What a weekend of great music here in the city thanks to Mother Nature (for being sunny), Field Trip and the Pixies who play the Horseshoe tonight, that was a surprise show. Let’s stick with the theme of the weekend: GOOD MUSIC…
1. MUSE – Reapers
Muse let us hear another track this past Monday called “Reapers” and Drones comes out this Tuesday, June 9th. What do we know about this record? Well, we know it is a concept album about a drone operator who at first obeys the orders of his military superiors, then slowly begins to revolt against the war machine he’s part of….We know sonically, they were very focused on capturing the energy they have on stage at their live shows… and we know four tracks: “Psycho”, “Dead Inside”, “Mercy”, we’re about to meet “Reapers”.
2. DAVE MONKS – The Rules
Tokyo Police Club frontman, Dave Monks, gives us a second glimpse into his new E.P. All Signs Point to Yes, which will be released on June 16.
3. HOLYCHILD – Money All Around
HOLYCHILD’s debut album was just released this past Tuesday and all their cool friends were telling you to grab it – including Young The Giant and Walk The Moon, to name a few. This indie-electronic pop duo call their sound “brat pop” and reinforced that by naming their album The Shape Of Brat Pop To Come. (That’s a take-off of the most influential punk bands ever – The Shape Of Punk To Come by Refused). Their song “Running Behind” appears on the Apple Watch commercial that airs all over the world. You’ve probably heard that one though so let’s check this out.
4. FLORENCE + THE MACHINE – Ship To Wreck
Have you listened to this record yet? How Big, How Beautiful, How Blue came out this last week, what are you waiting for? This is your homework if you’re going to Bestival next weekend. ‘Ship To Wreck” has officially been named the follow-up single to “What Kind Of Man” so we’ll start playing that on a regular basis once you guys have enough. (yes, it’s all up to you – be part of the music voice and sign up for the Edge Music Panels, the power is in your hands) </end rant>
5. HOZIER – Someone New
This handsome Irish lad is more than just a man-bun and one song. This is the third single off his self-titled debut.
6. METRIC – Cascades
Following the similar lead of Florence, Muse and Of Monsters and Men, Metric released another song on the internet a few days ago when they announced their record will be called Pagans In Vegas and drops in stores on September 18th. Digital pre-orders are now available and they are offering an exclusive free bonus track if you decided to go that route. Their new album is jammed with references to artists who’ve inspired them, from Depeche Mode to Joy Division and Underworld. Frontwoman Emily Haines tells us that it was about finding “the romance of another time without falling into nostalgia.”
7. BRANDON FLOWERS – Lonely Town
The Desired Effect is the second solo record from The Killers frontman, Brandon Flowers… who is clearly the star of the show. Danielle Haim of the band HAIM is featured on this single playing the drums. This song might initially sound like a love song, but have a listen to the lyrics, I think it’s about a stalker. Same same, right? Not.
8. FATHER JOHN MISTY – The Ideal Husband
Joshua Tillman, A.K.A. Father John Misty, is an American folk-singer songwriter that you may know if you’re into Fleet Foxes—he used to be in that band, or if you were at Field Trip this afternoon. The record, I Love You, Honeybear, is a tricky one – it’s about falling in love, but also about how lame and predictable it is to make a record about falling in love. Kinda like this song, which is a confession for all awful things that make him a bad person, but it’s called “The Ideal Husband”.
9. YOUNG EMPIRES – Sunshine
This song was debuted online earlier this week – new music from Toronto trio, Young Empires that proves once again, how world class these guys are. If you dig Foster The People, you’ll love this tune.
10. TOR MILLER – Now And Again
This might be one of my favourite finds this week – his name is Tor Miller from New York City. And in the States you have to be 21 to get into a bar, but forget rules, since he was 18 years old, Tor Miller has spent his weekends playing the piano across Manhattan. Last year, he signed to an indie label and how has an E.P. called Midnight. Elton John has been cited as one of his major influences and it really comes out on this track. Banger!!
11. XPRIME – Ambedo
Edge 2014 Next Big Thing Finalists and 2015 Edgefest performers are alive and well with their new EP! Check out the song here.
12. FIDLAR – 40 oz On Repeat
A garage punk band from Los Angeles, whose band name is an acronym for F**k It Dog, Life’s A Risk. Their new record, Too, is in stores early September. This video is better than a Buzzfeed quiz. Make sure you’re up-to-date on your legendary 90’s music videos.