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Eight and a Half @ POP Montreal

“I’ve gained a lot of weight since I was twenty-two… and then I wrote a song about it… and this is it,” frontman Dave Hamelin of newly formed Eight and a Half shared with his audience last night at La Tulipe, kicking off the first night of POP Montreal.

Festival de musique émergente 2012

Think about the last ten years of your life. Who were you back then? What were you wearing? Is there any constant over that decade that remains with you today? Working on any project close to one’s heart that long, is near impossible.

ION Showcase @ POP Montreal

POP Montreal is back for another year of bringing us the best in emerging musical artist from around the globe. The five day festival, from September 19th to 23rd, will showcase everyone from David Byrne and Saint Vincent, Doldrums and Grimes, Laetitia Sadier, Mozart's Sister, Peaches and Purity Ring, to touch just the sides of this ridiculously good line-up.

Peaches

Peaches is an artist with many talents, all of which are hard to ignore, thanks to their sheer levels of diversity and brilliance. She's best known for her disregard of gender norms and her ear bending sound. Her music has been featured in everything from Mean Girls to Lost in Translation - famed for shooting her, and her controversial lyrics, to notoriety - and she has collaborated with everyone from Yoko Ono to Christina Aguilera.

The V. Vecker Ensemble

MORE AND MORE BANDS NOW EMPLOY THE LAPTOP. NOT JUST AS A WAY TO RECORD CHEAPLY, BUT TO ACTUALLY COMPOSE AND PERFORM THEIR MUSIC.  IN COMPLETE DEFIANCE OF THIS TREND IS THE V.VECKER ENSEMBLE, AN EIGHT STRONG GROUP THAT ENGAGES IN THAT OLD FASHIONED TRADITION OF PLAYING TOGETHER. THEY PERFORM IN THE MOMENT, LISTENING TO ONE ANOTHER AND RESPONDING IN KIND.  LEAD BY KEITH WECKER, THEY DRAW ON STRAINS OF FREE JAZZ, KRAUTROCK AND THE NEW YORK TOTALIST-ORCHESTRA SCENE OF THE EARLY 1980’S.

Grimes | Genesis [full video]

We already saw the trailer, but we were waiting for the full length, self directed, video for Genesis to come out, and it is finally here. Further proving that Grimes just keeps creating great music and interesting, artistic videos. She has a whole new look and attitude, which nicely mirrors the name of the song. We can't wait to see what she does next. Watch the video below.

Select[ION] | ALTERNATIVE BASEBALL BATTING SONGS

It’s summertime, and in the summertime there isn’t much better of a spot to spend the afternoon than the ballpark. I mean, the beach is generally the first suggested, but have you ever seen what happens at the beach after dark? Just a reminder, they don’t clean the sand. The ballpark is probably the only place where you can be outside while drinking beer and shouting at the top of your lungs. And the more you do both, the more people cheer you on.

EXCLUSIVE | Gentleman Reg "Make It Better"

Gentleman Reg has a flair in everything he does, and it is no different with the release of his latest long-player called Leisure Life, which is being rolled out as a series of three EPs. The EPs are being released digitally through Heavy Head Records, the first EP, "Leisure Life Part 1", was released on July 3rd, and now we have the exclusive release of "Make It Better" from the second EP, Leisure Life Part 2.

Laetitia Sadier | Audible Utopia

In the three years since post-rock pioneers Stereolab announced an indefinite hiatus, Sadier has been keeping busy. July 24 will mark the release of Silencio, her sophomore solo offering. It’s an LP that sees the French-born, London-based artist expand on the intimate tone and songwriting style that has come to distinguish her personal work from that of her former bands, the aforementioned Stereolab, and dream pop quartet Monade.

Live stream of Yeasayer tonight

Holy Yeasayer! Yesterday we posted the audio stream for the new Yeasayer album, Fragrant World. Now you can catch them performing live in HD from New York. The live video stream starts at 10PM EST (7PM PST) and you can catch it here.

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