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“Friendly Fire” from Linkin Park

Linkin Park just released a song that they have been holding onto since 2017. Friendly Fire features vocals from the late Chester Bennington and was originally designated to be on the release of their album One More Light however “something wasn’t right so as it got close to the finish line, we chose to set it aside for later” said lead guitarist Brad Delson. Friendly Fire now sees the light of day as well as footage of Chester and the band. The song is emotional with lyrics that cut deep. Put your lighters up to this one.
Written by Octavia Allison

Sum 41 is “Waiting On A Twist Of Fate”

As we count down the days to Sum 41’s upcoming album Heaven x Hell coming March 29th the band gave us another new track. Waiting On A Twist Of Fate is a perfect pop-punk anthem. Thrashing uncontrollably with speed, real guitar and intense drums you are lucky to be strapped in for this ride. This song feels like the epicenter of the pit, where everyone is sweating, jostling against each other and completely enveloped in the moment and the music. If you are an elder emo let this revive those Warped Tour vibes.
Written by Octavia Allison

Twenty One Pilots and “I Am Clancy”

The last we heard from Twenty One Pilots was back in 2021 with their Scaled and Icy album but there is new music and more in the works. The band released their new video and teased that “a new chapter begins” next week. The video is titled I Am Clancy, and it tells the story of a dystopian land and ties together lore that was possibly even teased on the last record. Not sure what any of this means yet but I am drawn in already so when there is an update you will know.
Written by Octavia Allison

Khruangbin on “May Ninth”

A lofty new single released by Khruangbin from their upcoming album is every to help you float into the spring season. Gentle vocals lightly touch down on the soft melody to create a dream sequence as you listen. The group’s upcoming album A LA SALA comes out April 5th with 12 songs in total. The band will also be stopping at History in Toronto from May 31-June 2nd and tickets are on sale now.
Written by Octavia Allison

JJ Wilde in “Arizona”

JJ Wilde released a reflective new single called Arizona. You are whisked away to the mountains to do some soul searching, find direction and self-love. Soft echoes gently placed throughout the piece reiterate imported moments in this journey. JJ Wilde said in a statement “this song is so important to me. I want you to go for a drive, roll your windows down and turn it all the way up.” The music crescendos to fit with the inspiration feel of this track. Check it out right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Can We Have Please Fun” asks Kings of Leon

Kings of Leon have dropped a lot of big announcements including their upcoming album, Can We Please Have Fun dropping May 10th, their world tour, making a stop at Bud Stage October 1st and their new single Mustang. You ride a consistent baseline waiting for the surge of energy the band delivers in the chorus. Drummer Nathan Followill said “It’s like we’ve allowed ourselves to be musically vulnerable.” With a 12 song track list this is only the beginning of new anthems from Kings of Leon.
Written by Octavia Allison

Red Leather with “SOS”

SOS is a cry for help as Red Leather spirals out of control. The crashing end of a relationship lights the fuse and it’s only a matter of time before his world implodes. The new single released last night details all the regrettable things he craves like “driving to Vegas” to “do lines off a bible.” This alternative cowboy is a masterful lyricist graphically detailing his darkest moments. SOS is another all-too-real story from Red Leather. Fingers crossed that its only a matter of time before he has Canadian tour dates.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Struts ask “How Can I Love You”

The Struts delivered an upbeat alt rock song about regret. How Can I Love You (Without Breaking Your Heart) is a catchy track that you can dance and cry to (at the same time or separately). It has movement to help you get past the past but lyrics to help you feel everything and get it out. The band is currently on tour. They don’t have any Toronto stops but they will be in London at Budweiser Gardens, April 10th and tickets are available now.
Written by Octavia Allison

“I Forgot To Be Your Lover” says The Black Keys

The Black Keys are saturated in their blues sound as they give us Forgot To Be Your Lover. It’s a slow jam with special attention paid to the musicality. The band proves their skill (though we never needed them to) and play into the nostalgia of a “simpler time.” The regret is palpable as the line “Now I realize that you need love too and I’ll spend my life, make it up to you” slides over smooth riffs. Their upcoming album Ohio Players is set to drop April 5th.
Written by Octavia Allison

Mother Mother Turns the Page with “Grief Chapter”

