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
Mysterious UK producer SBTRKT broke through in 2011 with his excellent self-titled LP. He's since kept the music flowing, releasing his Transitions EP, as well as the Sampha team-up "Temporary View." The supplemental works have all been leading up to the artist's follow-up album. Taking to his Twitter, the artist revealed that his next LP will be called Wonder Where We Land. In addition to the title, he also shared the album's bright, 3D-rendered artwork (available above) and a brief but enticing trailer for the album, which you can view below. Little else is...Read More
Third Man Records has previously ventured into the world of film with its monthly movie screenings, and now Jack White's empire is expanding into literature as well. The label has now announced the launch of Third Man Books, which has confirmed the details of its first release. Language Lessons: Volume I will be out on August 5. It's a 321-page hardback collection of contemporary prose and poetry, featuring 20 authors including Dale Ray Phillips, C.D. Wright, Adrian Matejka and more. It also includes some nonfiction works from punk heroes Richard Hell and Tav Falco. Given...Read More
Following murmurings late last year of a new Flying Lotus studio album being in the works, it's been revealed that the experimental beat prince's latest long-player is now due in the fall. Titled You're Dead!, it drops in full on October 7 via Warp. A press release for the platter, which follows 2012's Until the Quiet Comes, didn't confirm much beyond the album title and release date. The artist's homepage also features a gruesome animated gif showcasing a series of gory figures and skeletons being sucked up into a vortex of sorts. It's unclear at the moment if this is the...Read More
There's still no word on when contemporary shoegazing electro-pop favourite M83 will unveil a follow-up to 2011's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming, but the man born Anthony Gonzalez will be dusting off the better part of his back catalogue this fall with a series of reissues. Mute has announced that it will be repressing the artist's 2001 self-titled debut, 2003's Dead Cities, Red Seas, & Lost Ghosts and 2005's Before the Dawn Heals Us on August 25. The reissues will come on vinyl, CD and digitally, as well as preserve the original tracklistings. The vinyl versions, which had...Read More
Punky Toronto up-and-comers PUP have toured North America as openers a couple of times, but following the recent international release of their excellent self-titled debut album, they've now announced a full-blown headlining jaunt. Following a Riot Fest appearance in Toronto in September, the so-called "Everything Gets Worse" tour will begin a month later in October. They will remain on the road for a month and a day, playing a generous selection of U.S. gigs and making Canadian stops in Winnipeg, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. See the schedule below. Frontman Stefan...Read More
In 2004, late Beatles great George Harrison was honoured with a tree in Los Angeles at Griffith Park. But in an extraordinarily ironic turn of events, the 10-foot pine tree has died due to — wait for it — an infestation of beetles. The George Harrison Tree is located near the Griffith Observatory and features a commemorative plaque at its base. It will be replanted in the near future. The Los Angeles Times notes that some other trees in the park have also fallen victim to bark beetles and ladybug beetles. The tree is appropriate tribute to Harrison, since he...Read More
Industrial pioneers Skinny Puppy have announced they'll be firing off their most recent Weapon again on an upcoming, electronic-geared package tour called "The Alliance of Sound." Skinny Puppy will steer the four-band bill around North America from the end of November through to late December. Joining the veteran unit will be dark wavers VNV Nation , German electro-industrial unit Haujobb and L.A. EBM ghouls Youth Code. The package tour kicks off November 28 at Toronto's Sound Academy, with additional Canadian dates set to take place in Montreal and Vancouver before the trip...Read More
A year on from Valery Gore first announcing plans to issue an experimental LP dubbed Idols in the Dark Heart, the Toronto indie artist has now given up all of the details behind the set. Her third full-length effort arrives independently on September 9. The album includes 11 new songs and makes for the first full-length from the artist since 2008's Avalanche to Wandering Bears. The song cycle is said to be a "lush and lyrical paradise" reflecting on themes of "human relationships, encountering love, loss, and the shadows of nostalgia and doubt." As previously reported,...Read More
Later this year, alt-country dude Ryan Adams will break a long quiet streak with the release of his self-titled solo LP. To coincide with that album, he's now announced a North American tour. Adams will close out the month and begin August with a handful of shows through the United States. Then, in October, he'll hit the road again, playing throughout North America. That trek includes four Canadian dates this October, with Adams hitting Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg. The full itinerary is available below. Ryan Adams will arrive on September 8 via...Read More
Danish shoegaze act the Raveonettes have, for lack of a better term, pulled a Beyoncé by releasing a brand new album with no warning. The follow-up to 2012's Observator is out today (July 22). The album's called Pe'ahi and arrived on iTunes today via Beat Dies. The release was produced by Justin Meldal-Johnson, a touring musician who has played with Beck and Nine Inch Nails, and also produced M83's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming LP. Album opener "Endless Sleeper" is available to stream below. The group's Rose Wagner explained in a press release that "it's...Read More