Alt Pop

FRANKIE

Harmony so sugary sweet, killer grooves and soft mean beats. FRANKIE ,a 4 piece “twinkle-rock” group from Vancouver, BC. Mixing ambient indie rock attitude and super-clean folk-pop songs. FRANKIE really commands your attention, without really demanding it. The harmonies between lead singer/guitarist Francesca Carbonneau and singer/pianist Nashlyn Lloyd are soothing and exciting all at the same time. Their song “Don’t Be Low” harkens back to old school R&B, with tight flow and catchy rhythms, and top not musicianship from all 4 members. We love the tasteful restraint, which really allows the song to breathe naturally and build dramatically. We look forward to their as-of-yet un-named EP to be released in the near future, and come check them out at The Paddock May 7th. And if you miss these ladies tonight, see them in Hamilton May 10th @ the Sanctuary.-Cody Wright

   

1977 @ Cherry Colas

Head out this Cinco de Mayo to Cherry Colas and listen to the sweet swaying sounds of 1977. Bright keys, soft guitars that surf into rhythmic vocals that are sweet and sugary. We can’t get enough of “So is the Sea”, beachy vibes that make you want to forget your everyday, jump right in and soak up the sun. The entire EP is a modern take on some ol’school west coast vibes. Get a taste of what’s to come, 1977 is releasing a new album. So head out tonight and stay tuned for new tunes this summer.

   

Prinze George unveils video for "Upswing"

Even though synthpop trio Prinze George pretends to be still based in Brooklyn, they actually went back to their native Prince George County a few years ago. The guys played at our SXSW show this past March and they just unveiled this video for their single "Upswing."

   

The Taste

Thrilling people with their 70’s style pop-rock tunes, The Taste is one those hidden gems that we were ever-so-happy to stumble across. Their EP Sea Legs, proves to be a great listen! It is filled with twinkling keys and old-school production elements; mixing a little new with a little old, a tight rhythm connection with smooth vocals and catchy chorus’. These guys are lacing up the dancing shoes for you, and all you've gotta do is groove. "The City" hits vocal heights with a toe tapping melody that takes off with soaring guitars and keys. We bet you can't listen to just once! We can't stop listening at all. Make sure to check out their Facebook for upcoming show dates. -Courtney Chalapenko

   

Bare Claws @ Smiling Buddha

Bare Claws for a 4 piecer from Newmarket, cathcy pop rock to the max! "Beautiful" from their self titled record has a nice mix of guitar an keys in the verse and the chorus is a beautiful mess of all instruments involved. Try to isolate each instrument in your head...how does it all make sense? It just does. Pretty cool. I wonder if they planned that? Anyways its pretty fun to listen to. I look forward to listening to more of Bare Claws. I also dig their Chicago Cubs style logo. These fellas will be doing their thing on Saturday 5/2 @ The Smiling Buddha for Canadian Music Week. Find out their set time and add it to your itinerary before you laminate it. -Kris “Big City” Gies