If you've been putting off updating your music library, there's no time like the present — our Music/Video Roundup will help you find some music and video picks to freshen up your current playlists. Get your music video fix and hear some new tracks with this week's picks; click through to see what today's roundup has to offer.
Beyoncé revisited her 2003 hit "Crazy in Love" for the film version of the wildly popular erotic novel 50 Shades of Grey. Bey went with a more stripped-down approach for the film's teaser trailer. Listen to the sexed-up, 50 Shades version at the link above.
Then, check out a scorching live set from Canadian hardcore act Comeback Kid in their contribution to Vancouver-based web series Coastal Frequencies. The clip features three live songs, plus input from the band about their role in Canadian music. To see another homegrown Canadian act, watch the music video for "Fuxwitchu" by Ontario hip-hop act Philly Moves. The duo jam in an alleyway to a tune off their upcoming album, Olga, and you can see it at the link above.
Jeremy Fisher created his own music video for his single "Uh-Oh." Along with Fisher himself, the clip features cameos from featured artist Serena Ryder and a couple of disgraced politicians. When you're finished, move on to fellow Canucks Vogue Dots' scenic video for "Skinny Thing," and their Indica Sessions live performance of "Mercy." Click above to find both clips.
Finally, Canadian veteran singer-songwriter Art Bergmann's got a new song, "Drones of Democracy." Click to hear the fiery track, and to find details on his comeback Songs for the Underclass EP and upcoming tour.
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Paul McCartney just turned some prior reissues into iPad apps, and now the Beatles legend has announced that he's continuing his Archive Collection series with a couple more reissues from his band Wings. Venus and Mars and Wings at the Speed of Sound will be out on September 23. Both albums will consist of two discs: the original album on the first disc, and demos and unreleased cuts on the second. Separate three-disc deluxe editions will add a bonus DVD (with footage from the era), photographs, interviews with McCartney and track-by-track details. In addition...Read More
Oakland metal mainstays Machine Head have yet to properly follow up their crushing 2011 long-player Unto the Locust, but fans just may get to hear some new tunes from Robb Flynn and co. this fall when they thrash into their next North American tour. The Bay Area band will act as the headliners on a four-band bill that will see them joined by Finnish crew Children of Bodom, Michigan's Battlecross and Dutch symphonic metal unit Epica. The month-long trek primarily concentrates on the U.S. theatre circuit, but there are Canadian concerts lined up in Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver,...Read More
Walter TV are known for their close association with Mac DeMarco, and as the members tour the world supporting their gap-toothed buddy, they are being treated to a reissue. Sinderlyn will reissue Walter TV's 2012 album Appetite on August 26. It was previously available on cassette through AmDiscs and Green Burrito Records, and this reissue brings it to vinyl and CD. It's available to order here. A press release not that "the trio's sound is built upon frenetic percussion, warbling vocals, abstract guitar, and a resonant bassline." Although they're described as a...Read More
Last year, DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith and girlfriend Sky Ferreira made headlines when their car was pulled over and they were arrested for drug possession. Now, Smith — who was busted with 42 decks of heroin — has finally spoken out in depth about the controversy. Speaking to Stereogum in a new interview, Smith explained that there was a warrant for his arrest due to driving without a licence and that the truck they were in was stolen. Regarding his drug use, Smith said, "I've just always been the kind of person that you can't say to me, 'That stove is too hot....Read More
Vancouver solo artist Billy the Kid (a.k.a. Billy Pettinger) has navigated both the folk and punk worlds since popping up back in the late '90s, so it only makes sense that the singer-songwriter turned to fellow genre-crosser Frank Turner to produce her latest LP, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades. Following a few crowd-sourced independent release, the new LP is due September 8 through Pettinger's new label home Xtra Mile. In addition to Turner's producing role, the UK artist backs up Pettinger throughout the 13-song set, along with drummer Nigel Powell (the Sleeping Souls). The album was...Read More
