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Broken Social Scene | photo via artist’s Facebook page
Broken Social Scene has been away for a little while — a whole seven years of a little while — but made a return this past March with a new single, “Halfway Home.” Now, details have finally surfaced at TheMusicToday.com on an upcoming album, titled Hug of Thunder.
Set for a July 7th release date, the album will feature twelve tracks. In addition to the band’s plethora of members, this LP will also feature collaborations with Feist, Emily Haines and James Shaw of Metric, and Amy Millan and Evan Cranley from...
Broken Social Scene released their new single “Halfway Home” in March, and today they announced their first album since 2010’s Forgiveness Rock Record. It’s called Hug of Thunder, and it features Feist plus members of Metric and Stars.
The Indie Rock Hit Parade has always been proud to be a nighttime show on XPN, but do we dare go even LATER? Join host Eric Schuman (that’s me) each and every Friday night for a full two-hour show, now … Continued
Even the most casual fan of Canadian indie pop torch-bearers Stars has to pick up on the band’s evident reverence for the music of Morrissey and The Smiths. So it’s totally fitting that, when Torquil Campbell and Chris Seligman of the … Continued
Not that this is really necessary, but, in the interest of full disclosure: I have seen Stars live multiple times, and enjoyed each and every one of those shows immensely. So unless they were going to work really hard to disappoint, there was pretty much zero chance I was not going to have a blast at Union Transfer on Wednesday night. There are a couple of really basic equations that make it work so well.
Amy Millan + Torquil Campbell = the greatest male/female dynamic in music today.
Circadian Rhythms have shared another song off of the band’s forthcoming record A Passing Thought. “Nice To Be” has a jaunty 60s feel with playful horns, chorused vocals and whimsical auxiliary instrumentation. Listen and download below. New Englanders Mark Mandeville and … Continued
Every Thursday, we “look ahead” to the next calendar week (Monday through Sunday) and highlight some concert choices for each night of the week. At the end of the post, find a Spotify playlist to listen to the artists mentioned.
Monday, November 10
Johnny Marr will always be known most for his work as guitarist for The Smiths, but over the last two years he has carved out a nice solo career that has earned positive reviews and loyal followers. He released his sophomore album, Playland, last month and will play at Union Transfer on Monday, November 10.
Canadian band Stars has essentially been hosting the longest prom ever. A 13-year prom and all of their dedicated fans are the senior class. Sunshine-filled melodies with tales of love, lust, loss, and redemption are often so ridiculously upbeat and enjoyable, even if the lyrics are not, it’s always a possibility that balloons and confetti will fall from the ceiling when they are done. The slow numbers are hands-to-hips sway worthy the whole way, even when they are breakup songs.
When they perform live, the party comes together in glorious Technicolor. Amy Millan and Torquil Campbell have the perfect male/female ...
Montreal, Canadian indie synth rockers Stars recently released a new album, No One Is Lost Now. Featuring singers Amy Milan and Torquil Campbell, No One Is Lost is the band’s seventh album. Writing about the album for NPR Music, Stephen … Continued
Before I get started, there are a few honorable mentions to point out. With November being a pretty packed month, I decided to disqualify any sold out shows, including Interpol at Union Transfer (Nov. 22), The New Pornographers at Union Transfer (Nov. 20), Jenny Lewis at Union Transfer (Nov. 11), and Kimbra at World Cafe Live (Nov. 6). Then there are a few shows that nearly made the list, but were squeezed out for various reasons. Lauryn Hill at the Electric Factory on November 15 is just a little overpriced at almost $60 (plus fees). TV On the Radio at ...
Stars – No One is Lost
The seventh album from Canada’s Stars adds to the indie-rock band’s sparkling catalog with disco-infused pop songs like album opener “From the Night” and “You Keep Coming Up.” As usual, Torquil Campbell and Amy Millan’s chemistry as lead singers is stunning, and No One is Lost is refreshing in its earnest goal to make you feel good in the face of darkness. In a press release, Campbell offers an essential explanation of the record:
“This record’s called ‘No One Is Lost’ because that is a fucking lie. We are all lost, we are all ...
Stars will release their new album, No One is Lost, on October 14 via ATO Records. We’ve already heard two songs, one of which has just gotten a video. The clip for “From the Night,” directed by Darren Curtis, finds the band partying through the night and past sunrise. “We went out, like we always do, we got drunk, like we sometimes do, we saw friends that we don’t see enough and we filmed it all,” frontman Torquil Campbell told Spin. Watch it above.
We’re back to full power on tonight’s Indie Rock Hit Parade! That is, we’ve got a full two-hour show to share with you starting at 10pm on XPN. Tonight, we’ll spotlight the new album from Zammuto, the solo project of … Continued
Canadian indie rock band Stars has shared a second taste of its upcoming album, No One is Lost, which will released on October 14 via ATO Records. Whereas lead single “From the Night” is a shiny dance anthem, this new song, “Turn It Up,” is more restrained and slow-burning. It includes vocals from a children’s choir, a fitting accompaniment for its back-to-school theme. Here’s what the band had to say about the song via Facebook:
“The first day of school carries the fear, the thrill, the nerves and the new. Summer evaporates into hallways, lockers and ...
Swollen Fox Radio is a weekly Spotify playlist compiled to highlight upcoming and recently announced shows in and around Philadelphia, as well as the best new albums of the week. Listen to this week’s edition below, and find a list of the shows and albums included further below.
Upcoming shows – August 18-24
08/20 – Bear in Heaven @ Johnny Brenda’s
08/20 – George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic @ The Ardmore Music Hall
– w/Johnny Showcase
08/20 – Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars @ Sellersville Theater
08/21 – Drake, Lil Wayne @ Susquehanna Bank Center
08/21 – Kevin Gates @ ...