TMS Indie Week Band of the Day: South of France

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Toronto Music Scene September 6, 2012
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Colorado’s South of France are one of the bands we’re most excited to see at this year’s Indie Week. Started two years ago by Jeff Cormack, an award winning producer and multi-instrumentalist who’s music has been featured in films across the globe, and rounded out by the muffled Cults-like vocals of Kelly Leuke, South of France possesses an electro-fuzz indie sound along the vein of Blonde Redhead and Best Coast. They dropped their debut LP Another Boring Sunrise earlier this summer after receiving hype from multiple magazines including Filter. Their first single “Lost In The Morning” is a perfect summer love song, something to be enjoyed and sipped while it’s still pretty enough outside to wear thin dresses. Watch the video and see for yourself.

Indie Week takes place in Toronto from October 10-14. Check out IndieWeek.com for more detailed information, ticket purchases and performance date announcements. Follow @IndieWeek on Twitter for updates.

Watch the video for “Lost in the Morning” below.

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Sheena Lyonnais writes the Band of the Day. Follow her on Twitter @SheenaLyonnais.

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TMS Indie Week Band of the Day: Backnbloom

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Toronto Music Scene September 5, 2012
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In Backnbloom’s video for “Venice,” the electropop band is engulfed in a flurry of colours, paint-filled fish bowls, neon accents and a big, plush pair of cherry red lips. The LA two-piece embodies a self-described “efficacious poetic fervor,” which must be the thinly spattered, nostalgia-laced pop they fuel in single “Heed the Flashes.” Though it was mixed by Mark Needham (The Killers), don’t expect a full-blown rock sound here. Music for the Modern Monkey is a less sexed-up Dragonette, an innocent jaunt down Hollywood Boulevard. It’s your first trip on ecstacy, complete with all bright colours and touchable textures, but you’re well taken care of. Maybe you’re in your living room, feeling safely adventurous.

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Indie Week takes place in Toronto from October 10-14. Check out IndieWeek.com for more detailed information, ticket purchases and performance date announcements. Follow @IndieWeek on Twitter for updates.

Watch the video for “Venice” below.

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Sheena Lyonnais writes the Band of the Day. Follow her on Twitter @SheenaLyonnais.

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TMS Indie Week Band of the Day: Deanna Cartea

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Toronto Music Scene September 4, 2012
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Alt-country singer Deanna Cartea has the smokiest, most dangerous vocals we’ve heard in a while. Her music resonates, sends a chill down your spine as you listen to the lyrics and find yourself lost in thoughts as you ponder the questions she poses in tracks such as “Robot.” But it’s not all existentialism. There’s a strong and unique rockabilly wisdom to these songs, especially on album title track “Open Road,” which features sliding guitars and rolling rhythms. Infused with soul and whiskey, this Vancouverite is sure to find a wealth of new fans when she takes the Indie Week stage in October.

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Indie Week takes place in Toronto from October 10-14. Check out IndieWeek.com for more detailed information, ticket purchases and performance date announcements. Follow @IndieWeek on Twitter for updates.

Watch the video for “Robot” below.

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Sheena Lyonnais writes the Band of the Day. Follow her on Twitter @SheenaLyonnais.

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TMS Indie Week Band of the Day: Unbuttoned

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Toronto Music Scene September 3, 2012
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Toronto band Unbuttoned’s sound is a gorgeous fusion of r&b and what some blogs have called “electric soul,” which is suiting and perfect so we will call them that too. A little bit like Twin Shadow with a stronger emphasis on a moody alternative feel, Casey Manierka-Quaile’s cerebral vocals are complimented by female melodies from the wonder that is Kamilah Apong. Together they provide a profound smoothness and plushness, a distinct blend that is beautiful and poignant. The band’s recently dropped debut album Electric Kingdom is an enchanting release and a strong indication that this is only the beginning of Unbuttoned, only the first we’re hearing from them, that this is a band we definitely shouldn’t miss this Indie Week.

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Indie Week takes place in Toronto from October 10-14. Check out IndieWeek.com for more detailed information, ticket purchases and performance date announcements. Follow @IndieWeek on Twitter for updates.

Watch the video for “This Feeling” below.

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Sheena Lyonnais writes the Band of the Day. Follow her on Twitter @SheenaLyonnais.

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TMS Indie Week Band of the Day: Tupelo Honey

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Toronto Music Scene September 2, 2012
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Don’t let Tupelo Honey’s sticky sweet name fool you: these are chunky guitar riffs paired with radio rock vocal assassinations. We like that they’re accessible yet gritty and that they pour this thickly over their audience like molasses. The Edmonton band’s new album Caught Up In The Excess is solid from start to finish and their latest video for track “Falling” is no exception. This band works hard and it shows. The tracks are tightly produced without voiding the powerful performance they’ve become known for. Harmoniously suited for the Bovine crowd and the Hedley crowd.

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Indie Week takes place in Toronto from October 10-14. Check out IndieWeek.com for more detailed information, ticket purchases and performance date announcements. Follow @IndieWeek on Twitter for updates.

Watch Tupelo Honey’s video for “Falling” below.

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Sheena Lyonnais writes the Band of the Day. Follow her on Twitter @SheenaLyonnais.

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TMS Indie Week Band of the Day: Beyond The Mountain

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Toronto Music Scene September 1, 2012
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Beyond the Mountain is comprised of Canadian Idol champ Theo Tams and finalist Carly Jean Campbell. Weaving the famous Tams piano throughout rolling alt country, the duo bring the mountains to you while they seek to play beyond. This summer brings the release of their debut EP, which will be followed by a coast-to-coast tour in the fall. This is a developed and mature collection of material, filled with poetically sound, somewhat sad songs to hold your hand through those rainy days. The duo builds on the brief connection they made in their Canadian Idol days to bring a developed and classic soul to their music that complements one another sweetly and perfectly.

Indie Week takes place in Toronto from October 10-14. Check out IndieWeek.com for more detailed information, ticket purchases and performance date announcements. Follow @IndieWeek on Twitter for updates.

Watch the video for “This Old River” below.

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Sheena Lyonnais writes the Band of the Day. Follow her on Twitter @SheenaLyonnais.

Don’t forget to ‘Like’ Toronto Music Scene on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @TorontoMusic.