Side projects, summer tunes, electronic and blues tonight as we gear up for a big week with NXNE, Joywave and Mumford and Sons in concert.
1. THE ARCS – Stay In My Corner
The Black Keys frontman, Dan Auerbach, formed a new band called The Arcs and promised to get extra weird. The band wrote and recorded an album in two weeks in what they said to be “spontaneous” and “informal sessions”…I wonder if Auerbach realizes that most people take years to put together an album and here he is just winging it in half a month. “Stay In My Corner” isn’t the official single, but it’s all we have right now until “Outta My Mind” comes out on June 30th. The new album, Yours, Dreamily drops in stores September 4th…let’s get weird.
2. DESTROYER – Dream Lover
Destroyer is Dan Bejar of the New Pornographers! An energetic tune that could get you so caught up in the moment that you don’t realize you’ve partied all night… and then you yell “oh shit, here comes the sun.” Story of your life, right? The new album, Poison Season, comes out August 28th.
3. GLASS ANIMALS – Toes
Super vibey, super sensual four-piece out of the UK will be in town this week to play NXNE this Wednesday at the Danforth Music Hall. Their debut album, Zaba, came out last year and has drawn comparisons to Alt-J and Foals.
4. THE WEEPIES – No Trouble
Married couples make the best music. This is an indie pop-folk duo out of Massachusetts and I swear it’s not David Usher from Moist – but the vocals would probably fool David himself.
5. FAMILY OF THE YEAR – Make You Mine
Their major label debut record, Loma Vista, was released in 2012 but 2014 was a big moment for Family of the Year when their song “Hero” became the soundtrack to the movie Boyhood (you know the one that filmed a kid growing up for twelve years). They are back with the song of the summer as we await details on the release of their new record. Catch Family Of The Year opening for AWOLNATION at Sound Academy on June 22!
6. GIN WIGMORE – Written In The Water
New Zealand’s own Gin Wigmore was only 18 years old when she won an International Songwriting Competition, beating out over 10k applicants in 77 countries around the world, making her the youngest and only unsigned winner in the history of the competition. Now, at 29 years old, she still has the same fire, as she combines blues, jazz, and punk into saucy pop songs to the likes of Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin and Elle King fans. Her new album Blood to Bone is out June 26. If you’d like to go a little further back in her catalogue, check out “Black Sheep“, it’s soooo good!
7. MOTHER MOTHER – Modern Love
Mother Mother is one of those bands that can sound completely different from song to song and somehow you still know it’s them. The third single from their fifth record, Very Bad Good Thing, has the signature dark and quirky Mother Mother-ness to it with some intense EDM influences. Or someone was playing video games. Same Same. Catch Mother Mother at Edgefest 3 on August 15th!
8. JOYWAVE – Now
At the moment, Joywave are best known for the collaboration with Big Data on the song “Dangerous” but I highly recommend you check out their debut record How Do You Feel? It’s strange how easy it is to fall in love with. We’re playing a song called “Somebody New” (hilarious video alert) but since the band is in town tomorrow night at the Phoenix, let’s check out the second single.
9. AURORA – Running With The Wolves
18 year old artist from Norway, dark pop-electronic vibes and I know nothing else except that I love it.
10. THE WEEKND – Can’t Feel My Face
Earlier this week we learned how Apple Music is going to change the face of the earth…AGAIN…one of the biggest tech conferences on the planet and who was there? TWO Torontonians!!! Drake, who did some talking (and shout-outs to the 6) and Abel of the Weeknd, playing a brand new track that is pretty much gonna take over the world with Apple. Think Michael Jackson meets Daft Punk. I’m in love. This guy is a genius.
11. YUKON BLONDE – Como
Yukon Blonde’s new record, On Blonde, comes out on Tuesday but you can stream it here now! They were in studio with us last week performing live, they did the Red Bull Tour Bus stop in Hamilton on Saturday, and you can see them at WayHome Festival July 24-26!
12. MUMFORD & SONS – Only Love
With Mumford & Sons rolling through town tomorrow to play Niagara-on-the-Lake, I thought it’d be fitting to finish off the show with one of the most heartfelt songs on their new record. So vulnerable and dark at the beginning but give it time, this song turns into a powerful goddess of hope. You’ll know the moment because you’ll sit a little straighter, your shoulders will pull away from your ears, and you’ll breathe a little deeper. “Didn’t they say that only love will win in the end?” Yes. They did, Marcus. And it will. See you in Niagara.