Jon Bartlett founded Kelp Records way back in 1994 in Fredericton, NB, meaning that this year the label will be rightly patting itself on the back and celebrating its 20th anniversary. Helping us all get in on the action, Kelp will be marking the occasion by staging concerts in Toronto and in its current home base of Ottawa, as well as giving us a new reissue to sink our teeth into. The Toronto show will take place on May 29 at the Horseshoe Tavern, while the Ottawa gig is on May 31 at Barrymore's Music Hall. The shows will feature the live return of the recently absent Acorn, plus the...Read More
Organizers behind SappyFest managed to crowdsource enough cash to publish SappyForever, a coffee table book chronicling the Sackville, NB summer festival from its roots up to now. Appropriately enough, familiar fest faces like Julie Doiron and Shotgun Jimmie will be promoting the hardcover tome and their songs on an upcoming tour, which will excitingly also feature a reunion from the much-missed Shotgun & Jaybird. A seven-date book tour takes place in May, with a number of affiliated artists either performing or reading at venues between the Maritimes and Ontario. While Shotgun...Read More
Yesterday (April 15), reports began swirling that AC/DC were planning to retire due to guitarist Malcolm Young suffering from an alleged illness. Now, the veteran riff purveyors have issued a formal statement on the matter, clarifying that Young will be taking a personal hiatus while the band will be carrying on without him. The group issued the following message through their website: After forty years of life dedicated to AC/DC, guitarist and founding member Malcolm Young is taking a break from the band due to ill health. Malcolm would like to thank the group's diehard legions...Read More
The Franklin Electric's press materials note that frontman Jon Matte has previously worked with acts like Patrick Watson and Bran Van 3000, but now he's focusing on his own music. The Franklin Electric's debut album is called This Is How I Let You Down, an overhauled version of which will be out on May 6 through Indica Records. Matte self-produced the album alongside engineer Rob Heaney, with recording taking place live off the floor. The results were mixed by Chris Shaw (Weezer, Islands, Bob Dylan). An announcement describes the album as "solid and moving, echoing some Coldplay...Read More
Best known as the only non-EDM act signed to Skrillex's OWSLA imprint, lightly experimental indie pop act Hundred Waters emerged with their self-titled full-length in 2012. Now, two years later, they've announced a proper follow-up. The new album is called The Moon Rang Like a Bell, and features 12 new songs from the group. The tracklisting is available below, while the album art is above. To coincide with the album announcement, Hundred Waters have shared a new song called "Xtalk." The track sees them performing soft, lush piano pop with up-tempo percussion. Check out the...Read More
We're not sure how he does it, but long-running electronic producer Four Tet (a.k.a. Kieran Hebden) is in one of the most prolific chapters of his life. So much so, in fact, that the near constant stream of new Four Tet material is not enough. As such, he's announced two new releases from his alias Percussions. Hebden originally visited the Percussions project in 2012, and he'll return with not one but two new 12-inches to be released via his own Text Records imprint. Each features two new songs, with TEXT030 featuring the songs "KHLHI" and "Sext" and TEXT031 containing "Ascii Bot"...Read More
Though they've yet to announce a proper follow-up to last year's excellent Slow Focus, experimental electronic duo Fuck Buttons have revealed plans for another tour in support of the release. The run of dates sees the British band making three Canadian stops. In addition to playing Toronto's NXNE, they'll also hit up Montreal's Suoni Per Il Popolo Festival on June 17 and play a plain old regular show at Vancouver's Fortune Sound Club on July 3. Check out the full itinerary below. As previously reported, Fuck Buttons will also appear Bleep's upcoming 10th anniversary...Read More
Portland-based metal veterans Agalloch are due to drop their next full-length, The Serpent & the Sphere, later this spring, and the band will support their sixth full-length studio effort with a North American tour. This week, the band revealed all the plans behind their "Serpens in Culmination" tour over on their Facebook page. While the act have a couple dates coming up next month, including a May 16 hometown show just three days after Profound Lore puts the platter in stores May 13, the tour proper doesn't begin until the middle of June. The fuller part of their tour...Read More
As we reported back in 2013, Dan Bejar has his sights set on a new album from Destroyer, telling us at the time that he had "big dreams" for the as-yet-untitled full-length. Well, those dreams are starting to become reality, as Bejar has shed more details of what's in store from Destroyer, as well as from New Pornographers. "I'm going into the studio and the songs that we're working on have a very familiar vibe for me, and I'm totally, totally fine with that, y'know?'" Bejar tells Exclaim! about the follow-up to Destroyer's 2011 effort Kaputt. "I think there was a shift between...Read More
It's another new release Tuesday, and with a fresh batch of albums out, why not grab a bit of cash and #treatyoself to a new CD or LP? Not sure which ones to get? Once again we've got your back with another weekly review roundup. Take a look at the picks below, then make sure to check our Recently Reviewed section for even more new album reviews.
Toronto's Odonis Odonis have dropped their sophomore record, Hard Boiled Soft Boiled, which fans have had to wait two years for due to delays pushing the album from its 2012 release date. Now that it's out, however, was it really worth the wait? Read the full review to find out.
Next, we have the new self-titled record from Canuck collaboration Gord Downie, the Sadies, and the Conquering Sun. Our reviewer found that "the tracks that do ultimately catch fire make those that don't seem like afterthoughts," but that the highlights restore Gord Downie to his once impressive level of energy.
Post-hardcore outfit Fucked Up continue their 12-inch Zodiac series with Year of the Dragon, featuring the 18-minute-long title track. PTSD: Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the fourth solo LP from Pharoahe Monch, finds the rapper exploring the darkest reaches of his psyche, while Triptykon's new record Melana Chasmata is driving, atmospheric and furious, making it frontman Tom G. Warrior's "strongest release in over two decades."
