Lowest of the Low, “Powerlines”
Do the Right Now (Pheromone Recordings)
RIYL: 90s Canrock
The reunion that began in 2010 continues to stick, even after that touch-and-go period in 2013 when Steve Stanley left the band. And after more than a decade of promising a new album, one is finally ready to go. Do the Right Now (due this Friday) will be the first LotL album since, what, 2004? Saturday’s show at the Danforth Music Hall should be a good one.
Neon Trees, “Feel Good”
RIYL: Bloc Party, Kings of Leon, their buddies The Killers
There must be a fourth album lurking out there somewhere. “Feel Good” is the second non-album single released over the last fifteen months. Right now, though, the band has to get through a series of fall dates. Maybe we’ll see the record in the spring?
The Barr Brothers, “It Came to Me”
Queen of the Breakers (Secret City Records)
RIYL: Arcade Fire, Interpol, Broken Social Scene
Given their love for folk and the blues and world music, it sometimes sounds that that Montreal quartet (est. 2006) seems like they’ve been transported to our time from about 1938. This will be their first full album since 2014. Cool teaser website, too!
Daughter, “Burn It Down”
Music from Before the Storm (Glassnote)
RIYL: The calm before the storm. Oh, and video games.
This isn’t your regular album. Music from Before the Storm (out this past Friday) was conceived and created as a soundtrack to an episodic video game called Life Is Strange: Before the Storm. The fact that it can be released as a standalone old-school album is a bonus. There are 13 songs including “Burn It Down”, which gives you a very good idea as to the tone of the game.
The Elwins, “Hey! Yah You”
Beauty Community (Hidden Pony)
RIYL: Arcade Fire, July Talk, Arkells
They’re not spending much time at home in Keswick these days. They’ll spend much of October in the van, dipping into the US as far south as Atlanta before coming up for air in Winnipeg and then covering the country west to Victoria before circling back to the GTA in December. These guys will need a home-cooked Christmas dinner.