Music always sounds better when the weather is this perfect! Not that any of these songs need the help.
1. MUSE – Mercy
Muse has announced an official second single off their latest masterpiece, Drones, called Mercy, a track which straddles the middle ground between the rage of “Psycho” and the beauty of “Dead Inside”. “To me, ‘Drones’ are metaphorical psychopaths which enable psychopathic behavior with no recourse. The world is run by Drones utilizing Drones to turn us all into Drones. Drones explores the journey of a human, from their abandonment and loss of hope, to their indoctrination by the system to be a human drone, to their eventual defection from their oppressors.” – Matt Bellamy. Want more? Drones debuted as the #2 album on release week and is available wherever you buy/stream your music.
2. DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE – The Ghosts Of Beverly Drive
Not sure if this is the official second single off Kintsugi, but they just made a video for this epic tune and that’s good enough reason to play it. If you’re wondering what it would be like to have Ben Gibbard as your California bus tour guide, take a gander of the new video.
3. THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS – Wide Open ft. Beck
Anything Beck touches turns to (not-so-mellow) gold, mix that with the mesmerizing flair of the Chemical Brothers and you get “Wide Open” – a beautiful, easygoing soundtrack to any mood you’ve got going on. Cruising home from a pumped weekend at the cottage? Turn this up. Cleaning the bathroom? Crank it. Stuck in PanAm traffic? This will get you through. Born In The Echoes arrives this week and you should be very excited.
4. FAKE SHARK – Cheap Thrills
This is a good way to wrap up Shark Week, right? Vancouver’s new freaked out funk pop band recorded most of the record in LA at Kat Von D’s house, which is apparently stuff with gothic and religious scriptures and inherently had a huge influence on the lyrical content. The new record, Faux Real, features an exciting line up of guest appearances on their new record, Faux Real. Including producer Steve Bays (Hot Hot Heat, Mounties – he also directed the music video for “Cheap Thrills”), you can also hear the sweet tones of Hannah Georges, Kate of The Katherines, as well as a few others.
5. INTERPOL – Everything Is Wrong
We’re still digging into their 2014 record, El Pintor, since New York’s most exciting band is finally going to be in town this Tuesday and Wednesday at the Danforth Music Hall. Remember last November when they got stuck in that huge storm on the other side of the border? What a bummer. Glad they are finally here. If you purchased tickets for the Kool Haus show, the will NOT be honoured at the Danforth.
6. ATLAS GENIUS – Molecules
Three brothers and their best friend were in a cover band to pay the bills before they recorded their first original song, “Trojans” – that became their ticket. Off one song, they were featured on radio stations and music TV stations across the world and then signed to a major label to release an EP followed by a full-length record called When It Was Now. Speaking of now, now these Aussies are back with an upbeat tune more along the lines of Young Empires, Capital Cities and Joywave. The new record, Inanimate Objects, drops in stores August 28th.
7. CRYSTAL CASTLES – Deicide
Exciting to see new music from Toronto experimental electronic band, Crystal Castles! You know these guys from the Platinum Blonde cover “Not In Love” featuring Robert Smith of The Cure (!!!). We couldn’t figure out if this song is a tribute to the death metal band, Deicide, or if it’s actually about killing deities/Gods. My bet is on the latter. New album details have yet to be released but we’ll keep you posted.
8. FOO FIGHTERS – Outside
Foo Fighters played two sold-out shows at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre this past week and if you weren’t one of the 32,000 who witnessed Dave Grohl with a broken leg sitting on a throne he designed while super high on meds, I’M SORRY. If you were there, you will know people will be talking about this show for the rest of their lives and Dave Grohl has solidified his stature in your heart forever. The ultimate dude. I’ll shut up now. This is the official third single off Sonic Highways. *P.S. They are playing in NYC this week. GO.
9. MS MR – Criminals
One of the sweetest duos in the biz, Lizzy and Max of MS MR are set to release their new record, How Does It Feel, this week and to celebrate, we have a new single to fall in love with. “Criminals” is a perfect evolution of their eclectic journey, slick alt-pop melodies teamed with delicate vocals and an enthusiasm for chewing on your own poison. Grab the new record, How Does It Feel, in stores July 17th.
10. WILD CHILD – Fools
Some bands have a real knack for covering up sad lyrics with joyous delivery. Austin’s music collective, Wild Child, will have you up and dancing to their orchestral of upbeat vibes until you release how sad the lyrics actually are. This catchy new song, “Fools” is also the title of their third record, set to be released October 2nd. You can catch them in town at Lee’s Palace on November 3. (Sorry to remind you about snowy months).
11. BORN RUFFIANS – We Made It
Another Toronto band to prove this city is a hotbed for incredible music. The band have announced their new record, RUFF, will be out October 2nd!
12. FLO MORRISSEY – Pages Of Gold
Old and new, vulnerable yet strong. The docile tones of 21 year-old Londoner, Flo Morrissey, draw similarities to Lana Del Rey, Kate Bush and Nick Drake on her new record, Tomorrow Will Be Beautiful.