Song of the Day: Teenage Fanclub – Tired Of Being Alone

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This September sees the release of Teenage Fanclub‘s 11th full length studio album Nothing Lasts Forever. “Tired Of Being Alone” is the latest single off the album. Check it out below.

Nothing Lasts Forever is out September 22 via Merge Records/PeMa.

Song of the Day: Slow Pulp – Slugs

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“Slugs” in the latest single from Slow Pulp‘s upcoming album Yard, due out September 29 via ANTI- Records. Check out the video for “Slugs” below.

Song of the Day: Sparks – Escalator

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“Escalator” is the latest single from Sparks, taken from their 25th studio album The Girl is Crying in Her Latte. Check out the video for “Escalator” below.

Concert Review: Cynic, July 1, Lee’s Palace

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I’m sure it was pure coincidence that Cynic‘s Toronto show happened to take place at the same time as the final weekend of the Toronto Jazz Festival but nevertheless, in many ways it seemed like perfect timing.

After all, the band’s pioneering sound owes more than a little to jazz – 30 years after the release of their debut album Focus, Cynic’s proggy blend of technical death metal and jazz fusion still sounds groundbreaking and ahead of its time. And in honour of the 30th anniversary of the album’s release, the band made their way to Lee’s Palace this past Saturday night to perform the album in its entirety.

Taking to the stage looking somewhat like a cool hippie art teacher who just got back from a yoga retreat, bandleader Paul Masvidal led his bandmates through an incredible set full of technical riffage and plenty of vocoder effects on his vocals.

After running through their 1993 debut album from front to back, the band took a pause wherein Masvidal took a moment to cleanse the stage with sage before finishing things off with a handful of more recent tunes.

He also took a moment to acknowledge the banner put up on stage in tribute to his late bandmates Sean Malone and Sean Reinert (both of whom passed in 2020), noting that everything they were doing this evening was in honour of them. I think it’s safe to say that on this occasion, Masvidal and the current lineup of Cynic definitely did them justice.