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Foo Fighters Down In Fraggle Rock

You might be familiar with the Fraggles (Down in Fraggle Rock) but if not, now is your chance to get to know them. Fraggles were in their prime in the 80’s but have made a comeback today. These fuzzy little puppet creatures have a new series on Apple TV+. None other then The Foo Fighters have added to the soundtrack of this series. Fraggle Rock Rock is -you guessed it- a rock song that tells the story of the Fraggles. You may think it would be hard to take seriously but you will be able to headbang to this track. Don’t believe me? Listen to it right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

AWOLNATION Can Feel The “Wind Of Change”

Everyone knows Awolnation for their song Sail, but they have done so much more. Recently they have teamed up with Portugal. The Man and Brandon Boyd of Incubus to cover a classic track. This group decided to take on the song Winds of Change, originally done by Scorpions. The track holds a retro feel but manages to also incorporate the sound of music today. There is less grit in the vocals, but you can hear the chorus come together and fill out the song. This piece still holds up today. Winds of Change is an alternative ballad with good energy.
Written by Octavia Allison

Lana Del Rey Sees Through “Watercolour Eyes”

Lana Del Rey has just shared a new song in time for the weekend. If you’re looking to stay inside and feel your feelings, this is the track for it. Watercolour Eyes is a slow and soft piece that echoes through your emotions. Its an eerie siren song with a strong impact. Watercolour Eyes is featured in HBO’s Euphoria season 2. Lana is the perfect fit for this intense drama, as she enhances the imagery of every lyric with a deep cutting sentiment. Listen to Watercolour Eyes right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Black Pumas Show Us Our Favorite “Colors”

Black Pumas are well known for their song Colours and they took it to the stage at the Youtube Theater. The guitar starts the piece off and the bluesy sound pours in and fills the space. The vocals effortlessly fall from lead singer Eric Burtons mouth. The chorus of “all my favorite colours” is endlessly catchy. It slows down to bring in the emotion but picks up for a bright sound. Watch this live performance here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Said The Whale Share “Return To Me”

This past October Said The Whale shared their new album “Dandelion”, which featured the thumping “Honey Lungs”.  The band have now announced plans for the deluxe version on the album, which arrives on February 11th, and it’ll include alternative takes on “Show Me Everything” and “99 to the Moon”.  The group also shared a new single, “Return To Me”, which you can hear above.  Said The Whale will be at The Axis Club on March 11th, tickets are on sale now.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Damon Albarn Brings The “Royal Morning Blue” To Kimmel

“The Nearer The Fountain, More Pure The Stream Flows” the new record from Blur and Gorillaz leader singer Damon Albarn arrived last November.  Albarn is preparing to perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on January 24th, and what better way to prepare for the show then to make a late-night appearance.  Damon Albarn played musical guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! where he performed “Royal Morning Blue” with a string quartet, and you can see it above.  Gorillaz dropped a 3-track EP, “Meanwhile”, this past August, the group’s first new music since 2020’s “Song Machine, Season One: Strange Timez”.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Ho99o9 “Battery Not Included” With Travis Barker

If you’re planning to go to the Knotfest Roadshow on May 30th at Budweiser Stage with Slipknot and special guests Cypress Hill, get there earlier to see Ho99o9.  The band have teamed up with Blink 182’s Travis Barker on a new track, “Battery Not Included”, which you can hear above.  The band shared this statement, “There’s only but so much mental & physical affliction + oppression the human psyche can before they reach the pinnacle of no return. I think we’ve all had our moments where we’re fed up, our mind isn’t rational, our eyesight is only seeing red and within that sequence, emotions can get the best of us, if any. The first single is aimed to focus on once past the conscience state of no return anything is liable to happen when pushed past your limits.”.  Ho99o9 are working on a new album, but not details have been shared about it.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Mark Hoppus Gets “Re-Entry”