Want to learn directly from rock icons like Kim Gordon, Cat Power and Yoko Ono? Young girls could soon have a chance to do just that, since those musicians will be acting as teachers at the online School of Doodle. The project, which is currently seeking funds on Kickstarter, is described as "a peer-to-peer, self-directed learning lab dedicated to activating girls' imaginations through entertainment, education and community." It's designed as a response to arts funding being cut from schools, with the goal being to "empower the next generation of LOUD WOMEN." These will be free...Read More
It's rare that a band comes out as fully formed as Ottawa's Zex, but the new group (which features former members of Germ Attak, Iron Dogs, Slumlord and many others) have done just that. Blending classic metal and fist-pumping punk, they're gearing up to release their debut LP less than a year after forming. The 10-track album is called Fight for Yourself. It features the previously released "Savage City," as well as the ripping title track, a timeless punk anthem with speedy delivery. You can check the latter out for yourself via the premiere of a simple yet effective video...Read More
In addition to five albums and a handful of EPs and singles, Pacific Northwest indie rock mainstays Minus the Bear have amassed a number of one-offs, B-sides and various rarities over the years. If you're a completist and have had trouble tracking them all down, Lost Loves will make that task easy for you this fall. Due October 7 in North America through Dangerbird and a day earlier overseas via Big Scary Monsters, the collection contains 10 rare tracks recorded at various points over the last seven years. While the songs included didn't fit the bill for 2007's Planet of...Read More
We called Childish Gambino's 2013 album Because the Internet a "vast improvement over his debut effort," but the actor-turned-musician known as Donald Glover still has a ways to go before he's as acclaimed as the biggest names in rap. Don't tell that to Glover, however, since he has performed a freestyle declaring himself the best in the game. Childish Gambino performed last night (July 27) at Sydney, Australia's Hordern Pavilion. The freestyle in question occurred during the encore. "I'm the best rapper, definitely top five," he rapped. "I cut their head off, that's every rapper...Read More
Billy Bragg has been fighting Tooth & Nail for political causes and musicians rights for years now, but he also manages to bring music out on the road along with the message. Next up, he'll be hitting Canada's East Coast during a quick fall tour. Bragg's summer schedule has him playing a handful of European festivals, but he will cross over to North America for a few weeks of dates. The trip starts off beneath the U.S./Canada border in Chicago, but the itinerary soon brings the songsmith up to the Maritimes, where he'll play to crowds in Fredericton, Charlottetown, Halifax and St....Read More
Dipping a toe into David Bowie's catalogue can be an intimidating experience given the sheer number of classic albums. It's good news, then, that his Sound+Vision box set is getting reissued once again. The four-CD set will be out on September 23 through Warner. The collection originally came out in 1989 as an early CD-era release. It was then reissued in 2003. Like that 2003 version, this new repressing expands the original three CDs to four by including a number of early '90s cuts. A press release notes that, in addition to including hits and cuts from his studio albums,...Read More
After funding his Pono music service through Kickstarter, Neil Young is now looking to crowd-sourcing as a means to help save the rainforest via some new environmentally conscious technology. As Rolling Stone points out, Young is throwing his support behind Rainforest Connection, a company aiming to recycle smartphones, retrofit them with solar power energy panels and place them in trees as detection systems for illegal logging in the rainforest. According to an instructional video, which you can see down below, the idea is that once a chainsaw is started up, the phones will...Read More
Is Teenanger's upcoming release an EP or an LP? Well, the title probably won't make it any clearer, since it's called E P L P. The record is due out on September 9 through Telephone Explosion. This latest collection consists of eight tracks (so we're going to say it's an LP, albeit a short one). The tracklist is below, while the iPhone flashlight-dazzled album cover is above. The record is available to order over on iTunes. And while there isn't a proper announcement to shed any light on what exactly it sounds like, iTunes classifies it as "punk" and "alternative," so we're...Read More
