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Corey Hart – “Sunglasses at Night”

That synthesizer. There’s no mistaking what’s coming next when you hear it.

Congratulations to Corey Hart on his upcoming induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame! If you want to catch the inductee live, he’ll be playing Toronto’s Budweiser Stage on June 14.

“Don’t switch the blade on the guy in shades, oh no”.

-Michelle Farres

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Moses Sumney – “Lonely World”

Whoa. I was not prepared for this video. It starts out innocently enough; Moses Sumney walking on an isolated, rocky shore. That is until he encounters a mermaid on the beach. That’s when things turn creepy.

Sumney recently tweeted “from now on gonna sing more in my lower register and less in falsetto, don’t be alarmed it’s just growth.” I’m all about growth, and Sumney sings beautifully regardless of register, but you can’t deny that his incredibly high falsetto is key to the disturbed feeling you’re left with after watching “Lonely World”.

My entire perception of mermaids has gone completely out the window. As it turns out, they are not the friendly Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid, but instead something much, much darker.

-Michelle Farres

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FEMME -“Be Shy” feat. NOVA

I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been guilty of many a solo dance party in my living room. The next time that happens (i.e. tonight), I will totally be copping some of FEMME’s moves. Who doesn’t appreciate a good hand snap, shimmy, and crotch grab?

Of course, those fancy moves will never leave my home and will only be witnessed by my cat – who’s always a critic – but maybe I will. Ok fine, not the crotch grab.

My point is that I should get out of my shell. As NOVA says, if I’ve got something to say, don’t be shy, don’t delay. I’ve never been one to shy away from voicing my opinion, but perhaps it’s time I start to confidently express myself through dance. 2019 is my year.

“Dance like no one’s watching,” they say. If you’re having trouble with this concept, “Be Shy” is the perfect step-by-step video on how it should be done.

-Michelle Farres

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Low – “Quorum,” “Dancing and Blood,” and “Fly”

Only thing better than a new Low video is three of them.

Provided your eyes can take it, that is. The Minnesotan trio is no stranger to unsettling clips, and—flickering frames aside—the old guy pole dancing at 4:00 is right up there with their creepiest. The least disturbing thing about these 14 minutes is the scrawled, near-subliminal word “truth” that periodically flashes across the window like scratches on a film strip.

If these tunes are any indication, their upcoming Double Negative album (September) will indeed be as “brazen [and] abrasive” as promo materials are touting.

-Scott Bryson

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Jo Passed – “Glass”

Now these seem like the sort of nice, clean-cut kids you’d want to have over for tea.

Wait, why does that one look like she’s about to puke? And why do they keep looking at that door like there’s something unpleasant lurking behind it? These youngsters couldn’t be in some kind of trouble, could they?

The debut Jo Passed album (described as “fucked-up Beatles”), Their Prime, is out now.

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2018 Preview: Le Couleur – “Voyage Amoureux”

Canadian Music Week hits Toronto on May 7. Between now and then, we’ll be previewing some of this year’s participating bands.

Join us, as we travel to the 1980s, where visions of the future see humans, robots and one of the guys from Daft Punk existing harmoniously on the bridge of an off-balance spaceship.

The outfits may not be trendy, but the parties look sexy.

Le Couleur play a CMW set on Thursday, May 10 at the Monarch Tavern.

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2018 Preview: Kaia Kater – “Southern Girl”

Canadian Music Week hits Toronto on May 7. Between now and then, we’ll be previewing some of this year’s participating bands.

Are those suitcases decorative, or is she going somewhere?

She says she has a big ol’ jug of whiskey to get through, so it’s probably the former. No one would leave town when that’s pending.

“Southern Girl” comes from Kaia Kater’s Sorrow Bound debut (she has since released Nine Pin). She plays a CMW set on Friday, May 11 at the Dakota Tavern.

-Scott Bryson

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