Listen Up: The Darcys new single, “The River”


By: Myles Herod July 24th, 2013


Following 2011’s samshing debut The Darcys and 2012’s self-made reappropriation of Steely Dan’s classic AJA, the Toronto quartet’s latest LP, Warring, is a culmination of more than three years of writing and six months of studio craft.

Sources tell us that the album’s focus is aimed at sonic detail, to which The Darcys’ love of post-soul and jazz are proudly palatable alongside their sound of unique art rock.

Produced by Tom Mcfall (Stars, Bloc Party) and mixed by Dave Schiffman (Vampire Weekend, System of a Down), their album will be released on September 17th on Arts & Crafts:




Lead single: The Darcys – The River 



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Tour Announcement: Said the Whale (upcoming Canadian & U.S. dates)


By: Myles Herod July 19th, 2013


Said the Whale confirm their new studio album, hawaiii (yes, with three ‘i’s), will be released on September 17th, 2013, followed by a forthcoming tour of Canada and U.S. dates.

The signature sun-kissed, hook-heavy harmonies Said The Whale are known for prevail over hawaiii’s tracklisting, but alongside a notable sense of darker subject matter and self-reflection. The band kick off a run of stops this month and next, headlining such Canadian music festivals as: Ness Creek, Hillside and Hamilton’s Supercrawl. The full run of shows follows below.



7/17 Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge

7/18 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Centre

7/20 Big River, SK @ Ness Creek Music Festival

7/24 Los Angeles, CA @ the Grove (opening for Capital Cities)

7/26 Guelph, ON @ Hillside Festival

8/9 Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival

8/10 Seattle, WA @ 107.7 The End Summer Camp

8/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *

8/18 Colorado Springs, CO @ Black Sheep 

8/27 Pittsburgh, PA @ Smiling Moose

8/29 Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme

9/2 Indianapolis, IN @ Warm Fest 

9/14 Hamilton, ON @ Supercrawl

* = w/ Kopecky Family Band



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Listen Up: Dine Alone Records – Summer Sampler


By: Sean Carsley July 17th, 2013



If you spent the afternoon grooving with good friends and listening to The Dine Alone Summer Sampler, chances are you said one of two things: “Who is this?” or “I need to get this.” It’s a mixing bowl of alternative sound.


Who doesn’t love Monster Truck? Don’t say “me” under your breath because “My Love is True” is a great start. The Dodos then come in with “Confidence”, relying on a thin treble sound which is kind of hypnotic until it breaks into a fanatical Doors climax. Ivan & Alyosha have a Young the Giant melody that doesn’t quite cross the finish line while The Weeks create a staccato sound that makes you bounce your head in rhythm. 


Buried deep in the set list is City and Colour’s “Of Space and Time”. Dallas Green seems to set everything alight lately but this one comes off a little more subdued. Perhaps for the sake of keeping all things equal on the album, Dine Alone specifically chose this track and not something that would instantly perk your ears.


Billy Bragg’s “No One Knows Nothing Any More”, rife with brilliant lyrics, contemplates everything we believe in without sounding like university students overflowing with rhetoric.


Equally great, yet a sonic about face is Single Mothers “Baby”, which grabs you by the throat, evoking that eff-you, ’70s punk spirit. 


The word “eclectic” emerges but it’s genuine for an album like this. It has a little bit of everything, and by listening to it, it introduces you to bands you may not have discovered otherwise. You can also think of it as a great way to burn an afternoon and enjoy a sunny ass day. 




Dine Alone Records – Summer Sampler




Download the album here:


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Watch This: The Dirty Nil – Zombie Eyed


By: Myles Herod July 12th, 2013


The raucous punk-slacker trio are back with a new music video, ‘Zombie Eyed’, an excursion into suburban angst, face paint and fireworks. Set against the blaring, albeit catchy sounds the band has come to conquer, the video itself is one of polish and craft. Director Alexei Golob does a good job weaving an ensemble of characters (including the band) as he hones a nihilistic universe within the constraints of a three-minute product. Alas, if only Much Music were still viable, or relevant.






