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Ones to Watch: Osheaga Music Festival

Events, News, Ones to Watch

April 29, 2016

In addition to being the highlight of my summer, Osheaga music festival is one of the biggest and best music festivals in Canada. Based in Montreal, the three day festival attracts crowds of up to 40,000 people per day. While many are there for the biggest names in music, including this year’s line-up of Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure and more, there are many up and coming artists that are worth getting excited about.

MusicDash has rounded up a few of the best and newest artists to keep your eye on. So pack your bags, buy your wristbands, and prepare to dance!

1) The Wombats

The Wombats are English indie favourites, but are less well-known across the pond in Canada. However with three albums to their name and an infectious indie rock sound, they are enough to please any crowd. Their latest record Glitterbug was released in 2015, and with catchy tracks including “Your Body is a Weapon” and “The English Summer” are rock & roll at it’s finest grunginess.

2) July Talk

Canadian favourites July Talk are Juno award winning rockstars who have toured with Weezer and Tegan & Sara. With their edgy, punky sound, and unique vocals, one can easily say they are a truly distinct band with a sound all their own. Their stunning debut album was released back in 2012, yet still feels fresh and new in 2016.

3) The Strumbellas

The Strumbellas are another Canadian group that has a very special sound. A blend of pop, indie and alt-folk makes for a wide array of upbeat songs. They have a sonic fingerprint that closely resembles the likes of bands such as The Lumineers (who will also be playing Osheaga) as well as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (who played last summer.)

4) The Struts

The Struts are sleek, edgy rock straight out of the 80s. They are the band that could be the next biggest rock and roll group, with an earth shattering sound that is well beyond their young years. There is passion and heart behind every note and lyric, and they march to the beat of their own drum unabashedly staying true to who they are. If you want to see a band that apologizes for nothing and owns it, then this is the act for you.

5) Coleman Hell

Another Canadian who is easing his way into the spotlight, Coleman Hell is making a name for himself by securing gigs including opening for popular Ohio duo Twenty One Pilots.  Although his smash single “Two Heads” is easily his best known track, his other songs also bring together memorable fusions of indie pop and folktronica.

6) Frightened Rabbit

Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit has been around since 2003 and has six albums to their name. With a beautiful melancholy sound, the band effortlessly makes any song sweet and pure. Crowds will be swaying along to the calming melodies of summer bliss.

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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Foals Covers “What Kind of Man”

Editors Choice, News

October 30, 2015

Florence and the Machine has been taking over everything this year, touring all over the world and performing at festivals to promote “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful”.

Just when you think one of Florence’s hits “What Kind of Man” can’t get any better, indie rockers Foals take the song to new heights with their cover.

The band dropped by the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge to cover the song, using synths and drums to make the song a full-on rock anthem. To add a surprising twist, the band even throws in their own track “What Went Down”.

Prepare to be mesmerized and check it out below:

Article By Natalie Harmsen

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James Morrison Releases Music Video for “Demons”

News

October 13, 2015

Soulful singer-songwriter James Morrison is preparing for the October 30th release of his fourth studio album, ‘Higher Than Here’.

Morrison has released the music video for the first single off the record, “Demons”.

The song is an anthemic return to his effortless soul/rock songs.

In support of the new record, James will be going on tour across the UK.

  • November 16 – Edinburgh, Queens Hall
  • November 17 – Manchester, Albert Hall
  • November 19 – Sheffield, Leadmill
  • November 20 – Liverpool, Academy
  • November 21 – Cardiff, St David’s Hall
  • November 23 – Bournemouth, Academy
  • November 24 – London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire
  • November 25 – Birmingham, Institute

For more info on the tour click here: http://www.digitalspy.co.uk/music/news/a668350/james-morrison-is-heading-out-on-tour-in-support-of-his-new-album-higher-than-here.html#ixzz3oJwI6114

The official music video was directed by Greg & Lio, and premiered through Vevo on September 10th. The single was written by Jim Eliot, Jemima Stillwell and James Morrison.

Article By Natalie Harmsen

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