Psychedelic Toronto trio Absolutely Free have been mostly quiet since their Polaris Prize-nominated self-titled debut in 2014. Last year, the band released a single called “Still Life” that we called “somewhere between disco and chamber pop.” Today, the group have announced that they have a new EP … More »
Each December, in an effort to celebrate outstanding achievements and commemorate The Year That Was, the pop culture media industrial complex foists lots of lists upon the world. We here at Stereogum are party to that deluge; we shared our collective conclusions about 2018’s best albums a week ago and have been More »
The influential Slumberland Records is celebrating their 30th anniversary next year, and since this summer they’ve been releasing commemorative 7″ singles as part of a series to honor the landmark, and they plan to keep it up until December 2019, when the label officially turns 30. The goal of the series is to highlight artists … More »
Montreal might be the only place in the world I would consider moving to without visiting first. Long, freezing-ass winters, a shady history of questionable Catholic practices, and a three hundred-year-old fort smack dab in the middle of it: no other living-situation prospect warms the nostalgic heart of a Polish expat in North America more.
Plus, the lineup of this year’s POP Montreal, the 17th edition of the city’s non-profit multidisciplinary festival, is looking pretty damn sick; even more so with the recent unveiling of several exciting names as part of the last wave of announcements.
The eclectic final round of programming includes TMT-fav producer SOPHIE, veteran rockabilly-crossover singer Wanda Jackson, Chicago dirty rap sensation CupcakKe, and also a band my older brother likes called Wolf Parade. (Bill Callahan, Zola Jesus, U.S. Girls, and JPEGMAFIA were also added to the bill, to the great joy of thousands of people who know how to use the verb pogner in a sentence.)
Besides music, the extended POP Montreal weekend will feature film screenings (including documentaries about Betty Davies, Lena Platanos, and Joan Jett), assorted talks, panels, workshops, a contemporary art section, an artisinal fair, and even activities for kids.
Last year, behind-the-scenes pop songwriters Patrik Berger and Markus Krunegård jumpstarted a new project called BC Unidos. Their debut Bicycle EP boasted guest spots from Carly Rae Jepsen, Charli XCX, and Santigold. It made our 25 Great EPs From 2017 list. They recently announced that they’ll be releasing the debut BC Unidos album, … More »
Have you ever talked to your parents about what it was like to live through the late ’60s? National leaders were gunned down right and left. Entire generations were asserting themselves loudly. War was erupting, and nobody seemed quite certain why. People were walking on the moon. Hippie cults were chopping people up. A few … More »
Priests put out one of the best albums of last year in Nothing Feels Natural. U.S. Girls put out one of the best albums of this year in In A Poem Unlimited. And now, the two artists have teamed up: U.S. Girls’ Meg Remy has remixed “Suck,” the closing track from Nothing Feels Natural, for … More »
Meg Remy is moving very, very quickly. She’s just rushed offstage after soundcheck, introduces herself out of breath with a quick handshake, and then immediately collects herself to do a rapid lap around the block for a photoshoot. She has to move quickly: Her band, U.S. Girls, is about to undertake the daunting and frenetic … More »
Meg Remy’s last album under her U.S. Girls moniker, the great Half Free, came out in the fall of 2015. Since October, she’s been teasing its anticipated follow-up In A Poem Unlimited with singles including “Mad As Hell,” “Velvet 4 Sale,” “Pearly Gates,” and “Rosebud.” These got us pretty pumped for … More »