holds the familiar Foo Fighters sound. If you make it to the end of this video don’t say I didn’t warn you, but one way or another give this song a listen.
Written by Octavia Allison

Eddie Vedder Gives Us “The Haves”

After releasing the track Long Way, Eddie Vedder gives us more insight to his new solo album Earthling. He confirmed that it will be released February 11th but we don’t have a full tracklist yet. However, he did release a new song called The Haves. It’s a melodic ballad with Vedders deep and raspy voice. It’s a bold contrast but its filled with feeling and impact. There are unexpected high notes as the piano dances softly behind. The Haves is a beautiful piece. What more can you say? Check it out here while we wait for that full album.
Written by Octavia Allison

Grandson & Two Feet Unite On “Until I Come Home”

Until I Come Home is a new track by Grandson and Two Feet. It’s a low-fi feel and it is filled with impossibly high vocals. Strong beats keep this track from falling into the slow song category. It’s a little different from Grandson’s usual aggressive and high energy songs but the pair sound great together. You find yourself singing the chorus “until I come home” over and over while bobbing your head to the beat. The song has a dreamy echo and just a touch of synth that brings everything together. Check it out here.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Atlas Underground Flood Is Coming

Tom Morello gave us his newest album Atlas Underground Fire about a month ago and there is already talk of more new music. Not only has he collaborated with artists like Grandson and K Flay, he has more music coming. Morello announced that there is a sister album to Atlas Underground Fire in the works. It will be titles The Atlas Underground Flood and it leaves us wondering if this could be a 4-album series. (And we thought 1 was more then enough!) Now we have 3 new singles as a sample of this record’s sound. The piece will be released December 3rd. The singles are called Human, Raising Hell and Hard Times. Each piece follows a similar flow, and you can see how they would fit together. You can hear the intricate and inventive guitar work of Morello as each track moves. Check out this strong start to Atlas Underground Flood right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

David Guetta Enters BTS & Coldplay’s Universe

Just when you thought Coldplay and BTS’ track My Universe couldn’t get better, we get the David Guetta remix. It takes this already upbeat alt pop track to a different energy level. The tension builds into an electronic dance feel. It is a different sound then the original and its more rave-y. Check out this twist on the forever catchy track, My Universe.
Written by Octavia Allison

The War On Drugs Perform On Kimmel

A livestream tour is set for The War on Drugs with a stop in your living room December 9th. Although the group will be playing live shows February 5th and 6th in Toronto at the Queen Elizabeth Theater, the group wanted to do a livestream event for charity. 1 dollar from every ticket sold will go to She’s The First, “an organization devoted to ensuring girls globally are educated, respected and heard.” With an upcoming livestream performance and a full tour, the group still made time to take the stage on Jimmy Kimmel. The War on Drugs played I Don’t Live Here Anymore. The song is upbeat and but soft, making it perfectly catchy. As the light synth peaks through the background, you hear a retro sound shine through. Check out the performance and grab your tickets to the livestream show.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Unfolding” With BADBADNOTGOOD

BADBADNOTGOOD premiered a new song called Unfolding (Momentum 73) just days ago. The wavy song throws you right into a dream. You feel your mind start to run off in your own thoughts and vibes. This light piece is the soundtrack to your imagination. Synth flows together with a horn section and a light tapping snare. Unfolding (Momentum 73) is a fully instrumental piece that floats between jazz and a psychedelic trip. Listen to this otherworldly piece right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

POND Share “Take Me Avalon I’m Young” Video

POND have put out a new track called Take Me Avalon I’m Young with a video of course. It has a bright sound. Each verse and line are pronounced and noticeable. It seems like every part in the music has a chance to shine weather it’s the lyrics, horns, or drums. When speaking about the video lead singer Nicholas Allbrook said “It was a dream come true. The freezing sunrise yoga was magical in retrospect, even if I was a brat at the time.” The song holds power and is definitely a contender for a pump-up song. Listen to Take Me Avalon I’m Young right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Blue June With “Two Sisters”

