Texas King

New Music Spotlight: Maren Morris, Eric Church, Ralph & The Darcys, Oh Geronimo, Texas King

In the newest edition of the New Music Spotlight, we’ve got some major country music stars, rock and roll from Ontario, and pop music from Toronto.

Give these songs from Maren Morris ft. Vince Gill, Eric Church, Texas King, Ralph ft. The Darcys, and Oh Geronimo a listen, let us know what you think, and share your favourites with your friends all over the internet.

The Music

Artist: Maren Morris ft. Vince Gill
Hometown: Arlington, TX
Genre: Country
Related Artists: Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Kacey Musgraves
Single: Dear Hate
Notes: Morris released Dear Hate after the shooting in Las Vegas at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. She also announced that all proceeds from the sale on the song will be donated to charity in support of the victims. To buy Dear Hate, Click Here.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Eric Church
Hometown: Granite Falls, NC
Genre: Country
Related Artists: Dierks Bentley, Justin Moore, Randy Houser
Single: Why Not Me
Notes: Directly inspired by the tragic Las Vegas shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival, Church’s emotional Why Not Me is likely to make anyone think and feel deeply. Watch the full video from Church’s performance at the Grand Ole Opry. Why Not Me starts at the five minute mark.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Texas King
Hometown: London, ON
Genre: Rock
Related Artists: The Honest Heart Collective, Ivory Hours, Lost Cousins
Single: Circles
Notes: Circles is the title track from Texas King’s brand new album. Released on October 3, 2017, the London rockers continue to do what they do with ringing guitars, energy to spare, and entertainment values at a high level.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Ralph ft. The Darcys
Hometown: Toronto, ON
Genre: Pop
Related Artists: Girl Friend, Allie X, Arkells, The Zolas
Single: Screenplay
Notes: The combo of Ralph and The Darcys is Canadian pop fusion at its best right now. The Toronto musicians are a ton of fun – and Screenplay is a great way for fans to get to know Ralph… and give more love to The Darcys too.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

Artist: Oh Geronimo
Hometown: Burlington, ON
Genre: Rock
Related Artists: Said The Whale, Wintersleep, Texas King
Single: No More Stones
Notes: The newest release from Oh Geronimo explores some of the complexities that come with relationships. Romantic or otherwise, things can get confusing and messy, and No More Stones goes there.

Links: Web / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / Spotify

CMW 2017 Interview: The Honest Heart Collective

Early in the week, we had a chance to chat with The Honest Heart Collective before their Canadian Music Week opening night showcase. Thanks to Kevin Heerema and Ryan MacDonald for taking time between sound checks and all that other stuff bands do before a show, to talk to us.

It was a busy time and we were briefly and happily interrupted by the arrival of 3/4 of Silver Love Club, hugs and hand shaking commenced. Next, sound check proved too loud for us to hear over so we headed outside into the sunshine to continue. Let me just say, I love this stuff.
The Honest Heart Collective - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017We started out with an icebreaker question, pulled straight from their bio which claims they guys have an affinity for Irish Whiskey. Let’s get started!

Q1: What’s your favourite whiskey?

KH: Highland Park
RM: Select Reserve Jameson

Q2: What artist/band would you most love to have on a dream bill with you?

RM: Silver Love Club
KH: Catfish and the Bottleman
RM: The Killers
KH: Against Me, this almost happened, and City and Colour.

There are definitely some great choices here. And the guys kinda gushed about Silver Love Club. We get it, we love them too. We’re definitely going to have to follow up on this, almost happened, story!

At this point, the conversation went totally off the rails and the guys went to …Ariana Grande and Taylor Swift, of course. 

Q3: What’s your favourite thing about CMW?

RM: 4:00 am last call and Sneaky Dee’s after the show.

What’s not to love about late night Sneaky Dee’s nachos?

Q4: What are you listening to right now?

KH: The Maine‘s New Record
RM: The New Flatliners

We talked about finding new music and playing it on repeat. These albums fit in this category. You can check out Lovely Little Lonely by The Maines and Inviting Light by The Flatliners by following the links.The Honest Heart Collective - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017Q5: What Artist/band do you think we should be paying more attention to?