Finally, we have Do to the Beast, the new record from American alt-rockers the Afghan Whigs. Though the album does stick pretty closely to the band's trademark style of '90s rock, our reviewer found that the record "is just playing true to form for the veterans, proving that the beast is back with teeth bared and a few more tricks up its hairy sleeves."
Hear some of our favourite songs from these albums and many more in our Rdio Genre Playlists:
Montreal is already gearing up for a range of spring and summer festivals like EM15, Heavy Montreal, One Man Band Festival and Osheaga, and here's another one to mark on our calendars: MEG Montreal has rolled out the preliminary names for its 16th year. The festival will run over the weekends from July 24 to August 2. Performers who will appear in that time include Suuns, Danger, Les Anticipateurs, Acid Arab, the Driver, Navet Confit, Mozart's Sister, Foxtrott, the Posterz and St.Lô. This is just the initial announcement, and the full lineup will be revealed closer to the date. ...Read More
Having already worked with a handful of record labels over the years, synthy electronic two-piece Xeno & Oaklander have announced they'll next be working with the Ghostly International imprint to deliver their first full-length in three years, Par Avion. A press release from Ghostly confirms that Xeno & Oaklander's label debut drops June 24, and its title, translated from French into "by plane," sets up a somewhat conceptual effort. According to the act, the songs are sonic postcards that reflect on "shimmering moments from the present, romantic messages from the past, and love...Read More
Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz is apparently working on a third chapter to his B.O.A.T.S. series of LPs, but up first from the man formerly known as Tity Boi will be a smoked-out EP dubbed FreeBase. The five-song project arrives May 5 through his own the Real University imprint (a.k.a. T.R.U.), and the rapper explains that he's offering up the new tracks as a gift to fans as they wait for his next full-length affair. "It has been a minute since the release of my album B.O.A.T.S. II: Me Time, and I wanted to give something special to my fans while I record my follow-up...Read More
Aside from defining the tone and aesthetic of so much modern televised comedy, the wacky duo of Tim Heidecker and Eric Wareheim have also released some seriously fascinating comedic music. One of their many projects, Pusswhip Banggang, will now be immortalized with a new 12-inch record. Whether for Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, the Heidecker & Wood project or the piss-play-obsessed Yellow River Boys, Heidecker has remained busy as a composer and performer. Wareheim too is a notable musician (he even played in legendary Philly punk act Ink & Dagger for a spell), and he's...Read More
Veruca Salt's original lineup parted ways in the late '90s, but having reunited for a couple of new recordings, the reformed group are now preparing to spend the summer of 2014 on the road. The outing will last for a little longer than a month from June to July. In that time, they will play a string of shows in the U.S., plus a single Canadian date on June 24 in Vancouver. See the schedule below. Veruca Salt's lineup consists of singer-guitarists Nina Gordon and Louise Post, bassist Steve Lack and drummer Jim Shapiro. This is the same lineup that appeared on '90s hits like "Seether"...Read More
Alexisonfire have let loose the details behind the previously hinted-at second pressing of their long-gone vinyl box set, with the latest version set to appear in streamlined form sometime this August. A press release notes that this next pressing is a bit different than the first edition, focusing primarily on the band's full-length efforts. The box includes double-LP pressings of 2002's Alexisonfire, 2004's Watch Out!, 2006's Crisis and 2009's Old Crows/Young Cardinals, as well as the Dog's Blood EP. What it won't feature are the Switcheroo split...Read More
French production whiz Joakim has been relatively quiet since the release of his 2011 LP Nothing Gold, but he broke the dry spell last month with the release of a nearly unrecognizable cover of Neil Young's "On the Beach." Turns out, that was the lead single for his upcoming album. Called Tropics of Love, the new LP sees the performer exploring myriad genres. He doesn't go it alone the whole way through, either — the song "Bring Your Love" features the Rapture's Luke Jenner, while "Each Other" includes vocals from Dragons of Zynth's Akwetey. Speaking with...Read More
We just heard a few songs from Echo and the Bunnymen's impending album Meteorites, and now they've mapped out a North American tour in support of the disc. Following a string of UK and continental European shows in May, the Bunnymen will head across the pond to North America in August. In a little less than three weeks, they will play a string of U.S. shows and head into Canada for gigs in Vancouver (August 5) and Toronto (August 12). See the schedule below. Meteorites will be out on May 27 through 429 Records. Stream the previously unveiled cuts at the bottom of this...Read More
Jizz-jazz wonder Mac DeMarco has crossed over from the music scene into the gaming world via the introduction of a new online game dubbed Squish'Em. Created by music and entertainment hub Subbacultcha, the micro-game involves whack-a-mole style gameplay in which a hand — one would assume it being DeMarco's nicotine-stained mitt — frantically tries to extinguish a cigarette onto an arsenal of insects. You have the option to stamp out the critters with lit Marlboros, Lucky Strikes or, of course, one of DeMarco's well-loved Viceroys. You can try your luck at crushing,...Read More
Having inked a deal with Merge back in 2012, Memphis garage rock favourites Reigning Sound have now formally announced their debut LP for the imprint, Shattered. The album, their sixth overall and first since 2009's Love and Curses, hits retailers arrives July 15, and it's described as "a mixed bag of rockers, ballads, and something in between." The 11-song set was recorded at soul imprint Daptone's Brooklyn studio, with the sessions being engineered by Wayne Gordon. Founder Greg Cartwright tracked the album with the current lineup of Dave Amels, Mike Catanese, Benny...Read More