Music

Fischerspooner Release New Remixes

In the wake of the perpetual "choke on all the money they can make off nostalgia" Hollywood cycle, Kathleen Kennedy and LucasGoFuckYourselfArts have green lit a remake of the much loved (by only William Friedkin) film, Cruising. In this steamy updated version Al Pacino returns as detective Steve Burns and is once again thrust - repeatedly - into the seedy underworld of the NYC underground S&M scene.

Red Bull Music Academy Montreal Kicks Off Today!

The 2017 edition of Red Bull Music Academy in Montreal kicks off today. This year, an educational layer entitled Red Bull Music Academy Bass Camp has been added to the mix, where 19 musicians will meet, create and collaborate with musical luminaries in intimate lectures and workships at the Phi Centre.

Pains of Being Pure at Heart Release New Video for "So True"

Brooklyn’s The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart have just released their stellar new album, The Echo Of Pleasure, and today have dropped the video for the new single, “So True.” The band has taken many forms since they put out their debut record in 2009 and songwriter/spearhead Kip Berman has seen his life completely change since that time as well. “A band I started when I was younger that has mirrored my own life in its many transformations,” Berman says.

Tough All Over: John Cafferty Hears the Voice of America’s Sons

There’s no avoiding trouble when your biggest claim to fame is providing the music for a fake band from a terrible movie about the dangers of boarding the rock and roller coaster. For John Cafferty, decorated leader of the Beaver Brown Band (whatever the hell that means), scoring the hit soundtrack to the film Eddie and the Cruisers offered a chance to take his struggling rock upstarts from the mean streets of Rhode Island all the way to the Big Time, USA.

Music Profile | New Swears

Ottawa’s New Swears are stuck. It’s their first day off on tour and their van has decided to break down on the side of the road somewhere in the interior of BC. The energetic pop punk band, known for decimating stages across the country, is currently watching Goosebumps on their iPhone screens. “We’ve been out here for a couple hours already," says Sammy J. Scorpion, New Swears bassist.

What the Hell Is It This Time? The New Sparks Album

“Live fast and die young, too late for that, too late for that,” chants Sparks’ vocalist Russell Mael on the methodically catchy “Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)”, one of the cornerstone tracks on Hippopotamus, the group’s 23rd studio album. We should consider ourselves lucky the Mael brothers never fell victim to the rock and roll pratfalls of Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, et al.

Music Profile | Woolworm

Subconsciousness fucks us up, and most of the time we don't really know why. It could be that nightmare where you're falling off a cliffside into a pile of jagged rocks, or maybe the one where your molars start crumbling for no apparent reason in the middle of a speech. You wake up and everything's fine, but you're still haunted by the thought. Panicked, even. For Woolworm member Nick Tolliday, hell is the recurring dream where he's not their drummer anymore.

Puddle of Mudd’s Heteronormative Filth Rock

Let me tell you something, folks: sometimes no amount of ass smacking can salvage your toxic relationship. Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin knows what I’m talking about. When he’s not berating audience members for (allegedly) stealing his house, there’s nothing our man Wes enjoys more than a good, hard slap on the ass, preferably in the context of a shitty relationship.

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart Share New Single, "My Only"

Being a fan of the Pains of Being Pure at Heart is not unlike being a Belle & Sebastian or Smiths fan. It's a twee obsession, where you want to take every song and melody and lyric and stuff them in a rose-scented box that you hide under your bed, avoiding any of the cultish cliches that come along with being a fancier of acts like the Grateful Dead or Steely Dan. It's a personal obsession that isn't inward-looking in any sort of naval gazing way, or shameful, but rather often a peg in your past, your growing up, and your relationships. 

Shabazz Palaces Release Video for "Shine A Light"

Seattle’s Shabazz Palaces have been putting out consistently interesting and challenging hip hop records since their debut Black Up back in 2011. The veteran rappers just recently released a pair of albums, Quazarz: Born On A Gangster Star and Quazarz Vs. The Jealous Machines this past month on Sub Pop records -- two albums that defy the wonderfully compelling and thought-provoking expectations the group had previously established with their past work.

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