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Tops at Music Hall of Williamsburg (September 29, 2017)

By Will Oliver, November 21st 2017

It’s been great to watch Montreal indie rockers TOPS evolve over years, slowly but surely getting better with every release and finding a way to grow their fanbase further. Their new album Sugar at the Gate (released via Arbutus Records) shows even more maturity for the band.

Based on their performance at Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 29, the band have connected with many people since the last time we saw them (at Baby’s All Right), as they drew a packed crowd that brought a high energy and helped sing along passionately to tracks like “Way To Be Loved.” After three albums the band have really started to catch on and it’s been great to see.
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TOPS – Sleeptalker

By Will Oliver, August 4th 2014 — with 1 comment

Tops - Sleeptalker

On September 2 Montral-based band TOPS will release their new album Picture You Staring via Arbutus Records. Their previous album Tender Opposites was one of my favorite albums of 2012, so it’s safe to say I have sky high expectations for the new LP.

“Sleeptalker” is the first single to be shared from Picture You Staring, and it’s a lush track that is absolute smooth sailing. There’s a sleepy nature to it, carried by the hushed vocals of singer Jane Penny.

Penny provided some insight on the song on the band’s facebook page. Find that posted below.

It’s a lovely listen, one that simply begs for you to replay. Stream it below.
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[CMJ]: TOPS @ Arlene’s Grocery (October 18, 2013)

By Will Oliver, October 21st 2013


Last year, Montreal band TOPS released one of my favorite albums of the year with the dangerously good Tender Opposites.

I kept missing them at previous CMJ’s or the scattered NYC performance here and there. So I made it a mission this time around to catch one of their performances, and it ended up being post-Arcade Fire at Arlene’s Grocery as a part of the M For Montreal showcase. Read the rest of this entry »

[music video]: TOPS – Double Vision

By Will Oliver, October 25th 2012

Regret not catching TOPS at all during CMJ, because I’ve been slowly getting into their debut album Tender Opposites, which came out earlier this year on Arbutus Records.

They released a video for “Double Vision” a song on the album that clings to nostalgia and memories of older days. It then makes sense that the video consists of home video recordings. Wish I didn’t wait so long to get into these guys.

Watch the video below.
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[music video] All The Damn Kids – The Book Stops Here

By Will Oliver, April 23rd 2010 — with 3 comments

I called All The Damn Kids a band to watch last week, and I firmly stand behind that statement. They are an exciting band from Sheffield who you should expect to hear more on frm me in the immediate future.

For now, check out their music video for “The Book Stops Here”. It is pretty much a nod to the legendary Albert Lamorisse short film Le Ballon Rouge. It is well shot, and the video certainly fits the mood of the song. Watch it below:

Eldoradio – “China House”

By Will Oliver, December 6th 2017

Earlier this year we shared with you a track called “Pipe Dreams” from Swedish group Eldoradio. Today we return with another great offering from the group by the way of “China House.”

The song is taken from their punk track with a big sweeping youthful sound that feels larger than life and never stops chugging along. It’s the group’s first single for Gothenburg record company Welfare Sounds & Records and will be included on an EP released at a later date.

Turn your speakers up loud and blast “China House,” which is streaming below.
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Bridal Party – “Fruitless”

By Will Oliver, December 6th 2017

Bridal Party are a five-piece out of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. This October the group released their new EP Negative Space and kicking off the EP is the energetic “Fruitless.”

Led by some Tops like guitar work and colorful production and vocals, this track has a vintage charm to it that is well worn and made to feel fresh and exciting by their touch. It’s a real delight in every way and pretty much instant love.

You can find the whole EP available to purchase and stream at their bandcamp or stream “Fruitless” below.
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