July 30, 2014

More new music from Blonde Redhead

Blonde Redhead have a new album called Barragán coming out September 20. They let us hear "No More Honey" and now we get to enjoy the mellow "Dripping". They've announced tour dates and are hitting up The Horseshoe in Toronto on November 29.


Pic from Facebook.

July 29, 2014

TURF Day 2: Band 3: Shovels & Rope


Charleston, South Carolina's Shovels & Rope are a revelation. They have passion, great on-stage chemistry and cool tunes. They demonstrated, to anyone in attendance at TURF Day 2 who didn't already know, exactly why they generate so much buzz.

On the surface they're not the kind of music I gravitate towards. I don't usually like twang. But that's why festivals like TURF are so special. They bring in a variety of acts that appeal to a wide audience and in so doing they introduce other bands to those same folks. I'm certainly glad that I was turned on to this duo's charms.
Shovels & Rope switched up guitar, drums and vocals throughout their set. I loved it when the guitar tones got dirty. They even treated us to some new tunes that sounded cool.  Their new album Swimmin' Time comes out August 26. Check out "The Devil Is All Around" below.
If you're looking for a chance to check them out, they are embarking on a tour. They're back in Toronto on September 30 at the Phoenix Concert Theatre. Should be awesome!

And here are a handful of cool Shovels & Rope tunes:

"O' Be Joyful"

"Birmingham"

"Gasoline"

"Keeper"

"The Devil Is All Around"

"Hail Hail"

July 28, 2014

New music from 2:54

I haven't written about 2:54 since 2012 when they appeared on my best of lists when their song "Creeping" came in at number 4. They've been pretty quiet since, and have just released a new track for us to hear. It's called "Orion" and it has a great mix of synths, guitars and careful melodies. I'm looking forward to the release of their new album later in the year.


Photo from Facebook.

July 27, 2014

TURF Day 2: Band 2: Old Man Markley

Sometimes listening to a band's recorded output isn't a good way to judge how you're going to like a band in the live environment. Old Man Markley is a good example of this. When I checked them out on-line, I decided I wasn't interested in them. I think we decided to stick around at the South Stage to eat some lunch. 

Well Old Man Markley set us straight as they took to the South Stage at TURF on Day 2. This lunch/lounging situation also explains why I shot pictures of the band from the grass rather than from in front of the stage. Glad I brought a long lens.
As I watched and listened to Old Man Markley, it struck me that there's a fine, fine line between this super fast country-bluegrass music and speed metal. Just think about it. Give that banjo player a Kramer with super distortions and a Marshall stack and see what it sounds like.
 Check out some tunes!

Here's their latest video. It's for "Train of Thought".


"For Better For Worse". This one rocks live!

"Too Soon For Goodnight"

July 26, 2014

TURF Day 2: Band 1: Caitlin Rose

Toronto Urban Roots Festival Concert Photography
Caitlin Rose and her band graced the South Stage of TURF to kick off Day 2. They sounded like Nashville and that's a good thing, since they're from Nashville. Their soothing country-tinged sounds, a day of beautiful sunny weather and the brightly coloured shirts for the guitarists made for a great combination.

Check out a bunch of tunes from their set.

Their cover of The National's "Pink Rabbits"

"Only A Clown" from 2013's The Stand-In

"Pink Champagne" from The Stand-In

Set closing tune "Shanghai Cigarettes" from her 2010 début Own Side Now