Happy Birthday Reghann!

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My sister is one of the most important people in my life. She is one of those special people who has a heart so large it seems almost impossible that she could care about others as much as she does. I admire her selflessness and commitment to make the world a better place. Her creativity and passion is inspiring. One thing we have always had in common is a love of music. This has brought us even closer, especially over the past year. As my number one concert buddy, I dedicate this post to her.

Reghann and I share a love of one band in particular, Half Moon Run. These guys are an indie band out of Montreal with killer pipes and a knack for getting under your skin in the best way possible with beautiful melodies and lyrics that cut to the core. We had the pleasure of seeing them live this summer in Montreal for Osheaga. They put on an amazing performance and seemed genuinely happy to play in their hometown. The audience was absolutely enthralled, despite a couple of hiccups with the audio (the sound was too damned quiet). One of my favourites is a song called She Wants You To Know. This song is a perfect example of the unique sound these guys put out. The tempo is upbeat and the instrumentals are heavy without falling victim to that angry tone you hear so often in alternative music. Everything about it is just right. If you like this, definitely check out Full Circle. You will not be disappointed.

It Don’t Get No Better…

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Outlets like Soundcloud, IndieShuffle and Spotify make it extremely easy to find new music. When presented with such a huge selection it’s nearly impossible not to develop a never-ending need for the newest thing as a listener. My tastes are always evolving and as a result I find myself getting sick of songs after only a few plays. I seek out artists who aren’t afraid to experiment and get a little weird.

Chance the Rapper is certainly not afraid to take the road less travelled. When he released I Am Very Very Lonely earlier this year he proved himself a versatile artist in my eyes. The first time I listen whenever he gets a little experimental I’m hesitant, but after a listen or two it’s always clear this guy knows what he’s doing. He’s an artist. Chance just released a collaboration with The Social Experiment called No Better Blues and it’s one you need to hear. As a little bonus, he’s offering it as a free download on Soundcloud. As a realist (aka pessimist), sometimes I need lyrics like these. Thank you, Chance, for shaking things up and keeping my tiny attention span focused on you.

Cold War Kids… Again

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Cold War Kids are no strangers on this blog. I posted First a while back, and will surely post some more because they have been on fire lately. I listen to a lot of electronic and house music. As much as I love it, sometimes I just need a break. Cold War Kids always provide me the relief I need. There’s no replacing a solid band and killer set of vocals in my heart.

A friend of mine suggested Hot Coals and as soon as I heard it I was in love. It’s so catchy, and feels almost like Queens of the Stone Age circa my high school years with slightly less gloomy vocals. The mix is just right. Thanks for another one, guys.

Adventure Club

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Adventure Club have been releasing some gems lately that a few friends of mine have recommended. I checked out their stream and was quite impressed. It turns out they are Canadian, which is always nice, hailing from Montreal. Why does Montreal get more and more appealing by the second? Their sound is kind of dark and definitely electronic with a dash of dubstep. It’s hard not to be moved, especially by this tune. Fade features vocals that take the song from “pretty decent” to “addictive”. Enjoy xx

Duke Dumont

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Any house head who hasn’t been living under a rock lately will be familiar with the name Duke Dumont. He is a hit-maker, and this one is no different. I Got U features an impossibly fun beat and some seriously infectious female vocals. This is the perfect cardio tune to get you pumped, and also functions as a pre-party motivator. Just play it, you will understand.

atOlla

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atOlla is a duo out of Sydney that consists of a vocalist, Matilda Stephanie Paget, and producer James Santos. According to Facebook, their song entitled Ayapaneco has been getting some buzz on the internet and I’m sure their fan base is rapidly increasing. I came across these guys somehow on Soundcloud and I dig their unique, spacey vibes. This song made my evening walk home through downtown Toronto a whole lot more exciting. It was the perfect way to wrap up my first day as a working girl (not prostitute) in the city. Also, I liked their song on Soundcloud and they sent me a message saying thanks. Talk about a nice personalized touch. That is the way to win hearts!

Missing MisterWives

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I had the chance to see MisterWives in August when the opened for Bleachers at the Mod Club in Toronto and I missed them. Toronto traffic got the best of me and I’m kicking myself for it now. This tune is a remix, but still makes it pretty clear that these guys are ones to watch.

I heard this song in its original form at the gym today, and if Goodlife is playing it I’d say that means MisterWives are about to hit the mainstream. On that note, give this a listen and get pumped up for a solid workout.

Touch

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I came across Shura while randomly clicking on YouTube suggestion videos. The thumbnail was pretty intriguing due to the maybe-lesbian-maybe-not kiss occurring. After watching the video I discovered that there were in fact all sorts of kisses, but not in a creepy porno way. I didn’t hate the video, it was kind of cute. The song is what won me over, as it should with any music video. The beat is pretty fun, and the singer’s smooth vocals take it to the next level. It has a very sweet, dreamy feel. It feels like I’m drunk at a party in university again and staring my crush in the face. The lyrics are a tad more sad than that, but it still fits.

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