With each album they release Mother Mother dives into a new sound and theme. Grief Chapter is no different. Charging into the day-to-day struggles of young people like the cost of living, metal health and many other crisis, this album ushers in a new era. Remaining self aware and mildly spooky, Jasmin Parkin and Molly Guldemond add depth and sorrow to these serious songs. Tracks like End of Me and Nobody Escapes remain upbeat but the lyrics stay tethered to an unfortunate truth. The band reminds you that you aren’t alone and offer this soundtrack as an ode to the struggle.
Written by Octavia Allison

Pearl Jam gives us “Dark Matter”

As Pearl Jam gear up for the release of their upcoming album, Dark Matter, they released the title track. Drums pound down on you and the guitar flashes in with lasting vibrations. It initially gives of a similar feel as Jack White’s latest works. A disorienting echo moves from side to side. As you spiral deeper into the track, the lyrics tie you down into the story. Dark Matter is the new alt rock track we needed. Pearl Jam has set the bar high for the album, which comes out April 19th.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Alright?” asks Ellis in Transit

Ellis in Transit released a gritty new song called Alright? Vocals dig in and find a solid footing surrounded by the superior force of the alt-rock sound. You feel yourself seduced by unwavering guitar licks and unable to avoid the echo in your head. “Give me something that builds me inside then sets fire” the band calls out. It’s nearly impossible to pull away from the gravity this track creates.
Written by Octavia Allison

Ruby Waters with “Adult Swim”

As Ruby Waters continues her tour across Canada and the US, she released a sweltering new song called Adult Swim. Waters is never subtle and doesn’t shy away from the topic of sex. Kicking off the song with the line “Come over for a swim inside of me” is a bold move but believe it or not, that is probably the most tame line in the entire track. The melody is smooth and suggestive as it pulses under each lyric. If you are looking for a hyper sexual experience, Adult Swim is for you.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Nothing Matters” with The Last Dinner Party

A dainty and delicate track takes a spin with The Last Dinner Party’s latest single Nothing Matters. The track is from the band’s new album Prelude to Ecstasy. The gentle melody builds with rhythm and the lyrics are not what you would expect. It’s a juxtaposition as everything carries on as normal with the lyrics being so bold’ yet the emotion is reserved for another time. Feelings begin to puncture the stone-faced façade the song so carefully put together. Nothing Matters is a unique track that entices you into the storyline and to move on from the past however you see fit.
Written by Octavia Allison

Sierra Pilot gives us “Turpentine”

Sierra Pilot released a ripping new single ahead of a busy tour schedule with Skid Row and Buckcherry in March and Pop Evil in April. They have also revealed there is an EP titled Karma dropping March 1st. This comes only 6 months after the release of their debut full length album Phantom Pains. Their grungy new track Turpentine is seductive and dirty in every way. Sierra Pilot mashes new rock sounds like Three Days Grace with heavy hitting classics like Guns and Roses to create a perfect alt rock piece.
Written by Octavia Allison

Felix Cartal and Lights “Feel Less”

Lights released a new single with Felix Cartal today called Feel Less. It’s a bubbly but introspective track full of funky autotune, and a mellow and vibe-y beat. You can sink into the couch and feel the harmonies build. Felix said “This one is special. An emotional anthem. Lights and I wrote, produced, mixed and mastered this entire record ourselves.” Hopefully this is only the beginning of the projects yet to unfold with this duo.
Written by Octavia Allison

Bleeker Wants to “Make It Better”

A suspense thriller in song form dropped earlier this week from Bleeker. The tension is sustained when you find out there is a full album on the way later this year as well. The band’s newest single Make It Better is built on ground up distortion and a crunchy alt feel. Vocalist Taylor Perkins takes you through the story saying “While seemingly dark, its intended to be uplifting and empowering. It’s really about that feeling that you’ve changed, you feel less, like you are slipping away. You know you can beat the feeling, but it takes asking or looking for help.” Like a good movie, it’s easy to be drawn into the track and impossible to walk away until the very end.
Written by Octavia Allison

Aysanabee & Raye Zaragoza say “Come Out”

Aysanabee released a hearty new song for the soul alongside Raye Zaragoza. Come Out marches forward with a palpable sense of power and pride. This pair of Indigenous artists call out to you and it’s a call that can’t be ignored. Time stands still as you find yourself wrapped up in the moment they have created. In a press release Aysanabee said “Often times when you write a song with another person, it’s for one artist or the other. This one had deep connection to us both, and I think it shows.”
Written by Octavia Allison

Milky Chance is a “Reckless Child”