2021 was a difficult year for Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus who was diagnosed, battled, and went into remission with cancer.  Hoppus has started to do his After School Radio show on Apple Music again, he’s going to join Avril Lavigne on her upcoming record, and he collaborated with A Day To Remember.  “Re-Entry” is taken from A Day To Remembers’ 2021 album “You’re Welcome” and you can hear Hoppus add his vocals to the track, and you can hear it above.  The band shared this, “When this song originally took shape, it was without a doubt massively influenced by Blink-182,” A Day to Remember vocalist Jeremy McKinnon said of the single in a statement. “So when the idea came up to do a remix of sorts for it, Mark was immediately who we pictured.”.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Bleacher Perform On Saturday Night Live

A last-minute change of plans was in order for Saturday Night Live, when scheduled musical guest Roddy Rich was exposed to COVID-19.  The SNL team reached out to Bleachers to see if they were available to fill the spot as the musical guest, and didn’t we luck out.  Bleachers performed two tracks, “How Dare You Want More” and “Chinatown”, off 2021’s “Take The Sadness Out Of Saturday Night”, and you can watch them above.  Bleacher were the first band to open the newest venue in Toronto, History, this past November.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Nation Of Language Go “Across That Fine Line”

Nation of Language performed on the Steven Colbert last night. This was the band’s first ever TV appearance. After working hard through the pandemic and releasing 2 albums, Nation of Language have proved their worth (not that they ever needed to). They performed Across That Fine Line in a funky bar setting. A retro sound and a fast-paced beat gets the song started. The energy peaks and everything comes together for the chorus. Frontman Ian Richard Devaney dances as he feels the music and sings about struggle. The warm sound of the piece is accented by the glow the band is surrounded by. Check it out for yourself here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Things Take Time Take Time Live

Courtney Barnett performed on a radio show in Seattle. Accompanied by her band, the group played a full set of songs from her latest album Things Take Time, Take Time. They started things off with Rae Street and played through Sunfair Sundown, Before You Gotta Go and ending it off with Turning Green. The record follows a cohesive sound that stays fairly mellow and focused on the guitar and vocals. It’s a fun look at an intimate performance.
Written by Octavia Allison

“Chocolate Hills” With Leon Bridges & Khruangbin

Leon Bridges and Khruangbin have just dropped their second single, Chocolate Hills. Their forthcoming EP Texas Moon is coming out February 18th and is the darker sibling EP to their previous Texas Sun. As the song starts you enter into an empty and echoing hallway that takes you back to the 80’s. The music is slow and simple, but you can ride it out. The baseline brings you close to an Arctic Monkeys sound but with its own twist. Check out this smooth and vibe-y track right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Lumineers Give Us A “BIG SHOT”

From their new album, Lumineers performed Big Shot. It was acoustic and pushes you farther into your emotions. Its raw and vulnerable as the piano holds the melody. Lead singer Wesley Shultz brings a bit of texture to this piece so that the lyrics cut deep. Its soft and feels like a lullaby. You can see everything that Shultz is feeling as he pushes out each line. Big Shot is a reflective piece, and you can feel your own thoughts and feelings swirl as you listen. Check out this simple performance here.
Written by Octavia Allison

“In The Wake Of Your Leave” Gang Of Youths

Gang of Youths have just shared their music video for In the Wake of Your Leave. The director of the video, Joel Barney said, “Dave came to me with Singing in the Rain meets Top Hat concept that paid homage to the great musicals of the 50’s and 60’s” With the clear inspiration, the video comes together. The lyrics are heavy, but the rhythm is upbeat, and people are drawn in. They don’t simply pass by, they each join in to dance. You can pick out iconic moments as frontman Dave Le’aupepe seemingly lives them. The video for In the Wake of Your Leave makes you a little nostalgic as you ride through this track.
Written by Octavia Allison

