The dream of the 90s is still alive and thriving in some parts of the world. J Mascis has been making wonderfully grungy music with a heart of gold buried just below its noisy surface since that decade, but has also remained one of the most relevant musicians that has been recording and performing since that time, as his songs have seemingly gotten better.
“I’m used to bombast: guitar solos, lights, sweat, that kind of thing. Here was me and my guitar, and that’s it.” This is Murray Lightburn, longtime frontman for Canadian rock outfit the Dears, on the stripped-down nature of a recent performance in New York to promote his spectacular sophomore solo LP, Hear Me Out.
Just like the rest of us thumbing our way through our Insta feeds, Angel Du$t have a big-ass love for dogs. The music videos surrounding the U.S. quintet’s just-released third album, Pretty Buff, confirm as much, with the clip for their energized “Big Ass Love” finding the group, miniaturized and living within a discarded speaker, getting slurped by a Frenchie who punctured the speaker cone with its curious tongue.
Sometimes underneath even the shiniest and brightest things there is a layer of darkness. There’s an initial rush after the first listen to the bold and muscular debut single, “Drowning,” by Vancouver’s BB, but upon digging in, the darkness starts to spring up. As lead singer Bella says, “The song is written and sung from the perspective of someone who is in a romantic relationship with an alcoholic who is abusive to their partner.
The line-up for Montreal's 14th edition of the Osheaga Festival of Music & Arts has just been revealed! Headliners include The Lumineers, Chemical Brothers and Childish Gambino.
August 2-3-4 at Parc Jean-Drapeau.
Get your day tickets or weekend passes at osheaga.com.
It’s interesting how sometimes the simplest activities can easily become amazing tasks. In 2015 the wonderful, and woefully missed, Phoenix Thunderbird approached director Meredith Hama-Brown about shooting a video for their brand new single “Mind Mirror”. The idea was to do something simple for relatively cheap and have it out in a few months' time. When Hama-Brown started to brainstorm the idea, the project really took on a life of its own, one that would eventually stand separately from the band’s music and even surpass the life span of the group.
Some things in life are worth revisiting: family photographs, last night’s Indian takeaway, the first two seasons of Arrested Development. For electronic pop genius Wolkoff, who returns this year with new single ‘Last Day On Earth’ and a promise of more material on the way, music and art also serve as a reminder of what’s better left behind.
Ever feel like getting your heart kicked right out of your body? Well, Christian Lee Hutson has something for you. The singer/songwriter just recently released his new Phoebe Bridgers-produced single “Northsiders” and that should do the trick. Hutson is the quintessential songwriter, sharing stories that while may not be your exact story are endlessly relatable in emotion.
Definitely the most enigmatic performer from a commonwealth country, and perhaps even the planet, Kirin J. Callinan has shared with us a tender and intimate music video for his song "The Whole of the Moon". The scene is set well in the video, and features very little extra and unnecessary fireworks, but with a man who shines star power like this, you could just put him on a stage and have him read the dictionary and be captivated.
It seems like it’s a classic story. The young actor, who really wants to showcase his chops as a musician, puts out an album with their band and is completely lambasted for it. But for every Dogstar and Thirty Seconds To Mars, we do get treated to something like a Dead Man’s Bones or now Calpurnia. These teens could’ve been written off as the lark of young matinee idol Finn Wolfhard -- a group of kids posing as rock stars to feed the ego of the lead singer -- but this is definitely not the case.