No Achilles: How he transitioned from meme rap to lo-fi R&B

When you’re initially known as a comedic musician, it can be hard to switch over to putting out serious music. In the past few years, Rich Brian and Joji are probably the best-known examples of artists who have successfully navigated that transition. Toronto’s  No Achilles – a.k.a. Anton Mikhaylov, also understands this challenge. He started … Continue reading

SHOW REVIEW: Marlon Williams

By Andrea Macanovic Following the recent release of his sophomore album, Make Way for Love, on March 6th, New Zealand native Marlon Williams took the stage at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto. What started out as a cozy evening with indie-folk band Tiny Ruins taking the stage gradually culminated into a night full of raw … Continue reading

A Conversation with the Sensational Steve Hamelin of Born Ruffians

By Joey Litvak and Zack Goldstein, Featured Photos via Amazon Music and Wikimedia    The Toronto-based band Born Ruffians first joined forces in 2004 after high school friends Luke Lalonde, Mitch Derosier, and Steve Hamelin saw a rousing performance by the Strokes on Saturday Night Live. Out of this shared moment, the three-piece rock outfit formed amidst the post-punk … Continue reading

Show Review: Queens Park Water Tower Collective’s Valentine’s Day Bash

Photos (Effie Sky pictured) and Article by Rachel Chen The contrast of pink hearts dangling from the ceiling and Weather Wise’s rock set the scene for Queens Park Water Tower Collective’s (QPWT) Valentine’s Day Bash. “That was a love song. It doesn’t sound like it, but it was!” they exclaimed. QPWT is a Toronto based … Continue reading

Throwback Track: “Old Hearts,” by Benjamin Booker

By Oluseyi Olomodosi, Photo via beardedgentlemenmusic.com Electric and brazen, Benjamin Booker’s track, “Old Hearts” off of his self-titled 2014 debut album is the perfect song to stir you from the dullness that winter brings. Drums pound, a guitar shrieks, and above it all, Booker croons in a way that is just as much hollering as … Continue reading

Throwback Track: “Tonya Harding” by Sufjan Stevens

By Elizabeth Triscari, Photo via sbnation.com It was 1991 when Nancy Kerrigan was smashed in the knee by a police baton, wailing while the rest of the world tried to make sense of it. In time, it was discovered that Tonya Harding, Kerrigan’s competitor, was behind the attack. Well, not behind it – it was … Continue reading

Album Review: MGMT, “Little Dark Age”

By: Emma Wittmann, Photo via pitchfork.com Five years after the release of their self-titled album, psychedelic pop/rock band MGMT followed up with their fourth LP, Little Dark Age. Duo Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser began releasing music over a decade ago and have established a large fan base, particularly from their first two albums, Oracular … Continue reading

Playlist: Valentine’s Day Rap

By: Shebli Khoury, Photo via http://www.gurl.com In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, here are some of the best contemporary rap songs about love. Hopefully you get to either: spend some cute quality time with your S.O. like Meek, Dej and Yachty do, get swept off you off your feet like Kamaiyah and Chief Keef, or … Continue reading

Playlist: Love Nothing

By Avneet Sharma, Photo Source: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Yet again, it didn’t work out. Once upon a time, you met someone who you really clicked with in a special way, and now you’re dealing with the inevitable demise of that relationship (or… whatever it was). To add to all the pain and drama, it’s also Valentine’s Day. … Continue reading

A Guide to Wavelength Winter Festival 18

By Harry Myles, Featured Photo via Wavelength Music Wavelength Music is a non-profit arts organization established in 2000. The group puts on curated concert series in the city to support the independent music and arts scenes, championing thousands of up-and-coming artists over the past 17 years, such as Arcade Fire, Feist, and Crystal Castles. Wavelength coordinates … Continue reading