Cannons Have A “Purple Sun” In The Living Room

Cannons debuted their song Purple Sun, on their Living Room Sessions. You feel like you are in a haze with this dreamy and soft piece. It has a fun and bouncy rhythm that holds energy. Frontwoman Michelle Joy has wispy vocals that are delicately placed over the funky baseline. Trippy guitar riffs push through the mist of electronic synth. Glide through Purple Sun here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Band Of Horses Turn On The “Lights”

Band of Horses are blending alt and rock music together with their track Lights. The distinct vocals from Ben Bridwell make this piece stand out. Lights sounds like it’s pouring out of an old car radio and has that retro feel built in. It makes you feel like you are on a road trip staring out the window. This track simply gives off good vibes and somehow feels familiar. It’s a catchy and bright sounding piece that you should listen to.
Written by Octavia Allison

Beach House Chapter 3

Beach House has been releasing their latest album in pieces so we don’t have to wait so long. Today they released 5 new songs from Once Twice Melody. The songs on this so called “chapter three” (the third set of songs to be released) are called Only You Know, Masquerade, Illusion of Forever, Sunset and Another Go Around. If you are looking for a trip look no further. Each one of these pieces are wavy and dream-like. They echo with lyrics out of the strangest fairy-tale. A mix of synth and mellow vibes pull everything together through the mist. Check out this unreal audio adventure right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Animal Collective Get “Strung With Everything”

Animal Collective has a new video out today for their track Strung With Everything. The full new album, Time Skiffs is set to drop February 4th with 9 tracks in total. Strung With Everything starts off with a swirling and cartoon style background and a mildly ominous sound. It’s cluttered and you feel like you are waiting for something to start abruptly. The song gets lighter, more upbeat and the warped guitar fades further into the background. The vocals come in like a chorus to give it a fuller sound. Strung With Everything comes in at just under 7 minutes and its very experimental. Check out Animal Collective’s new track here.
Written by Octavia Allison

Twenty One Pilots Bring Kimmel To “The Outside”

With their song The Outside, Twenty-One Pilots made an impact on The Jimmy Kimmel Show last night. Full of alt-y electronics and synth, this futuristic piece comes together on the glowing stage. Horns come in to add even more depth to this lively track. Tyler Joseph breaks out into a rap as Josh Dun pounds out the rhythm. The tempo switches up, but it is consistently exciting to watch. Both showmen in their own right, the pair bring intensity into the late-night performance. Watch it right here.
Written by Octavia Allison

It’s ‘THE UNRAVELING OF PUPTHEBAND’

PUP put out two singles at the end of last year, Waiting and Kill Something. The band just announced a new album on the way and already have a tour set. They are making two stops in Toronto at History in May (14th and 15th). Today they released another song from their upcoming record. The Unraveling of Puptheband will be released April 1st (that’s no joke). The single, Robot Writes a Love Song, has bright sound with the grunge feel sitting right under the surface. Frontman Stefan Babcock’s vocals are distinct and with this track, he seems unstable. As you hear about how “they came back for you, your monitor was blue” and “when they come back with your new body I’ll load you into the new machine again” you start to wonder what is going on in his head. The Edge (or 102.1) also gets and honourable mention in this song (and we probably wont stop playing Black Hole Sun). Robot Writes a Love Song is a decline into automated madness and we are here for the ride.
Written by Octavia Allison

The Lumineers Perform On The Tonight Show

“Brightside” the new album from The Lumineers arrived this past Friday.  To coincide with the release of the album The Lumineers stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform the previously released “A.M. Radio” and the latest single “Where We Are”, and you can watch it above.  The Lumineers have also shared the music video for “Where We Are” and it’s available to see above.  The Lumineers will likely be making a string of late-night performances, so if you’re a fan, check back here soon.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

