In my many years of song-listening, I’ve found a few songs that present a weird combination of laid-back sound and high-intensity motivation. For example, Ben Kweller’s “Penny on the Train Track” made me actually go to train tracks and … well … lay a penny on the track (OK full disclosure, that’s a lie – it was my sister, Celeste, who actually went and laid a penny on the train tracks. She’s always the cooler one).
So after that disclaimer, if you still trust me enough to keep reading, let me introduce to you another single I’m quickly getting into: High Tide 15:47‘s “And the Bubble Burst.” The track reminds me a lot of that compelling combo Kweller had. The Newcastle sextet puts together an indie-rock-pop-infused ballad that gets your toes tapping from its opening beat, but its catchy, laid-back sound also has a compelling message: walk a mile in my shoes/they don’t feel like they used to. While it may be more difficult to convince someone to actually switch shoes than to lay a penny on a train track, the song has been replaying in my head since I first heard it. It’s a great sound with a great message – one we could all probably stand to hear a time or two. So give it a listen or two!
Having already played the CBC Music Festival, Osheaga and le Festival d’été de Québec, it’s clear that Quebecois singer Charlotte Cardin’s star seems to be on the rise. Her debut EP Big Boy was just released this past summer and I had the opportunity to see her perform some of her songs during an intimate performance at Burdock Music Hall yesterday afternoon. With her powerful voice and electro-jazz sound, Cardin definitely impressed.
After introducing herself and her band a couple songs into their set, Cardin added, “We’re going to play some love songs for you.” It’s true, a lot of her music could be classified as love songs, but with titles like “Like It Doesn’t Hurt” and “Dirty Dirty,” it’s clear these aren’t necessarily your typical love songs. “Dirty Dirty” in particular stood out during her performance with it’s lyrics touching upon themes of jealousy and unrequited love. Give it a listen:
You want beautiful chords? Elegant storytelling? Uplifting messages? Let me introduce you to Mat Hunsley.
The Newcastle singer-songwriter’s specialty is delivering all of these things via singles like “Dropping,” which went live a few days ago. The artist’s skillful blending of vocals and music with influences such as Bon Iver and Nathaniel Rateliff culminates in a glorious 4-minute track you can enjoy – so enjoy!
Everyone’s favorite Irish trio – Two Door Cinema Club – is hitting the road this fall in support of their upcoming 2016 album Gameshow, due to be released October 14th. If you’ve just gone off to buy tickets (as you should) but then realized that you won’t know any of the songs on the new record, we’ve got you covered! Panic’s got two copies of Gameshow to give away so that you can learn all the lyrics, make up some kick-ass dance moves and line up your song requests. If you study up really hard, the trio might be so impressed they offer you a spot in the band. Who knew one little contest could be so life changing?
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