Toronto band Blue June put out a new track called Two Sisters. With a riff-y start and a hint of blues guitar the mood is set. Strong vocals match this upbeat track. It moves quickly with the catchy line “two sisters and a soul brother.” The entire track is high energy with solos to pull it together. According to the band the song is about “inclusivity and extending family love.” Their drummer was getting married and “welcoming two sister and one soul brother into the family.” Blue June is already working on a new album for 2022 that we hope will have more tracks like this one. Check out Two Sisters right here!
Written by Octavia Allison

“Hold The Line” With Tom Morello & Grandson

Tom Morello and Grandson took to the stage on Jimmy Fallon last night with their new song Hold the Line. Not only did they perform a high energy piece, but they actually auctioned off Morellos guitar from the performance. This was in support of workers striking and fighting for living wages in the United States. Both artists are huge social justice warriors and that shows through their music. Lyrics like “Nobody said it would be easy, but to get where we’re going, brother you’ve gotta hold the line” outline these struggles for everyone to understand. The performance takes place in a warehouse and the pair just stop short of bouncing off the walls. With a ripping guitar solo, distortion, and grunge this performance has everything. Watch it here.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Lumineers Turn On The “A.M Radio”

The Lumineers released a single called A.M. Radio. The song starts with a gentle acoustic riff before the lyrics “standing on the corner I could listen to the radio” floods in. The band’s new record Mr. Brightside will be coming out January 14th and we have a few samples of what its going to sound like. With the previously released single Mr. Brightside and now this track it can only be better with the rest of the record. Somehow Lumineers tracks will always put you in this thoughtful state of mind as these light melodies float by. Lead singer Wesley Shultz said, “the song is an anthem about the supernatural pull of one’s calling in life-for Jeramiah and me, it was songs.” A.M. Radio is an upbeat slow song that needs at least a first listen (although I would recommend many more).
Written by Octavia Allison

Mother Mother Gives Us “Life”

Mother Mother released the video for their track Life last night and it is a space age scene. With outrageous fashion and bright colours, it’s a party in the Milky Way. The song is bright and unique that matches this one-of-a-kind indie band. Part way through this piece, the video takes you through a visual trip that seems like a mix of old film and acid-bright colours that bleed in. The video in itself is an experience! The music is bright with a strong message and all in all it’s unforgettable. Watch the video for Life right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

K. Flay Is A “Weirdo”

Today K Flay unexpectedly dropped a new song called Weirdo. She has an EP in the works to be released this Friday (November 19th) with this track, Nothing Can Kill Us and more. Weirdo is “for everyone who’s ever felt different of ostracized or like everyone else had it all figured out” say’s K Flay on an Instagram post about the piece. You can see a theme of confidence building and growth through K Flays newest tracks. The beat is demanding as Flay calls out everyone who put her down for being different. Its relatable but it makes you proud of what makes you stand out in a danceable and upbeat way. The countdown is on for her new EP Outside Voices and we will keep you posted!
Written by Octavia Allison

Cannons “Ruthless” Living Room Session

Cannons premiered a living room session of their song Ruthless earlier today for us to enjoy…And we did! Bright guitar and synth give it a retro sound with a new age twist all at once. Echoing vocals make for a dreamy feeling. It has a bubbly pop sound with that indie vibe creeping in. We just wish this performance happened in our own living room. Enjoy Ruthless right here with us instead.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Only A Lifetime” With Finneas

Finneas released his debut album in October and those songs have stayed with us since then. He performed Only a Lifetime on Jimmy Kimmel. Its hard to believe the performance was live if you weren’t watching it. Finneas’s vocals flow effortlessly and accurately as he plays the piano. His lyrics ask big questions like “how do you know if it was worth it in the end? Did every second really count?” You dive headfirst into your feelings surrounded by melodies. Finneas delivers an impressive performance of Only a Lifetime and you can watch it here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Wolf Alice & The “Lipstick On The Glass”

Wolf Alice took to the stage to perform Lipstick on the Glass live last night. The performance was moody with a haunting vocal riff to start the piece. It’s a slow-moving song that builds in intensity. Different lamps and lights scattered across the stage flash on an off to create a soft and intriguing atmosphere. You are drawn into this song and the feeling it gives off. The band does an amazing job of bringing you into all the emotion with each drawn out lyric. Listen to Lipstick on the Glass here.
Written by Octavia Allison