Record Store Day isn't until tomorrow (April 19), but Neil Young and Third Man Records have given fans a treat a day early by releasing the previously promised covers album A Letter Home. The album is available to purchase on vinyl over at Third Man's online store. The tracklist is down below and the album cover is above. Most of the covers are of songs by well known artists, including Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, the Everly Brothers and Bert Jansch; there are two apiece by Gordon Lightfoot and Willie Nelson. As previously confirmed, A Letter Home was recorded in...Read More
Today marks the start of the Easter long weekend, but that doesn't mean you have to wait until Sunday to get a special holiday treat. Just head to your local cinema and check out one of this week's new films.
To help you on your way, we've taken a look at a few of the features hopping into theaters this weekend. Read some of our reviews below, but don't forget to visit our Recently Reviewed section for coverage of even more new titles.
Starting things off is Transcendence, the star-studded sci-fi film starring Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall. Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy cinematographer Wally Pfister directs in his first-feature film, but is there more to this escapist flick than just a bunch of pretty pictures? Read our review to find out.
Next, Marlon Wayans continues his mediocre silver screen run with the found footage horror satire sequel A Haunted House 2, while fellow Canuck A.J. Bond creates a claustrophobic and disorienting experience with the faux-documentary style horror flick Stress Position.
Finally, if you prefer marijuana-laced edibles instead of chocolate covered candy, then Mike Clattenburg has the film for you. Bubbles, Julian, Ricky and Mr. Lahey return in Trailer Park Boys: Don't Legalize It, the final instalment of the Showcase Original's cinematic trilogy. However, does the film deliver the perfect 4/20 high, or only a mild buzz? Click through to know.
After last year's La Costa Perdida and subsequent deluxe reissues of classic material, it'd be understandable if seminal indie act Camper Van Beethoven wanted to take some time off. Instead, however, they've returned with a brand new album. Called El Camino Real, the new release marks their ninth full-length album. The album features 11 new songs from the group, and it's being touted as a companion album to La Costa Perdida. That's not to say they're similar. As a press release explains, "Whereas La Costa Perdida reflected the northern California 'back...Read More
Back in the '90s, Prince parted with Warner Bros. Records on less-than-friendly terms, but now he's signed a new deal with the label. First up from this partnership is a 30th anniversary reissue of Prince's classic 1984 album Purple Rain. The details of the reissue have yet to be announced, but a press release notes that it will be a remastered deluxe edition. We will apparently be treated to "long-awaited, previously unheard material," implying that Purple Rain will come stacked with bonus cuts. This new deal covers albums released from '78 into the '90s. It also...Read More
Veteran songwriter Mark Kozelek recently released the morbid LP Benji with his project Sun Kil Moon, and soon a number of those same songs will pop up on a live solo album. Live at Biko will be out on July 1 through Calo Verde Records. The set was recored earlier this month during a concert in Milan, Italy. It features 14 tracks; most of these are Sun Kil Moon tunes, but there are also selections from Kozelek's respective 2013 collaborations with Desertshore and Jimmy LaValle. The tracklist is below and the album cover is above. The live version of the gloomy "Richard...Read More
Every year, Record Store Day seems to keep on getting bigger and bigger, as vinyl junkies flock to their local indie shops to pick up special exclusive releases from an ever-increasing selection of artists. This year's event takes place on Saturday (April 19), and as is becoming tradition, there's a huge list of new releases and special reissues for buyers to choose from. For this list, we've chosen a selection of records that you'd be wise to be on the lookout for on the big day. Of course, these are going to available in limited quantities, and there are always a few releases that end...Read More
Devon Williams has spent a few years tinkering on a follow-up to 2011's Euphoria, but he is now ready to reveal his latest platter, Gilding the Lily. The record, his second for Slumberland Records, is set to drop June 3 and is described as bringing the singer-songwriter to "a new peak of craft and creativity." According to a press release, Williams began work on the LP immediately after completing Euphoria, once again teaming up in the studio with producer Jorge Elbrecht (Lansing-Dreiden, Violens, Ariel Pink). The two-year process marked a few changes in Williams'...Read More
The Jesse Eisenberg-starring film The Double first premiered at festivals last year, but with director Richard Ayoade's flick getting a wider releaser in 2014, the score by Andrew Hewitt is also now headed our way. The Double's soundtrack will be out on May 6 through Milan Records, just a for days before Magnolia Pictures releases the film in theatres on May 9. The darkly comedic film centres around Eisenberg, a meek office clerk with an unrequited crush on a co-worker (played by Mia Wasikowska). He meets his exact physical double, and the doppelgänger begins taking...Read More
Wu-Tang Clan have experienced some delays when attempting to finish their long-promised album A Better Tomorrow, with RZA complaining that Raekwon has been absent during the sessions. Now, the Chef has fired back with some harsh words for RZA. Raekwon evidently isn't happy with the music that Wu-Tang have been creating, and he likened his absence from the group to an athlete being on strike. He told Rolling Stone, "RZA's the type of dude where, in the '90s, he ruled. Now it's a new day. You're not attached no more. It's like being a coach and you won rings back in the day,...Read More
