All the Rage no. 75: Best tuneage of the past five years (2015-2019)

The whole point of this blog and these mixes is to give me an excuse to seek out new and exciting music. Looking over the following list of my favourite fifty songs from the past five years, I’d say it’s gone pretty well. I’ve discovered bands I’d never otherwise come across and genres that I’d have likely given short shrift. So, thanks to everyone on this list for putting out such fantastic music. May you enjoy similar creativity in the years ahead.

50. Kashka
New Moon Blues

Seeing this Toronto musician perform Relax, the album that this wonderful song is taken from, at an intimate house concert was one of my musical highlights of the past decade. We’d happened upon it because ATR faves Heart Beach were playing it; as it turns out, we were the only people there who had no connection to the bands. The strings on this song – hauntingly beautiful. It’s also, as it turns out, the perfect soundtrack for a solo walk around Paris on a cold November day.

49. Chromeo
Room Serivce

I’ve been on board with Chromeo since seeing them perform in a field at 3 a.m. to about 100 people just south of Mexico City. They have bigger hits, but for my money, nothing captures Chromeo’s romanticism, funkiness, sexiness and sense of humor than this ode to the simplest of vacations. It’s a love song for people with kids and careers. I’m good with that.

48. Podiums
New Club Banger

Exhibit A for why I started recording these mixes. I never would’ve found this mystery band if I hadn’t actively been looking for new Canadian and Australian music. Who are Podiums? Who knows? They’re from Hamilton, they don’t have a bio, their name is not search-engine friendly, they’ve released two songs on Bandcamp, and this one is no longer even available there. Belying the title, this is a delightful bit of light, indie rock. To quote the song: “Yeah! Ooh! Uh!”

47. Kaptur
Futureproof

Local St. Catharines heroes released a hell of a song with “Futureproof,” an epic five minutes of anxious guitars and propulsive drums. Think an even-more-nervous Bloc Party and you’re halfway there.

46. Birdz
Crown Thieves

Exhibit B for music that I would never have gotten into without these mixes to force this white Canadian dude to discover new musical genres. In this case, Australian Indigenous hiphop, which is thriving thanks to people like Briggs (you know he’s further down this list) and Birdz, who’s signed to Briggs’ Bad Apples label. Politics and history give Birdz’ lyrics stakes and the beats blow your mind.

45. Confidence Man
Bubblegum
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Pop. Pure pop.

44. The Drones
Taman Shud

The rules for this list are simple: Songs must have been released between 2015 and 2019, coinciding with when I started putting together these mixes online and for terrestrial radio. They must’ve been played by me on the show at some point. And maximum one entry per band. Still, because of their involvement in a few projects, Briggs and The Drones’ Gareth Liddard are only people to show up more than once on this list (three times each). Liddard’s first showing is for this blunt, urgent, dissonance-friendly vivisection of right-win Australian politics. “Fuck Western supremacy.”

43. Speedy Ortiz
Puffer

Another musical highlight from the past decade: Seeing Speedy Ortiz receive all the love at a Bowery Ballroom show in New York. “Puffer” and Foil Deer, the album it comes from, is proof positive that rock music remains vital at this late date.

42. Lucky Luke
Sunburnt Country

My introduction to Indigenous hip hop, discovered thanks to triplejunearthed.com.au. Strident and righteous, an ode to Lucky Luke’s (Indigenous) Australia is a thrill to listen to, and an education
“Actions speak loder than words, so give us back our land.”

41. Tim & the Boys
Hey

Cleaned-up, precise punk rock from Sydney. Love the generic name. Shout-out to Ryan Saar, whose now-defunct show on FBI Radio was my entry point to Tim & the Boys and so much more fantastic Sydney (and beyond) music.

40. IV League
Change My Mind

This Brisbane band has a knack for arena-scale anthems. Here’s one of them.

39. Batpiss
Paralyzed

Gareth Liddiard makes his second appearance on this list as the producer of this pure slice of Melbourne punk. Rest in Piss has my vote for the best punk album of the past five years. Take a listen to see why.

38. Hello Seahorse!
Algún Día (Alicia)

If the only thing I’d done during my year in Mexico (2009-10) was discover for myself the music of Hello Seahorse!, the trip would’ve been worth it. (Bonus shout-out to Candy, coming up below). I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Denise Gutierrez has one of the best voices in popular music, any language, any genre. Listen to this track and tell me otherwise. I’ll wait.

