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Former WU LYF frontman Ellery Roberts Releases New Song: ‘Kerou’s Lament’

25 Jun

WU LYF may be no more, but its ex-members are still pursuing other creative endeavours. Drummer Joe Manning, bassist Tom Mclung, and guitarist Evans Kati have notably joined together to form Los Porcos, while their former frontman Ellery Roberts has contended himself with lingering in the shadows.

Things did not end well for WU LYF, who amassed a flurry of followers made up of critics and casual listeners alike after releasing Go Tell Fire To The Mountain in June of 2011. In late 2012, Roberts uploaded a final track on Youtube entitled ‘TRIUMPH’ 9that has since been removed) and cryptically wrote: “WU LYF is dead to me” (full quote after the jump)

Roberts has remained relatively quiet since then, but his morning he posted a song called “Kerou’s Lament” on Tumblr.

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Vampire Weekend Send Toronto’s Sony Centre Into A Frenzy

28 May

 

On May 16th, Toronto was blessed with clear skies and a cool breeze that kept perspiration at bay. Residents of the city were up in arms about the LCBO strike and you couldn’t walk ten paces without hearing someone grumble something about how the long weekend would be “the worst, EVER” because of this. Those who weren’t voicing their discontent at lack of alcohol were laughing at Rob Ford’s latest in a long string of miscues (He has more in common with the late Amy Winehouse than he lets on).

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That Time I Met Vampire Weekend

4 Apr

(Note: This article originally appeared in The Silhouette)

Normally, most people develop a healthy liking for a band that stretches from their angst-ridden teenage years to when they’re married with children and no longer make have time to listen to music. In opposition, a select group of fans let their mild affection evolve from a weekend pastime to a deep-rooted infatuation that pervades every waking hour. These members of society have been somewhat derogatorily dubbed fangirls/fanboys.

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The Strokes — ‘Comedown Machine’

31 Mar

For detractors of The Strokes — yes, they seem to come out of the woodwork whenever a new album is released — the jabs about the New York rockers’ latest offering write themselves (i.e. Comedown Machine isn’t a Comeback Machine). But what is perplexing is the number of reviews that neglected the music and turned into savage ad hominem attacks of the Fab Five.

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Justin Timberlake – ‘The 20/20 Experience’

31 Mar

(Note: This review originally appeared in The Silhouette)

Following the enormous success of the FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake fell off the musical map and let his ceaseless ambition guide him down other career avenues. He’s proven his acting chops playing Napster founder Sean Parker in David Fincher’s The Social Network, but only after letting them go to waste on slapstick slop like The Love Guru. Ever the crowd-pleaser, he distanced himself from his boy-band image while performing the highly entertaining History of Rap with Jimmy Fallon. Timberlake seemed to remain in character as Mr. Parker, adopting the same energy he brought to the role of the entrepreneur while recently hosting Saturday Night Live.

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Tame Impala Take The Kool Haus On A Psychedelic Bender

14 Mar

(Note: Originally appeared in The Silhouette)

(Photos by Hannah Jor)

Although Toronto’s Kool Haus is better fit for raves than psychedelic rock concerts, the easygoing Aussies that comprise Tame Impala made themselves at home this past Saturday. The quintet of Kevin Parker (vocals/guitar), Jay Watson (synth, vocals), Dominic Simper (guitar/synth), Nick Allbrook (bass) and Julien Barbagglo (drums) displayed an ability to acclimatize that seems beyond their years.

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