I was revisiting some of my favourite electronic songs and this one by Steve Hauschildt came on… give it a spin, it’ll make you bop!
To celebrate their North American tour, the Shout Out Louds are sharing this new remix of Illusions by the norwegian disco wizard Prins Thomas.
It’s pretty fabulous and is sure to leave you dancing in your seat, or tapping on your steering wheel.
Toronto-based apocalypse pop trio Bravestation release their highly anticipated new EP, IV worldwide on Tuesday May 14th. They’ve released two singles (“All We Have Is Us” and “Somewhere We Belong”) for free download on Bandcamp, which you can also stream in the player below.
If you’re in Toronto, catch brothers Devin and Derek, alongside childhood friend Jeremy this Wednesday night (May 15th) at the Drake Hotel in Toronto. They’ve been working really hard to deliver a killer show that promises to impress both new and longtime fans.
Lucius has been described by the New York Times as “the next Feist”, by Seventeen Magazine as “alluring and magnetic” and their video “Go Home” won “Best Animation” at the 4th annual Music Video Film Festival Band Battle in 2013.
Tonight, Lucius hits Toronto with a 9pm show at the Garrison. Go check them out! ”Don’t Just Sit There” was the first song of theirs to grace my inbox last year and I’ve had it on heavy rotation in my “Song Picks” Rdio playlist ever since.
Lucius recently stopped by NPR for a Tiny Desk Concert:
Q&A with Lucius
Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig (vocals), Dan Molad (drums), Peter Lalish (guitar) and Andrew Burri (guitar)
Q: Holly and Jess, how did you meet? When did you decide to start writing music together?
We met in Boston as students, and began writing together in 2005 after bonding over similar artistic tastes. Things took off from there!
Q: Do either of you come from a musical family?
I think we all came from families who were big music lovers. My dad brought me up on old Roy Orbison tapes. Holly’s Grandma was a classical singer so it’s in our blood.
Q: What’s your writing process like? What inspires you?
We’re inspired by life events, similar experiences, creative friends… we draw from many different places. A lot of the time, one of us will have an idea for a verse or chorus and bring it to the other who either helps fill in the blank or already has another idea that seems to work perfectly. But each song is its own being with its own process. We don’t really have any one formula.
Q: When did Danny, Peter and Andrew join the band? How did you cross paths? How has your sound evolved with the growth of the band?
Holly and I had a bunch of songs we wanted to record, but with no particular goal or path we wanted to take it to- we just wanted to experiment, and not to sound too cliche but … throw spaghetti at the wall. Danny is a very talented engineer and producer, and we asked if he wanted to work with us. Because we all live in the same neighborhood, we’d be recording, need some bass, guitar, etc… and call over some friends to meet the need. Pete was one of those people. We had never played as a band before the original record was finished. In fact we had to really learn how to play the record live, that’s when we knew we had a connection. Andy came in about a year later (early summer 2012) after he worked on another record with Danny. We’ve been together ever since.
Q: What is it about Brooklyn that drew you there? What keeps you there? It seems like so many artists call Brooklyn home these days.
Brooklyn allows you to be in the big city, but also be more removed when you need to be. Where we live is known as Victorian Flatbush, where there are tree lined streets, old Victorian houses, and a community of artists and musicians that are incredibly supportive of one another. Brooklyn just has a more laid back vibe, we need that.
Q: What has the greatest moment been for you as a band thus far?
Oh man, we’ve been lucky enough to have a few already. I think what sticks out in my mind is SXSW this year. We played St. David’s Cathedral for the Communion showcase. It was our 11th show of the week, and we were just so happy to be playing in a place where we could hear ourselves. The room really allows for nothing short of a spiritual experience. People were there to really listen; it was magical. I think we all got a little emotional after that one.
Q: What other bands would you like to share the stage with and why?
Arcade Fire, David Bowie, Bon Iver, The Shins, wilco, Sir Paul, My Morning Jacket, Alt-J, Tegan and Sarah, Feist, Sharon Jones… I mean, why not? These are some of our inspirations
Q: If you could only perform at one music festival next year, which festival would it be and why?
We’re really excited about Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival, which we’re playing in June… because it seems that they have such a musically attentive audience. We want to play where people want to listen!
Q: If you weren’t writing and performing music for a living, what else would you like to do for work?
I think if there was another way, one of us would be doing it. If you’re going to pursue a career in music - it’s got to be your only option. All or nothing.
Q: What’s on the horizon for the band this year?
We’re playing a few festivals this summer, headed to Europe for the first time later this year and of course, the release of our record in Fall.
Q: Is there anything else you’d like to add?