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Video Premiere: Flamingo Bay – “Righteousness”

There’s no denying that Toronto and Hamilton have their share of hot spots to hit up when the sun goes down. Even if it isn’t about a specific location, the new video by Hamilton jam-rockers Flamingo Bay shows that sometimes it’s cool to just walk around the city at night and pretend you’re in a music video. The 5-minute film captures guitarist Dillon Henningson through Go Pro footage walking (and cabbing) around, sampling the good stuff from Toronto and Hamilton’s nightlife. A couple of landmarks from each city make an appearance (Honest Ed’s, The Baltimore house) as well as everyone’s favourite default beer of choice (“Old Style” Pilsner). It’s about as straight forward of a video as you can get, but it coincides perfectly with the mid-tempo jam about heart broken dudes and people changing. Check it out below! - Chris PJ D

   

Veins - Moon Garden

Lounge-rock, or, a haunting, roomy version of pop, with plenty of groove and emotion is what Veins is pumping out. With the Moon Garden LP, this offshoot from blues rock is a dreamy romp through some beautiful melodies and heartbreaking lyrics. Lead singer Hannah has soul to spare, and the whole band ebbs and flows with the emotion from the songs encased within. The garage-pop of Diggin' In My Grave turns into a stripped down 50's ballad, complete with falsetto back ups and a tambourine. The first band-included song, Runaway Girl, brings a late night dancer with some real mean lead lines and a heavy groove. Chops aplenty from every band member. The disc is chock-full of great songs, including Nightmare Gone To Waste, one of the heavier tunes included in the mix, with a great brooding, ambient melody guitar, and an even spookier sounding lead guitar plucking and scraping away at the notes. The album winds down to close with a sparse, solo piano performance, with an orchestrated string accompaniment, sounding like it was torn right from a Lynch-ish or Tarantino-esque climax. All in all, the dream-pop of Veins Moon Garden is a great piece of art, keep up-to-date with their facebook for shows in your area. - Cody Wright

   

I Am the Albatross' Playlist Worthy Album "Lonsesome Son"

Sometimes menacing, at other instances oddly profound, the always loud outlaw rock and rollers, I Am the Albatross’, new album ‘Lonesome Son’ is nasty guitar-lick laden rock played with focused reckless abandon. This latest offering basically grabs you by the throat then pours a welcome shot of bold Americana rock down it. The Austin quartet’s music is essentially Nick Caves and The Bad Seeds bulked up on PED’s with added injections of punk and psychedelic growth hormone for good measure. If Leonard Cohen was a hipster millennial, this would be the soundtrack he played during an epic cross-country getaway to the hinterland of Canada after a bank robbery. Any album that leaves you wanting more is always a winner in my book which is the case with this playlist worthy album.

You can catch I Am the Albatross performing their brand of feral folk rock at the Javelina Bar in Austin on Aug. 20 — bad ass leather duster coats welcomed but not mandatory.

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Tavon Perkins

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PONY @ The Silver Dollar Room

There seems to be an influx of reverb-heavy power-pop these days. That’s no knock, either. It’s hard not to be suckered into the swirling layers of tender vocals and hook-heavy garage rock. Something about it just screams summertime. Toronto’s PONY is no exception. Their recent Crushed EP depicting a marker- coloured pop can on the cover is symbolic of a more innocent time when summer romances were as fragile as, well, a pop can. Such is the subject matter on each of the four tracks. Sometimes it’s harder determining what is more fragile, the guitars or the vocals pleading for lost love. In this territory of indie, Alvvays and Best Coast are the true frontrunners, but PONY are not far behind at all. Catch them at The Silver Dollar Room on August 8th. - Chris PJ D

   

Yeomans @ The Cavern Bar

Yeomans are bringing tidal waves of lo-fi psychedelic surf rock, right to you from Toronto. Their self-titled EP released late last year, includes four diversely influenced tracks. With a crashing start Big Bike show cases their roots, simple guitar licks, laden with psychedelic effects, paired with lo-fi vocals. They’re mixing up some tasty sounds that’ll make you abuse the repeat button. Head out on this warm Wednesday night 07/29 and catch them play @ The Cavern Bar