Wolf Parade, “Valley Boy”
Cry Cry Cry (Sub Pop)
Recommended If You Like: Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, some Bowie.
Wolf Parade reunited last year and issued yet another self-titled EP (Their fourth such named; shades of old-school Peter Gabriel.) A full eleven-track album—their first in seven years—will be available October 6. Depending on where you are, you might catch them opening for Arcade Fire before then.
METZ, “Drained Lake”
Strange Peace (Sub Pop)
RIYL: Bombs going off in your ears
While I love ‘em, these Toronto ALL CAPS noiseniks are not for the timid. If your motto is “Better dead than mellow,” you’re in the right neighbourhood. Album number three will be ready for (careful) consumption on September 22.
Vacation (Dine Alone)
RIYL: Sum 41, Simple Plan, emo punk
These guys aren’t far from where I live in Oakville. Their third album is set for release on September 15, not long after they get back from a tour of Australia and during an American tour with Four Year Strong.
The Aces, “Stuck”
I Don’t Like Being Honest EP (Red Bull Records)
RIYL: Fleetwood Mac, Haim, Sheryl Crow
This all-female four-piece came together at a junior high somewhere in Utah. For a first effort, this EP is pretty stellar, loaded with hooks, melodies and harmonies as well as some very sweet production. This first single was apparently written in a bedroom somewhere in Brooklyn. We must watch these people.
The Kents, “Is There Anyone?”
RIYL: Raw Canadian indie rock
What’s going on up in Lindsey? Now that the Strumbellas have broken out globally, The Kents are hoping to be next in line. If you’re headed to the Big Feastival, make sure you catch their set. Failing that, they’ll be playing a series of colleges and universities around southern Ontario this fall.