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"THE ELWINS JUST WANT TO HAVE FUN WITH THEIR 'SHOW ME HOW TO MOVE' VIDEO"


     September 28, 2016

     You loved their tracks when they first appeared on The Elwins’
Play For Keeps (2015) and you probably heard their hit song “So Down Low” on a few indie stations. Now, check them out cinematically with the video release of “Show Me How to Move”.

"SAXOPHONIST LANDEN VIEIRA TURNS HIS DREAM INTO A REALITY WITH HIS DEBUT ALBUM"


     September 26, 2016

     When popular indie music comes to mind, people seldom think of the saxophonists in the community. Cue in Landen Vieira, fluent in jazz since the age of 12 and a budding musician who has just released his debut album
Dream (2015). Prior to the release, Vieira was known for performing with bassist Dave Young as well as many notable acts in jazz.

"DRESDEN WOLVES TALK ABOUT THEIR ORIGINS, SOUND DEVELOPMENT, AND THE MEXICAN PUNK SCENE"


     September 23, 2016

     Every once in a while, you’ll come across a band that has such a unique vibe and style going for it that you’re inclined to learn a little more about it. Dresden Wolves is such a band: a vicious punk rock band based in Mexico belting out high-octane lyrics in broken English – and people can’t get enough!

"FOREST MOON'S A NORTHERN STAR, A PERFECT STONE PAINTS NORTHERN LANDSCAPES WITH SOUND"


     September 21, 2016

     Even our most patriotic tend to forget the gentle ambience of the Northern landscapes when thinking of Canada in favour of political scandal, fast city life, and just otherwise paying attention to what else is happening in the world. That’s why we have bands like Forest Moon, which enrich their music with the winter song of Canadian essence with their latest album A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone (2015).

"TURF PART II - THE ENCORE EVERYONE WANTS"


     September 19, 2016


     So, it’s the last day of the festival and through the blistering heat and muggy rain, the most musically dedicated have made it. Whether it’s the impressive line-up involving The New Pornographers, Jimmy Eat World, Matthew Good, and Death Cab for Cutie – or if it’s the thrill of the vibe that this festival presents, but just about everyone has made it. Now let’s get into the last great Sunday before the Winter takes us.

"SLEEP GALLERY COMES AS LUKA FISHER'S NEXT AUDIO COLLAGE"


     September 19, 2016


     Los Angeles-based ambient musician Luka Fisher and the team released their experimental collection: Sleep Gallery (2015) courtesy of Silber Records. They describe their sound as “ambient, primitive dance music and sound experiments” – all packed into five minutes. Silber Records has been championing multiple indie acts and one of their later acts is this mystifying collection.

"TURF 2016 PART I - WHAT WAS THEN AND WHAT IS NOW"


     September 18, 2016

     On April 27, 1813, this site was the battleground between a Canadian militia (backed by British soldiers and Aboriginal warriors) and American invaders. Fast-forward 203 years and the Fort York Garrison hosts a multitude of indie acts and bands that have already made a big name for themselves. Friday kicked off a weekend of celebrating Canadian and international indie music with the Toronto Urban Roots Festival (TURF), a much-anticipated end-of-summer festival before we all resign ourselves to more depressive Fall and Winter seasons. So here it is: the first day of our final Summer music celebration.

"BLOODHOUNDS ON MY TRAIL TEACH AN OLD GENRE NEW TRICKS WITH ESCAPE II"


     September 14, 2016


     Following the Escape EP (2014) that put Bloodhounds On My Trail on the radar of many an indie fan, the guys return with the shoe-gaziest of shoe-gaze music: Escape II (2015). These dream pop tones were hazily performed by frontman Johnny Green (with the guitars, vocals, and the laid-back attitude), guitarist Chris Donaldson, bassist Jonny O’Hara, and drummer Nik Donaldson since their first show in 2014.

"ELECTRIC PARLOR REMINDS US OF CLASSIC '70S ROCK WITH THEIR DEBUT ALBUM"


     September 12, 2016

     Electric Parlor, the band that prides itself in maintaining the tradition of rock and roll, released their debut album of the same name back in 2015. Despite the name of the group, they aren’t one of these synth pop bands. Monique Alvarez adds her raw vocals to the unique style with Kris Farr on guitars, Josh Fell on bass, and drummer Zachary Huling.

"TED Z AND THE WRANGLERS ARE SHARP-SHOOTERS OF COUNTRY WITH GHOST TRAIN"


     September 09, 2016


     Country and rock have always gone hand-in-hand in that outlaw style of music, and few bands personify that brand more than Ted Z and the Wranglers. Made up of their rip-roaring lead singer Jackson Leverone, bassist Dan Mages, drummer Johnny Bluesky, and the multi-talented Harrison Moore (championing the steel pedal, guitar, mandolin, banjo and vocals); the boys and Rip Cat Records are celebrating their first studio release: Ghost Train (2015).

"GEOFFREY GIVES US A SOUND THAT'S 'SOAKED IN GOLD' "


     August 24, 2016


     Folk and electronic is an odd combination, but one that’s ever-increasing in popularity. Montreal-based singer/songwriter Geoffroy flexes both muscles and shows that this is a trend worth getting behind with his 2015 track “Soaked in Gold”. He’s expanding his audience by visiting other provinces and territories, before having only toured in Quebec in 2014. This new track gives the fans what they want to hear.

"TORONTO IS AWESOMELY CELEBRATED IN TREMAYNE'S 'CITY LIGHTS' VIDEO"


     August 23, 2016


     Toronto-based rapper Tremayne is breaking through from 2015 with his new video “City Lights”, produced by StayOutLate Arts & Entertainment. There isn’t much of an online presence here aside from a few quotes on Soundcloud and Facebook, like the one describing an edgier upbringing: “When I was 5 my mother threw me in the deep end of a pool to teach me there’s only two options in life. Sink or swim”.