The long-pending trademark infringement lawsuit that Black Flag founder Greg Ginn filed against his former bandmates performing as FLAG has finally been settled, with both acts retaining the right to use their band names. Billboard reports that the parties reached an out-of-court settlement, informing the courts on April 10 that the case had been dropped. While details on the settlement are hazy, Ginn's lawyer Evan Cohen noted, "FLAG gets to be FLAG, and Black Flag as it is presently known continues to be Black Flag." Last August, Ginn accused FLAG — featuring former...Read More
While blockbuster EDM has a reputation for filling stadiums with teenagers, this spring's APEX DJ tour is aiming to bring something a little different to clubs across the continent. The tour features a revolving cast of dance artists like Thugfucker, DJ Tennis, Maya Jane Coles, Magda, James Holden, Justin Martin, Catz 'N Dogz, Kill Frenzy, Harvard Bass, Danny Daze, Tale of Us, Joy Orbison, Blond:ish and Michael Mayer. The lineup changes each night, with no artist playing more than a small handful of shows. In addition to a number of U.S. gigs, APEX has Canadian shows in Vancouver,...Read More
Jill Barber switched to French for her 2013 album Chansons, but she's now back to singing in English for her latest release. Fool's Gold will be out on June 17 through Outside Music. She recorded the album in Toronto with Les Cooper and Drew Jurecka, both of whom have produced prior albums for Barber, in addition to playing in her touring band. Sessions took place just six months after she gave birth to her first child. "I won't try to kid you about how hard it is to be a new mother and work at the same time," Barber said in a statement. "Time becomes the new economy....Read More
With Record Store Day just two sleeps away, hip-hop icons De La Soul have announced they're getting into the spirit by offering up a new 12-inch of J Dilla-prepped instrumentals used on their recent Smell the D.A.I.S.Y. mixtape, with copies hidden Easter egg-style at participating shops. A press release notes that anyone who submitted their email to grab the BitTorrent Bundle containing the mixtape has been sent a message detailing that 100 vinyl copies of the instrumental set are being hidden in shops in the U.S., Canada and the UK. The email contains clues as to where the rare...Read More
Queens of the Stone Age's ...Like Clockwork was one of 2013's most buzzed-about rock albums, but evidently Courtney Love isn't too impressed, since she has spoken out against the band and their frontman Josh Homme. Speaking with The Quietus about her writing process, she said, "Well, you sit and you write like, Queens of the Stone Age drudge for a month, and it's just not happening, and it's not happening — not that Queens of the Stone Age suck, but people expect a lot more from me." She may have clarified that Queens don't suck, but her next sentence quickly...Read More
Thirteen years after shuttering its doors, Chicago-based indie imprint Wax Trax! has announced its getting back in the music biz, with the daughter of founder Jim Nash taking on the reins for the relaunch. The label's Julia Nash explained the new direction today (April 17) in a blog post, announcing the imprint gets back into the game this spring via the release of a 12-inch single from Cocksure, a new project from Revolting Cocks/Ministry member Chris Connelly and Jason Novak (Acumen Nation, Czar). The three-song single, dubbed TKO Mindfuck, also features guest vocals from Front...Read More
Just, ahem, To Be Kind, Michael Gira and the rest of his aggressive and artsy Swans have added another batch of North American concert dates to help promote the album of the same name. As previously reported, the band head out on the road just after the album hits stores on May 13 through Young God Records, with Canadian dates lined up in Quebec City, Montreal and Toronto in July. The extra stretch of shows comes a couple months later, with the band hitting up seven more cities, including an return appearance at Vancouver's Venue on September 5. You'll find all of the tour info...Read More
Yesterday (April 16), pop singer Sky Ferreira unveiled a music video for "I Blame Myself," which showed her running afoul of the law and hanging out with some buddies in inner city Los Angeles. Now, she has issued a statement responding to claims that the clip is racist. When Ferreira posted the video, some folks took exception to the fact that all of the backup dancers are black and that the vocalist is the apparent leader of the group. One Facebook commenter wrote, "I'm tired of seeing black people used as props." (Miley Cyrus and Lily Allen have faced similar criticism regarding their...Read More
With Hillside's indoor winter spinoff now a couple of months behind us, the long-running Ontario festival is now gearing up for its big summer event. The 31st annual edition of the festival will run from July 25 to 27 at Guelph Lake Island. The full lineup has yet to be announced, but Hillside has confirmed a heap of artists who will be appearing at its latest instalment. These acts include Tegan & Sara, Four Tet, Young Galaxy, Kevin Drew, PUP, Majical Cloudz, Hydra (consisting of Feist, AroarA and Snowblink), Super Friendz, Matt Andersen, Born Ruffians, Basia Bulat, Hey Rosetta!, Bry...Read More
The infamous Tom G. Warrior and his inconsistent musical trajectory have thrilled, baffled, and enraged metal fans for nearly three decades. With his most recent project, Triptykon, the rough edges that have afflicted past projects like Celtic Frost and Hellhammer are smoothed out. For the first time in his lengthy musical history, he has a stable band lineup, who this week released the excellent Melana Chasmata. It's an utterly gothic extreme metal affair that rages against the machine while embellishing the humanistic, anti-establishmentarian elements that have long peppered...Read More
This weekend is a big one for religious holidays, but for those not celebrating Passover or turning their homes upside-down in search of Easter eggs (and even for those that are), why not take the opportunity to celebrate music by going out to a concert or two? We've highlight some big ones coming the week of April 17-23 below, but if nothing tickles your fancy, be sure to take a peek out our complete Concert Listings for more shows near you. ...Read More