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Seen. Chewed. Reviewed: Ezra Furman + Stef Chura @ Lee’s Palace

September 9th, 2019 Ezra Furman + Stef Chura stop by Lee’s Palace in Toronto on their current tour

Three songs in, Ezra Furman has thrown his camisole off unveiling a dark dress. Pearls are twisted around Furman’s neck as the guitar in their hands wail comes to an end and Furman takes a breath to address the crowd.

“I’m not going to try too hard to play your favourite songs, tonight we’re playing my favourite songs,” Furman said.

The year of Furman began when the musician curated the soundtrack for Netflix’s breakout show Sex Education, even dazzles in a cameo on the show . Fast forward a few months to the release of the politically charged album, Twelve Nudes, and take a listen to the devastatingly honest view of the artist. I wanna be your girlfriend, a ballad about dating from a transgender POV is a beautifully poignant candid view 2019 needs.

Currently touring alongside Stef Chura, Furman is an act to make you fall in love. Furman first took the stage at Lee’s during Chura’s set to lend vocals to the sings raspy indie rock. Chura focused on her latest album Midnight, a more energetic and appropriately darker album, than her 2017 release Messes.

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Furman followed suit playing a collection of newer songs seeming more appropriate to the musicians current direction musically. The crowd didn’t mind as most already knew the words and danced along hardly taking their eyes off of Furman prowling about the stage in a trance.

Check out Furman’s latest release, a video for Thermometer .

FIELD TRIP 2018: Might just be the best one yet

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No, this isn’t a mistake, this bill isn’t from 2007 (and we mean that in the best way). First we must address the elephant in the room, the indie rock legends, Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Popping up on select international bills the band is set to headline this year’s Field Trip Music Festival in Toronto alongside Metric. The rockers, which have been quiet since their 2013 release Mosquito is making a large comeback this summers, yet no new music has been released.  Don’t let the huge names be the only things to get you excited, this year’s festival is one not to miss.  Canadian talents, Partner, Alvvays and Ellevator are apart of the bill and they are all shows to see. The cozy set up at Fort York normally allows you to see pretty much everything, without having to jug for miles between overlapping acts. Happening June 2nd and 3rd, the two day fest is coming up soon!

Be sure to get your tickets while you can!

 

This Week’s Top Five: The Pretty Reckless, July Talk + more

 

SWMRS - "Hannah"

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Hannah might be one of the most addicting songs on their debut album, Drive North. On an album fuelled by punk-rock, Hannah is the slower track on the album with a odd vibe we’re loving.

Muuey Biien - "Bitter Blessings"

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From Georgia, Muuy Beiin are a band to know. They’re dark rock is laced with a sinister energy that makes it hard to forget them. Seeing them live is a shock, even if you know them. Their undeniably odd stage presence is a little addicting. Check out their latest track below.

K.i.d. - "Errors"

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Back with a new sound, K.I.D. is a name you’ll be seeing a lot more of. After listening to their latest track you’ll understand why.

July Talk "Beck + Call"

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Incase you missed it, July Talk released a breathtaking new video for Beck + Call. Featuring Tanya Tagaq, the song is a look at power plays in relationships. The video features a look at the power dynamic expressed through movement.

The Pretty Reckless - "Oh My God"

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The first single off of the third-coming album, Who You Selling For, is a hard step away from their debut single Make Me Wanna Die,  back in 2010. Gone is the glam-rock undertone from their start. Instead a metal element as been inserted into their past album and seemingly dominates their latest track.

Instant Dance Party: Coleman Hell + Ria Mae @ The CNE

 

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Sept 1st 2016 – Coleman Hell headlines The CNE Bandshell concert with supporting act Ria Mae

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Coleman Hell, walked onto stage and was met with cheers so loud, every other sound at the CNE was drowned out. The smell of ribs, cotton candy and popcorn wafted through the air, but once Hell hit the stage he turned the fair into a nightclub. Flashing lights and thumping bass, Hell pranced across the stage with an energy, that song and song again, never died.