Milky Chance released their newest single Reckless Child. Funky beats become the focus with each verse serving as punctuation. The pulsing rhythm holds this track together. Milky Chance has captured a moody-melty feeling in all of their music. It’s a new way to speak on a relationship and we wouldn’t expect anything else from Milky Chance.
Written by Octavia Allison

“solace & stillness” with Judgement

Judgement hits you like a brick wall with their newest single solace & stillness. The band mercilessly drags you through the carnage of a shattered psyche; only to pull you back to reflect once you are torn apart. Through growling vocals and ripping distortion you find yourself in the throws of a battle you can’t see. solace & stillness rains down that post-hardcore sound you crave.
Written by Octavia Allison

“When We Die (Can We Still Get High?)” Asks Yungblud

When We Die (Can We Still Get High?) is the question Yungblud asks in his newest single featuring Lil Yachty. Everyone seems to be in their feelings with these moody tracks. It’s a slow moving and simple piece accented with strings. Lil Yachty’s unique vocals break out of the vibrating melody. Things pick up around the 4-minute mark and serves as perhaps a turning point where you know the trip is winding down and the real world is coming back.
Written by Octavia Allison

Palaye Royale Brings us “Songs For Sadness”

Palaye Royale has released another set of tracks on a EP called Songs For Sadness. The 4 songs create drama as you come with the band to contemplate life as whole. Seeing as that is a big undertaking each song moves through different themes but all plunge into darkness for a time. Melodies are gentle and strings are used to build to a crescendo. Don’t Cry plays with depth as the vocals float through the static for the chorus. World Ends is lead by strings and Hello Sunshine is a redundant chant of “All my friends are dead, living in my head.” Trapped in a labyrinth in your mind this is the soundtrack for those lost and swirling feelings.
Written by Octavia Allison

Kojak with “Midnight”

Kojak has released their latest single Midnight and it’s the shot of adrenaline you needed. Reminiscent of summer nights, this is “A song about hanging on to a moment, or night in this case as long as you can, as futile as that might be.” The track captures the essence of summer fun and the mystery of what actually happened before the blackout. You wait until the photos develop from a polaroid before reliving and piecing those glorious moments together. “Whether it be that you’re having a good time, or you don’t want to see that the morning brings, it’s just as much about enjoying the present as it is avoiding what is about to come the next day.” Says the group. It hits in a weirdly sentimental place as most people aren’t keen to remember the hangover, but you will risk it all for another one of these nights.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Neon Pill” from Cage The Elephant

After 5 years without new music from Cage The Elephant, the drought is over. Today the band released a single called Neon Pill. The track cruises along with that funky digital alt sound with sharp popping bursts of brightness. I would be lying if I said I wasn’t hoping for this to sound like their first record Elephant but maybe that resurgence will come in time. Neon Pill delivers that mildly mysterious indie sound that I suddenly find myself craving again.
Written by Octavia Allison

Aurora and “The Conflict Of The Mind”

Aurora takes us to church in this soft and soothing new single, The Conflict Of The Mind. A gentle melody leads you toward your seat as distant vocals crackle over the speaker system. Aurora paints an eerie picture of the things you try to hide from yourself and from others. You are flooded with echoing thoughts. Her angelic vocals gloss over the sheer weight of the things being said. “Fingers tearing through the ground, were you digging something up, or did you bury something down?” with all these thoughts swirling, the sermon is over and you sit with those thoughts till next time.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Nobody Escapes” with Mother Mother

After resurging to stardom with their song Hayloft going viral, Mother Mother has capitalized. Despite it being a song from the group’s first album, they came full circle and released Hayloft II last year, among many other successful tracks. The band has already announced they have an album on the way for 2024 called Grief Chapter dropping February 16th. As the title suggests, we seem to be entering a dark and reflective time in the Mother Mother realm. The group worked through the crisis of the cost of living in The Matrix, a single that was released late last year, and now their new single Nobody Escapes. The dark outlook on the prospect of life brings melancholy and unwanted “what if’s?” through seemingly bright music. There is a feeling of uneasiness hidden subtly through layering and the unpronounced vocals. Mother Mother will be coming to Budweiser Stage July 5th and tickets go on sale January 26th (presale January 22nd). Strap in for a confrontation with our gloomy reality with Nobody Escapes.
Written by Octavia Allison

Sierra Pilot Burns like “Kerosene”