37. PONY
I Don’t Know

Angsty emoish guitar pop. Toronto’s Pony is a band to watch.

36. Teeth & Tongue
Cupcake

Melbourne guitar pop. It’s just good. Listen to it.

35. FFS
Police Encounters

Franz Ferdidand and Sparks were the supergroup that we didn’t know we needed. Clever, poppy rock music with a sense of humor? That’s practically the motto of this show, so, yeah, I’m a fan.

34. The Beths
Future Me Hates Me

I’m late to New Zealand’s The Beths, who are doing their best to resurrect the best of 90s style indie rock. Definitely worth paying attention to.

33. Black Cab
Uniforms

Exhibit C for bands I never would’ve discovered otherwise. Dance rock that sounds like it’s sung by the guy from Men Without Hats. Love these guys.

32. Pale Lips
You’re A Doll

Few songs over the past five years have brought me more joy than this delightful tune, which may be a metaphor, or maybe not? Delightfully clever lyrics. Rock and roll? Rock and roll. Rock and roll!

31. Donny Benét
Konichiwa

One of four totemic All the Rage bands, Donny Benét manages the difficult balancing act between having a sense of humor that doesn’t diminish his for the music. In this case, off-kilter 80s-style Italian disco (electronica? No matter. It’s got a sultry beat, odd lyrics, and an absolutely insane music video.

30. JuliaWhy?
Turntable

The invention of the indie rock three-piece. JuliaWhy?’s newest album, Hysteria, showcases their growth as artists, but I have a soft spot for the rawness of their first album, Wheel, including this standout tune.

29. Calmly
Hallelujah Heartache

Formerly Childsaint, another band I discovered on triplejunearthed.com.au. Haunting dissonance.

28. Smaller Hearts
Circuitry

Another band to watch. Think a warmer Pet Shop Boys or a friendlier Depeche Mode. And they’re from Halifax. They’re good now, and they’re going to get better.

27. Sunscreen
High Over Love

I looooove the romanticism of the song. (If I’m misinterpreting it, don’t tell me; I don’t want to know). Your guitar pop earworm for 2020.

26. Old Kid
OK, Okay

Folk rock from a Hamilton guy. A haunting song that feels so very lived-in. “OK, okay. I’m not okay.”

25. Victories at Sea
Up

One of only two UK bands on the list. A song that’s stuck with me some five years since I first heard it, so it makes the list. You can dance to it.

24. The Courtneys
Tour

One for the road. Great vocals, happy guitars.

23. Laura Sauvage
Alien (Anything Like It, Have You?)

The lush, Pet Shop Boys-style tuneage of this particular song was my entry point into “The Beautiful”, but there’s so much more to Laura Sauvage’s thrillingly ambitious album. It’s always exciting to watch musicians swing for the fences, and even better when it connects.

22. Sahara Beck
Brother Sister

If you’re keeping score at home, here’s All the Rage totemic artist number two, and the song (which I came across courtesy, again, of triplejunearthed.com.au) that caught my attention. Like JuliaWhy? above, she’s grown as an artist since recording this song, but it remains a great song thanks to its simple melody (mostly just acoustic guitar) and insightful, evocative lyrics.

21. Safe Sex
A Raven and a Writing Desk
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Another band whose identity is a mystery to me, beyond that they’re based in Perth and have some songs on triplejunearted.

20. Candy
Conjuros y Rituales

Candy, a band I came across while in Mexico City in 2009, may have broken up, but not before releasing their masterpiece, Atlas. While their first album, Stranger, was a straightforward (English-language) punky rock album, Atlas saw them experimenting with their sound, expanding it to be more atmospheric and complicated, while still retaining their ear for a catchy melody.

19. Sampa the Great
Final Form

I heard this for the first time a couple of months ago. It’s one of the best songs of the decade. How is this song so good? Sampa the Great’s flow is thrilling. Jaw-droppingly phenomenal.

18. Johnny Headband
Jupiter

Totemic ATR band number three, from Detroit. The best unsigned band in the United States, Johnny Headband know their way around a melody and a beat. I want more.

17. Tropical Fuck Storm
The Planet of Straw Men

Garath Liddard makes his third and final appearance on this list via this supergroup, which features some of the best male-female vocal tradeoffs you’re ever likely to come across. And their live show, which I caught in Cologne earlier this year, is suitably no-nonsense. Weird and dissonant? I’m in.

