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Thursday
Aug032017

Dan Luke and the Raid: 'Black Cat Heavy Metal'

Somehow Dan Luke and the Raid have managed to book two tours with only one single out.  Then again, once you hear 'Black Cat Heavy Metal' you'll start to understand just how that happened.  The music has been called simultaneously 'retro and futuristic'.  It's a sound that's tough to pin down, but stretches across countless styles and genres, but don't think too hard about it.  You'll miss out on the fun.  They hit the road this week, starting tomorrow in Chicago before landing in Toronto at the Mod Club on August 11th with Declan McKenna.  In the fall they head back out again with The Weeks.

 

Thursday
Jun222017

Coming Soon: Jamila Woods LIVE in Toronto

This is one show that's simply too important to miss.  Jamila Woods is on tour to support the re-release of her debut album HEAVN.  This incredible record was originally released by Closed Sessions back in July of 2016.  The re-release is collaboration with Jagjaguwar, and it is the perfect way for this powerful music to find its way to new ears.  The tour stops in Toronto on July 21st at the Garrison, just over a year after HEAVN was initially released.  Whether you're celebrating a brilliant album, or discovering bold new music, this show is too good to pass up.  Get your tickets here.

Friday
Jun162017

5 Must See Artists @ NXNE Port Lands

5. Caveboy: Saturday 3 pm, Canal Stage

 Kicking off our list of essential performances at NXNE Port Lands is  Montreal's Caveboy.  They've been in the studio working on the follow up to last year's single 'Superbia'.  We caught their show last summer at Osheaga, and loved it.  Based on that experience, and the possibility of hearing some of that new music they've been working on, we just can't miss Caveboy at NXNE.

 

4. River Tiber: Sunday 6 pm Skyline Stage

This week River Tiber is performing in Spain at the Sonar Festival, and returns home to Toronto to help bring the Port Lands festival to a glorious close on Sunday.  River Tiber is one of the most buzzed about names in music these days, and for good reason.  He's released music with Daniel Caesar, Pusha T, and fellow Port Lands performer Kaytranada.  The album Indigo was released last year, and it's way too good to pass up the chance to hear some of those songs live on a sunny Toronto Sunday.

3. Kaytranada: Saturday 9:30 pm, Skyline Stage

Kaytranada was added to the Port Lands lineup when Tyler the Creator cancelled his performance.  The album 99.9% is still in heavy rotation, and based on his set at Manifesto last summer this is one headline show that cannot be missed.  There's simply no one else who dj's or makes music like Kaytranada, and that unique style and sound is what brings together such a lively, energetic crowd at his shows. 

2. Cold Specks: Friday 6:20 pm, Canal Stage

Last year following Schoolboy Q's headline show at NXNE Port Lands, Cold Specks put on a stunning show at Lee's Palace.  With the new single 'Wild Card' released just today, we're excited to hear the evolution of one of the finest voices in music one year later.  It seems a fitting next step that Cold Specks would taking the stage at the large scale NXNE event.  If 'Wild Card' is the first in a new collection of music, this show could be a chance to hear more...

1. Sleigh Bells: 7:50 pm Skyline Stage

Flashback to 2014 and Sleigh Bells was stealing the show at NXNE with a Wednesday night show at Tattoo, and an appearance at Yonge/Dundas Square the following night.  They were touring in support of the album Bitter Rivals and this time around it's the incredible album Jessica Rabbit.  The duo of Alexis Krauss and Derek Miller have been unstoppable since 2010's Treats was released, and their live show is not to be taken lightly.  This show is an opportunity to see Sleigh Bells live that should not be passed up.

Click here for more information on NXNE, including the full Port Lands lineup and click here to get tickets!

Friday
May052017

Brother Ali: All The Beauty In This Whole World out today!

 

Brother Ali's new album is out today!  Rhymesayers released the record All The Beauty In This Whole World, and the tour in support of the record is underway.  We can't get enough of the video for "Own Light", and to add to the excitement of the album's release we're looking forward to the June 7th stop at Adelaide Hall in Toronto.  Few can match the insight and intensity of Brother Ali, in the booth and on stage.  Click here to get the album and here to get tickets to see him live June 7th at Adelaide Hall.

Friday
May052017

VIDEO: Migos "Slippery" ft. Gucci Mane

"Slippery" comes from Migos' era defining, expectation defying album Culture.  For some the moment came when Donald Glover thanked them in winning a Golden Globe Award for his show Atlanta.  For many the rise to prominence started long ago.  "Slippery" might seem like a garden variety rap video, but considering the journey the Atlanta trio have been on it's a perfectly timed celebration with another hometown rap legend: Gucci Mane. 

The celebration continues with the ultimate summer rap tour, Migos will be landing in Toronto at the Budweiser Stage.  One of the biggest venues in the city will be hosting one of the most vital new acts in music, along with favourites like Future, Tory Lanez, Zoey Dollaz and A$AP Ferg.  Culture is available here, and tickets for May 16th in Toronto are available here.  Check out the video for "Slippery" below.