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Watch This: Alright Alright – Stay The Night


By: Myles Herod July 5th, 2013


Live-off-the floor session of Toronto’s Alright, Alright recording their tune ‘Stay the Night’. Production team Michael Welfle and Lucas Santo capture the band with minimalistic aplomb, in turn keeping the band’s retro style, sound and charisma in tact. For more, check out their ‘cellar singles’ series at:



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Legendary cult LP gets a second lease on life: King Tuff’s ‘Was Dead’

Myles Herod June 5, 2013

Weilding tasty guitar solos and irresistible hooks, Kyle Thomas (a.k.a King Tuff) sounds like the ultimate garage rocker. And that’s before he signed to Sub Pop Records. 
Initially released in 2008, ‘Was Dead’ is the once out-of-print debut from Thomas; at one time a highly collectable item (fetching double digits on-line). Now resurrected for our listening pleasure, you can dig the lo-fi, sexually charged tunes that brought this obscurity back-to-life.    
Recommended for fans of Glam rock, The Clash, Wavves, and Dinosaur Jr.

Animal Collective drop new EP, ‘Monkey Been to Burn Town’

Myles Herod June 4, 2013

Ok, so Animal Collective’s ‘Centipede Hz’ was a rather lackluster follow-up to their 2009 breakthrough, ‘Merriweather Post Pavillion’. It begs the question, though: could a second go-around do the trick? 

Four unrealted artists (Shabazz Palaces, Teengirl Fantasy, Gang Gang Dance, Traxman) were chosen to remix two tracks from the aforementioned LP, now called, ‘Monkey Been to Burn Town’.



Warning: reults may be trippier than the your average AC outing. Blissful listening! 

Hi friends! An update for you since you’ve been asking

Sheena Lyonnais December 6, 2012

Hi gorgeouses! Sorry we have not posted much since Indie Week. TJ and I took a brief hiatus to focus on our jobs and writing and music and so on, but we’re back and we’ll be spending the next couple weeks adding new content and swanking up the site. Big plans for the new year! As you can see, we’ve switched to this new blog style that we like quite a lot and it looks much better on mobile so win/win for us and you and the world. Thanks for your patience and support and don’t forget to check back soon. xo

TMS Announces Partnership With INDIE WEEK


Toronto Music Scene is stoked to announce we’ll be bringing you a “band of the day” everyday leading up to Indie Week in October. Starting next Monday (August 27) we’ll be posting our picks here and over at, complete with favourite tracks and where to catch them during the festival.

Early bird wristbands are available for half off until August 24. You can pick them up over here.

Bands announced so far:

2 Bit Radio
20 Amp Soundchild
Aaron Orbit
Abstract Artform
Alanna J Brown
All But Nothing
Allison Weiss
Angela Saini
Animal Talk
Arrows in the Air
Asleep Behind The Flame
Atlantis Blueprint
Austin Adams
Beyond the Mountain
Black Handed Kites
Blanche DuBois
Blind Race
Boy In A Box
Brendan Albert
Bryce Jardine
Brydan Smith
Bugs in the Dark
Burning The Day
Chaos M••n
Dafusia (formerly “Hawri ‘n’ Mandy”)
Dawn and Marra
Deanna Cartea
Dirty Names
Douala Vision
Eli T.
Federal Lights
First You Get The Sugar
Fountains Of Youth
Georgia Germein | Germein Sisters
Harvest Breed
Hey Brother
Indicator Indicator
Kate Vigo
Katie DuTemple
Kevin Myles Wilson
Last Bullet
Lauren Campbell
Left Turn City
Little Creatures
Luke Nicholson
Mad June
Maneli Jamal
Martha Meredith
Meet The Blue
Melanie Peterson
Melissa Cameron
Meredith Shaw
Missing In Venice
Most People
Mushy Callahan
Nitemarket 12
Papa’s Delicate Condition
Sex With Strangers
Shawn Clarke and the Green Hearts
Silvergun & Spleen
Sofia Brunetta
Sometimes Why
South of France
Sumo Cyco
Super Geek League
Suzy Wilde
Sydney Delong
Ten Year Lull
The Bloody Five
The Bright Road
The Corner
The Dead Ships
The Futureless
The Killing Floor
Three Little Birds
TJ Hollywood
Tupelo Honey
Wesley James
Willie Ames
You Bred Raptors?
You Knew Me When

Watch This: Bleached – “Searching Through The Past” Live at NXNE 2012

Bleached Band

Bleached BandJune 15, 2012


Last night we made our way out to the Silver Dollar to check out Los Angeles band Bleached who are playing a 3 night homestead at the Dollar.  Check out Bleached playing “Seaching Through The Past” and keep an eye out for out full NXNE review.  You still have 2 more nights to check them out.

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