16. Police Force
Freakin’ Out the Squares

Another band, this time from Brisbane, with a search-engine-hostile name, who released what is, for my money, one of the most menacing songs of the past decade (it’s on Tenth Court Records, if you’re interested in the whole album). Recalls the nastier (in a good way) Primal Scream songs, made more intimidating for its intentionally muddled vocals. These are the kinds of gems that won’t be handed to you from a Spotify playlist.

15. Petra Glynt
Surveillance

Hugely ambitious song and album by this Montreal artist. Swings for the fences lyrically and melodically; connects noisily, operatically.

14. Gorillaz
She’s My Collar

Probably the most mainstream tune on this list. I like its sultry tale of a (destructive?) co-dependent relationship. Kali Uchis is a hell of a singer.

13. A.B. Original
2 Black 2 Strong

Second appearance on this list by Briggs (here alongside Trials). The music is 90s gangsta rap, which matches perfectly the lyrics’ defiant celebration of Aboriginal Australian culture. It hits hard, while also being darkly funny.

12. Kirin J. Callinan
Big Enough (feat. Alex Cameron, Molly Lewis & Jimmy Barnes)

And now for something completely different: A song that is so over the top (EDM! Random country shout-outs! Cowboys! Nonsensical shout-outs to Christianity and Judaism! Whistling! Jimmy Barnes’ craaaaazy scream!) that it really shouldn’t work at all. But it does, and it is extravagantly fabulous. In an alternate timeline, this is the Greatest Song of All Time.

11. Metric
Now or Never Now

Canada’s most consistently great band?

10. Camp Cope
Lost: Season One

Camp Cope’s follow-up to their self-titled debut didn’t do much for me (though I did enjoy Georgia Maq’s Würst Nürse punk rock side project), but this, their debut single, is an unimpeachable primal scream of longing for human connection.

9. Briggs
The Children Came Back

I’ve taught this song in my Politics and Sports class to give (Canadian) students a sense of the breadth of Aboriginal Australian culture and society. Briggs juxtaposing a list of prominent Aboriginal Australians with memories of the Stolen Generations (the title playing off of Archie Roach’s famous song, “Took the Children Away”) captures both the vibrancy of Aboriginal Australian culture and society and the brutality inflicted on this society. Mostly, though, it’s a song of hope for a culture that has already survived, what, 80,000 years?, and that will continue to persevere and flourish. A hell of a song.

8. Phantistic Ferniture
Fuckin ‘n’ Rollin

Timeless guitar pop.

7. Alvvays
In Undertow

The incarnation of regret and loss, wrapped in fuzzy guitars.

6. Grimes
Kill V Maim

A thrilling pop explosion from an album of thrilling pop moments. Art Angels is one of the best Canadian albums ever, which makes “Kill V Maim” one of the best Canadian songs ever. That sounds about right.

5. Laura Jean
Girls on the TV

A gut punch of a song, its cinematic lyrics and the story it tells made all the more potent by the soft-spoken way Laura Jean delivers them.

4. The Jezabels
Smile

The sound of a band fully realizing its potential. Soaring, anthemic, unabashedly feminist synthpop. The Jezabels can hold their own with the biggest, most popular bands in the world. They’re world class.

3. Heart Beach
Holiday

Totemic ATR band number four. Heart Beach emerged fully formed with their first song (this one) from their first (self-titled) album. It’s all here: the spare drums and bass, the bracingly sharp guitar, the plaintive male-female lead vocals, in this case in the service of feelings of desperation and a desire for escape. This is a band that announces itself, and demands your attention. If you want a comparison, think a stripped-down Yo La Tengo. “Cliffhanger,” their excellent and most recent single, is probably a better song (the kind of growth you’d expect even from a band that nailed their sound on Day One), and the optimistic and bright “Counting,” from their second album, Kiss Your Face, is probably my favourite, but “Holiday” is the song that first made me take notice.

2. Run the Jewels
Talk to Me

I feel Run the Jewels, and nothing more than El-P’s verse on this song. Preach.

1. US Girls
Incidental Boogie

This song blew my mind when I heard a previous version of it on the Free Advice Column EP. It continues to blow my mind. A perfect marriage (ironic pun intended) of music and lyrics, “Incidental Boogie” is almost hypnotic in its depiction of an abusive relationship from the woman’s point of view. And it, like the entire In A Poem Unlimited, sounds fucking fantastic. Meg Remy is at the absolute top of her game.