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Excited fan during Mae’s set.

Because when Ria Mae tells you to take your clothes off, you do. Fans swayed along to the performer’s set, while mouthing lyrics. All seemed to be charmed by the oddly endearing mix of Mae’s rapper persona, rocker look and R&B sound.

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[Exclusive] Inside Fred and Mel’s Secret Thing: Billy Talent @ The Horseshoe

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July 28th, 2016 – Billy Talent play The Horseshoe as part of The Edge’s Secret Thing.

Shake  your inner 13-year-old awake. Billy Talent just played The Horseshoe.

Big band, smaller stage.  A few months ago The Lumineers played The Mod Club as a part of The Secret Thing, giving fans a chance to see a big band on a small stage. The catch? You have to win to get in and you don’t know who you’re seeing until they take the stage. A few weeks ago, 102 The Edge’s Fred and Mel made promise of a lifetime once again.

Eagerly, people came dressed in everything from high heels and mini dresses to worn Docs and trucker hats. The mishmashed crowd murmured on their way in, getting teased by the camera crew weaving throughout the front of The Horseshoe prodding for guesses.

DSC_0340July Talk, Drake, Prince (yes, someone said Prince) were all guessed to be the band of honour, but the most believed rumour was The Red Hot Chilli Peppers were somewhere backstage. No Peppers, but another throwback band. Billy Talent took the stage and jumped right into their set full of their previous hits, as well as, songs off of their newest album Afraid of Heights released Friday.DSC_0331They came, they played and they ignited the inner 13-year-old emo in all of us. Check out the photos from the show below.

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This Week’s Top 5: July Talk, Beach Slang + More

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This week was almost a Canadian only list! The top five tracks come from bands on the rise. You’ll see these names on festival bills almost anywhere, and with good reason. If you haven’t heard of these bands than these are some names you need to familiarize yourself with.

Listen to the can’t miss tracks below!

 July Talk - 'Strange Habit'

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Toronto’s beloved band on the rise is back and they’re showing their softer side. July Talk’s newest track is a completely different sound heard in slower ballads even from their debut album. The rock element is stripped and we see the vocalists focus on pairing piano with the unique voices of the duo.

Elephant Stone - Manipulator

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With a new album, Ship of Fools, set to release digitally in September, Elephant Stone are back with a sound that challenges their previous albums. The second single, Manipulator is a step towards a more pop-like sound, though doesn’t lack skill when it comes to song writing.

The Darcy's 'Miracle'

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An infectious song with an upbeat groove. The Darcy’s latest single is an array of everything we can’t get enough of from this Toronto band.

 

Charlotte Cardin - 'Big Boy'

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A stunning beat paired with heart-stopping vocals. Cardin is a vocal making people take notice. In Big Boy her soulful voice paired with layers of hip-hop and electronic elements make the single a stand out among her debut EP.

Beach Slang - 'Punks in a Disco Bar'

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A long anticipated album set to release in September, Beach Slang have wracked up fans around the world. Making people fall in love with their dose of rock, fit for the outcast hidden in all of us. Their latest single, Punks in a Disco Bar is everything you want to hear without being tiring.

New | Hot Hot Heat “Kid Who Stays in the Picture”

 

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They’re back, frizzy hair and all. Hot Hot Heat are surprising fans with long awaited new music and summer tour. Though the bands return isn’t all good news. Their latest single, The Kid Who Stays in the Picture, is the first off of their new album, which will be their last.The upcoming album from HHH will be their last. They’re calling it a farewell album for their die-hard fans.

But at least we’ll have some new tunes from the Vancouver rockers to get us through the impending withdrawal. Check out the new single below.

New Music: Tokyo Police Club “Not My Girl”

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What a great way to start off your weekend off right. New Tokyo Police Club! The single, Not My Girl, is a fast paced, guitar heavy tune with an impossibly perfect summer vibe. Surely the single will take your February blues away and have you daydreaming ahead to summer. The single is off of their fourth coming EP titled, Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness (Part 1), that will be released April 8th on Dine Alone Records.