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Yacht Club

Yacht Club

A RETURN TO FLASHY POP Story by Laura Hermiston Editing by Olenka Szymonski Video by Jordan White Photo by Danielle Nemet  Yacht Club is a band from Toronto featuring music veterans Ben Cook and Matt DeLong. It is a project that has a well thought out artistic vision that is heavily influenced from early 1980s...
Beliefs

Beliefs

TORONTO SHOEGAZE UP AND COMERS Story by Adam Steel Josh Korody and Jesse Crowe have been busy. As one half of the shoegazing outfit Beliefs, the hip and hazy guitarists have spent the better part of their relatively short time together opening for the likes of Lotus Plaza, Porcelain Raft and Amen Dunes. Fortunately, these...

Press Play x B-17

OUR LAST EDITION OF PRESS PLAY FEATURING ONE OF TORONTO’S MOST EXCITING BANDS RIGHT NOW Story by Laura Hermiston Video by Olenka Szymonski If you like bands such as Jesus Mary Chain, Suicide, or Spacemen 3, check out  B 17 from Toronto psych/pop label Optical Sounds. Their debut record release party for Wishing Won’t Make It So is...

Dr. Dog

THE EVOLUTION OF A GENRE-BENDING BAND Story by Kate Davies The name Dr. Dog is one of those hard-to-distinguish labels which doesn’t reveal the group’s genre at first glance. Where placing “The” in front of Strokes, Kinks, or New Pornographers seems to give those bands a specific label-making edge, Dr. Dog brings to mind images...
The List

The List

FOURTEENTH EDITION Story by Jordan White Sky Ferreira “Sad Dream” At first she looks like a sweet delicate flower, who has been hurt by someone. Then she starts to sing and her voice is full of confidence and wisdom. The video is set in the desert, which is always pleasing to the eye.    ...
Show Pick of the Week

Show Pick of the Week

TORONTO PSYCH POP COMPILATION CURATED BY SHOEGAZE PIONEER WILL CARRUTHERS Story by Laura Hermiston Psych Pop From Toronto is a look into Toronto’s under the radar indie-psych-shoegaze scene with a tracklist selected by Will Carruthers (Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, Brian Jonestown Massacre). This compilation is available for download and is 100% free. The release for Psych Pop From...
A.C. Newman

A.C. Newman

HIS MOST PERSONAL AND INTIMATE ALBUM TO DATE   Story by Kate Davies Best known as the frontman for Vancouver-based indie rock group The New Pornographers, Carl Newman has been steadily building a strong following with his solo project AC Newman. His third solo album, entitled Shut Down the Streets, is a record full of...
Press Play x The Holiday Crowd

Press Play x The Holiday Crowd

TORONTO BAND GETTING BUZZ IN THE UK Story by Laura Hermiston Video by Olenka Szymonski Check out Plaid’s photoshoot with The Holiday Crowd earlier this year. The Holiday Crowd play The Comfort Zone Thursday Nov. 8 in support of Dignan Porch (Captured Tracks) from London, UK.  
Luke Lalonde

Luke Lalonde

DEBUT SOLO ALBUM OUT ON PAPER BAG RECORDS Story by Jordan White While Luke Lalonde had down time from the Born Ruffians, he was busy recording his debut solo album in various living rooms in Toronto and Montreal. Rhythymnals is full of catchy indie-pop songs, and is evidence of Lalonde’s talent and passion for creating...
Azari & III

Azari & III

RELEASE THEIR DEBUT ALBUM Story by Ashley Lewis Dinamo Azari, Alixander III, Starving Yet Full and Fritz Helder formed Azari & III in Toronto in 2008. In 2009 they released their first single “Hungry for the Power” which was included on the album. “Into the Night” was the perfect track to open the album and...
La Sera

La Sera

THE METHODICAL AND CREATIVE MIND OF KATY GOODMAN Story by Laura Cappe It is fair to say that Katy Goodman is a woman grounded deeply in multiple worlds. Before music she was pursuing a career in sciences – receiving her Bachelor’s Degree in Physics and her Masters in Physics Education. She loves video games, breaking...
The Envy

The Envy

SET TO RELEASE EP THIS SATURDAY Story by Kate Davies In modern music, a crossroads has emerged between old and new: between the rule of the record companies and that of the digital world. Many bands are caught up in the shuffle, having to decide whether it is in their best interests to sign on...

Banks

PAUL BANKS STILL SOUNDS LIKE THE GUY FROM INTERPOL; NOT NECESSARILY A GOOD THING. Story by Adam Steel Full disclosure: while listening to Paul Banks’ new album, I was (legally) burning leaves. As many Fall-enthusiasts and campground aficionados can attest to, even the most pedestrian of tasks can seem downright enchanting when one eye is...

