Music

Battle Of The Bands| POP Montreal

Are you in a band? Do you want to play at POP Montreal? If you answered "yes" to these questions, you still have time to enter the Battle Of The Bands competition for POP Montreal. But not a whole lot. The contest closes August 1st.

The winning band will play two sets during the festival, which runs from September 19 to 23. Up to five members will receive artist passes, round-trip airfare, and four-star hotel accommodations for three nights.

Win a pair of weekend passes for Bass Coast

Win a pair of weekend passes for Bass Coast. You and one of your lucky friends will be able to enjoy the fun, sun, and electronic music festival for 4 days and 3 nights on us (value for the pair $380). Catch over 100 eclectic local and international artists at the Squamish Valley Campground, including San Fran Dirty Bird legends Justin and Christian Martin, deep bass favourites Sepalcure and the Machine Drum and the funk-tastic Fort Know Five vs. Thunderball.

Diamond Rings | Free Dimensional out Oct 23rd

Exactly two years ago we had John O, AKA Diamond Rings, in our fashion editorial for the music issue. So we were pretty excited to hear that he is finally releasing his second album, Free Dimensional, October 23rd on Secret City Records.

ION Cover issue #80 | teaser

The files are in and we are now 10 days away from seeing issue number 80 hit the streets. To celebrate, we thought that we would give you a sneak peek at the guy who will be gracing our cover. Of course we are not going to show you his face, but if you can guess who it is you will win...nothing really, other than the awe of the ION team for your back-of-head recognition skills. Hint: it's simple.

Chin Injeti | Peoples Mixtape [audio]

We love a mixtape, and lucky for us Chin Injeti has just done one. The inspiration for this project, the people that inspire Chin and the people that he inspires. With features from David Banner, Jay Electronica, Talib Kweli, The New Royales, Bishop Lamont, Jasiri X, Moka Only, Shad, Maestro, Skratch Bastid, Kyprios, Chace Infinite, Krondon, Zaki Ibrahim, as well as two young rising artists from The Hastings Set; Sophia Danai and Omar Khan, this mixtape has pretty much something for everyone.

BASS COAST | Music Festival

This beat heavy dance festival, Bass Coast, is back for its fourth consecutive year. Catch over 100 eclectic local and international artists at the Squamish Valley Campground, including San Fran Dirty Bird legends Justin and Christian Martin, deep bass favourites Sepalcure and the Machine Drum and the funk-tastic Fort Know Five vs. Thunderball.

FOREIGN COVERS

I loved hearing stories about bands from Sweden and Japan who grew up discovering North American music, without the bias and marketing of MTV or Rolling Stone Magazine.

The Raveonettes | She Owns The Streets [Audio]

We have had a long relationship with The Raveonettes. They have been on our cover and they played the ION Magazine 8 year anniversary party. Now The Raveonettes have a new song out "She Owns The Streets" from their upcoming album Observator, out September 11th on Vice. We couldn't be happier.

EXCLUSIVE | Christopher Smith's Pillars + Pyre [VIDEO]

Vancouver songwriter Christopher Smith has announced his sophomore full-length, Earning Keep, the follow up to his 2010 debut, The Beckon Call. The song "Pillars and Pyre" is the first single off of the album and we are very proud to have the Canadian exclusive of the video. Earning Keep finds Smith expanding upon his musical palette with more diverse instrumentation and expansive atmospherics.

Road Tripping: You Say Party

Dani Vachon discovers the joys (and risks) of Bai Jo while on tour as manager with YSP!

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