All the Rage, no. 66 May 20, 2019: What’s the theme?

As always, your biweekly hit of the best in new left-field pop from Canada, Australia and beyond. This week, though, with a couple of thematically appropriate non-new tunes, one from ATR all-timers Pet Shop Boys and another from Toronto’s Leslie Spit Tree-o. I’ll never understand why these guys weren’t so much huger than they were. They sound as good in 2019 as they did when this song came out, what, almost 30 years ago. #thatcantberight

What’s new? How about some punk energy courtesy of White Dog and Batpiss? And Danko Jones! Pop-wise, Gold Fields and Yothu Yinki and the Treaty Project establish a nice groove. Also in here: BBQT! Fritz! Holiday Sidewinder! Just go listen.

Your setlist:

Gold Fields
Solar

Yothu Yindi & the Treaty Project
Mabo

Pet Shop Boys
In the Night

Gauci
In the Night

Bleached
Hard to Kill

Holiday Sidewinder
Forever/Whatever

Danko Jones
I’m In a Band

MUM
Luka

White Dog
Storm the Streets

Batpiss
Nothing

Eagles of Death Metal
Long Slow Goodbye

Eaglemont
Hound

Fritz
Ghost Poke

BBQT
Flinch

Local Authority
Oil Rigs

Syrup, Go On
Don’t Go (Riding Down the Cosmic Drain)

Leslie Spit Tree-O
One Thought Too Long

All the Rage no. 40 – January 13, 2018: First of the New Year!

Welcome to 2018. Show 40. The best in Canadian and Australian left-field pop, with a special guest appearance from UK band Artificial Pleasure. Let’s get to it!


Your setlist:

IV League, Change My Mind

Artificial Pleasure, Wound Up Tight

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Yon Yonson, Pattern Recognition 1

Lovely Head, Show Up (Rebel Yell Mix)

Donny Benét, Melodie

Miteh, Filament

Ghostkeeper, Transam Sister

TOPS, Dayglow Bimbo

Blessed, Headache

Spirit Desire, Going to Denny’s

Jon McKiel, Conduit

Sunscreen, Tide

Adderall, Embrace

All the Rage no. 39, Dec. 18, 2017: Best of 2017, 15-1!

It’s countdown time! Who will win the coveted number one spot? Where’s Whalehouse going to chart? Take a listen or read below!

Your setlist…

15. Donny Benét, Konichiwa

One of the reasons I run this podcast is that it forces me to seek out new music, and if the only new artist I’d discovered over the past few years was Donny Benét, well, it would’ve been more than worth it. Konichiwa is classic Benét: slinky, smooth, funny, and just a tad creepy. And the video is an all-time classic that will haunt your every-so-sexy nightmares.

14. PONY, I Don’t Know

Rock and roll! Much more, please.

13. Mark Lanegan, Beehive

Another solid entry into the catalogue of grunge survivor Mark Lanegan.

12. The Shiverettes, Dead Men Can’t Cat Call

Between The Shiverettes and Leather Jacuzzi, Calgary’s producing some high-quality female-fronted punk bands (strike that, punk bands, period). Fierce and socially relevant. Yes.

11. Kaptur, Future Proof

In which local St. Catharines band play completely out of their fucking heads. What an epic tune. Alan Cross, I believe, on the Twitters said he heard something of Radiohead in this song. He’s not wrong. Angular and fierce.

10. Pale Lips, Hiding from the Moon

Much of the musical enjoyment I received this year came from Montreal’s Pale Lips. Anybody can be serious: it’s the default setting of rock music. Straight-up, uncomplicated rock and roll with a sense of humour is much harder to pull off, and Pale Lips do it with panache, and make it look it easy.

9. Whalehouse, Sexy Whale Beach Party

Abrasive, the lowest of lo fi that sounds like it was recorded on the first take, Sexy Whale Beach Party is everything that’s good about music and the world in general. It’s a song full of energy, joy and absurdity. Nobody’s having as much fun as Whalehouse, but the good news is, you’re invited to join them for their, well, you get the idea.

8. Cable Ties, Say What You Mean

A six-minute righteously angry anti-corporate manifesto, and a mezmerizing debut from this talented Melbourne band. Think Sleater Kinney taking on the capitalism. You know it’s good.

