Monthly Archives: March 2018

Raine Hamilton String Trio Shares the Video for ‘Starlight’

Raine Hamilton String Trio has shared the video for ‘Starlight’ from their sophomore album Night Sky, out on March 23.

This follows the release of ‘Lift Me Up’;

Hamilton will hold an album release party at the West End Cultural Centre in her hometown of Winnipeg on March 24. The gig will feature ASL interpretation and gender inclusive washrooms. The show will open with n artists’ circle,  featuring Abigail LapellNic Dyson, Gabriela Ocejo, and ASL poetry by Jordan Sangalang.

Hamilton believes that concerts should be an inclusive experience and offers gigs with ASL interpretation. She also offers songwriting and fiddle tune writing workshops in English and French.

“The night sky, for me, is a symbol of the beyond. It is light in the darkness,” Hamilton said in a statement “It is stillness and vulnerability. Imagery of the night sky appears again and again in these songs, the title of the album making itself known.”

She’s toured Canada extensively performing with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra three times as well as a gig in a cave and playing her way across Canada on VIA Rail.

Catch Raine Hamilton on the following dates;

March 24 – Winnipeg, MB – The WECC *Album Release Show* (with full band)
April 4 – Saskatoon, SK – The Bassment (with string trio)
April 5 – Medicine Hat, AB – Esplanade Theatre (with string trio)
April 6 – Twin Butte, AB – The General Store (solo)
April 7 – Grand Forks, BC – Seniors Hall at City Park (solo)
April 8 – Vernon, BC – Record City (solo)
April 11 – Vancouver, BC – Guilt & Co. (solo)
April 13 – Chilliwack, BC – Tractorgrease Cafe (solo)
April 14 – Lions Bay, BC – House Concert (solo)
April 21 – Toronto, ON – House Concert (solo)
April 22 – Toronto, ON – The Burdock (solo)
April 25 – Peterborough, ON – The Garnet (solo)
April 26 – Owen Sound, ON – Bleeding Carrot (solo)
April 28 – London, ON – House Concert (solo)
April 29 – Whitby, ON – UpCap Cafe Concert Series (solo)


1.  Starlight
2.  Lift Me Up
3.  To The North
4.  Robin Hood
5.  Aurora In The Meadow
6.  Everyday
7.  For Hidegard (Canon in b phrygian)
8.  La Plaine
9.  Broken Plate
10. Bury My Heart

Stream Strangers on the Internet’s ‘Good Problems’ for Free

NYC experimental pop duo Strangers on the Internet have shared a free stream of ‘Good Problems’.

The band’s sound is a combination of  electro-pop, hip-hop and classical with other instruments. Bandmates Lilly Wolfson and Alex Neuhausen work as coders during the day and produce their music in a former textile mill by night.

‘Good Problems’ is influenced by 90’s East Coast hip-hop with vocals that evoke 1920’s jazz singers.

“I like reading about finance and economics. I got the name Strangers on the Internet from a headline in The Wall Street Journal. I was walking around Amsterdam and the notification popped up on my phone, something about a man who takes investment direction from strangers on the internet. He has lots of money, and they tell him what to invest in, and he invests in it. I thought, it’s so funny how everything now is about that, it’s all strangers on the internet. So that’s our name,” Wolfson said in an e-mail.
“I started writing this song when I began my job at Bloomberg. The company’s headquarters is in a skyscraper in midtown Manhattan and the sixth floor has this massive atrium that’s like a glass temple with steel ribs. Skyscrapers remind me of churches, metal and glass stretching upward and so on, and I wanted the song to sound like a hymn in places, with choirs and piano and strings,” she explained.
“My therapist once gave me this book called Bullish Thinking. It’s basically a self-help manual for financial advisors who can’t cope with the stress of their jobs. It’s got stories of finance guys who killed themselves ‘cause they lost money for their clients. Some of that stuff found its way into the lyrics – the third verse gets pretty dark.”
Catch Strangers on the Internet on the following dates;
3/17 – St. Paddy’s Day GOLD Party at Secret Loft
3/30 – Indie Pop Night at Secret Loft

Stream Callum Pitt’s ‘Happiness’ for Free

Newcastle-based alt-folk artist Callum Pitt had this to say about his latest single ‘Happiness’ in an e-mail;  “‘Happiness’ is about the phases my own, and I think many people’s, mind goes through while trying to make a life you are content in, and rationalising your place in the world. It talks about the self doubts and the ruts you can get stuck in, and the moments and people that can lift you out of those ruts. Hopefully people can relate.”

He shared a free streaming MP3 of the track. He’s received acclaim from BBC Radio 1’s Phil Taggart and  BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq.

Stream Michael Seyer’s Bad Bonez for Free

Michael Seyer had this to say about his latest album Bad Bonez in an e-mail; “All my music is pretty personal, actually. But I think with this new project, I have a lot more recording experience and I really tried to hone in on the writing.”

He wrote and recorded the album in his bedroom. The beat-driven collage is a departure his previous outings. Seyer is also a member of up-and-coming band Bane’s World, who are scheduled to play Coachella.

The Armed Share the Video for ‘Role Models’ (Featuring Tommy Wiseau)

Detroit punk/hardcore/experimental collective The Armed did a little something different for the video for their track ‘Role Models’, taken from their forthcoming LP ONLY LOVE, out on April 27 via No Rest Until Ruin/Throatruiner.

They called on their called on Tommy Wiseau of The Room fame to dress up in a swamp thing costume with a pair batting gloves and react to the track. It premiered on Saturday, March 3 during Adult Swim’s Toonami block.

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Westerman’s ‘Confirmation’

Westerman’s new single ‘Confirmation’ was the result of a case of writer’s block.

As he put it in a e-mail, the track explores, “the difficulties of infinite choice and the allure of impulsiveness”

He also had this to say about the Jonjo Lowe-directed video, “We tried to put across otherness, impulsiveness and escapism. These are concepts I associate with, so I tried to make it a bit more of a personal thing than what I’ve done before. I hope it’s playful and fun too.”

The single is out now on Blue Flowers and it’s the latest in a string of collaborations with producer Bullion.

Westerman will play The Shacklewell Arms on April 11.

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: pink kink’s ‘bubblebutt’

Liverpool band pink kink had this to say about the video for ‘bubblebutt’ in a statement;

“This video goes to all the feminist superheros and superheroines out there fighting catcalling, sexism & the patriarchy on a daily basis – we love you 

thanks for making the world a better place.”

The Katia Ganfield-directed video celebrates everyday “feminist superheroes”.

The band’s members come from Basque Country, Montana, Oslo and Bavaria. They’re anti-fascists with a feminist message and DIY ethos. pink kink provided support for Pussy Riot’s UK dates.

Catch them on the following dates;



17, Les Femmes s’en Melent, La Machine du Moulin Rouge, Paris

21, Les Femmes s’en Melent, Stereolux, Nantes

26, FEMME Issue 2 Launch, Birthdays, London



30, Leeds Oporto

31, Manchester The Eagle Inn

1, Birmingham The Victoria

2, Bristol Crofters Rights

5, London Sebright Arms

6, Southampton Heartbreakers

7, Brighton Sticky Mikes Frog Bar

8, Cardiff Buffalo Bar

12, Hull The Polar Bear

14, Edinburgh The Mash House

15, Glasgow Attic Bar

7, Blisscamp, Hampshire

21, Truck Festival, Oxford

22, Blue Dot Festival, Manchester

3, Neverworld by Leefest, Tunbridge Wells