After releasing a 9-track record called Phantom Pains last year, the boys are back with a dynamic new video. Kerosene is a down a dirty rock track that absolutely satisfies in every way (wink, wink). Frontman Taylor Lieth delivers grunge restrained in favor of a more mysterious sound, until the chorus where all hell breaks lose. This track is seductive but doesn’t take itself too seriously when it comes to the brand-new video. “When we kicked off the brainstorming for the video, we were craving a fresh vibe, something totally off the beaten path,” says frontman Taylor Leith. “Turning the band members into the stars of our very own ‘peep show’ felt like the ultimate way to rock the performance angle, and honestly, the more we thought about it the less and less serious it got.  The intentional cheesiness we embraced in the final cut made the video for us.” It’s set to be a big year for Sierra Pilot as they pick up where they left off on their Western Canadian tour with Skid Row and Buckcherry in March. Tickets are available now.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Saviors” Named Green Day

Saviors is the name of the latest Green Day album and exactly what they are to pop punk music today. Bringing punk to the masses since 1987, the band has remained a staple for their hard-hitting anthems taking a stance against “the man.” They also know how to indulge in adolescent troublemaking and keep that spirt alive and well all the same. Saviors holds the thrashing bounce that Green Day has so famously trademarked. The moment The American Dream is Killing Me, came out, it stuck in your head like gum on the bottom of a Doc Martin and there was no way this record would disappoint. The band stomps forward asking “do you want to be my best friend” in Bobby Sox and delivers punchy moments reminiscent of Revolution Radio in Strange Days Are Here to Stay. Green Day says what people are thinking and doesn’t shy away from that, though the full album is not spent bashing the state of the world we live in. You get to enjoy the personality that ultimately shines through. Green Day is coming to Rogers Centre August 1st and tickets are on sale now.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Cocktails with “Triangle”

Busting at the seams with 12 tracks total, The Cocktails have released their new album, Triangle. You are immediately flying through these explosive and unrelenting alt rock songs with no time to lose. You feel consumed by the power play in Burner Phone as bass and guitar riffs go back and forth showcasing the raw power as neither step back. You continue to race forward with no control holding on by the rails. An ominous chant of an every-growing army marches through Hold Me Close. The band takes pause in Monkey as if a moment of understanding that is train can’t be stopped. Get Off My Back starts off with shots rifling towards you almost Beastie Boys style and their classic Sabotage. Unexpected vocal inflections put a disorienting spin on these tracks. The Cocktails have established their sound utilizing harmonies to create vocals that surround you, pummeling rhythms and drilling guitar riffs. Check out Triangle right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Bleachers with “Tiny Moves”

Tiny Moves is yet another single we have received from Bleachers ahead of their album release. The self-titled record is set to drop March 8th. Tiny Moves uses accents and emphasis on vocals that line up with punches in the melody to make this soft retro piece danceable. Constant melody keeps you shuffling through a movie montage. Antonoff’s wife, Margaret Qualley stars in the music video, that was filmed “a few weeks before we got married.”
Written by Octavia Allison

IDLES “Gift Horse”

IDLES released a new single called Gift Horse. It’s a dominating track that leaves you tied to their sound. Bound in ropes chains and pure aggression, the intimidating track holds you right where they want you.  Being so bold ensures you couldn’t turn away if you wanted to. You are being slammed with abrasive vocals in true IDLES style. Check out Gift Horse right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

“WATCH MY DADDY DIE” Says Red Leather

If you are looking to delve into the edgiest alt-western music, I invite you to listen to an artist called Red Leather. Unfortunately, I hadn’t come across his music until recently, but rest assured I’m making up for lost time. With his debut album Reno dropping only last year, he is someone to watch for. Intricate details roped together with passion and emotion create a dark landscape littered with substance abuse, overdoses. These are all experiences Red Leather has lived through. He turns these experiences into vivid tales that become seared into your head. This week he released a video for his song WATCH MY DADDY DIE. Fitting along the same lines of the classic My Name is Sue, by Johnny Cash, you follow the child of a deadbeat father and watch the consequences unfurl. Flamenco style guitar with rock influences and you can’t help but sink into the dark underbelly Red Leather creates.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Just Another Rainbow” from Liam Gallagher and John Squire

Liam Gallagher and John Squire have released a new single called Just Another Rainbow. Psychedelic echoing is layered in vocals and funky guitar tones provide support. Once things pick up you feel a brightness of late 90’s early 2000’s pop rock. Riffs only add to the texture that is being built within Just Another Rainbow. The duo brings a harder edge to an Oasis sound. That being said…don’t come at me Liam Gallagher.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Beautiful People (Stay High)” With The Black Keys