7. A.B. Original, 2 Black 2 Strong

I’ve been listeningto the Youtube version of this song, and January 26, all year, and now the album, Reclaim Australia, is finally (finally!) out in Canada. The music is 90s US West Coast hiphop. It fits perfectly with Briggs’ and Trials’ witty, proud, angry and confrontational take on living as Aboriginal men in a racist white Australia. The revolution is coming, and it can’t get here soon enough.

6. Heart Beach, Summer

Nobody does melancholy like Heart Beach. The most wistful song of the year.

5. Fog Lake, novocaine

Quiet, meditative beauty.

4. Gorillaz, She’s My Collar

I’m not quite sure what this song is about – a relationship that may or may not be on the level, and may or may not be working out for our two protagonists — but it’s definitely in the key of sultry. Kali Uchis has a siren-song voice. It’s a keeper.

3. Batpiss, Weatherboard Man

Working-class, slow-burn punk (produced by The Drones’ Gareth Liddiard) that has a keen feel for what it means to grow up on the wrong side of the tracks. A standout on an excellent album.

2. Run the Jewels, Talk to Me

This was the first song I played on All the Rage in 2017. It perfectly captures the sense of desperation we’ve all been facing down this past year, while rallying enough bravado to maybe – just maybe – get us through.

1. Alvvays, In Undertow

A three-minute, exquisitely rendered short story of love, regret and loss. Pure pop perfection.

All the Rage no. 38 – December 17, 2017: Best of 2017, 30-16

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond.

It’s list-making time! Here are my 30 favourite songs of 2017. First up, Numbers 30-16.
Your setlist:

30. Tapas (feat. Jeepz, G. Grand & Hyf), Havana Nights

Tasty hiphop from my hometown of Ottawa. Been following Jeepz for a while, and his effortlessly cool beats here don’t disappoint. MCs G. Grand and Hyf bring it as well. Solid beginning to the 2017 top 30, right?

29. Mezko, Trust

Sydney’s Mezko bring the 90s alternative dance to the second decade of the 21st century. Cool.

28. She-Devils, The World Laughs

Slinky, dreamy music that sounds like it was beamed here from one of the lusher lounges of the 1960s. These Montreal women bring it.

27. Alex Lahey, Every Day’s the Weekend

Ladies and gentlemen, the future of rock and roll.

26. Foxy Morons, Ex

From Hobart, a plaintive bit of relationship wisdom. Sadly, after one glorious EP, Foxy Morons are no more, a victim of the pull of the mainland, in their words. Oh, well. The world is a better place for their brief time together.

25. Kashka, New Moon Blues

I saw Kat Burns, aka Kashka, at the Heartbeat Festival, held in a house and backyard of a Toronto townhouse. There couldn’t have been more than 25 of us in attendance. She and her backing string quartet (trio? I’m blanking) set up in the living room, which was the perfect venue for her intimate, mesmerising, gentle tunes. New Moon Blues was a particular standout. I’m a fan.

24. The Afghan Whigs, Arabian Heights

Greg Dulli’s been churning out soul-infused rock in the Afghan Whigs and Twilight Singers for almost 30 years, and Arabian Heights continues his winning streak. One of the most consistently rewarding American rock musicians of his generation.

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23. Moody Beach, Vanilla

In a perfect world, this song would be a Top 10 worldwide pop juggernaut.

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22. The Courtneys, Tour

Optimism’s been a hard thing to come by in 2017, so we can thank our lucky stars that The Courtneys have stepped up to deliver some of that pure power pop. Perfect, joyous driving music.

21. Birdz, Crown Thieves

Public Enemy once described a previous generation of political hiphop as the Black CNN. On his debut album, which counts this song as a standout, it’s clear that Birdz, from Australia’s Northern Territory is continuing the tradition of politically aware hiphop, alongside Australians like Briggs, Trials, and Lucky Luke (coming right up). Call it Black CNN International. I’m not steeped in the intricacies of hiphop by any stretch of the imagination, but there seems to be a definite 90s tinge to the music. And did I mention that it sounds great? Cuz it does.

20. Laura Sauvage, Alien (Anything Like It, Have You?)

80s inspired synthpop that would make the Pet Shop Boys stand up and take notice. Given that PSB are at the very top of my personal pantheon of rock gods, there is no higher praise.

19. Lucky Luke, Jacks

On this one, there’s a definite 90s West Coast hiphop thing going on, all in service of a cool song about an abandoned Australian mining community. Socially conscious hiphop that grows your brain.