“Love Is Selfish” With Jack White

Jack White is preparing the release of two albums this year, “Fear Of The Dawn” and “Entering Heaven Alive”.  We’ve already got a preview of what “Fear Of The Dawn” will sound like with the single “Taking Me Back”.  Now you can hear a sample of “Entering Heaven Alive” with “Love Is Selfish” above.  Jack White will be at Budweiser Stage on August 19th, tickets are on sale now.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Eddie Vedder’s “Brother The Cloud”

“Earthling” the first new album from Eddie Vedder in ten years will arrive on February 11th.  Vedder has shared two singles from the forthcoming album already with “Long Way” and “The Haves”.  Now you can hear the third offering from the album with “Brother The Cloud” above.  Eddie will be hitting the road this February in support of the new record, but with no Canadian dates.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Bastille “Shut Off The Lights”

“Give Me The Future” the new album from Bastille arrives on February 4th.  The group has shared the fifth single from the upcoming album with “Shut Off The Lights” and you can hear it above.  Dan Smith of the group has this to say about the song, “It’s about intimacy and physical connection, rejecting our worries about life and the future for a minute, and unplugging from it all to really be present. It’s a fun, real, human moment in the middle of this big album.”.  Bastille will be at History on June 3rd, tickets for the show go on sale January 21st at 10 am.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

The “Cold Summer Breeze” & Milky Chance

German duo Milky Chance are all over the radio with their international hit “Colorado”.  The group released “Trip Tape” this past November, which included two new songs including “Cold Summer Breeze”.  You can now watch the music video for “Cold Summer Breeze” above.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Brandon Boyd Has A “Dime In My Dryer”

“ECHOES AND COCOONS” the upcoming album from Brandon Boyd of Incubus is set to arrive this February.  Boyd has given us another taste of new music with “Dime in My Dryer” and you can hear it above.  Boyd shared this about the new song, “‘Dime in My Dryer’ is a tale of discovery of what is important in life when forced to slow down,”.  Boyd previously shared “Pocket Knife” and “Petrichor” from the new album.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Get “Down” With St. Vincent

Austin City Limits is back for another season and they’re starting it off with a bang!  St. Vincent helped quick off the new season with a performance for the festival in Austin.  We have already got a little preview of the performance in December when A.C.L. share a performance of “The Holiday Party’.  Now you can watch St. Vincent perform “Down” off 2021’s “Daddy’s Home”.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

“How Can I Make It Ok?” Wolf Alice

Wolf Alice shared their third album “Blue Weekend” this past June, with them releasing the deluxe version of the album in October.  Included on the deluxe version of “Blue Weekend” is The Pool Sessions, which has the band performing tracks from the album live.  They have shared a live video performance video of “How Can I Make It Ok?” and you can watch it above.  We’re hoping to see Wolf Alice in the near future because “Blue Weekend” was one of our favourite albums of 2021.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Fontaines D.C. On The Tonight Show

“Skinty Fia” the third album from Irelands Fontaines D.C. will arrive on April 22nd.  The group stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon to perform the first single “Jackie Down The Line” and you can watch it above.  Speaking with NME bassist Conor Deegan III had this to say about the third album, “We showed them to our manager, and he said, ‘Lads, this is the darkest shit you’ve ever written!’ And we were like, ‘What? What are you talking about? This bass melody is catchy, this vocal melody is catchy’. He was just like, ‘No, this is extremely dark’. So there you go!”.  Fontaines D.C. will be at The Phoenix Concert Theatre on May 3rd, tickets are on sale now.
Written by Simone Santarsieri

Muse “WON’T STAND DOWN”

Muse has put out their first new single since 2018. Won’t Stand Down is “about standing your ground against bullies, whether that be on the playground, at work or anywhere” says frontman Matt Bellamy. The song has a slow tempo that drags you through each vibrating tone. The video puts you in the midst of an episode of American Horror Story. The dark distortion runs through the bursts of guitar to make a solid impact. It moves from the electronic sound into a heavy driving chorus. Everything comes together to make this mind-bending piece. Check out Won’t Stand Down right here.
Written by Octavia Allison