Mav Karlo – ‘Elevator’


Menno Versteeg, the founder of Canadian label Royal Mountain Records (Mac DeMarco, Pottery, Orville Peck) has shared ‘Elevator’, the new single from his Mav Karlo project. Produced by Chris Coady, the song offers a candid exploration of Menno’s experiences with mental health and features Katy Goodman of Vivian Girls on backing vocals: ‘Whether it’s a…

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NOBRO – ‘Sick Hustle’ EP review


Montreal punks NOBRO have already gained praise from Kerrang! and slayed stadiums with The Distillers and Alexisonfire and now they’re releasing new EP ‘Sick Hustle’. There’s a stomping glam rock feel to the opening ‘Don’t Die’, a belter filled with tales of both debauchery and the more mundane aspects of modern life: ‘Who are these…

M. Ward – ‘Unreal City’


M. Ward has shared ‘Unreal City’, the second single to be taken from upcoming album ‘Migration Stories’ (out on 3 April via Anti Records). Opening with space-age synths, M. Ward starts the song with some perfectly pitched ‘da da das’ as he looks back on dreams of helicopter rides and dreams not coming true. Recorded…

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Kiwi Jr – ‘Football Money’ album review


Toronto-via-Charlottetown indie rockers Kiwi Jr release debut album ‘Football Money’ via Persona Non Grata Records (Pip Blom). The record, engineered by Aaron Goldstein and mixed by Holy Fuck’s Graham Walsh, follows shows with huge bands including Wolf Parade, New Pornographers and Alvvays. Clocking in at under 30 minutes, the 10 tracks kick off with ‘Murder…

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Deana Petcoff – ‘Stage Lights’


Toronto native Deanna Petcoff writes ‘happy songs about sad things’ and new single ‘Stage Lights’ captures this perfectly. Opening with a Kim Deal-esque bass line, Deanna starts to look back on a night where she felt a spark with a touring musician and asks ‘What if?’ She wonders what might have been if instead of…

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Merival – ‘Lovers’ EP review


Since arriving in Toronto in 2012, Merival has been a figure on the Canadian indie scene and has collaborated with artists including Torquil Campbell from Stars and Darren Seltmann from The Avalanches. ‘Lovers’ is her debut EP and in her words is ‘shaped by relationships and reflection, finding beauty and transformation in heartache’. All written…