Funky baseline, big band instruments and undeniably catchy lyrics are what make up The Black Keys latest track. Beautiful People (Stay High) is electrically charged with attitude and “is never coming back down” according to the song. The band also teased a new album to come out this year. Will we be getting Dropout Boogie 2? It’s a strong possibility based on this single.
Written by Octavia Allison

MGMT Has “Nothing To Declare”

MGMT is on the countdown to their upcoming album Loss Of Life dropping February 23rd. In the meantime they released a single called Nothing To Declare. Vocals are somber but the rhythm keeps nudging it forward. Nothing To Declare has a very retro Simon and Garfunkel feel to it with a bounce in the melody. Old school instruments are woven through to texturize this piece. Check it out right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

“umakemenotwannadie” says Palaye Royale

Palaye Royale is out with their first single of the year called umakemenotwannadie. With trademark vocals but a more uplifting message then usual, you are brought into a soft and swirling atmosphere with light at the end of the tunnel. The lyrics are lifted from love notes from your teenage romance and melted into this gentle melody.
Written by Octavia Allison

K Flay is “Carsick”

K Flay released her first album since losing her hearing in her right ear last year. Mono was a step into the unknown and the freedom to experiment. K Flay released a new single called Carsick. Darkness pulses as the melody plunks forward. The lyrics are delivered deadpan until the confrontational chorus. Its bubbling and brooding all at once. Take a ride with Carsick.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Blues Emergency in “Quicksand”

The Blues Emergency kicks off the new year with a bang and a new song called Quicksand. The track paints a powerful scene of addiction and life on the street through a raspy cry for help, often left ignored. “there’s no soul inside of me” Andy Du Rego calls out and you can’t help but feel hollow. Wind passes through as though there’s nothing left, people pass by as if there is no one there, and you look inside to find someone you don’t recognize. This song is full of crushing negative realities that people often avoid confronting. Quicksand brings you face to scared face with the demons that drugs embody.
Written by Octavia Allison

Sum 41 Covers Rage Against the Machine

Rage Against The Machine announced earlier this month that they would not be rescheduling cancelled tour dates and most likely will never tour again. Amidst this devastating news Sum 41 stepped up to the plate. The band covered the song Sleep Now In The Fire at Hellfest. As soon as that iconic riff breaks out, the crowd goes wild. As it’s true no one will match up to Rage’s Zach de la Rocha, Sum 41 front man Deryck Whibley does a damn good job.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Glorious Sons and the “Speed of Light”

The Glorious Sons are on the final leg of their Glory tour and have just released the video for their song Speed of Light. The band shares a folksy hometown and authentic nature. As frontman Brett Emmons emphatically belts the chorus, you are drawn into this moment. The Glorious Sons create and intimate feeling of friendship and comradery through their songs and Speed of Light is no different. The track leaves you with questions like “what do the lyrics mean?” and “where are Brett’s shoes?” Perhaps 2 things we will never know.
Written by Octavia Allison

Green Day and the “One Eyed Bastard”

A little over one week to go before the release of Saviors and Green Day has released yet another single. You can easily fall into the groove that Green Day has carved out over decades. It doesn’t have the rigged edge of past rippers but a more polished sound. Don’t worry the album will still be stamped with the official seal but its only gotten more and more refined in recent years. The band also took advantage of Steamboat Willy moving into public domain as the mouse pops up throughout the video. Green Day will be at the Rogers Centre August 1st and tickets are available now.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Boys Don’t Dry” say The Beaches

Today The Beaches released their cover of The Cure’s Boys Don’t Cry. Frontwoman Jordan Miller injects attitude into the apologetic lyrics. This song fits perfectly with the sound of the band’s latest album Blame My Ex, and very well could have crept on the record. The bouncy tune brings you through regret acceptance and a playful hint of sarcasm. The Beaches are doing better than ever since Blame My Ex was released and there is no doubt there is more in store for them this year.
Written by Octavia Allison

Milky Chance is “Better Off”

Last week Milky Chance released the video for their song Better Off. This is from their 2023 record Living In a Haze. Rhythm is established immediately as the foundation much like most Milky Chance tracks. According to the band Better Off is about “the urge to get out of a situation and make a step forward. Shut down the past.” As the song rolls forward you follow feelings of regret, pain and just how hard it is to move forward. The melody allows optimism to shine through the rough patches.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Smile with “Friend of a Friend”

