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
Said the Whale are known for their punchy, guitar-based pop-rock songs, but they will be getting an electronic makeover with on the upcoming Remixed EP. This four-song collection will be out on April 22. The songs were remixed by the band's own bassist, Nathan Shaw, who produces electronic music under the name Ekali. The tracks were originally debuted live during a Toque Session for the CBC. That performance used only vocals, keyboards and samplers. All of the remixed material originates from last year's hawaiii. Notably, the hit "I Love You" is included here,...Read More
AC/DC have been rocking since the '70s, but could this be the end of the road for the beloved Australian riff-mongers? According to some reports, the group may be planning to announce their retirement imminently. This comes as a bit of a surprise, since we learned just a couple of months ago that the band would be celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2014 with a tour and a new album. They apparently booked a block of time at a studio in Vancouver with plans to record a new album. The Sydney Morning Herald, however, reports that the outfit may be announcing their retirement....Read More
A stream of info behind Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodríguez-López's new band Antemasque has been trickling out since the project was first announced and a few song previews were made. There's apparently a lot more to look forward to, as the band have now confirmed an album is on the way for a summer release. A statement from the group [via Rolling Stone] has them confirming that their self-titled debut will be issued independently on July 15. Antemasque had been selling their "4AM," "Hangin' in the Lurch" and "People Forget" as a three-song bundle over on Bandcamp, but that...Read More
Halifax garage-pop combo Monomyth have impressed us with their self-released EPs and stellar live shows over the last couple of years, so we're more than a little pleased to see all their hard work is finally paying off. Today the East Coast four-piece announced they have signed to Mint Records for their debut full-length, Saturnalia Regalia!, which will arrive July 22. An announcement from the label identifies a laundry list of sonic touchstones, including Sloan, Thrush Hermit, the Super Friendz, Big Star, the dB's, the Soft Boys, My Bloody Valentine and Relatively Clean Rivers....Read More
We recently announced that the Red Bull Tour Bus would be trekking across the Great White North and bringing Canadian bands back to their hometowns to play a series of free outdoor shows. Now putting an end to all the mystery, we know who's playing where and when. First up, the Red Bull Tour Bus will take to Victoria for a concert from Current Swell on May 17 before heading off to Kelowna, BC, for a hometown show from Yukon Blonde. From there, we find Royal Canoe and Imaginary Cities playing Winnipeg on May 24 and Hollerado performing in Ottawa on June 7. Finally, Young Galaxy and Plants...Read More
Organizers behind Sudbury's long-running Northern Lights Festival Boréal have begun to unfurl the details behind this year's instalment, confirming that the summer celebration will be headlined by Tokyo Police Club. Event planners for the fest, which runs July 4 to 6 at Sudbury's Bell Park, revealed in a press release today (April 15) that the Ontario indie rock outfit will be bringing songs from their recent Forcefield LP and more to the main stage on the first day of activities. The full roster of talent being brought out for Northern Lights will be delivered on April 22, but...Read More
As the weather warms up, festival announcements have been rolling in on a regular basis. The latest of these is for Bengough, SK's annual Gateway Festival, which just confirmed the preliminary lineup for its impending tenth anniversary edition. The event will run from July 25 to 27 in the small town of Bengough, located at the edge of the Big Muddy Badlands. Among the performers over those three days are the Sheepdogs, Deep Dark Woods, Justin Townes Earle, Daniel Romano, Library Voices, Tim Hicks, Close Talker, Bend Sinister, The Bros. Landreth, Kacy & Clayton, Slim City Pickers and...Read More
For Ontario music fans, here's a chance to spend some time near the lake and catch some live music while you're at it. On August 8 and 9, Mudtown Music & Arts Festival will be returning to Owen Sound, ON, and the organizers have announced the lineup for this year's event. The 2014 performers include Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, Odonis Odonis, Bry Webb, Michael Feuerstack, the Beverlys, Crosss, BA Johnston, Gregory Pepper & His Problems, Alana Gurr, Megan Hamilton, Mahogany Frog, and more. The festival is set on the freshwater shores of Georgian...Read More
With Pharoahe Monch's fourth solo album PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) arriving today (April 15) on his own War Media, the MC still feels he is in a good creative space, despite having logged over 20 years as a pioneering hip-hop artist. Evidently, his work ethic and consistency haven't gone unnoticed — only a few months ago, Eminem rapped "But I still rap like I'm on my Pharoahe Monch grind" on his The Marshall Mathers LP 2 track "Rap God." As Monch recently explained in an Exclaim! interview, he is thankful for the compliment and has nothing but respect...Read More
Record Store Day is drawing near, and vinyl collectors all over are gearing up to get their hands on some exclusive releases. Luckily, RSD isn't the only time to welcome new music into your life. New music and videos come out every day, and once again, we've rounded up the best of the last week from our Music/Video section. Take a look below to see what's fresh.