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18. Leather Jacuzzi, Leatherette Spa

For the first punk rock entry into my top 30, it’s Calgary’s Leather Jacuzzi. Loud, ferocious, with a wicked sense of humour, these ladies are doing it right.

17. La Fièvre, La Chienne

Dreamy, resigned feminist pop from one of my new Canadian favourites.

16. The OBGMs, Beat Up Kidz

This is why you shouldn’t skip the opening act. Saw these Toronto punkers open up for Danko Jones a couple of years ago and they blew me away. High-octane punk rock. Yes. Here’s hoping their just-released debut album garners them the attention they so richly deserve.

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All the Rage no. 37 – December 7, 2017: Slowly clawing our way out of 2017

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond.

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Your setlist:

Smokes, Iodine
Tropical Fuck Storm, Soft Power
Laura Sauvage, Monkeys in Space
Contrast, The Cure
Fritz, YUK!
Blush Response, Without You
Hello Seahorse!, Dónde Estabas (Azul)
Tapas (feat. Jeepz, G. Grand & Hyf), Havana Nights
Land of Talk, This Time
Hatchie, Sure
Brutal Poodle, Amateurs of the Universe
Family Video, Year Without at Summer
Camp Cope, The Opener

All the Rage no. 36: The best name in rock and roll, 2017 edition

TFS, FTW.

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond.

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Your setlist:

Alex Lahey, Every Day’s the Weekend
Laura Sauvage, Alien (Anything Like It, Have You?)
La Fièvre, Nous reculons
Seafog, Division
Tropical Fuck Storm, Chameleon Paint
No Sister, Romantic Notion
Mezko, Trust
Yacht, Hard World
Lo Siento, No Tengo Remedio
Jen Cloher, Shoegazer
Jess Ribeiro, If You Were a Kelpie
Steven Lambke, Fireworks
Molly Drag, Glass
Swim Team, Positively Hopeless

 

All the Rage no. 35 – November 6, 2017: Favourites, old and new

Your biweekly source of the best left-field pop/rock/punk/dance from Canada, Australia and beyond.

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Your setlist:

Doldrums, Limerence (We Come in Pieces)
Stars, Hope Avenue
US Girls, Mad As Hell
Cut Copy, Black Rainbows
Full Flower Moon Band, Street Love
Helta Skelta, Nightclubbin’
J Robbins, The World Is a Very Scary Place (Gothic
Archies cover)

Scott Royle, to the bone
Key Out, In pieces, by the sea
PONY, I Don’t Know
Last Leaves, The World We Had
Prime Junk, Dreams
strathcona pl, sadder endings
Heart Beach, Worse

All the Rage no. 24, Oct. 23, 2017: Putting the “ish” into biweeklyish

First show in four weeks, which means even more mind-blowingly excellent left-field pop from Canada and Australia. Lots of new singles from some show favourites this week. Also, RIP Gord Downie.

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Your setlist:

Whalehouse, Sexy Whale Beach Party
The
Tragically Hip
, Born in the Water
Lazertits, New Friend
Shame Spiral, Untitled I</a
The Preatures, Yanada
Donny Benét, Konichiwa
Heart Beach, Perfect
Right Shitty, Bandaid
Expanda Fuzz, The Last of the Who Heads
Wet Lips, Here if You Need
JuliaWhy?, Candy
No Sister, Overpass
Wild Meadows, Feel the Noise
Tidal Rave, The Sea
Owen Meany’s Batting Stance, Growth

 

All the Rage no. 33 – September 16, 2017: The Heartbeat festival edition

The Heartbeat music festival bills itself as the world’s tiniest music festival, and they’re not wrong. Three stages, five bands, merch, art, beer, food, all in someone’s backyard in Toronto. Let’s see who was on stage, shall we?

Also, your usual mind-blowingly good left-field pop from Canada and Australia.

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Your setlist:

M’NK S’ND, IV
Birdz, Crown Thieves
Tralala Blip, Wax Figurine
JB the First Lady, Still Here
Before the Flood, TTC
Charles Spearin, Anna
Heart Beach, Summer
Kashka, New Moon Blues
Wax
Mannequin
, Beware
James Wyatt Crosby, Nobody Else
Alvvays, Plimsoll Punks
Workhorse, Pocalypse
Tough Age, Me in Glue
Sparks, I Wish You Were Fun