Monthly Archives: April 2018

Stream JP Maurice’s ‘Rocket’ for Free

Vancouver artist JP Maurice has shared a free stream of ‘Rocket’ from his forthcoming album Boys, out on May 18.

It’s the follow-up to his 2017 EP Girls. Maurice started work on the album four years ago at The Trailer, a small studio in Toronto.

“Many of the songs were reworked or even scrapped for newer, stronger, or more appropriate tunes,” he said in an e-mail. “And this all culminated in recording sessions in Vancouver in the Summer of 2016 with producer/mixer Russell Broom at Blue Light Studio, which I luckily had become a partner in after successfully taking home 2nd place in the final edition of The Peak Performance Project. 15+ songs were recorded and it was decided to break the album up into 2 parts which became the Girls EP and Boys LP.”

Maurice released Girls after his 2013 debut The Arborist, streaming for free via his Bandcamp;

The track ‘Go’ can be found on both Girls and Boys. Check out the video for the track;

Catch JP Maurice on the following dates;

May 11 – Toronto, ON – The Cameron House (CMW)
May 18 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw Theatre (Album Release Show)

Stream Post Louis’ ‘Stress Fracture’ for Free

Art rockers Post Louis have shared a free stream of of their track ‘Stress Fracture’.

Stream Machinedrum’s ‘Hype Up’ for Free

Machinedrum, aka Travis Stewart, has shared a free stream of his new single ‘Hype Up’.

He also shared a free stream of his remix of Chrome Sparks‘ ‘What’s it Gonna Take’;

Machinedrum and Chrome Sparks are currently on tour together. Catch them on the following dates;

APR 18 – Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO
APR 19 – The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
APR 20 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL
APR 21 – The Blind Pig – Ann Arbor, MI
APR 25 – Coda, Philadelphia, PA
APR 26 – Elsewhere – Brooklyn, NY
APR 27 – Theatre Fairmount – Westmount, Canada
APR 28 – The Velvet Underground – Toronto, Canada
MAY 24 – Honey – Minneapolis, MN

Stream Piers Baron’s ‘Leap of Faith’ for Free

UK artist Piers Baron had this to say about his single ‘Leap of Faith’ in an e-mail, ‘Leap of Faith’ is a song about new beginnings, a journey from one place to another, taking chances and making it work.”

He originally performed under the name Baron and he received support from The BBC’s Annie Mac and his music made several appearances on the UK dance charts.

He has since relocated to Los Angeles and retooled his sound to reflect his love of pop, electronica and all things cinematic. Baron has even created a character to represent the new direction he’s taken his music, a mysterious half-human AI. He’s collaborated with DJ Fresh, Pendulum, and David Blaine.

Baron recently scored the soundtrack to The Flat Earth, a film by Ty Evans, a skate video director who’s been called the Steven Spielberg of skateboard videos.

Stream Chances’ ‘Fire to Go’ for Free

Chances have shared a free stream of ‘Fire to Go’ from debut album Traveler, out on April 27.

The band describes the track as being, “an anthem of resilience”.

“It’s an empowering break-up song that talks about taking a stand and resisting the temptation to let someone back into your life when you know it’s a mistake,” Chances said in an e-mail.

Catch the band on the following dates;

April 26th – Phi Centre, Montreal

May 3rd – Le District, Quebec City

May 8th – This Ain’t Hollywood, Hamilton (with The Ferns and Calcedon)

May 9th – The Burdock, Toronto (with Chelsea Reed/David Macmichael)

May 10th – National Arts Centre, Ottawa

Stream Arkells ‘People’s Champ’ for Free

“We’re all looking for leadership that is benevolent and generous, and truly has the will of the people in everything they do,” Arkells‘ frontman Max Kerman said in a statement. “We’re comforted every day by the people in our neighbourhood who go the extra mile for their community – especially when they don’t have to. We love that person. This song is about the opposite of that: it’s about the guy who acts like Robin Hood, but is the farthest thing from it. But that’s OK: look around and you’ll find people’s champs all around ya.”

He’s speaking of the band’s latest track ‘People’s Champ’, streaming for free. It’s taken from their forthcoming fifth album, due out later this year. The single was written and produced in Toronto with long-time collaborator Eric Ratz.

The Arkells will play their biggest show to date in Hamilton on June 23 at Tim Hortons Field with Cold War Kids and Ellevator. Combined with the band’s sell-out show at Budweiser Stage in Toronto with July Talk in the summer of 2017, they have raised $18,000 for The Rally. Proceeds will be donated to Refuge: Hamilton Centre for Newcomer Health.

