New Single from DC-Area Group, Ex Hex

Washington, D.C. may effectively be shut down at the moment, but lucky for us one thing that hails from America’s capital that remains open for business is the wonderful and mighty Ex Hex. The gritty three piece, made up of members of Helium, Wild Flag and Bat Fang, who lovingly refer to their music as something “your older brothers and babysitters used to listen to” are back with a new album, It’s Real, the band's first since 2014’s Rips.

Sharon Van Etten's "Seventeen": A Second Look

Sometimes when an artist takes some time off to pursue other avenues you don’t really get the sense of how much you missed them until they come back. In the case of Sharon Van Etten, she took the last few years off, went back to school, had a child and wrote a record, Remind Me Tomorrow, which will be dropping worldwide on January 18th. Her latest single from that album, “Seventeen”, just came out and it is a huge reminder of how vital an artist she is.

Sharon Van Etten's New Video Is Deeply Moving

When in a crisis, panic, or drowning in trauma, one of the devices that can help us is talking to our younger self. If you can't be yelled at as an adult without crumbling into a utility closet, it might help to talk to ten-year-old you; tell that version of you that it's okay that they got yelled at, and that you're there for them. It's sometimes one of the only ways out of the dark. Sharon Van Etten must have this approach mastered, because she wrote a beautiful song about just that, and a touching corresponding video. 

Chemical Brothers Release Brand New Video

There are always these bands in your life that have just been constant. Sometimes you don’t care at all for them and sometimes they are the ones you love the most. The Chemical Brothers have been that band for me. They’ve just been ubiquitous. Always there. Hanging around. Some of their songs are great, most I haven’t really paid attention to, but the veteran electronic act are on the cusp of a new album, No Geography, and might be looking to change my mind about that. The band have just released the video for “MAH”.

Blank Cinema Release New Video

Jake Fox has been a staple of the Vancouver music scene for awhile. He's performed with such local luminaries as Fake Shark and ACTORS, but recently we’ve been privy to see what a talented singer and songwriter Fox can be when left to his own devices. His project Blank Cinema has just released their latest single and video, “Fly On The Fridge,” and it is a treat.

Let's Remember Aretha Before the Year's End

We lost The Queen of Soul this year, and before she becomes just another slide in a "We Remember" segment at a saccharine awards show, perhaps let's revisit one of her smirk-inducing moments from the greatest decade in cultural experimentation: the 1980s. See, a lot of people tried to reinvigorate their 60s and 70s soul careers in the 80s by synthesizing their sound, and for a long time, that music was thought of as dreadful.

New Flight of the Conchords Song

Hey son, why don't you come over here so we can talk man to man? I know it’s been a strange time lately with your mother being gone and you only seeing me once a week. You must have a lot of questions. Well, instead of boring you with all the gruesome details about your mother and I, just listen closely to the new Fight Of The Concords single, “Father and Son,” that was just released today. Oh, this is a live version of the song taken from their Live In London HBO special.

Maryze/Ciele Release "Men Like You"

The music industry has and continues to be an extremely tough place for female artists to navigate. There are so many upsetting stories that we have all heard and now the wonderfully talented ex-Vancouverite and current Montreal resident Maryze is here to share her story. Instead of trying to fill this space with platitudes about the track we would rather let Maryze and her producer Ciele tell their story and the inspiration behind this song in their own words. 

Mesa Luna Release "Feel Nothing"

As the year slowly lumbers to a close, there’s a collective sense of sinking into some sort of hibernation mode. The weather is gloomier, it’s dark earlier and this overall sense of ennui seems to be hanging permanently in the air. If any of this rings true for you then Mesa Luna has arrived with the perfect soundtrack. The pet project of Blue J’s Justice McLellan, Mesa Luna’s first single, “Feel Nothing”, off of its upcoming album Lash, is a swirly, shoegaze-y tumble into the best kind of melancholy.