RM: Texas King
KH: I was just going to say
RM: Someone local, Emily Kohne . “She has a great voice, she’s a great songwriter, and she plays better guitar than me.”

Texas King has been on our radar for about a year and we have to agree that they’re one you should pay attention to. Emily Kohne is new to us so we looked her up, listened to some songs, and we love her voice and her guitar skills.

Q6: Have you had one of those breakthrough or aha moments?

RM: No
KH: Not Yet

The long answer, they’ve had a few things happen where it’s starting to feel like something. A show last year at Rivoli sprang to mind but they’re still waiting for that big “moment” to happen.

They talked about how hard and convoluted the process is for bands. “There’s so many bands out there trying to do this. You have to work really hard. I kinda feel like us being from Thunder Bay means we have to work harder. I mean we live 17 hours away from here. We haven’t had an aha moment but we’ve been grinding the whole time.”

Q7: What’s the first concert you remember going to?

RH: “Great Big Sea, they played at the Thunder Bay Community Auditorium. My dad took me and it was, it pretty much changed my life. It was sold out, there were 1,500 people singing along. But that wasn’t the one that changed my life. It was the second concert I ever went to. It was Colin James and watching that guy play guitar, made me wanna play guitar. I mean, I Just Came Back to Say Goodbye.”

Kevin prefaced his answer with a “My answer sucks.” We disagree, we think his answer is awesome!

KH: “My first actual, big production concert was N’Sync. It sucked! I got dragged at 7 years old. I was already into punk and rock music and everything but I had to. And then the next shows, I got my mom to take me to Sam Roberts. I was probably like 10. He played on my birthday. That really got me into, that looks really cool up there, that would be fun. And my very first show at a bar in the music scene, listening to hardcore punk was Protest The Hero and a couple of other metal bands and that got me thinking, this is where I want to be.”The Honest Heart Collective - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017Q8: What’s up next for the rest of 2017?

They’re working on a new record. There’s no working title, that they can tell us yet. They’re in the demo stage, with two more demos to cut and then they’re ready to move forward. The guys are hoping to get into the studio in the early summer and get a new release out by fall.

Additionally, they’ll be finishing up this tour, then it’s home to work on the album. There will be lots of time tracking in the studio. They’ve also got some smaller festival shows coming up. So watch for those!

Thanks to Kevin and Ryan for the chat. We’re anticipating that “aha moment” is coming soon!

Find the Honest Heart Collective online at the following locations!

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CMW 2017: The Honest Heart Collective Showcase

Canadian Music Week opening night, finally! On Tuesday night we headed to Adelaide Hall a little early to interview tonight’s headliners, The Honest Heart Collective. We’ll have that interview up shortly. But let’s talk about tonight’s lineup.

I like to call this one, the night of rock bands and their fabulous frontmen. First on stage were Bad River. There isn’t a lot online about this band, except for the bandcamp page. I listened, I liked them and they put on a great set live.
Bad River - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017The second band of the night was Silver Love Club. It’s been a year since I’ve seen this band live and for the record, that’s too long. Their set was almost exclusively new material with my favourite song thrown in for fun. Amazing energy, fun, and they’re technically so tight. They’re playing all over this festival and you should go see them!
Silver Love Club - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017 My surprise for the evening came in the form of The Danger Bees. Frontman David Macmichael is quirky and fun. He commands your attention and the band backs him up with precision. There were moments of “hey that’s very Weezeresque” but just hints of it. They’re pretty unique and I enjoyed their set immensely. Last thought, I was left wondering is that Run DMC tee meant ironically? I don’t think so.
Danger Bees - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017Our fourth band of the night was Le Trouble. This Montreal-based band fit perfectly on the bill. High energy, fun entertaining front man and really great musicianship. Montreal isn’t far and I hope they visit often.
Le Trouble - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017Getting the spot before the headliner is kind of a big deal. Texas King took this responsibility seriously and brought their A game. It’s been a year since I saw the band last and they’ve got a lot of new material. Jordan Macdonald and his band turned up the volume and the crowd responded by singing along.
Texas King - Adelaide Hall - Canadian Music Week 2017When The Honest Heart Collective hit the stage it was after midnight and Adelaide Hall was packed. Not bad for a Tuesday night! I love this band. I love how rich their sound is. They’ve got new music to play and rumour has it they’re recording an album later this year. Okay, it’s not a rumour Ryan told me himself. Our full interview with the band will be up shortly. Watch this space.

