The great Toronto four-piece Weaves just released their sophomore album, Wide Open — we talked with them about it recently — and today they stopped by our New York offices to perform a Stereogum Session. The band played a stripped-down set (including percussion by way of a guitar case) that featured three songs … More »
In the relatively short amount of time they’ve been a band, Toronto four-piece Weaves have garnered a good amount of well-deserved acclaim. Last year, we named them a Band To Watch ahead of their self-titled debut, a collection of bright, frazzled art-rock that wound up earning Weaves a ton of buzz and a nomination … More »
How’s your weekend looking? Barren live music plans? Depressing and excessive testosterone-laden shindigs at every turn? Well then, look no further than a little bit north of the (eastern US) border, because the roster order and set times have been confirmed for Venus Fest, which (sorry to spring this on you) kicks off TOMORROW (September 30) at Daniels Spectrum/Artspace in Toronto.
Organizer Aerin Fogel says that the line up is a “really beautiful representation of the festival,” and she couldn’t be more on point. Where else can you see ace electronic artist and former M.I.A. drummer Madame Gandhi, atmospheric icon Grouper, 2017 Polaris Prize winner Lido Pimienta, the hot-as-hell Weaves, Tunisian revolutionary Emel Mathlouthi, and many more?…At one venue??…In ONE DAY?!? Even “beautiful” is selling this lineup short.
REAL TALK: although one keeps hearing that “things are getting better” (and I believe they are) there is downright inequality throughout the industry and heavy bottom-of-the-bill tokenism rampant at the music festival level. The problem isn’t that there aren’t enough women singing out, it’s that they often haven’t been afforded the platforms to be heard. The inaugural Venus Fest — which boasts a lineup and staff composed entirely of women, non-binary and trans people — is looking to re-balance what has long been a predominantly male-dominated music festival scene and address frustrations held among female musicians and fans alike.
In addition to the acts playing Saturday, a Sunday workshop with Madame Gandhi has also been announced. “The Future is Female: Elevating & Celebrating Femininity in 2017. A Workshop and Talk by Madame Gandhi” takes place THIS SUNDAY evening (October 1) , and, as Fogel notes, “a lot of it is quite mysterious to me still but, as part of it, she is going to give a talk that is supporting people in aligning their social justice work with their personal passion. Kind of building a bridge between the two which is really exciting.” According to the workshop announcement, Gandhi “will discuss her thoughts on the agenda of today’s modern feminist movement: what “the future is female” means, the importance of an intersectional approach to equality, the fight for menstrual equity and what we all can learn from the trans and gender non-conforming community. She will also address her thoughts on “Atomic Living,” the notion that spontaneity can be used productively to achieve our goals.” That should be a good enough justification to stick around the 6ix another day, no?
Tiered ticketing for Saturday’s all-day fest and info on Sunday’s workshop can be bought and sought here.
Venus Fest full lineup (09.30.17):
1:00 – Hex
1:45 – Queen of Swords
2:30 – Ice Cream
3:15 – Witch Prophet
4:00 – Phedre
4:45 – The Highest Order
5:30 – Diana
6:30 – Lido Pimienta
7:30 – Weaves
8:30 – Madame Gandhi
9:30 – Grouper
10:30 – Emel Mathlouthi
The giddy, anthemic Toronto indie rockers Weaves — a recent-vintage Band To Watch — only released their debut album last year, but they’re already about to unleash its follow-up into the world. Next week, Weaves will release their sophomore LP Wide Open, a messy and passionate album that absolutely crackles with energy and personality. More »
Toronto Band To Watch Weaves and Inuk throat singer Tanya Tagaq were both up for the 2017 Polaris Music Prize last night, and they joined forces to perform a new song called “Scream” to close out the gala. Today, they’ve shared the official version of the song, which follows “#53” and “More »
Tonight, the annual Polaris Music Prize will be bestowed upon Canada’s best album of the year. Last year, Kaytranada won, and Tanya Tagaq took the prize the year before. Tagaq is up for it again this year, and she and other shortlisted nominees including Weaves, Lisa LeBlanc, Lido Pimienta, and Leif Vollebekk … More »
One of the best parts about fall is the earth’s color palette. Reds, oranges, and yellows consume the trees and, not long after, every open inch of ground. As the days get shorter, the setting sun embellishes the clouds in muted tones of the same colors seen most vibrantly this time of year. Combined, they form the all-consuming beauty of a long fall drive at sunset. There’s nothing like crunching though leaves with your tires while you carve down a hillside grove just as the sun touches the horizon line. Such a rush of nature’s best hues deserves an exhilarating soundtrack, and we’ve made just that for you. Every minute of surging guitar and dynamic pop has a hint of golden sheen and a certain sense of sweet release. So go on, take a Golden Ride… and blast these tunes from every speaker.
This is part two of a two part playlist.
1. Gretta Ray – Drive
2. The Pretty Littles – Man Baby
3. Scotdrakula – Skeleton Fever
4. Haggert McTaggert – Landmines
5. LVL UP – The Closing Door
6. Space Mountain – Never Lonely
7. Jay Som – Peach Boy
8. Big Thief – Humans
9. Weaves – Stress
10. Ratboys – Have A Heart
We listen to a lot of music here at Stereogum — it’s sort of our job! — and every year, we attempt to codify all of that listening through lists that take stock of what’s kept us engaged throughout. There are still a few weeks until the hectic year-end list season descends, but we’ve made … More »
Toronto Band To Watch Weaves put out their self-titled debut of experimental-leaning “bent pop” back in June. They’re heading out on tour with Mitski and Fear Of Men next month, and in advance of that, they’ve shared a new video for album track “Shithole.” Directed by Trevor Blumas, the clip stays focused on … More »
2016 has been a huge year for Sunflower Bean. Bursting out with the incredible Human Ceremony this year, the band has become a must see seemingly overnight. With their mixture of classic sounds with a psychedelic touch, they’ve made something that should sound familiar completely unique. As any band that’s suddenly bursting to a new level, they’ve been touring non-stop. We asked the band for a list of tracks that they listen to in the van and they delivered a list of tracks that perfectly encapsulate their sound and appeal. Check out the playlist below and be sure to grab tickets when they come to your town.
Parquet Courts- Dust
Love this song. It’s got the drive! – Jacob Faber
DIIV- Under The Sun
Last year going on tour with DIIV and getting to see them play this song every day for a month was pretty great. – Jacob Faber
Spacemen 3- Hey Man
Hey man…. – Jacob Faber
Ulrika Spacek- She’s a Cult
Such a banger of a song. Loved playing with these guys in London. – Jacob Faber
Grateful Dead- China Cat Sunflower / I Know You Rider
I’ve found the Grateful Dead in my early 20’s and couldn’t be more excited. Don’t call me a dead head though!!! – Jacob Faber
King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard- Mr. Beat
This whole album is great. Its like if thrash metal and krautrock had a baby and then that baby met Jerry Garcia and they had a baby. That baby would be King Gizz. – Jacob Faber
Unknown Mortal Orchestra- The World is Crowded
That rhythm section though… – Jacob Faber
Night Manager- Wolf Pyramid
One of the best bands from NYC. They broke up a few years ago but luckily left the world with a few killer EP’s. – Jacob Faber
Thee Oh Sees- Plastic Plant
This is off of their latest record “A Weird Exits”. I’ve been loving it lately. I feel like they’ve been going more and more towards the direction of CAN, which is cool. They’re using it as an influence but also still do something new and make it fresh. – Jacob Faber
Weaves- Coo Coo
You’re so coo coo, I’m so coo coo. – Jacob Faber