I’m pretty hooked on this new tune from Edmonton’s Michael Rault “Too Bad So Sad”, described to me perfectly “as if Nilsson got together with Foxygen and Tame Impala for a jam session“. Rault brings his infectious hybrid of ’70s psych-pop and contemporary rock back with this new single, in anticipation of a new album out later this year.
Are you ever looking for a site to find out whats happening in Toronto? Well, its been a little while in the making and today I’m pleased to introduce you to Do416, you’re next favourite site for whats happening in Toronto. Part of the DoStuff Media group, I was first introduced to their platform while using Austin’s Do512 in previous trips to SXSW. Now, I’ve come on board as an influencer (along with a few other awesome people below); able to hype shows that I think you should be going to (check out the “Shows” link above) and being part of a platform that will help you know whats up in our fine city.
Congrats Do416 on the launch, looking forward to working with ya.
—- From Do416:
Toronto is one of the biggest music markets in North America. It’s also one of the most vibrant, techsavvy and culturally progressive urban centres and home to a wealth of world class talent. The missing ingredient – an equally amazing events listings site to match the quality and breadth of our creative community. Do416.to answers the ever-persisting question: ‘What should I do tonight?’ for anyone in Toronto, on any night and on any budget. From the ACC to a local band’s bar residency to club ragers, we’ve got everything music, art and culture.
Do416 promises the most comprehensive, media-rich list of events possible, with absolutely no exclusion. Oh, and everything is curated by you. Part of an ever-growing network of DoStuff Media properties that includes Austin’s Do512, New York’s DoNYC and Los Angeles’ DoLA, Do416 fills the city’s previous absence of a comprehensive culture listings home, displaying the most popular events as determined by user and Influencer votes. Meanwhile, you can browse for recommendations or easily access events by artist or venue, and flip through our listings by date and location.
To start with, we’ll be powering six Toronto-based music websites and blogs, bridging the gap between the artists they talk about and those artists’ appearances in Toronto. Being the Toronto affiliate of an Austin based company, we’re excited to be reinforcing the sister city partnership led by Music Canada’s 4479 in Toronto. Indie Music Filter, Sidewalk Hustle, A Music Blog, Yea?, Ride The Tempo and PureGrainAudio will also be using our platform to help you decide what shows to go to. Each site’s events section is a reflection of their unique interests, pulling in events from Do416 and all of the media-rich information that comes along with it.
We’re also working with dozens of influencers across Toronto’s incredibly diverse musical landscape, adding their unique voices to our platform to help curate our most popular listings. We have artists on board, including JUNO and Polaris nominated group A Tribe Called Red, local personalities like Indie88 Music Director & Afternoon Host Raina Douris, taste-making music blogs like HillyDilly, and Canadian and International record labels such as Last Gang Entertainment and Epitaph Records.
Fans of The National, Glavegas, or The Darcys are probably going to want to take a listen to Irish post punk band M O S C O W M E T R O. They passed along a link to their Spirit Of A City EP, which is set to be released next month.
Meeting through mutual friends, the quartet’s early rehearsals took place in a storage warehouse; a ten foot by ten foot metal box that shook with sound vibrations, leading to the inspiration for the name M O S C O W M E T R O. Their music deals with the subjects we don’t talk about, the things we bury deep. Taking inspiration from every aspect of life including films, writers, art; the band’s influences are diverse, from The National to Blade Runner, Walt Whitman to The Cure.
Spirit Of A City explores several dark themes; feeling trapped by your situation, death and loss, social tensions and escaping the aftermath of a failed relationship. Contrasting hope and fear; Spirit Of A City is dark and brooding yet also elated and uplifting.
Here’s the video for “Spirit of a City” but please take note of my favourite, the 2nd track, “Future Fades”.
“Gas and Cigarettes” by synth pop duo LCTRISC; a band I haven’t featured in a few years since my post on “Sunbird” (try here). “Gas and Cigarettes” is the first single from their upcoming debut LP The Fire in the Distant Future, out today.
Check out the video for “Coffee” by Sylvan Esso, directed by Dan Huiting. Filled with swirling colors to match the song’s eclectic beats, we are taken from an Appalachian contra-dance, to a proper Durham, NC house party, and finally to a 1950s-era sock-hop that explodes with a sexy, synchronized dance routine drenched in neon.
I was listening to PAPA‘s 2013 album Tender Madness this morning when I got word of a new track from the band. “I’m Not Sorry” is a B-side to the album, previously unreleased.
Have you heard the record yet? Stereogum has an album stream.
03/25Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo (Red Bull Sound Select)
05/23 San Francisco, CA @ Independent
05/25 George, WA @ Sasquatch
05/26 Missoula, MT @ Top Hat
05/28 Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
05/29 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
05/30 Madison, WI @ Frequency
05/31 Detroit, MI @ Pike Room
06/01 Toronto, ON @ The Garrison
06/02 Montreal, QC @ Il Motore
06/04 Burlington, VT @ Monkey House
06/05 New Haven, CT @ Cafe Nine
06/06 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
06/07 New York, NY @ Governor’s Ball
06/09 Washington, DC @ Rock N Roll Hotel
06/10 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
06/14 Dallas, TX @ City Tavern
06/15 Austin, TX @ Red 7
06/17 Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
06/18 Tuscon, AZ @ 191 Toole