This band fills up the room, fills up the stage and fills up my heart. Touching lyrics, great harmonies, if you haven’t listened yet, you should.
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Bad River
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CMW 2017: Trish’s 3 Don’t Miss Shows ft. The Honest Heart Collective, Aussie Night Out, UTA Showcase ft Julian Taylor Band

It’s almost here! Canadian Music Week is so close I can taste it.

There are so many choices and to help you with your planning, I’ve picked three shows that I think you shouldn’t miss during CMW 2017.

The Honest Heart Collective – Adelaide Hall

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Honest Heart Collective / Texas King / Le Trouble / The Danger Bees / Silver Love Club / Bad River

This show is also on Joshua’s list and that’s because we both know a great thing when we see one. It’s an amazing opening night lineup. Some of these bands are brand new to me but some of them are favourites and I’m happy we’ve got this show to get the week started.

Aussie Night Out – The Hideout

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Aeora / Alice Ivy / Quivers / Eliza & The Delusionals / Bad Pony / Silver Love Club / Letters to Lions / Heart Beach / The Dead Love / Pretty City

I’ve written in detail about this showcase and you can read everything you need to know about all of the bands here but let me remind you that while all of the acts are Aussie based there’s a little bit of everything genre-wise for everyone. Stop by, say hello and check out some amazing talent from Australia.

UTA Showcase – The Horseshoe Tavern 

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Dead Projectionists / The Treble / One Bad Son / Adam Baldwin / Julian Taylor Band / Birds of Bellwoods / Towers / Radio Caroline

Saturday is going to be a late one but with this lineup, we’re pretty sure you’ll be sticking around until the end. Indie rock, alternative rock, hard rock, Rock ‘n’ Roll, with some funk and soul thrown in for good measure. It’s going to be a high energy show and I’m thrilled to see some of my favourite Toronto bands and I’m always excited to see acts that are new to me. new music… is there anything better?

And now I’m going to cheat and add a couple more bands to my list. I’ve said it before if you haven’t seen Crown Lands live yet, put them on your “must see” list. They’ll be playing both Friday the 21st at Hard Luck Bar and Saturday 22nd at The Bovine.  Second on the cheat list is Andrew Hyatt. He’s been around a little while but Andrew just keeps getting better and better. If you haven’t seen him yet, now is the time to get on board. His latest release She Ain’t You reaches into your heart and says what we’re all thinking. Andrew’s playing the KX Country’s Hot Shots Showcase on Tuesday, April 18th.

Kevin Comeau – Crown Lands

Cody Bowles – Crown Lands

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CMW Preview: 19 Songs You Need to Hear at Canadian Music Week 2017!

The schedule is crazy. There are bands all over the city from all over the world. So here we are to try and give you some guidance.

Even if you can’t make it to every concert and showcase, you can start finding new music, and singing along to the tracks you know, with these 19 songs. Click any of the song titles to watch a video… or press play on the playlist at the bottom of the post and get your groove on!