The Smile is counting down to the release of their impending album Wall of Eyes on January 26th, but that’s not all. The group is releasing a film featuring footage from the making of the album and this will come out a week before the record. The Smile’s latest single Friend of a Friend reaches high into the vocal range to give a delicate appearance. It stands as a poem with meaning you could only pretend to actually understand. Echoes consume the chorus and thoughts seemingly intertwine and become entangled. The melody creates the feeling of epiphany as you drift through this track. Listen to Friend of a Friend right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Kojak is “Heading Out”

Prince Edward County band Kojak released a new single today called Heading Out. According to the band the song is about “shaking up the ruts of life” and “injecting the taste of the unknown and spontaneity into the day to day.” This track moves you immediately with its bouncy melody and steady rhythm. You can’t keep your feet on the ground as you haphazardly float towards a brighter moment, carefree. Kojak uses the pre-chorus to focus you in for the moment they have built. As they sing “I’ll see you all from outer space” you feel ready to jump right into the chorus. Heading Out is the first track off the band’s upcoming self-titled album that will be dropping February 22nd 2024. Now we count down the days until we can hear more from Kojak.
Written by Octavia Allison

Palaye Royale’s Sextape EP

Palaye Royal released their Sextape EP. There are 5 tracks in total including covers of Nine Inch Nails Closer, Depeche Mode’s Stripped and Season of the Witch by Donovan. There are 2 originals Desire and Dead to Me. The band twists all the songs into dark fairytales in the way only they know how. Raging addiction to all things bad to your body bleed out in Desire. Ethereal melodies dance over dark undertones and lyrics as energy builds. We are entering into a new era of Palaye Royale and this EP is proof.
Written by Octavia Allison

“I Will Meet You There” with The Glorious Sons

The Glorious Sons have moved a reflective direction as of late and a new single came out of this soul searching. I Will Meet You There pushes frontman Brett Emmons’ vocals to new heights. Harmonica brings out a slow drawl and the feeling of blues. It’s a slow suspense as you lean in to listen closer. Raw and stripped back you focus in on the poetic lyrics not meant to be fully deciphered by the listener. Check out I Will Meet You There, right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Cool Love” with Ellis in Transit

Ellis In Transit released their new space-age single Cool Love. The track desperately floats to the skies as grungy rock keeps the piece within our reach. The band also hints that there will be more music coming our way in the new year. Hearty vocals bring depth and strength as they echo through the atmosphere. Cool Love brings a refreshing set of dimensions for Ellis in Transit and sets the tone for what is to come.
Written by Octavia Allison

Thank You Happy Birthday Deluxe

Cage The Elephant released the Expanded Edition of their 2011 album Thank You Happy Birthday. This version has an additional 2 songs. Doctor Doctor Doctor Help Me Help Me Help Me is a screaming live wire giving unsuspecting passers by a jolt of That core sound from the band’s first record Elephant. Carry Me In is a Spaghetti Western with a mysterious twist. As the curtain is slowly drawn your attention is drawn back and forth across the stage as drums are rifling rhythms in all directions. Midway through this nearly 6-minute track, things begin to disintegrate into distortion. It balances the sound of their first album Elephant which I will forever love, and some of their more melodic moments. These unexpected additions are hopefully the first of many to come.
Written by Octavia Allison

Fortunate Losers give us a “Taste”

Fortunate Losers released their self titled album earlier this year and the fan favorite out of the 11 tracks was Taste (at least for me). The band released the music video today that’s as intentional in its imagery as the track is lyrically. You trudge through alt rock sludge with frontman Devin Cox’ gritty vocals leading the way.  Distortion drips from guitars as you wade through the swamp and into the dark reality on the other side. Fortunate Losers will be at The Horseshoe November 15th and it’s a free event.
Written by Octavia Allison

Maneskin release 4 Moody New Tracks

Maneskin’s Rush! album was released earlier this year and they just put out 4 addition songs for the deluxe edition. Valentine, Off My Face, The Trastevere and The Driver are all moodier tracks but flow in the vein of the original album. They don’t have the raging energy that is barely contained in songs like Kool Kids or Gasoline but it’s all about balance. You become intertwined with guitar strings and storylines through these restrained and controlled moments. It’s a slow but deliberate burn and you desperately crave for a shot of the energy and grit you know they can deliver. They have a magnetism to them. This is your invite to get hooked on these new Maneskin tracks.
Written by Octavia Allison