There’s so much great music in Vancouver right now. Over the last few weeks, this band’s been a fixture on my iPod. Fantastic, spare electro; moody synth with lots of open air… insomniac music.
Lightning Dust are playing The Drake September 10th. I suggest you buy tickets in advance. Don’t miss it.
Photo courtesy of Bernadette Connors
So, one of my hometown’s most up-and-coming up-and-comers, Bernadette Connors, has just released her new single for download. You can get Gravity for free here. They’ve shot a video for it as well. Watch closely and you’ll get a good look at a few Barrie landmarks.
Bernadette’s an incredible performer, seasoned by years of gigging all around North America. Her voice has always been impressive, but I really love how she’s started pushing her limits on her newer material.
For proof, check out her last single, “Where’s My Heart;” for me, that song was a total curveball from her. A crazy-powerful stadium pop tune that’s got real staying power, Where’s My Heart still leaps out at me as a high watermark every time I hear it.
Got a chance to review Whitehorse’s new EP, The Road To Massey Hall.
Check it out over on BlogTO.
Here’s their cover of Neil Young’s Winterlong, a pretty rare B-side you may not be familiar with.
Wake up, it’s your Monday morning jam!
Ra Ra Riot’s new record is streaming on their website with a super cool visualizer thingie. Neat-o.
Ra Ra Riot are playing Lee’s Palace on March 6. You can get tickets on GalleryAC — and as an aside, I think it’s awesome that Arts & Crafts is doing these ticket / album bundles. Hilarious there’s so few other labels getting into this part of the business–having a good, sensible webstore can’t do anything but help your business, right?
So. I got to go see the second night of this year’s Wavelength Festival, co-presented by everybody’s favorite electronic music blog Silent Shout.
Check out the review on BlogTO.
I was blown away by Blue Hawaii, an up and coming electronic two-piece featuring the lead singer of Braids.
Here’s ‘Try To Be,’ from their upcoming debut
An editor recently turned me on to Richard Buckner, and I’m really beginning to enjoy the more out-there elements of his songwriting.
Anyway, here he is covering ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ by Joy Division. Possibly the best cover of this song I’ve ever heard.
You can start it at, like, 33 seconds.
Here’s a few things you should be aware of:
1. NXNE is this week. If you haven’t checked out their nifty Schedulizer or their awesome App, you should get on that–there’s going to be enough amazing music in Toronto by the end of this week to put even the most music-nerdiest of us (hello!) on overload. Expect much noise, and many fractured blog posts across the city.
2. Beach House are coming to Toronto on October 13th, 2012. They’re playing the Kool Haus, which creates a really weird Beach House/Kool Haus parallelism that makes the writer in me cringe.
As a related aside, I got confused at Rotate This and gave a test-listen to the new Best Coast record instead of Beach House’s latest record.
On the plus side, I got to hear this:
3. Bonnaroo’s this weekend. I don’t have anything to say about it, other than I’m jealous of everybody who trekked out to Tennessee to watch the Red Hot Chili Peppers play… Well. Maybe I’m not that jealous.
Still, there are some GREAT acts there. And they’re doing a webcast! Today, you’ll be able to stream Trampled By Turtles, Kathleen Edwards, Ben Folds, Bon Iver, The Civil Wars and Alice Effing Cooper.
You can stream it HERE btw. Chili’s are on being rebroadcast now, I think.
**please note: I do not consider anything the Red Hot Chili Peppers released before 1999 to be the same band currently broadcast through the link above.**