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The War on Drugs – “Red Eyes”

The War on Drugs
The War on Drugs‘ new album sounds almost exactly like Kurt Vile, which isn’t a coincidence, since Vile used to be in the band. “Red Eyes” is a psychedelic, synth-draped interpretation of classic heartland rock.

It comes from the excellent new album Lost in the Dream. It’s not my favourite album from 2014 so far, but it’s close.

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Jack White – “High Ball Stepper”

Jack White
I don’t get starstruck easily, but if I ever met Jack White, I’m pretty sure I’d flip my shit. Today, I wrote a news story for Exclaim! about his upcoming album Lazaretto. Not only am I excited for the music, I’m equally eager to see all the art and promotional materials that will go along with it.

A video for the instrumental cut “High Ball Stepper” is below. I’m intrigued…

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Kings of Leon – “Supersoaker”

Kings of Leon
Back in December, I was having a conversation with a friend about how much I enjoy arena shows. I resolved to start attending more arena gigs, as last night was my fifth since then. I reviewed Kings of Leon for the Georgia Straight, but the band’s showmanship was a little lacking.

Below is “Supersoaker,” which has a pleasantly Strokes-y guitar part.

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Against Me! – “Black Me Out”

Against Me!
I interviewed Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! for this week’s issue of the Georgia Straight.

The band is playing in Vancouver as I type this, but unfortunately I’m not able to make it to the show. As a consolation, I’m watching the video for “Black Me Out” from the recent album Transgender Dysphoria Blues.

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Tokyo Police Club – “Hot Tonight”

Tokyo Police Club
I interviewed Tokyo Police Club keyboardist Graham Wright about the band’s new album for Exclaim! a few months back, and Forcefield doesn’t disappoint. As promised, the choruses are absolutely massive.

It’s a far poppier record than we’re used to hearing from Tokyo Police Club, which is mostly a good thing. Case in point: the extremely catchy “Hot Tonight.”

The album is out on March 25.

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Real Estate – “Taking Backwards”

Real Estate
Every Real Estate album contains one incredible song and a bunch of pretty good ones. Last time around, it was “Green Aisles.” On the newly released Atlas, the incredible song is called “Talking Backwards.”

I saw these guys in Vancouver last week. It was good, since the band sounded exactly like what you would expect.

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St. Vincent – “Digital Witness”

St. Vincent
St. Vincent‘s new self-titled album is insane and awesome. I reviewed it for the Georgia Straight.

Below is the video for “Digital Witness.” Like I said, insane and awesome.

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Kevin Drew – “Good Sex”

Kevin Drew - Good Sex
I’ve written about Kevin Drew‘s new solo single, “Good Sex,” a couple of times for Exclaim!, and I’ve been enjoying it quite a bit. I wasn’t a big fan of Broken Social Scene‘s last couple of albums, but this song taps into the brilliance of You Forgot It in People, which is definitely promising for the upcoming Darlings.

Speaking of Broken Social Scene spin-offs, I interviewing Brendan Canning a few months back for the Georgia Straight.

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Lo-Fi Love – “Cheeze”

Lo-Fi Love
Way back in French 11, my teacher was the drummer in a funk rock band called Lo-Fi Love. One day in class, he showed us the music video the group had just filmed.

More than 10 years later, I finally found it online. It’s called “Cheeze” and the video is set at a wedding, so I suppose Valentine’s Day is an appropriate time to post it. Try serenading your boo with this song and watch his/her heart melt, probably.

If they still have any of those baseball caps (pictured) then I want one.

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Eating Out – “Burn”

Eating Out
Speaking of the Prism Prize, here’s the video for “Burn” by Daniel Pitout’s band Eating Out. The clip for this grunge anthem came out a few months ago, and — much like the subsequent video for “That’s My Man” — it captures a wistful sense of chemically clouded high school nostalgia. There’s also a scene at the ever-awesome Budgies Burritos here in Vancouver.

Naturally, this earned a spot on my Prism Prize ballot. (And “That’s My Man” is a lock for next year.)

Incidentally, I interviewed Eating Out member Mish Way for Exclaim! and she shed some light on her next album with White Lung.

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