We’ve got some big tunes for you tonight and we swear it wasn’t co-ordinated to be a UK takeover nor did we plan the ace line up of powerful women in rock n roll. Hang on tight.
1. COLDPLAY: Adventure of a Lifetime
Listen to this song. It will make you want to dance. “Adventure of a Lifetime” is an energetic & disco-funky track off Coldplay’s upcoming album A Head Full Of Dreams, which will be released on December 4th. It’ll be their seventh released and rumoured last before going on hiatus… ahhh! At least that’s what Chris Martin seemed to suggest in this interview. That, or they’re treating it like their last so they could put in their all. Either way, the band said that they “never enjoyed making a record more than this one. Nor have they been happier with the results”. The album will feature more guests a Coldplay album has ever seen: Noel Gallagher, Beyonce, Tove Lo and Merry Clayton. Except a tour to come to a town near you…
2. NOTHING BUT THIEVES: Trip Switch
Nothing but Thieves are a rock band from Essex (UK). They have a large following in Europe but have also played with big North American names like Awolnation and Arcade Fire. “Trip Switch” is one of their major hits, and it’s understandable why. And Connor Mason? What a voice! Critics have compared it to Matt Bellamy’s (Muse). Nothing But Thieves have one full-length, self-titled album which was released in October and this is one track off it.
3. MUMFORD & SONS: Ditmas
“Ditmas” was on Mumford’s third album Wilder Mind, which came out this past May. They told Rolling Stone that this song specifically was pivotal in their change from neo-folk to a more electronic sound: it “helped set the tone for the rest of Wilder Mind”. And while this change brought mixed reactions, the band stands firmly behind this change and they continue playing large festivals and shows.
4. THE NEIGHBOURHOOD: Cry Baby
You are not alone. The Neighbourhood’s song “Cry Baby” captures the relatable worries and thoughts we experience at some point in our lives and the need to just cry it out sometimes. “I think I talk to much / I need to listen baby / I think I try too hard / I think I worry a lot / I need to cry, baby / You need to cry, baby”. This song, which includes their signature beach vibes (in this case, seagull squawks with guitars) is off The Neighbourhood’s newly release album Wiped Out! (October 30th).
5. THE KATHERINES: Primitive
The Katherines are a girl group from Vancouver, B.C. It’s made up of sisters Kate and Lauren Kurdyak and their family friend Kaitlyn Hausen-Boucher. Their sound is modern pop filled with gleaming harmonies but they explore everything from rock to R&B in their music. “Primitive” specifically features ’80s vibes and electronic beats. Though they are a very young band that started just half a year ago, they’ve released several singles and have an album set to be released before the new year, and they’ve been getting quite a bit of media attention! There’s nothing online for “Primitive” yet so check out their last single “Cherry Lips”.
6. LAPSLEY: Hurt Me
“Hurt Me” is unlike all those cliche breakup songs out there; this one hits you hard. This treacherously relatable song explores the raw pain experienced at the breaking point of a relationship. The song is by Lapsley, a 19 year old (!) British vocalist and producer. You gotta hear this girl’s rich and deep voice – truly something rare. Am I the only one with a lump in my throat? If you want to hear more from Lapsley, stay tuned for her debut album coming out early 2016.
7. U.S. GIRLS: Sed Knife
U.S. Girls is a Toronto-based artist Meghan Remy whose music narratives were inspired by the Boss himself, Bruce Springsteen, but carries a very different sonic flavour. “Sed Knife” was originally a simple song poem that morphed into a punk-rock anthem that channeled The Misfits. Her new album, Half Free, came out this past September.
8. KAREN O: I Shall Rise
Lead singer of Yeah Yeah Yeah’s Karen O was asked to pen the theme song for the video game Rise of the Tomb Raider and she agreed to deliver. Karen says “You know how Gloria Gaynor has her ‘I Will Survive’? I always wanted to do my version of that and this was it.” Nuff said.
9. MUSE: Revolt
Muse has just released a video game-inspired, dystopian music video for their single “Revolt”, which was off their seventh album, released in June. The album had a load of amazing songs, in fact Muse themselves announced that it’s their best album yet. Along with these releases they’re going to go on a lengthy tour starting in December, with a stop in Toronto on January 16th (X Ambassadors will be opening)! PS: You can watch this video in virtual reality.
10. THE BEACHES: Strange Love
It’s always fun finding a band who are too young to be in the bar they’re playing in because 1) they must be awesome and 2) chances are, they’ll keep getting better as they keep practicing. Toronto’s all girl power band, The Beaches, started in their teens and have grown into a force to be reckoned with. Drawing influence from White Stripes, Patti Smith and HAIM, make sure you catch this foursome opening for k.i.d. at Lee’s Palace on December 10th, as part of the Edge Jingle Bell Concert Series. This tune is going out to Adrienne all the way from Texas!
11. PANIC IS PERFECT: You’re Alive
If you listen to Panic is Perfect, you’ll hear the fascinating influences of numerous countries and cultures: from the jungles of Thailand and india, to China and Korea, to West Africa – that’s because the two founding members (and good friends) Mike Hoffman and Jeremy Belzer have written and studied music in all these places for extensive periods of time, before settling back in the United States. They started their own band in San Francisco, adding three other musicians to the roster. They’re considered indie pop in a broad sense, but you’ll see that their music is much more than just that. There is no trace of this song online yet so in the meantime, check out the single that hooked us in the first place!
12. XPRIME: All To Myself
Xprime is a vibrant pop/rock band from Niagara Falls. Their aim is to make music that you can dance and sing to, and they do just that, at their explosive live performances. They’ve been perfecting their sound and stage presence these past few years, coming out with an EP in 2012 and album in March 201, and they’ve been gaining quite a momentum in the Canadian music scene since. This single is off their new EP PM. Fun fact: Xprime were in the Top 6 of the 2014 Edge Next Big Thing contest!
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