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RECORD STORE DAY 2017 – Four Gems to Look Out For

So here we are again! Today is Record Store Day, a double edged sword of both good and bad. Amongst the really bad, useless reissues that some of the major labels unearth on the world on this annual event (like that Toto “Africa” shaped picture disc this year, uh, what?) are a few gems that are well worth searching out….   

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The Foreign Resort kicks off Canadian Tour in April

The Foreign Resort is one of Denmark’s finest musical exports of explosive post-punk and ominous darkwave, led by singer and songwriter Mikkel Borbjerg Jakobsen. The band combines the shadowy mystery of The Cure’s Pornography era with a driving production aesthetic akin to LCD Soundsystem. Intricate reverb-enveloped guitar lines glide over Steffan Petersen’s Motorik bass drive and Morten Hansen’s powerful, kinetic drumming, all while Jakobsen’s taut…   

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Canadian indie rock/electro-pop band HotKid drops radiant sonic romp

Toronto, Canada-based indie rock/electro-pop act HotKid has expanded from the duo of Shiloh Harrison (vocals, guitar) and Robbie Butcher (drums) to a trio with the inclusion of Peter McIntosh on bass.  HotKid worked with producer Adam King (Lowell, Mad Ones) on its upcoming album, Late Night Mornings, which arrives on May 5th. The line-up shake-up created an atmosphere of freedom…   

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Canadian pop/electronic band Fake Shark set to release new album

The Vancouver-located, musically chameleonic, and audaciously bodacious band Fake Shark has changed its sonic colors once again on its upcoming album, Faux Real, revealing itself on May 26th via Light Organ Records as an electronics-heavy, groovin’ rhythms-based, pop-funk record. Faux Real was produced by Fake Shark and Steve Bays and includes guest performers like legendary rapper Kool Keith (lead vocals…   

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Canadian post-punk band Ultrviolence strikes with new EP May 12th

Calgary/Vancouver post-punk band Utrviolence may be missing an ‘a’ in its name, but it’s found a mesmerizingly moody sound that attracts like a magnet.  Filled with restlessly swirling, yet weighty atmospheres and lead vocalist Nate Jespersen’s deeply brooding to swooping and keening croon, the band stands out from the post-punk/darkwave masses. Ultrviolence’s latest killer disc, the Forty Knives EP, strikes…   

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New album from Canadian indie rock band Fast Romantics drops April 28th

  Toronto, Ontario-located indie rock band Fast Romantics is headed towards the finish line with the release of its third album, American Love, on April 28th via Light Organ Records and Postwar Records.  The act has also lined up a spring tour supporting fellow Canadians Said The Whale that kicks off at the end of March at Lee’s Palace in…   

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New album from Canadian hardcore/metal hybrid band The Long Dark Road

Toronto, Ontario-based hardcore/metal hybrid band The Long Dark Road is creating a new musical path with its unique and epic sound that combines the frustrated rage and quicksilver tempo changes of hardcore with punk attitude and vocals, the guitar heaviness of black metal, the expansive atmospherics of post-rock, and progressive rock flourishes. Currently, the core members of The Long Dark…   

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Canadian ambient-pop duo You’ll Never Get To Heaven to drop its third full-length

Canadians Alice Hansen and Chuck Blazevic combine their musical talents as the ambient-pop duo You’ll Never Get To Heaven.  Hansen is a classically trained pianist and violinist and Blazevic is a studio-set sound-sculptor and monomer performer. As You’ll Never Get To Heaven, they create radiating to reflective, melodic dream-pop compositions that hover, diffuse, and dissipate like vibrant, waking reveries.  Hansen…   

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Mark Your Calendars For Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival

With it already being March, the summer music festival season is right around the corner. Almost every weekend from May till October you can find a fest filled with musical acts, crafts, food and curiosities, but as far as this writer is concerned, the best of all of them happens in late June in the picturesque setting of North Adams,…   

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Canadian alternative folk/pop act The Franklin Electric unveils new single

Montreal, Quebec-based alternative folk/pop band The Franklin Electric recently unveiled its latest single “Save Yourself”, a cut from its recent second album Blue Ceilings.  The band is currently on tour in Canada and will follow that up with a run of UK dates starting in April. Blue Ceilings, which is out now, is available on all digital platforms and Indica…   

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