Experimental electronic pop performer EMA (a.k.a. Erika M. Anderson) is set to show live audiences the mysteries deep within The Future's Void, having just announced another batch of tour dates supporting her recent LP of the same name. The solo artist's upcoming travel plans were revealed today (July 23), with the itinerary laying out a series of shows she'll be playing throughout the fall. Though Anderson has a couple of summer festival appearances lined up, her tour schedule starts up in September. First, she'll spend a week in the U.S. supporting indie rock unit Spoon, but...Read More
There have been rumblings about a Brian Wilson biopic for some time now, and Love & Mercy is finally set to make its world premiere. Excitingly, the premiere is taking place here in Canada, since it has been confirmed for the Toronto International Film Festival this September. The film traces Wilson's mental health and substance abuse struggles throughout his life. Paul Dano (Looper, Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood) is playing the younger Wilson, while Hollywood A-lister John Cusack plays the older iteration of the Beach Boys star. Elizabeth Banks...Read More
Toronto atmospheric folkies the Wilderness of Manitoba have already previewed some of their new material on tour earlier this year, and now they've formally announced their next album. Between Colours will be out on September 16 on Pheromone Recordings. The album was laid down at Revolution Recording in Toronto with producer Joe Dunphy (Skydiggers, By Divine Right, Elliott Brood). Guests include Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (who plays a guitar solo) and Rheostatics member Michael Phillip Wojewoda (who contributes theremin), plus a handful of drummers. The album is split into...Read More
Though they showed us their Vanishing Point in 2013, Mudhoney are now ready to have their 1995 LP My Brother the Cow re-materialize on vinyl for the first time in years. Originally released through Reprise in the mid-'90s, the upcoming edition comes out August 11 via Music on Vinyl, Modern Vinyl points out. Though a deluxe CD reissue arrived in 2003, this is the first new pressing of the album since its original release. It comes on 180 gram vinyl, with the limited pressing of 1,000 copies appearing on white vinyl. The 12-song LP was recorded with producer Jack...Read More
A press release from Digitalism proudly declares that "you don't have to make EDM to create energetic dance music," and the German electronic duo will be seeking to prove that this fall by hitting the road in North America. The outing runs through late October and early November. Digitalism will kick off in Toronto on October 23 and play Montreal the next night. These Canadian shows will be followed by a string of U.S. appearances. See the schedule below. Scroll past that to watch a video for the recent Youngblood Hawke-featuring single "Wolves." Last month, the song was released...Read More
Last year, post-punk group Bloc Party announced an indefinite hiatus that they've mostly stayed true to. Rather than sit around and do nothing, however, their frontman Kele Okereke has announced a new solo LP. The new LP is called Trick, and follows Kele's 2010 solo debut The Boxer (along with last year's 3D printed 12-inch). The album features 10 new songs, and sees the artist working under his first name only. A one-minute album teaser is available below. The brief clip shows off some ambient synths, busy drum breaks and Kele's instantly recognizable voice. ...Read More
Though not much has been revealed behind the next platter from New Orleans oddities Quintron & Miss Pussycat, the duo will be taking their organ-heavy tracks and puppet show on the road this fall. A press release confirms that the trip will be in support of an as-yet-undetailed new LP set to be released sometime later this year. While the project delivered a live LP for Third Man in 2012, the next record will be the proper follow-up to Quintron's 2011 double album Sucre Du Sauvage. Despite the lack of recording details, the duo did deliver info on a forthcoming fall North...Read More
Yesterday (July 22), UK producer SBTRKT announced his sophomore LP, Wonder Where We Land. Though he's often been mysterious in the past, he's decided to let loose the full details of the LP one day later. Wonder Where We Land features 15 new tracks from the artist. The album's recording sessions began on Osea Island, a small island off Essex, where SBTRKT would sketch out songs and collaborate with Sampha, Koreless and Caroline Polachek through the night. The artists would collaborate and record every impulse while animations were projected on the walls. From there,...Read More
Some bands have a hard enough time getting motivated to write a second album, never mind album No. 17. So when New Jersey thrash metal institution Overkill started writing the newly released White Devil Armory, their 17th full-length since their formation in the early '80s, they found inspiration in a simple thread. "I suppose the motivation is looking for that new sliver of song, lyric or a generalized entire feel for a record, and then trying to find that," vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth tells Exclaim! "It's always going to be Overkill, but I think the idea is that if we push...Read More
Last summer, we learned that the Beastie Boys' Adam "Ad-Rock" Horowitz was rumoured to be starring in While We're Young, a new film from beloved indie director Noah Baumbach, alongside Ben Stiller. Not only is that news now confirmed, but the film also has a noteworthy score composer in one James Murphy. The preliminary announcements for this year's Toronto International Film Festival included news about While We're Young. While details are scarce, The Film Stage pointed out [via Spin] that While We're Young will feature a new score from the former LCD...Read More
Earlier this year, Austin emo masters Mineral announced plans to reunite. Of course, with renewed interest in the band, it only makes sense that they'd have some music to sell, so they've announced plans to reissue their two albums. The group's 1996 album The Power of Failing and its 1998 follow-up EndSerenading have been remastered and linked together for a new, double-disc compilation. The release includes everything recorded by the band between 1994 and 1998. Naturally, it's called 1994 -1998: The Complete Collection. In addition to the two LPs, the...Read More
Over the weekend, speculation abounded when the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team was called to the Pemberton Music Festival to look into what was believed to be a suspicious death. Now, the authorities have determined that no foul play was involved. An autopsy was completed yesterday (July 21), following the passing of 21-year-old Regina man Nick Phongsavath, whose body was found in his tent on Friday evening (July 18). Staff sergeant Jennifer Pound said in a statement, "As a result of evidence found at the scene, witness statements and the autopsy completed on Nick...Read More
It's time yet again for your weekly dose of brand new album reviews — our new release roundup is back with a handful of piping hot reviews for your reading pleasure. Click through and give them a once-over — you never know, you might just find your new favourite record. If not, don't fret, we'll be back next Tuesday with a fresh batch of reviews for you to pour over.
