Demo’s Best Albums of 2016

By Demo, Feature Photo via Rolling Stone 2016 may have sucked in pretty much every single regard, but music this year did have a silver lining. Big-name releases from Rihanna to Frank Ocean (finally) had us buzzing, to new favourites, Mitski, and modern legends, Radiohead. Here’s how some of these releases, and more, faired in … Continue reading

Best Albums of 2016: Honourable Mentions

By Demo, Feature Photo via Digital Spy Narrowing down the albums of the year to ten was a truly difficult task, so here are some of the many albums we unfortunately eliminated (but still love dearly).   Blood Orange – Freetown Sound [Domino Records]     Blood Orange, whether or not he disappoints, leaves his past art … Continue reading

Demo’s 50 Best Albums Of 2015

Last year was admittedly a slow year in music: we polled our contributors for their favourite albums of 2014, and we struggled to come up with our ten favourite albums as a whole. This year, our contributors came up with fifty of their favourite albums in a hotly contested process. So many more good records … Continue reading

Demo’s 50 Best Tracks Of 2015

Narrowing the best music of 2015 to fifty albums was hard, but choosing just fifty songs to represent the year was an even harder task. It might be more feasible to write down some of this years’ songs on little pieces of paper and pick them out of a hat – you could probably even get a half-decent … Continue reading

Demo’s Best New Acts Of 2015

A lot of the best music this year came from old favourites, but just as much of it came from new artists who might make waves in the future. We put together a list of promising rookies to check out. Some of our contributors’ favourites include The Arcs, a side project of The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach; … Continue reading

Demo’s Best Live Acts Of 2015

It’s impossible to do a great concert justice just by talking about it, but we’re going to give it a shot here. Whether it’s an underground house show or a packed stadium concert, there’s too much going on in Toronto to declare a clear winner, but Sufjan Stevens’ run of intimate theatre shows in support … Continue reading

Demo’s Best Album Art Of 2015

Not that we would judge a book by its cover at Demo, but a good cover tells an album’s story before the music even has a chance. Oftentimes, a good album cover can make the difference between someone deciding to listen to something or not. From Jamie xx’s understated design to FKA twigs’ stomach-wrenching surrealism … Continue reading

Demo’s Best Music Videos Of 2015

For the first time ever, the consulting group Pantone declared two colours as their Color of the Year: Rose Quartz and Serenity, soft pastel pink and blue colours. We can’t help but think that it’s a tacit endorsement of our consensus favourite music video of the year: Director X’s video for Drake’s “Hotline Bling”. Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar’s … Continue reading

The Best Tracks Of 2015 (So Far)

James Li Miguel – “Coffee” I’ll be honest, I’m not a coffee person. You’ll never find me at Starbucks and I’d rather have tea. But this morning-after slow jam from Miguel is irresistible, with its luxuriously plush 80s synths. Sure, Miguel comes off as a bit of a cornball, but among a field of jaded and … Continue reading

The Best Albums Of 2015 (So Far)

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, Sometimes I Just Sit Alright, so my real album-of-the-first-half-of-2015 is either by a guy from Detroit, Michigan with a funny first name, a banjo and a plan to turn every American state into a concept album, or it’s by Drake. However, there’s something about SISATSIJS, something precarious and in … Continue reading