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Bleachers
On August the 27th, Bleachers stopped by The Mod Club in Toronto to play their debut Canadian headline show. The relatively full all-aged crowd seemed thrilled to hear the band play tracks taken from their newly released debut record Strange Desire. Opening their set with the first three songs off the album (Wild Heart, Rollercoaster, and Shadow), the band sounded energetic and cohesive.

Bleachers seemed determined to ensure the crowd would not only have an enjoyable night but were also encouraged to participate in the evenings events between sing-alongs and exchanging banter with frontman Jack Antonoff. The New Jersey five-piece interchanged instruments throughout the night and clearly paid homage to the “Boss” of their resident state; taking an eighties-like vibe in the middle of their set with Clarence Clemons-like saxophone solos and power hooks dipped in back layered synthesizers.

There was also the surprising contrast between the two covers the band did; an arousing and heartfelt version of The Mountain Goats’ This Year and a chilling acoustic take on Steel Train’s Bullet. Closing the set with what I thought were the two strongest songs, the night came to the end with Who I Want You to Love and I Wanna Get Better.

Seemingly taken aback by the crowds over enthusiasm with an intense applause level and gifting of toy ducks, Jack and the band showed genuine appreciation and promised they would be back again and again in the near future.


Bleachers

MisterWives


Photos by Alicia Atout (@AliciaAtout) | Review by Yaz Atout ()

Concert Review + Photos: Bleachers and MisterWives @ The Mod Club On August the 27th, Bleachers stopped by The Mod Club in Toronto to play their debut Canadian headline show.

Ticket Giveaway: Stiff Little Fingers @ Lee’s Palace – Toronto

Stiff Little Fingers
On September 14th, Irish punk-rock group Stiff Little Fingers will play at Lee’s Palace in Toronto with support from So So Glos. Courtesy of Collective Concerts, A Music Blog, Yea? is giving away a pair of tickets to the event!

To enter the giveaway, all you have to do is fill out the form below and write in your name and mailing address. The contest will run until Friday, September the 12th at…

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Song of the Day: Karen O – “Rapt”

Karen O

Photo By Barney Clay

Late last month, Karen O unveiled the first track off her debut solo ‘Crush Songs’. The track entitled ‘Rapt’ is a stripped-down, youthful and captivating track with haunting melody and evocative lyrics. The video directed by Barney Clay, features the Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman drifting underwater consumed by evanescent romance. Karen O will have a series of “listening…

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Gimme Your Answers: An Interview w/ Xprime

Xprime
It’s been a crazy summer for the guys of Xprime! They packed in a new album, an epic radio contest, a slew of great covers and an endless amount of energy. Before heading to Toronto for what was sure to be one of the biggest nights for the band so far, Neil and Gab of Xprime sat to chat with AMBY at the Niagara Craft Beer Festival.

AMBY: I’m sitting here with Xprime! Do you guys want to…

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Getting Cozy With: Moonlands

Moonlands
Hello AMBY readers, We are Moonlands from London/Brighton comprised of Lucy Elliot (vocals/guitar), Joel Frosh (guitar), Josh Fry (bass/backing vocals) and Joel Brooks (drums). We usually describe our sound as a mix of pop melodies with an ethereal backdrop to create a big atmospheric sound. Whatever that means. The band got together in January 2014 and we recorded our first EP called ‘Paradise…

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