First, learn all about the latest release from gritty hip-hop legend Common. Nobody's Smiling features the iconic rapper returning to his Chicago roots, and our reviewer details the tracks that hit their marks and the tracks that didn't quite make it. Read the review at the link above.
Then we've got a review for PS I Love You's fearless new album, For Those Who Stay. Our reviewer says that the band's new material is "more dynamic and ambitious than anything else they've done."
Monomyth's Saturnalia Regalia! is up next in our roundup — take a look at what our reviewer thought of this fuzzy, dizzying, psychedelic offering.
Also, read our gleaming review of the self-titled debut by Canadian pop act Alvvays. They've mixed sunny vocals with nostalgic lo-fi riffs to produce a carefree summer soundtrack.
Following Alvvays' lighthearted pop is the psych-rock stylings of Tim Presley on White Fence's To the Recently Found Innocent. Teaming up with Ty Segall proved to be a step in the right direction for Presley, according to our reviewer.
Concluding today's roundup is our review of thrash metal act Overkill's White Devil Armory. Check out our review to see if their fast-paced, frenetic brand of metal made the grade this time around.
You can find some tracks of the albums reviewed above and lots more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
As the man behind Iggy Azalea's explosive "Fancy," as well as YG's breakthrough My Krazy Life album, DJ Mustard is one of the most sought-after producers in the game. He'll soon capitalize on that hype with the release of his Roc Nation debut. The album's called 10 Summers, because it's going to offer 10 whole summers' worth of bangers. You may notice that there are 12 songs on the tracklisting, but two of those are interludes. Not even DJ Mustard can make a summer banger out of a rap album interlude. With Mustard on the beat, 10 Summers is packed to the brim...Read More
This fall famed Canadian environmental campaigner David Suzuki will be spreading his message across the country with his Blue Dot Tour. To help attract attention to the good cause, the Vancouver activist is bringing along a host of Canadian musicians and other artistic figures. The shows on this coast-to-coast trek are billed as "An Evening with David Suzuki." It's being called his "last national tour," and musical performers who appear at various dates include Neil Young, Feist, Grimes, Metric members Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, Blue Rodeo members Jim Cuddy and Greg Keelor, Joel...Read More
Franz Ferdinand are becoming the latest in a long line of acts to assemble some of their favourite songs for a LateNightTales compilation. Their contribution is due out on September 15. As always with the LateNightTales compilations, these tunes are designed for nocturnal listening. Artists who Franz Ferdinand have selected include Boards of Canada, Paul McCartney & Wings, Can, Serge Gainsbourg, Oneohtrix Point Never, James Brown, Ian Dury, Lee "Scratch" Perry and more. There is also one original contribution from Franz Ferdinand: a cover of Jonathan Halper's "Leaving...Read More
In some rough news for Corrosion of Conformity fans, drummer Reed Mullin has been forced to pull out of the band's upcoming North American tour following a serious shoulder injury. The band, currently in the midst of a stretch of Down Under dates, revealed in a press release that Mullin won't be cracking the skins for the rest of that trip, as well as their fall trek around North America, due to a torn rotator cuff. This includes a September 1 appearance at Vancouver's Rickshaw Theatre. Apparently the drummer has been ailing for some time and will be sidelined henceforth until he's healed...Read More
Richmond, VA group Labradford have remained mostly inactive since 2001, with members working on various different projects. Two-thirds of the group have now reunited, however, and are working under the name Anjou. Anjou comprises Labradford members Mark Nelson and Robert Donne. The two have teamed up with percussionist Steven Hess, who has previously worked with Nelson in his long-running Pan•American project. As Anjou, the group have prepared a self-titled debut album. As evidenced on the song "Sighting," available to stream below, all three members have left their imprint on the...Read More
Los Angeles songwriter Ramona Gonzalez makes synth-pop under the name Nite Jewel, but now she has taken vocals out of the equation for a new instrumental project called MAIA. She launched the new project by sharing an eight-song album on Bandcamp oday (July 22). It's called 29 — not to be confused with the Ryan Adams LP of the same name — and it veers away from Nite Jewel's pop-inclined style with swaths of cinematic synthesized ambience and dark, anxious drum machines. Whether this will be a busy, active new project or just a one-off release remains to be seen....Read More
After coming out of retirement last year to deliver the Higher collaboration with Dâm-Funk, funk figure and former Slave leader Steve Arrington has now unveiled plans to look back on his career with a retrospective set, Way Out (80-84). The album, due September 29 through Tummy Touch, collects early Slave singles like "Summetime Lovin" and "Special FX from Mars," as well as tracks that would later be sampled by the likes of A Tribe Called Quest and Jay Z. The retrospective also features a few rarities, described in a press sheet as "unreleased songs deemed too...Read More