TUNS, “Mind Over Matter”
TUNS (Royal Mountain Records)
RIYL: Sloan, Superfriendz, Inbreds
First sample from the debut record for a Canadian indie supergroup featuring Chris Murphy (Sloan), Matt Murphy (Super Friendz/Flashing Lights) and Mike O’Neill (Inbreds). Watch for the album August 26.
HIGHS, “I Do, Do You?”
Dazzle Camouflage (Indica Records)
RIYL: Cold War Kids, Modest House, Foals
Another ALL CAPS band. Busy and impressive alt-pop from Toronto. Follow-up to their well-received debut EP. Watch these guys. You’ll have a chance to see them play the NXNE Portlands on June 18, the same day as Mother Mother, The Zolas and Father John Misty.
Strange Little Birds (Stunvolume)
RIYL: Angry Alanis Morissette, Annoyed PJ Harvey, Pissed off Gwen Stefani
Come June 10, we’ll get the band’s sixth album, the first in four years. Nice to see them back in the spotlight. I still want to have a coffee date with Shirley.
The Kents, “The Stakes”
The Stakes (Chartmaker Inc.)
RIYL: Trews, Strumbellas,
They call themselves “purveyors of handcrafted indie pop.” They’re also from Lindsay, Ontario (pop. 20,354), the same place as The Strumbellas—and we all know how well they’ve done. (What’s happening in Lindsay? Is it the new Seattle or something?)
The Kills, “Siberian Night”
Ash & Ice (Domino)
RIYL: White Stripes, Raveonettes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Third single from The Kills’ fifth album. It’ll be interesting to see how they go over when they play summer shows in Kiev, Moscow and Katowice, Poland. Go here to sign up for you own Kills tattoo.