CONTEST: Strand Of Oaks @ The Horseshoe Tavern (Monday, December 1st)

CONTEST: Strand Of Oaks @ The Horseshoe Tavern (Monday, December 1st)

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I’m stoked to put up another contest on Indie Music Filter, especially for one of my favourite bands right now, Strand Of Oaks.  Timothy Showalter will bring his travelling rock show to Toronto on December 1st in support of this years’ release, Heal.  I hope you’ve also discovered this amazing album, but in case this sounds totally new to you, trust me that this is a band you should get to know.  Is there a better way than seeing it live?

The Horseshoe Tavern Presents
STRAND OF OAKS
with Torres
Mon, December 1, 2014
The Horseshoe Tavern
Doors: 8:30 pm
Tickets $12.50
Advance Tickets available at: The Horseshoe front bar, Rotate This and Soundscapes
This event is 19 and over

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Dancing Underwater

Dancing Underwater

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Have you heard of Brave Shores?  They’re a Toronto electro-pop duo comprised of brother and sister Jay and Stefanie McCarol, who have just released their self-titled debut EP on October 28 (Universal).  There’s a pretty good chance you’ve heard their first collaboration together, “Never Come Down“, featured in a Bell Canada commercial last year.  The interest that ensued enticed the two to sit down and write what would become their debut EP.

Toronto people, check them out next month as they open for Big Data on December 17 as part of The Edge’s “Jingle Bell Rock” event.  For fans of CHVRCHES, The Naked and Famous, check out “Dancing Underwater”.

CONTEST: Sloan @ The Phoenix (Saturday, Nov. 29th)

CONTEST: Sloan @ The Phoenix (Saturday, Nov. 29th)

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Before I start wrapping up everything here at the office for the weekend, I wanted to get the first (of a few) great contests up on the site that I’ll be running from now until the end of the year.  Toronto legends Sloan are still swinging, after 23 years together, and set to blow the roof off the Phoenix later this month.

SLOAN
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29TH, 2014
PHOENIX CONCERT THEATRE – TORONTO
Doors: 8PM Show: 9PM
This is a LEGAL AGE 19+ Show

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Currently Listening To: Holy Family

Currently Listening To: Holy Family

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You gotta trust your friends when they tip you to new bands.

The other night, during an unexpected late night drinking session in the East End, I got three great recommendations of bands to check out, including a tip to hear new music from some band with Holy in the name.  Holy…. something.  I confirmed it the next morning that I should hear the newest from from Holy Family.  The Montreal (via Gothenburg, Sweden) duo are Anton Ekman + Viktor Hansson, who’ve got a new record out called “Can’t Dance, Won’t Steal, Need Some Help”.  The album has the band compiling 5 tracks from their shared one-room Montreal apartment with the other 5 tracks completed while in Gothenburg.

I don’t know where “Alexander The Great” was recorded, but it’s my choice for your first listen.  Anyone going to M For Montreal next week?   If I were, I’d be making time to see this band.

Video: “Bones” by Cash+David

Video: “Bones” by Cash+David

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I’m just not good at figuring out what music videos mean.  Although, do you really have to know, to appreciate one that is artistic, beautiful and a great compliment to a song?

Here’s the treatment for “Bones” featuring some intriguing couples shielding each other from something,  created by James Willis of Bullion Productions (known for his work with Disclosure and Katy B).

London folks, Cash+David are set to debut their live show at Birthdays on Nov. 18th.  Go and tell me how it goes.