Enjoy – and leave a comment telling us which songs you already loved, and which ones you’re happy you found…

Bleeker – Highway
Bleecker Julian Taylor Showcase CMW 2016

High Valley – She’s With Me

Silver Love Club – Rachel
Mabel The Nightowl CMW 2016

Jess Moskaluke – Drive Me Away
Jess Moskaluke Bright Lights Big City Toronto The Phoenix

The Dead Love – Summer
The Dead Love CMW 2016 Horseshoe

Madeline Merlo – Whatcha Wanna Do About It
Madeline Merlo BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016

The New Electric – T-Shirt

Alee – Moonshine

The Beaches – Give It Up

Drake White – Livin’ The Dream
United States/Country
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The Honest Heart Collective – Liar’s Club

James Barker Band – Chills
James Barker Band SiriusXM Fan Stage BH5 Boots and Hearts 2016

Texas King – Come Find Me
Texas King Adelaide Hall 2016

Andrew Hyatt – MGR (Me And A Girl And A Radio)
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Courage My Love – Stereo

Dani Strong – Wild One
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Melissa Etheridge – I’m The Only One
United States/Rock

The Rifle & The Writer – Gig & Colour

Repartee – Dukes

CMW 2017: Joshua’s 3 Don’t Miss Shows ft. The Honest Heart Collective, The Beaches, High Valley

Canadian Music Week 2017 is coming faster than you might be ready for… and that’s freaking exciting. It means there’s a week of music coming that will mix what you know, what you don’t know, what you already love and what you’re going to fall in love with.

And to get you started with your planning, I’ve picked three shows that you shouldn’t miss during CMW 2017!

The Honest Heart Collective – Adelaide Hall

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

The Honest Heart Collective / Texas King / Bad River – all on stage to put on a show… and if the Facebook event is to be believed, The Danger Bees and our Aussie boys, Silver Love Club (formerly Mabel) will be there too!

If there ever was a time to go out and see live music on a Tuesday night, it’s during CMW… and if you’re looking for the show you want to be at – this is the one.

Last year Trish hooked up with The Honest Heart Collective for a CMW preview which was awesome, and we’ve seen Texas King on the Adelaide Hall stage before – add together all of the previous experience and I’m sure that this is a Tuesday night concert that you do not want to miss out on.

Get ready to have some fun and kick off your week.

The Beaches – The Horseshoe Tavern

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Beaches / The Brains / shy kids / The Dead Love

1) Who doesn’t want to hang at The Legendary Horseshoe Tavern on a Friday night?
2) You should want to see The Beaches be the bad ass women they are on stage during CMW!
3) Aussie rockers, The Dead Love are on the bill – and we certainly don’t want to miss that!

For real, this is going to be a Friday night concert that goes loud and hard and punches you right in the face – in the best way.

We’ve seen and hung out a little bit with The Dead Love, and we can’t wait to do that again. AND we saw The Beaches in all of their GRL BAND glory at the WayHome Xmas party in 2016… and we liked it a lot. Add in some new to us music from The Brains and shy kids and this is going to be a Friday night worth talking about on Saturday morning.

SiriusXM House w/ High Valley – The Great Hall

Saturday, April 22, 2017

High Valley / Madeline Merlo/ Jess Moskaluke

As far as country music shows go, this is going to be a good one! With three Canadian acts lined up to take over The Great Hall stage, we know what we’re going to get. Or at least we think we do.

UPDATE: 3-Time CCMA Female Artist of the Year and 2017 Juno winner for Country Album of the Year, Jess Moskaluke has been added to this show!

We’ve seen all of these performers more than once, and have had the chance to talk to each of them as well. They’re all doing what they love. They’re all good at what they do. And they’re all good to their fans.

There may be a few surprises on this Saturday night full of music… and that’s fine with us. We’ll be ready!

Now… check out some pics of the acts we’ve seen before, and get ready for more this April during Canadian Music Week 2017!

Texas King

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Silver Love Club

Mabel The Nightowl CMW 2016

The Beaches

The Dead Love

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High Valley

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Madeline Merlo

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River Town Saints

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Canadian Music Week 2017 – The Early Preview!

Every year Canadian Music Week takes over Toronto and turns us into the music city we dream about for the rest of the year… and 2017 will be no different with a pile of talented artists – including up-and-comers and headlining legends.

This year CMW comes to town from April 18 to 23 and will feature shows at nearly 40 venues across the city. It’s guaranteed to be a packed schedule that offers challenges to music fans and will force people into difficult decisions and a heavy reliance on Google Maps.