Kanye West's court battles with parody bitcoin Coinye West are over, with a series of documents filed by the rapper's lawyers last week bringing the trademark infringement lawsuit to an end. NBC reports that while the digital cryptocurrency company shut down after a cease-and-desist order last January, West's legal team had been pressing on with the case. While the details are still under wraps, 84 documents were filed over the last few months, naming "100 John Does and a handful of named defendants." According to reports, most of the defendants lost by default, having not responded...Read More
Beloved UK performer Erol Alkan has had plenty of experience as a tastemaker — his Trash nightclub hosted early appearances from Peaches, LCD Soundsystem, Bloc Party and others. Now, he'll bring that energy to Fabric's beloved Fabriclive mix series. Alkan has been tapped to lend his skills to the series, coming up with a 20-track playlist for Fabriclive 77. The release highlights work from Todd Osborn, the Chemical Brothers' Tom Rowlands, Ben Jenkins, Fumes, Manfredas and more. It closes out with a blend of Alkan's "A Hold on Love" and Saint Etienne's "Only Love...Read More
Britpop gods Blur are currently inactive, but that doesn't mean they can't release music. Instead of sitting around and doing nothing, the group have readied an enormous live album. The release is called Live at the Budokan, and features recordings from the group's set, well, live at the Budokan in Tokyo, Japan. Recorded in 1995 while the band were touring to support The Great Escape, the LP's tracklisting offers 26 tracks from that era of Blur. The album was previously released in Japan, but it will come to North America for the first time on August 11. All of...Read More
Having previously been signed to Black Box, Toronto roots rockers the Wooden Sky are keeping things in the family with their latest release. Now the heads of their own label, Chelsea Records, the band have announced their return with Let's Be Ready, which will arrive via their newly minted imprint on September 2. The Wooden Sky worked on the record — the full-length follow-up to 2012's Every Child a Daughter, Every Moon a Sun — at various Toronto facilities, including frontman Gavin Gardiner's own garage studio. This marked the first time the band had made an...Read More
With another workweek fading into memory, we're back to get nostalgic on the week that was. Here are just some of the news stories that graced the pages of Exclaim.ca the last several days.
First off, the mystery regarding elusive Canadian artist Lewis deepened substantially this week. First off, following the stellar reissue of his 1983 L'Amour album recently, a second LP from the artist suddenly popped up on eBay. Called Romantic Times, the album has gone on to fetch a top bid of over $1,700. However, if that sounds a little steep to you, the folks over at Light in the Attic did us all a serious solid by announcing a reissue is on its way soon. On the downside, we still don't really know who Lewis is.
Our Film Review Roundup is designed to help those itching to take in a flick make informed decisions, and this week's edition is no different. Get the scoop on these new films via our reviews below before you hit the theatre, then stop by our Recently Reviewed section for more on the latest film releases. Read on and have a cinematic weekend.
Brett Ratner's take on the classic Roman mythological tale of the demigod Hercules finds Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson taking on the titular role. It's a fresh and surprising take on a classic tale but does this update hit the nail on the head, or totally miss its mark? See what our reviewer thought of the Rock's heroic role at the link above.
Scarlett Johansson seems to be on a bit of sci-fi kick lately. Her latest endeavour, Lucy, explores what would happen if humans could function at their brain's full potential, but while the concept is intriguing enough, Scar-Jo's highly anticipated blockbuster turns out to be an overhyped flop. Click above to find out why our reviewer is calling this film "sophomoric" and "half-baked."
Cinephiles and thespians alike will want to read our review of A Master Builder, directed by Jonathan Demme. Adapted for the silver screen from a Henrik Ibsen play, it blends theatrical elements into a cinematic medium. Our review has all the details on this dense new film.
Finally, our critic analyzes the film's superior cinematography, the origins of the storyline and Phillip Seymour Hoffman's final performance in his review of A Most Wanted Man. Read it in the link above.
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