Toronto based Keys N Krate are celebrating their 8th birthday this weekend, which is just as old as Obama’s reign as president, or the amount of time Usain Bolt has spent being the fastest man on Earth. They are probably as old as some of your friend’s kids. It’s still an accomplishment I guess.
They are celebrating in a classic 8 year old style, with a party of some sort at Sunnyside Pavilion on a Sunday afternoon.
Will there be cake?
Will there be clowns?
What about those McDonald orange drinks?
Will your drunk uncle be there?
Will there be performances?
You know who can know? You can.
Thanks to Embrace, we have a pair of tickets to give away to Keys N Krate’s Birthday Party this Sunday at the Sunnyside Pavilion, which is near High Park apparently.
How do you enter? Just retweet this or comment on facebook.
Winners will be notified whenever we feel like it.
Contest will end sometime before Saturday.
Sunday, Aug 28, 2016 3:00 PM EDT Doors
Sunnyside Pavilion, Toronto, ON
19 years and over
Every once in a while everyone needs to hear a classic love song, preferably steeped in the wisdom of southern music style, ideally with a happy ending. Enter Melodime.
Melodime hails from (close to) my hometown in Northern Virginia but the quartet has mastered and reinvented the southern-flavored alt rock style you may associate with New Orleans or Nashville. Lead singer Brad Rhodes’ has a hypnotic voice that calms while it energizes – soothes while it sings. The rest of the talented group supports Rhodes with a lovely combination of keys, drums, and strings – and nowhere (in my opinion) do their talents come together better than in their recent single “Little Thing Called Love.”
The song testifies to the power of love, be it on the road, under the moonlight, or in one’s dreams. It’s simple in its lyrics and its rhythms, making it instantly recognizable and enjoyable. And with that, enough said. Let’s keep it simple. Take a listen and you’ll see what I mean:
A well done cover can often make you see a song in a whole new light. This is true of the upcoming release Take It, It’s Yours, wherein Katy Goodman of La Sera and Great Morgan of Springtime Carnivore take a collection of punk songs and replace the high speed and aggression of the originals with sweet, jangly dreampop delivered at a leisurely pace. Amongst great versions of songs by The Buzzcocks, The Replacements, Billy Idol and others, one of the standouts is their cover of the Bad Brains’ “Pay to Cum.”
Katy Goodman explains their take on it in the press release for the album:
“On the surface a song like ‘Pay to Cum’ seems really masculine, but to me, the lyrics are really more about freedom,” Goodman says. “You have the right to sing, you have the right to dance. When you have two girls harmonizing on these songs, they take on a new meaning, because you’re listening in a different way.”
Take It, It’s Yours is out August 26 on Polyvinyl Records
Last time I heard from Kishi Bashi was back in 2012, when he gave a great Tiny Desk concert. That is, of course, years ago. The multi-instrumentalist has released tracks and albums each year since that time, always with his signature dobos-torte-like multilayer offerings, orchestrating bewildering melodies, soaring choruses, and dazzling loop samplings.
“Hey Big Star” is something on the leaner side, however. While it’s still no slouch at filling in the silence (there IS none), it does so quite a bit more efficiently than its predecessors. When the choir chimed in at 2:30, it took me back almost 80 years to the opulent Mandarin parties on the banks of the river in Shanghai. Alas, failing to be alive at that time, where it really transported me was a karaoke bar.
Sonderlust, Kishi Bashi’s next album from which “Hey Big Star” issues, will be out on September 16th.