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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:

Damien Rice at The Box (October 18, 2014)

By Will Oliver, October 30th 2014

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On November 11 beloved Irish singer-songwriter Damien Rice will release his new album My Favourite Faded Fantasy. It’s a big deal, because it’s the first album that Rice has released in eight years.

Earlier this month Rice embarked on a small tour of tiny, intimate venues to serve as warm up shows for the bigger ones that will soon follow when he goes on a full national tour. This included a few stops in New York that included Warsaw and two nights at the tiny hole in the wall known as The Box. The venue fits maybe 150 people at most, so it was an exclusive, once in a lifetime sort of place to catch an artist as admired as Rice.
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Mr Twin Sister – Blush

By Will Oliver, September 4th 2014

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Earlier in the year Twin Sister changed their name to Mr. Twin Sister. A name is just a name. All I’m concerned about is the music coming from that name. And since the change, the band has been releasing some quality tunes.

First it was “Out Of The Dark” and then they followed that up with “Blush” a very smooth slow-jam that shows that they are a band locked in on making some well crafted late night music. They really should be on tour with TOPS. That would be a tour full of delightful 80s-influenced smoothness.

Both “Blush” and “Out Of The Dark” will be featured on their new self-titled album, due out on September 23 via Twin Group/Infinite Best.

Stream “Blush” below.
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Arcade Fire at Barclays Center (August 22, 2014)

By Will Oliver, August 23rd 2014 — with 1 comment

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Arcade Fire are now a full fledged arena act, and I mean that in the best way possible. They are a band thats fully capable of filling out an arena with gusto and confidence, and the truth is that they always have been. It’s no surprise that they are playing an impressive three nights at Barclays Center this weekend, they’ve payed their dues and have certainly earned all of their success. Last night was the first night of the three night run, and it didn’t disappoint.
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