Catch Arkells on the following dates;

April 13 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

April 15 – Dublin, IRL @ Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

April 16 – Dublin, IRL @ Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

April 18 – Belfast, UK @ Limelight (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

April 20 – Aberdeen, UK @ The Garage (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

April 21 – Edinburgh, UK @ Liquid Room (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

April 22 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

April 24 – Sheffield, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

April 25 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

April 27 – Bristol, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

April 28 – Exeter, UK @ Uni Great Hall (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

April 30 – Cambridge, UK @ Corn Exchange (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

May 1 – Southampton, UK @ O2 Guild Hall (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

May 2 – Southend-On-Sea @ Cliffs Pavilion (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

May 4 – Leicester, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

May 5 – Oxford, UK @ O2 Academy (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

May 8 – Hull, UK @ Hull City Hall (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

May 9 – Norwich, UK @ UEA (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

May 11 – London, UK @ Roundhouse (Supporting Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls)

May 12 – London, UK @ Dingwalls

June 23 – Hamilton, ON @ Tim Hortons Field: The Rally w/ Special Guests Cold War Kids, Bishop Briggs

June 30 – Timmins, ON @ Hollinger Park – Stars & Thunder Festival

July 7 – Thunder Bay, ON @ Marina Park – Thunder Bay Blues Festival

July 27 – Belleville, ON @ Empire Square Live

Aug 5 – Saint John, NB @ Long Warf – Area 506 Festival

Sept 7 – Vancouver, BC @ Stanley Park – SKOOKUM Festival

Sept 8 – Edmonton, AC @ Victoria Park – SONiC Field Day

Stream BOYTOY’s ‘Static Age’ for Free

Brooklyn quartet BOYTOY have shared a free stream of ‘Static Age’ from their forthcoming second album Night Leaf, due out on April 27 via Papercup Music.

The album is out on Stolen Body in the UK and Europe and will be released on cassette via Burger Records.

This follows the release of ‘Mary Anne’;

BOYTOY was formed by Saara Untracht-Oakner and Glenn Michael Van Dyke who bonded over a love of surf music and rock and roll. They released their self-titled EP in 2014 and followed it with their debut album Grackle in 2015.

They followed this with a slew of 7″ singles and Chase Noelle on drums and Lena Simon on bass. The band recorded Night Leaf with Kyle Mullarky’s (Allah Las) at his Pump House Studio in Topanga Canyon, outside of Los Angeles.

Catch BOYTOY on the following dates;

04/27 – Brooklyn, NY @ Secret Project Robot
05/01 – Frauenfeld, CH @ KAFF
05/02 – Biel, CH @ Le Salopard
05/03 – Lyon, FR @ Le Sonic
05/05 – Berlin, DE @ Maze
05/07 – Bussels, BE @ Le Chaff
05/08 – Le Havre, FR @ McDaid’s
05/09 – Lille, FR @ E.T. Aloha
05/10 – Gent, BE @ Leffingeleurem Fest
05/11 – Paris, FR @ Club LFSM
05/12 – Nantes, FR @ Bras de Fer
05/13 – London, UK @ Lock Tavern
05/14 – Cardiff, UK @ The Moon
05/15 – Glasgow, UK @ Nice n’ Sleazy
05/16 – Brimingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
05/17 – Newcastle, UK @ Head of Steam
05/18 – Bristol, UK @ The Crofter’s Right
05/19 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape


Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Bossie’s ‘Strawberry Moon’

Toronto artist Bossie, aka Anne Douris, has shared the video for ‘Strawberry Moon’ from her debut album Not Pictured, out on April 27 via Culvert Music.

“Growing up as girls, messages about how we should look and behave come at us from all sides, so you’re constantly carrying around these expectations. It’s overwhelming,” Douris said in a statement. “The director, Allison Johnston, and I wanted to visualize that by physically building this overwhelming world through the looking glass. We wanted it to look as bizarre and over-the-top as it can sometimes feel to be a woman. So I constructed these colossal make-up products as a way of showing how these images of “beauty” are not only ridiculous and disorienting, but literally a huge burden.”

Catch Bossie on the following dates;

04/07 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace w/ Born Ruffians
05/05 – Toronto, ON @ Baby G w/ Language Arts
08/17-19 – Elora, ON @ Riverfest

01.  Mild At Heart
02.  Meteor
03.  Strawberry Moon
04.  There Will Be Time
05.  A Lot Like Love
06.  The Outsider
07.  As Good As It Gets
08.  Tell It All
09.  Post Teen

Videos for a Lazy Sunday: Young Galaxy’s ‘Frontier’

Young Galaxy‘s Catherine McCandless shared a rather revealing fact about the video for ‘Frontier’ in an e-mail; “I almost shot this video naked. It needed to be naked though, not me. I wanted a real, raw, and blasted out with light communication that didn’t have a plan behind it.  We wrote the song ‘Frontier’ and realized that it was, and is the manifesto for this album.

Down Time grew around it. ‘Frontier’ is the core and the data from which all the rest of the songs derive their meaning. It needed to be a stripped down signal coming in to a loved one. With a concept of intimate detail, high contrast, and work-like, utilitarian dress we shot a non-performance performance video featuring light, textures, bravery, and braun. I wanted to shoot a love letter that fortifies, works for change, and spills over in it’s celebration of the place of this love.”

McCandless directed, filmed and edited the video with rararacquiao.

The track is taken from the Montreal duo’s latest release Down Time, out on April 6. This marks the first truly independent release from McCandless and her bandmate/husband Stephen Ramsay.

The album was written with a sense of reinvention as they stepped away from the music industry and took control of their careers. Down Time sees Ramsay and McCandless tackling the topics of late period capitalism, the rise of nationalism and neoliberalism.