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  • Jordan Maahs

The Vaccines have premiered their new single ‘Dream Lover’, the second single off of their upcoming third album -English Grafitti. The video for fuzzy pop rock single has a fitting sci-fi theme, echoing the spacey and dreamy synths that are at the forefront of the track.

Frontman Justin Young, when speaking to Huw Stephens of BBC 1, describes the song as “the best pop song we’ve written”, adding: “Conceptually and lyrically it’s really direct. The riff reminds me of something Run DMC or Beastie Boys might have sampled.” It is more electronic than their previously released single, ‘Handsome’, but fits The Vaccines cheeky and clever lyrical style.

English Graffiti- is due out on May 26th. The band is currently touring the UK, but will be returning to North America this summer with Mumford & Sons. Keep an eye out for Toronto dates!

#thevaccines #dreamlover #justinyoung #huwstephens #bbc1 #rundmc #beastieboys #handsome #englishgraffiti #electropop

  • Jordan Maahs

London’s rowdy garage rock 4-piece Palma Violets released their raucous debut album ‘180’ in 2013, including the single “Best of Friends”, which was voted NME’s song of the year in 2012. In a similar fashion to The Libertines, the young band gained a steady fan-base online even before the release of their first single, one that only grew with the increased exposure through NME and BBC Radio. The band have stayed relatively quiet since touring their debut album — but recently resurfaced with some details of their upcoming sophomore album, ‘Danger In The Club’, additionally releasing the first single off the album, which goes by the same name.

The title track is a roaring garage rock single, simultaneously youthful while seemingly recalling a previous decade. “Danger In The Club” stays true to the band’s original raw and slinky sound, but it echoes the boozy haze of The Doors and the recklessness of The Clash. It’s a ramshackle and drunken kind of rock and roll, with anthemic ‘ooh-ah’ chants and a sexy riff. The video for the song, which is fittingly set in a pub in their native London, can be viewed below.

Palma Violets played their only Toronto show in May 2013 at Lee’s Palace, but the band announced earlier this week that they will be returning later this May to play The Garrison as a part of their upcoming US tour.

May 10 — Carrboro, Cat's Cradle

May 11 — Washington, DC, Rock & Roll Hotel

May 12 — Philadelphia, Johnny Brenda's May 14 — Ferndale, The Loving Touch May 15 — Toronto, The Garrison May 16 — Montreal, Petit Campus May 18 — New York, Bowery Ballroom May 19 — Allston, Great Scott May 20 — Brooklyn, Music Hall of Williamsburg May 21 — Pittsburgh, Brillobox May 22 — Columbus, A&R Music Bar May 23 — Chicago, Lincoln Hall May 25 — Minneapolis, 7th St Entry May 26 — Omaha, The Waiting Room May 29 — Denver, Larimer Lounge May 30 — Salt Lake City, Kilby Court June 1 — Seattle, Tractor Tavern June 2 — Portland, Doug Fir Lounge

#palmaviolets #180 #bestoffriends #nme #thelibertines #dangerintheclub #theclash #rock #indierock #bbcradio #garagerock #thedoors #london #leespalace #thegarrison

  • Jordan Maahs

The seemingly unstoppable Laura Marling released her fifth album earlier this week, and it may just be her most compelling album to date. Though the British songstress has definitely never lacked maturity, releasing her brilliant debut album at the ripe age of 17, Short Movie certainly illustrates significant growth as an artist and individual.

After extensively touring her last album, Once I Was An Eagle, Marling took some time off and moved to Los Angeles to focus on her writing. This change in setting and approach is echoed in Short Movie, which is a clear departure from the epically heart-breaking and powerful Eagle. Short Movie is noticeably smaller, lighter, and quirkier than its predecessor. Marling’s brilliant guitar playing is highlighted in tracks like “I Feel Your Love” and “Easy”, and occasionally infused with a twinge of rock, such as in the fiery debut single “False Hope” (which arguably the most electrically-charged track we have seen since A Creature I Don’t Know’s “The Beast” in 2011). Equally accessible and incomprehensible, eccentric and cohesive, subdued and commanding — Short Movie is audibly different from any of Marling’s past releases, and yet it undoubtedly stays true to who she is as an artist.

Other album highlights: “Walk Alone”, “Warrior”

Short Movie is available to stream in full on Spotify. Laura Marling will be returning to Toronto for the first time since 2013 (and for the first time with her full band since 2012) on July 28th at The Opera House.

Tickets are available through Ticketweb:

http://www.ticketweb.ca/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=5734065&pl=embrace

#lauramarling #onceiwasaneagle #ifeelyourlove #easy #thebeast #walkalone #warrior #shortmovie #folk

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