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Song of the Day: Calliope Musicals – Echo Of The Whoos

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Editor’s note: This post was originally intended to be part of our SXSW coverage, but, y’know … looks like SXSW ain’t happening anymore. Damn shame. But on the bright side, Calliope Musicals are from Austin and they’re already there anyways, so chances are they’re still playing somewhere in the city during what would have been SXSW week. We shall see … Austin’s Calliope Musicals seems like they would be a fun band. I don’t know much about them but this …

Concert Review: Bat For Lashes, February 22, The Phoenix

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Photos by Stephen McGill It’s been over a decade since Bat For Lashes last graced the city of Toronto, so when this show was announced late last year I was super excited. Their last show, which we covered, was on the heels of 2009’s phenomenal album Two Suns and coincidentally, this show follows the release of last year’s excellent Lost Girls, which is my favorite album of theirs since Two Suns. As the show approached, its description changed from a …

SXSW Song Of The Day: Autre Monde – On the Record

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“On The Record” sounds like it would fit right into a prom night montage in a vintage ’80s John Hughes film. What elevates the track above that is the inclusion of a sax solo that could be from the same neighborhood that Baker Street resides in. Overall, a great tune. Autre Monde are a four piece band from Ireland with very sharp looking record design. I mean, look at that top picture. They will be playing SXSW this year. Check …

SXSW Song of the Day: Sparkling – I Want To See Everything.

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Photo credit: écoute chérie It’s not often that you hear a song that requires you to be beyond bilingual but this uplifting tune from the band Sparkling is one such song. The band really commits to the language bit, but it fits the tone of the song. Sounding like a late ’80s new wave band, Sparkling is a 3 person band from Cologne and everyone from Germany speaks many languages so I guess it’s no surprise. That’s all I can …