Apollo Ghosts - Landmark (You've Changed Records)
Vancouver’s Apollo Ghosts got more attention than it could handle following the release of its sophomore Mount Benson, a stellar indie-punk foray that landed the group on the Polaris Prize long list. Landmark – its third LP and first full-length since – is the band reverting back to its DIY/punk beginnings. The recording has a skuzzy finish that shuns the studio polish of previous efforts (the...
Fantastic Life: A Sex, Booze, and Drug Fueled Trip... →
Author/artist Kevin Mutch provides a glimpse of his Fantastic Life in Winnipeg. (Thanks for the link, Rich!)
Huoratron - Cryptocracy (Last Gang Records)
Finland isn’t known for its occult output the way, say, Norway is (read: Norwegian black metal). But Aku Raski, the Helsinki-based electronic producer behind Huoratron, makes the type of heavy – and sort of scary – dance music that might go over well with the unholy set. Cryptocracy is front to back hardline electro delivered at decibels that could cause a seizure. Back in 2002, Raski was...
Tanlines - Mixed Emotions (True Panther)
Electronic pop duo Tanlines started to amass some hefty buzz online around 2009 with a remix for Telepathe and the release of one-off track Flowers. Then tastemaking labels Kitsune and Young Turks let out singles and Tanlines’ first EP for True Panther quickly followed. Debut LP Mixed Emotions relishes in the type of tropical atmospherics that might soundtrack an ultra-hip yacht party, with...
Top 10 Persecuted Artists →
From subversive filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini to middle-finger wagging artist Ai Weiwei. Super interesting piece on super interesting - some borderline crazy -individuals.
Maps & Atlases - Beware and Be Grateful (Barsuk...
Maps & Atlases is a band that seems to get better with each record. The second full-length since the critically successful Perch Patchwork takes the group’s art-school ethos into heady new directions, mixing wonky and warped world-influences with spazzy riffs. There’s generally a lot to take in aurally from Fever’s swirling rhythms and shattering drum beats to the melee of synth, guitar and...
Long Distance Runners - Tracks (Independent)
Nostalgic rock is big these days (read: Zeus, The Sheepdogs). Upon first glance, St. John’s four-piece Long Distance Runners may come across as being just another band reveling in the rock of yesteryear. The group made its name in 2010 with its debut EP, which grabbed nods at the East Coast Music Awards the following year. Bathed in Kinks influences heard in the jangly beats and subtle twang...
Out of Line Theatre’s The Sandwich, May 9 - 12 →
Video artist Richard Altman has supplied some seriously psychedelic visuals for this gig (read: dropping acid in your eye).
La Sera - Sees the Light (Hardly Art)
Vivan Girls’ Katy Goodman plays the heartbreaker rather then the mopey dumpee on her sophomore solo record under the La Sera moniker. Featuring a series of break-up songs that slap you straight into moving on, there’s a tad of love fatalism on the danger-riffed Drive On, but Goodman generally flips the switch on teen-dream heartbreak, reminding you that sometimes you’re better off alone (Love...