PUP – Sleep in the Heat (Official Music Video)

It’s been a wild and prosperous year for Toronto punk rockers PUP. Their sophomore album The Dream is Over combined with their extensive touring has maintained the band’s place as a fan favourite. From the release comes the single “Sleep in the Heat”, a song about an unusual, yet unforgettable friend for frontman Stephan Babcock, “[It’s] a song about my chameleon Norman, who passed away while we were writing this record”.  Directed by Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, the new music video expands on the idea of losing a friend – no matter how many legs it…

RBC Bluesfest – July 14, 2016

The only downside to an outdoor music festival is having to compete with Mother Nature. Although it was nothing close to the wild storm of Bluesfest 2011 (re: when the stage collapsed on Cheap Trick), the thunderstorm that delayed the final performances of the night was one hell of a storm. Fortunately it moved quick, causing only a half hour delay before the night’s closing performances were able to continue. And those who waited out the storm were treated to shows well worth the wait. Ottawa photographer Kamara Morozuk was…

Festival Guide: RBC Bluesfest 2016 – July 14

With the final days of the festival in sight, Thursday night is set to be a wild one, making sure to welcome the last weekend with a bang. From the welcomed return of Toronto punk band PUP, to the hip-hop of Toronto MC Jazz Cartier, Day 6 of RBC Bluesfest has one of the best lineups of the festival, and you will certainly not want to miss a moment of it. Read through the trusty Festival Guide below and discover the best picks of the night. For more information on…

Top 10: Must-See Non-Headline Performances at RBC Bluesfest 2016

With almost 200 performances over the span of 9 days, figuring out who to catch at Bluesfest can be a bit of a challenge. This year’s festival boasts some phenomenal headliners including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Future, Billy Idol, Brad Paisley, and The Lumineers, amongst many others, and with so much to offer from the top of the heap, blink and you just might miss some hidden indie gems. So to help, I looked through the full line-up, crossed off some names, added a few back, lost sleep, grew a few grey hairs,…

In No Particular Order: May 27, 2016

One of the best feelings in life? Finding a new album that you know you’ll be listening to and enjoying for years. That first spark, ignited from the mysterious and nervously excited first listen, is not lost over time; if anything you become more and more attached, as the album becomes apart of your life and you debate naming your future children after the band’s lead singer… Honestly, if you could, you’d probably marry it. …or maybe that’s just me? This week saw some of the best releases in 2016…

Cedar Spring Motel – Waiting (For the Rain)

(If you like: The Dirty Nil, PUP, Modern Baseball)  The outskirts of Toronto and the GTA are becoming the place to be for some of the best garage-punk bands in recent years. Bands like The Dirty Nil, and PUP have been giving the genre a positive name, and Cedar Spring Motel can be added to the list. The Hamilton-based trio use melodic, face-melting punk and rock n’ roll as an outlet to complain about the common problems of being a young adult found in the routine sandwich of school and work. They…

PUP – DVP (Official Music Video)

(If you like: The Dirty Nil, FIDLAR, Hollerado)  A short while back, Toronto punk rockers PUP released their sophomore album teaser “DVP”, creating buzz and excitement with their fan base. Now, the live-fast-die-young group have shared the hyper-nostaligc lyric video for the track. Super Mario, TMNT, Mortal Kombat – all their favourites make their way into an ADHD-inspired, video game mash up music video that goes hand-in-hand with their chorus-bashing musical style. Enjoy the video below and head to their bandcamp for more music and updates.

PUP – DVP

(If you like: Hollerado, The Dirty Nil, METZ)  Toronto punk superstars PUP tore across the music scene in 2014 with their critically-acclaimed debut self-titled record, then took their aggressive, hook-filled music to the world with an extensive tour schedule in 2015. Their ever-growing fan base patiently awaited new music as the four-piece continued to hint towards new material. As the first taste of their upcoming sophomore release, PUP have released their latest single “DVP” (referencing the Don Valley Parkway). Without holding back, “DVP” contains the original PUP flare: abrasive vocals, infectious…