Song of the Day: “Cake” by Lydia Ainsworth

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Lydia Ainsworth (Photo by Zoe Koke)

“Cake,” the new single from singer, songwriter and producer Lydia Ainsworth’s forthcoming album Sparkles & Debris, is out today with an accompanying video directed by Takeshi Suga and shot in Tokyo before the start of the pandemic.

The album, which follows 2019’s acclaimed Phantom Forest and blends live drums, guitars and bass with Ainsworth’s signature vast electronic landscapes, is due May 21 via Zombie Cat Records.

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Song of the Day: “Blood in the Sand” by Talk Show Host

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Talk Show Host (Photo by Amanda Fotes)

What’s the internet for if not to watch cat videos? Well, Parklife has the best cat video for your eyes in a while!

You see, Toronto power-pop punk trio Talk Show Host release Mid-Century Modern, their debut full-length, on June via Wiretap Records & Disconnect Disconnect Records. And the lead single, “Blood In The Sand,” is streaming everywhere, along with a new music video, which features Mila the cat.

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Song of the Day: “Pick It Up” by Fast Romantics

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Fast Romantics (Photo by Jen Squires)

Toronto-based acclaimed indie-rock band Fast Romantics have announced their new LP Pick It Up, due out Aug. 7 on Postwar Records. Album title track “Pick It Up” and its accompanying quarantine-friendly video is inspired by frontman Matthew Angus’ lifelong battle with depression and anxiety.

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Interview: Jason Thomson of Vast Robot Armies

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Vast Robot Armies album cover for Paper Crown Parade (Artwork by Victor Malang)

Vast Robot Armies describe themselves as “three cities, two countries, one band.” John Agee (guitar, bass, and vocals) and Joe Wells (guitar, bass, synth, and backing vocals) hail from Kansas City, Missouri. Jason Thomson (guitars, piano, synths, and vocals) lives in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

The band recently released a new full-length album titled Paper Crown Parade. I caught up with Jason to ask him about standout song “Little Detroit.”

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Live Review: Cowboy Junkies @ The Birchmere — 1/29/20

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Cowboy Junkies (Photo by Heather Pollock)

Following their game plan from their previous visit to The Birchmere in July 2018, the Cowboy Junkies went with a proven format for their recent show there. They’d play two sets. The first, slightly shorter set, would mostly consist of songs from their latest album, All That Reckoning, while the second set would comb their extensive catalog from more than 30 years together.

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Live Review: Orville Peck @ Union Stage — 9/21/19

OrvillePeck26 Orville Peck croons the night away at Union Stage on Sept. 21, 2019. (Photo by David LaMason)

Whether it’s the smooth baritone croon, the old west cowboy veneer, or perhaps the well talked about mystery behind the fringed black mask that draws you in: Once you witness Orville Peck, it’s hard not to be a fan.

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Preview: Metric @ The Fillmore Silver Spring, 2/15/19

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Metric (Photo by Justin Broadbent)

Canadian quartet Metric released Art of Doubt, a wonderfully brilliant new wave album, last year, and soon they will tour it in the United States. Locally, Metric will perform at The Fillmore Silver Spring on Friday, Feb. 15 in a double bill with Latin rock band Zoe.

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