Damon Albarn has done many musical things over his long and illustrious career. One of the most notable, successful and award-winning is the virtual band Gorillaz. The Demon Days album came out 10 years ago today and features two tunes that will forever be among my favourites due to their deep grooves, hooks and catchy melodies.
Toronto band Grounders opened for Wolf Alice at The Drake Underground. They're a dreamy indie pop band that eased us gently into the night. They treated us to several tracks from their then-unreleased eponymous début album.
Grounders are appearing at Sneaky Dee's for NXNE on June 18.
Take a listen so some of the tunes they played for us.
Shakey Graves is Alejandro Rose-Garcia. He is from Austin and he creates music that spans rock, blues and country. His début album Roll the Bones came out in 2011 and his latest And The War Came was released late last year.
He's here in Toronto for TURF on Friday, September 18 and I'm very much looking forward to checking out his set. Take a listen to some of his tunes and see if he ends up on your list of artists you've got to see.
Grapes of Wrath got their start when Kevin Kane met Tom and Chris Hooper in Kelowna, BC in 1977. After making punk music for several years, both together and separately, Grapes of Wrath officially formed in 1983.
They started producing a unique folk-pop that caught the attention of music fans and radio programmers alike, especially with the 1987 hit "Peace of Mind" from the Tom Cochrane produced Treehouse. 1989 saw the release of their biggest album, Now and Again with singles "All The Things I Wasn't" and "What Was Going Through My Head". These Days came out in 1991 and featured singles "I Am Here" and "You May Be Right". Kevin Kane left the band in 1992. Starting in 2010, the band played together again, touring and releasing High Road in 2013.
They create cool, easy-listening pop tunes with the most classic of influences. I saw them live at the Ontario Place Forum back in the day. Unfortunately, it was one of those "It's not the band I hate, it's their fans." I was actually turned off by so many screaming teenage girls at the show. As the cliché goes, you couldn't hear the band.
Check out some tunes:
"Peace of Mind" from Treehouse
"O Lucky Man" from Treehouse
"All The Things I Wasn't" from Now and Again
"What Was Going Through My Head" from Now and Again
What is it with the month of May and Veruca Salt? Probably nothing, but it's now May and I've got two new Veruca Salt tunes to post. It was last May when I posted "The Museum of Broken Relationships", their first new tune in 15 years. And it was May of 2013, when I was inspired to post my favourite Veruca Salt tunes.
Now they've announced that they'll be releasing a new album called Ghost Notes on July 10. It's their first album with the original line-up since Eight Arms to Hold You. It was produced by the same guy that produced their début American Thighs, Brad Wood.
They've announced some new tour dates through July and just into August, including a stop here in Toronto on July 28 at Lee's Palace. I've got to get to that one!
Check out these two new tunes. They rock.
"Laughing In The Sugar Bowl"
"The Gospel According To Saint Me"
1. "The Gospel According To Saint Me"
2. "Black And Blonde"
3. "Eyes On You"
4. "Prince Of Wales"
5. "The Sound Of Leaving"
6. "Love You Less"
7. "Laughing In The Sugar Bowl"
8. "Empty Bottle"
9. "Come Clean Dark Thing"
10. "I'm Telling You Now"
12. "Lost To Me"
13. "The Museum Of Broken Relationships"
July 8 San Diego, CA - The Soda Bar
July 10 San Francisco, CA - Slims
July 11 Los Angeles, CA - The El Rey Theater
July 21 Nashville, TN - The Mercy Lounge
July 22 St. Louis, MO - The Ready Room
July 23 Minneapolis, MN - The Cedar
July 28 Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
July 30 Boston, MA - The Paradise
July 31 New York, NY - Webster Hall
August 1 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club