First off, dream team Gord Downie, the Sadies, and the Conquering Sun shared their long-awaited self-titled record. The Tragically Hip frontman's collaboration with Sadies showcases a variety of sounds, at one moment taking on a folksy tone and the next featuring some punk rock aggression, topped with a healthy dose of Downie's distinct howls.
Next, Montreal's Sonic Avenues have shared their upcoming second record, Mistakes. Considerably more varied than their 2012 album Television, the record jumps between high-energy garage rock tracks like "Teenage Brain" and songs like "Better Days to Come," which feature power-pop flair.
Hamilton, ON's Arkells have given fans a taste of their upcoming third record with a new lyric video for single "Never Thought That This Would Happen." The song was reportedly inspired by Hillside Music Festival and seeing fans sing and dance by bonfires, a vibe that the new song emulates as singer Max Kerman's blue-eyed soul vocals and a mid-tempo groove launch into a dramatic crescendo.
Teenage rapper and all-around provocateur Chief Keef continued his unwavering stream of releases with the video for his new single, "Close That Door." The video depicts Keef and his crew smoking, tossing stacks of bills and waving some sizable firearms at the camera as Keef beckons you to not leave any doors open.
Finally, London, ON partiers Wasted Potential have shared their beer-soaked self-titled EP. The six songs were, according to the band, written "drunk in a basement," and features poppy melodies with walls of distortion and fast beats, with vocals ranging from smooth to screamed.
Looking for more? Keep checking out our Music/Video section for the fresh goods every day.
Michigan metalheads the Black Dahlia Murder hit the road before and after the release of their Everblack last year, and apparently some of the tour zaniness was shot on film for a new documentary DVD release punnily dubbed Fool 'Em All. The group's second long-form music film arrives in North America May 27 through Metal Blade, with press material confirming the two-disc package contains a 70-minute tour film on one disc, with 14 live performances captured on last summer's Vans Warped Tour and in Europe filling up disc two. You'll find the song specifics down below. ...Read More
Now that actor Donald Glover has parted ways with Community, he's diving headlong into his rap career as Childish Gambino. This evidently isn't without its frustrations, however, since he has taken to Twitter today (April 14) to express frustrations with his record label. His anger surrounds the release of his new video for "Sweatpants," plus the first instalment of his new tour blog, both of which were unveiled today. In a string of tweets, he wrote, "so this sweatpants video and blog was important to us… and it wasnt handled correctly… we were told a lot of...Read More
Midwest hardcore outfit Zero Boys are about to issue Monkey, their first album in over 20 years, and will be taking those tunes and more to old fans and the new generation on an upcoming West Coast tour. The Indianapolis, IN ensemble will start their trip just ahead of the album's May 20 due date out in the Pacific Northwest, kicking things off in Seattle before hitting the lone Canadian stop May 9 at Vancouver's Funky Winker Beans. You can see all of the tour info down below. As for Monkey, the record is the fourth full-length from the outfit and first since The...Read More
Not all of the details behind the Roots' upcoming …And Then You Shoot Your Cousin have been unveiled just yet, but the group have offered up the artwork for us to gaze at before the album drops May 20. The cover showcases a 1964 mixed-media piece from the late New York City artist Romare Bearden called "Pittsburgh Memory." As you can see above, the collage-styled piece presents two figures with cut-and-paste features standing against a city landscape. The original piece currently belongs to the Michael Rosenfeld Gallery in New York. On top of the cover reveal, the Roots...Read More
Since funk veteran Nile Rodgers got a big boost last year via his appearance on Daft Punk's massive Random Access Memories, the best of the rest of his career is now getting saluted via a new collection dubbed Nile Rodgers: Chic & Beyond. As that title alludes, the best-of set features a number of tracks from the '70s-formed disco-funk figures Chic, including their big hit "Le Freak," but the collection also serves to highlight Rodgers' "influence on popular music." This includes work he did with Sister Sledge ("We Are Family"), David Bowie ("Let's Dance") and Madonna ("Like...Read More
Kelis is set to serve up the goods onstage later this spring in support of her upcoming Food album, with a handful of North American tour dates now on the horizon. A press statement bills the seven-show tour as Kelis' "first national run in over four years," but the R&B singer will also be making her way up into Canada for a show at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall on June 11. The trip will have the "Jerk Ribs" vocalist travelling with a full band. For a taste of what to expect from the Food live experience, you can check out a recent performance of the LP's "Friday Fish Fry" at...Read More