Arkells

CANADIAN ROCK BAND COLLABORATES WITH EMERGING OPERA STARS FOR OPERANATION Story by Kate Davies Music has oft been cited as the universal language of mankind. It is perhaps the only tool we possess as humans that has the ability to cross cultural, historical, religious, and other prejudice boundaries. In this way, Toronto’s Operanation blends seemingly...

Diamond Rings

FREE DIMENSIONAL Story by Jordan White Ontario native Diamond Rings (a.k.a. John O’Regan) has been a busy, busy man. In anticipation of his upcoming album Free Dimensional, which hits stores on Oct. 22, the shimmering, shoulder pad-clad pop sensation has been hitting nightclubs across the U.S. with catchy, electro beats. The album is somewhat thematic,...

Allah Lahs

TALKING ABOUT L.A. AND INSTAGRAM Story by Laura Hermiston Video by Olenka Szymonksi On Canadian Thanksgiving night, the Allah Lahs from L.A. played the Great Hall in Toronto. Their sound check ran late and evidently Ola and I bumped into the jacketless men on the red velvet stair case in a fluster. They asked us...

Alt-J

ALT J AKA “∆” Story by Kate Davies Western society is primarily composed of and driven by trends. Whether it is in fashion, politics, family life, or celebrity culture, “trend” is one of the most oft-utilised synonyms to describe how the Western world functions on a day-to-day basis. Perhaps this is why such an undefinable...

Le Kid & Les Marinellis

FRENCH GARAGE BAND IS MAKING ITS WAY TO TORONTO Story by Laura Hermiston Photo provided by Le Kid & Les Marinellis Plaid first told you about Le Kid & Les Marinellis when our staff did a wrap up of our Osheaga 2012 experience. We saw this band unexpectedly at a bar called L’Esco and we...

Lindi Ortega

FOLLOW UP ALBUM TO JUNO NOMINATED DEBUT Story by Ashley Lewis Lindi Ortega’s much awaited sophomore album is released today by Last Gang Records. The album, Cigarettes and Truckstops, holds a similar sound to her debut album, Little Red Boots, but a sound original to Ortega nonetheless. Ortega, a native Toronto girl, decided to get...

Win Tickets To See Ellie Goulding

BRITISH SONGSTRESS WILL PERFORM AT THE SOUND ACADEMY       Ellie Goulding once sang for royalty, and now she’s bringing her powerful pipes to Toronto! On October 14th, catch her boundless voice and infectious beats courtesy of Plaid – enter to win two tickets to her show by filling out the details below. Contest...

Allah Las

BE SURE TO WEAR FLOWERS IN YOUR HAIR Story by Laura Cappe “I remember hangin outside Tower Records on Monday nights waiting for em to reopen so I could buy some new release.” The California based band Allah-Las Tweeted last week. “Sad that don’t happen anymore.” Allah-Las – Miles, Pedrum, Spencer, and Matt – share...

Hiawatha

A PERPLEXING COLLABORATION BETWEEN TWO CANADIAN ARTISTS Story by Ashley Lewis Language is an eclectic album deriving from electronic and rock roots. Egyptrixx’s David Psutka, from Toronto and Nova Scotia man Ian McGettigan from the 90′s rock band Thrush Hermit, have collaborated their talents into a bizarre duo titled Hiawatha. Psutka’s house influence is prominent...

The List

THIRTEENTH EDITION Story by Ashley Lewis The Flowers of Hell Tonight, The Flowers of Hell are holding a launch party at the Tranzac in Toronto for their upcoming album ODES.  This will be their fourth album and first ever orchestral pop cover record. The band is based out of Toronto and London with 16 or...

Press Play: Odonis Odonis

YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT OUR NEW FAVE BAND THIS FRIDAY Story by Laura Hermiston Video Production & Editing by Olenka Szymonksi Plaid Magazine’s Laura and Ola from Press Play teleported to the 90s (well we thought we did) to a cafe to talk to Dean Tzenos about his band, Odonis Odonis, and what to expect at...

Diamond Rings

OUR OLD COVERBOY IS COMING OUT WITH A NEW ALBUM Front Photo by Norman Wong A couple weeks ago, Plaid Magazine got the chance to check out Diamond Rings play a set at The Drake. As expected – it was full of poppy hooks and high glam energy. It is a mystery as to how...

Fine Times

DEBUT ALBUM OUT TODAY Story by Kate Davies Even though they call Vancouver their home base, Fine Times fit right in with the all-American influx of catchy, indie new wave artists like Crystal Stilts, TV On the Radio, and Craft Spells. Their debut self-titled album hits record stores today and is undoubtedly of the “now” genre,...

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