The MusicNerd Potpourri Edition #5

Here are some odds and ends from around the web that I’m hoping you’ll find interesting:

New Teenage Kicks  record set to drop February 28!

One of the more exciting bands to emerge from the Toronto area, rock n rollers Teenage Kicks (that’s them pictured to the left) are set to release their newest effort entitled Be On My Side. The record is currently available for pre-order from the most excellent folks at Maple Music. Having really enjoyed their debut EP Rational Anthems, I am really looking forward to hearing what the boys have come up with for their latest release.

Pre-ECMA show in Moncton on Saturday February 25!

A mix of musical genres will converge at Plan B Lounge here in Moncton next Saturday night when Halifax’s Gloryhound, Moncton’s Phil Flowers, Charlottetown’s Coyote and Newfoundland’s Chris Kirby join forces for what will be a great evening of music. The show is scheduled to start at 10:30 p.m.

Black-leather-cool and plenty of swagger, Gloryhound will show how it’s done. The band has rocked its hit single “Electric Dusk” to the top of the Billboard Canada charts and recently opened a slew of dates for the legendary Deep Purple.

Coyote is from Charlottetown, and is made up of five friends that play uplifting rock together. They’ve played extensively over the past year, sharing the stage with acts such as Rich Aucoin, Library Voices, Paper Lions, and The Junction. They have finished recording their debut EP entitled Tracks, to be released in early March.

Armed with resolution and an acoustic guitar, Phil Flowers makes music that reflects the anxieties of existence and the integrity of true art.   His debut album, People People, earned him three Music New-Brunswick Awards, including best Anglophone recording, best Rock recording and Male Solo recording of the year.  Under the heavy influence of North-American folk music, blues, and jazz, Flowers creates a perfect atmosphere for his fiercely imagist lyrics about social heartache and deception.

Chris Kirby rocks his unique style of East Coast R&B, drawing from the sounds of New Orleans, Motown, and from the rich tradition of Newfoundland storytelling. Uniquely described as a cross between Stevie Wonder’s soul and Jamiroquai’s funk, Kirby delivers a fun, high-energy live performance, and his funky grooves spread throughout crowds like wildfire.

Exes for Eyes release new video for Feel Again; asskicking guaranteed!

Year of the Sun Records has announced the release of the official music video for ‘Feel Again’ by the Toronto/Montreal collaborative project Exes for Eyes. The song ‘Feel Again’ was the opening track from the band’s 2011 debut ‘The Amsler Grid’ which, in addition to charting nationally on the Earshot Loud charts the album, received praise from various publications and blogs. Exclaim Magazine declared that “Thrashing around in a world robbed of light, Exes for Eyes have built an album that’s meant to be heard, and felt”. The video was filmed by Dave Sheldon and “Big” James Arsenian from the band along with Connor Sheaves and Liliana Carvalho.

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