Music

Review: METZ - "Cellophane"

Toronto’s METZ make music that has often left them to be compared to the Seattle scene’s 90’s era of grunge bands but as they have proven since the release of their sophomore album II, the band is much more interested in crafting songs that are not only sonically punishing but that can also push this form of punk rock or post hardcore, or whatever you want to call it, onto a more artistic terrain. Today with the release of their brand new single, “Cellophane”, METZ show that their music can be both aggressive and interesting.

Tricky Revisits "The Only Way" with 'Stripped Down Tricky Mix'

Since his beginnings in Bristol as a collaborator of Massive Attack and his breakthrough 1995 album Maxinquaye, trip hop legend Tricky has been keeping busy for the last couple decades. In June he released the track “The Only Way”, a lush orchestrated nod to his early days, and today he drops a new mix of that same song, the slow burning “The Only Way Stripped Down Tricky Mix”.

Helter Skelter: Alien Ant Farm Crash the BET Awards

The year is 2003. Charles Manson, leader of the notorious Manson Family (more of a blood-thirsty cult than traditional nuclear family, in case you were wondering), is rotting away in a California State Prison, proudly sporting a Swastika tattoo on his forehead and trying to put his best foot forward, his dreams of launching the apocalyptic race war known as Helter Skelter, in twisted homage to the Beatles’ tune of the same name, forever dashed by the long arm of the law.

Sally Dige Premieres New Song

Berlin based artist Sally Dige may be known to Vancouver audiences as a member of Petroluem By-Product, a band where Dige honed her talents as a musician, singer-songwriter and audio-visual multi disciplinarian, but this week the former Vancouverite releases the first single, “Holding On”, off of the upcoming album of the same name. Using only a single synth and her voice, Dige has crafted quite the dance floor ready gem. Digging deeper into the track is where the real emotion is felt.

Music Profile | She-Devils

Even if it's with a tongue planted firmly-in-cheek, it's fitting that all of Montreal duo She-Devils' socials are branded as "@shedevilsinc". As it stands, loop-maker Kyle Jukka and vocalist Audrey Ann Boucher are delivering more to fans than just the buoyant, '60s pop-imbibed sounds of their new self-titled debut, bringing all sorts of savvy inclinations to the She-Devils empire.

From Cherry Pie to Civil War: Warrant’s “Uncle Tom’s Cabin”

Sure, Warrant thought about baseball so they could “swing all night,” and they even stooped low enough to compare the female anatomy to a comforting dessert, but underneath these sex-crazed hard rockers lay a deep social conscience yearning to explode. Life can’t be all cherry pie, I guess. Sometimes you need to get real by yelling your rock words about “issues” and signalling to your audience that you don’t just contemplate sports to prolong your next marathon fuck sesh. That’s where “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” fits in.

Toronto's DIANA On Loving the Music & Hating the Touring

“Honestly I hate touring. It’s the tragedy of my life,” deadpans Carmen Elle, lead vocal and multi-instrumentalist of Toronto-based band DIANA.

Music Profile | Ex Eye

Metal music comes in many forms, not just as a series of thrash licks launched from a pointy, hot pink BC Rich Warlock. The brassy attack of a saxophone doesn't often get enough credit for its heaviness, but consider the expressionistic proto-prog blaring of King Crimson's Ian McDonald, or John Zorn's screeching alto above his Naked City's free jazz death stomps.

Pat Lok Releases Full Length on Kitsune

Pat Lok is the only Canadian artist signed to Kitsuné Records, part of the Kitsuné Maison brand. They have an incredible reputation amongst both casual fans and DJs. Any time over the past decade they have come out with a new comp, every DJ in town has rushed to buy the record store out. Pat is also the newest signing to Pete Tong’s new publishing company, PTSongs. He has decided to forgo continuing making hit singles in favour of a full length, titled Hold On Let Go. 

HAIM Debut "Little Of Your Love"

Haim is carefully steering their new album, Something To Tell You, towards the masses on July 7th and after their quite fun looking pop up shop this weekend in LA the sisters have decided to drop their brand new single, “Little Of Your Love”. The 50’s indebted song is an infectious earworm. Kicking off with baritone sax hits over a boppy piano riff, the track highlights the strong songwriting that Haim has become known for.

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