We’re not messing around tonight, this is a solid line up of guitars with only a little bit of alternative electronic/RnB (I can’t help it).
1. THE SHEEPDOGS – Downtown
With a Rolling Stone Magazine cover, three JUNOs, and a few platinum and gold records under their belt, the Saskatoon boys are back with a little extra pep in their step.
2. TAME IMPALA – ‘Cause I’m A Man
Sexy. Not sexist. Get over it and get your hump on. New record, Currents, is out July 17th!
3. K.FLAY – Can’t Sleep
If Emily Haines of Metric went hip hop, she would be K.Flay. K.Flay felt a lot of the modern hip-hop was misogynistic and simple, and so she wrote her own to show how easy it was. She ending up loving it and decided to pursue a career as a hip-hop artist. I tried that one time, it didn’t work.
4. RAH RAH – Chip Off The Heart
Originally a trio, and now a collective sextet from Regina with everyone taking a turn at singing lead vocals and they like to switch up on the instruments! New album, Vessels, out September 11, the same night they are playing Horseshoe Tavern!
5. THE ARCS – Outta My Mind
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”. We played “Stay In My Corner” a few weeks ago – their internet single, but now they’ve delivered the official banger, “Outta My Mind”. The new album, Yours, Dreamily drops in stores September 4th…let’s get weird.
6. WOLF ALICE – Bros
The debut record from this UK grunge-inspired foursome came out this past week and I have a feeling it’s going to be top of pile by the end of 2015. My Love Is Cool is the perfect balance of vulnerability and angst that could only be delivered by lead singer, Ellie Roswell. When we saw them live at the Drake Underground back in March, there were moments of Hole, Nirvana (she was even wearing that iconic striped t-shirt of his!) and HAIM…all of which rocked our socks off. If you’re already familiar with “Moaning Lisa Smile” don’t stop there – it gets even better.
7. MILK & BONE – Coconut Water
If you’re into scarce electro-pop, you’ll love this hypnotic duo from Montreal. Their debut record, Little Mourning, was released in March and if you like simple style of the The xx and the vocal stylings of Purity Ring and Lana Del Rey, you will love Milk & Bone.
8. THE MACCABEES – MARKS TO PROVE IT
If you saw Mumford & Sons at Butler’s Barracks in Niagara-On-The-Lake, chances are you saw and fell in love with this band. Their fourth album, Marks To Prove It (out July 31) took longer than anticipated. Guitarist Felix White explained to NME, “It just had to be good enough. We thought it was going to be finished a year ago, but it just wasn’t quite there and now I think it’s magic, so it’s done.”
9. THE VACCINES – Handsome
Speaking of Mumford & Sons, The Vaccines have just been announced as the opening act for Mumford & Sons in the UK this tour! So let’s get to know this smashing indie rock band from England over High Tea, yeah? I don’t know. This track is off their 2015 release, English Graffiti.
10. THE HARPOONIST & THE AXE MURDER – Don’t Make ‘Em Like They Used To
A blues-rock duo out of Vancouver who met while recording commercial jingles! We haven’t seen them live yet, but apparently it’s something you shouldn’t miss. Lesson learned. Also please note a band member was also nominated for a Maple Blues Award for Harmonica Player of the Year. Who even knew that was a thing?
11. JACK GARRETT – The Love You’re Given
This talented multi-instrumentalist from London, UK, was one of Lana’s finds. The moment she brought it in we couldn’t stop listening to it. It’s another example of artist that crosses the lines of alternative, dubstep and R&B in the same vein as Chet Faker and Alex Clare. Be sure to listen to this song from start to finish. The sample is the vocals of Lisa Fischer, taken from the film 20 Feet From Freedom.
12. ANTI-FLAG – Brandenburg Gate ft. Tim Armstrong
Punk rock icons Anti-Flag released a new record back in May called American Spring, produced by AWOLNATION’s Kenny Carkeet, Jim Kaufman (Funeral for a Friend, Skindred, Helmet). They were as dead set on making a kick-ass record as they were on raising awareness and giving back to a world where music changed their own lives for the better. Co-founder, vocalist and guitarist Justin Sane says “I hope this record can be an encouragement to people to never give up,”. Punk icon Tim Armstrong (Operation Ivy, Rancid, The Transplants) guests on “Brandenburg Gate”.