In all honesty, it’s impossible to see everything at CMW. So it’s important that you don’t let yourself fall victim to FOMO. Live 100% in the moment and enjoyment of the shows you are at every single night and you’ll have a good time. We promise.

We know it’s only January, and there’s a lot of time left before the first shows on the 18th of April, but it’s hard not to get excited when you look at the list of performers already locked in and ready to come to town.

Already we can tell you that we’re penciling in Melissa Etheridge on our schedule. She’s a bucket list type artist that you just don’t get to see every day, or every year even… and that makes her show special.

We can also tell you that we’re excited for Saturday, April 22 when High Valley will headline The Great Hall, supported by Madeline Merlo. If you love country, this is going to be the joint you want to be at. We’ve seen all three acts, we know what they all bring to the table, and we can’t wait to see it all come together on one night on one stage.

High Valley CNE 2016 Bandshell

Also announced for this amazing spring week of music are Hollerado, Weaves, Charlotte Day Wilson, Bitch Falcon, hey! dw, Greys, Wild Rivers, Texas King and more. In fact, there are already more than 120 acts listed on the Canadian Music Week website (honestly, click here to see them all).

In past years we’ve had a blast seeing CMW shows featuring JJ Shiplett, MabelKira Isabella, Bleeker, SATE, Tommy Stinson, Daniel Lanois, and even the late Scott Weiland. It’s impossible not to finish Canadian Music Week with new music to listen to and memories that you’re going to hold onto as a music fan for a long, long time.

CMW wristbands are one sale now… and you know how these things go, prices are inclined to increase as we get closer to the festival. So hit up the website now (click here for wristbands) and get one for you and one for a friend. It’s a good thing to do for someone.

And stay tuned for more CMW previews for us as we get closer to the festival, including interviews, and our must-see lists!

1 year ago

CMW 2016 Preview – Joshua’s Top 5 Must-Sees

CMW is coming… and I am excited!

For an entire week Toronto is set to come alive and overflow with music, musicians, and fans. There are 58 official CMW venues, with more than 800 bands, in 7 nights – and while it is impossible to see everyone, and sometimes even everyone you want to see – I want to help.

Trish shared her Top 5 list earlier in the week… and now it’s my turn.

I need to apologize a little, because I really did pick 5 acts that I truly think you should see, but it isn’t that easy, because the scheduling is HARD to manage.

So, have a look, watch the videos, and if you’re looking to slot someone in to a slow night in your schedule between May 2 and May 7, give these acts a shot!

Demi Louise at The Central on Wednesday, May 4th – 7:00 PM & Friday, May 6 at Supermarket – 10:45pm

I caught Demi Louise at CMW 2015 when she took the stage in the backroom at The Cameron House, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. She’s got a sweet singer-songwriter vibe that shines when she stands at a microphone with her acoustic guitar.

Demi is also completely adorable when she interacts with the crowd between songs, and having 2 chances to see her at CMW 2016 is a nice bonus with a crazy schedule to navigate!

Jonathan Roy at The Great Hall on Saturday, May 7 – 8:15pm

Another singer-songwriter, the Qubébécois native brings his accent, guitar, and new music to the stage at CMW 2016, and I’m looking forward to it. And if you’re worried about the accent, don’t be, you won’t notice it in-song unless you’re really looking for it.

Fast Fact: Jonathan Roy hung up his skates to pick up his guitar. And if his last name sounds familiar, it’s because his dad is Saint Patrick Roy, 4 time Stanley Cup champion.

Listen to Daniella Denmark to get yourself ready.

SATE at Lee’s Palace on Wednesady, May 4 – 8pm

We saw SATE take the Mod Club stage a few weeks ago, and it was awesome. She melted my damn face off with her energy and volume and stage presence… she truly is a show-stopper. And if you’re in the building when she gets up there and grabs her mic, you’ll know it.

CMW slots SATE in as Blues, Rock, Soul… and says, “SATE is raw to the core and was built on the shoulders of giants like Tina Turner, Jimi Hendrix and Bessie Smith.”

If you want a big energy show that makes you feel kinda like you got punched in the face in the best way possible, get to Lee’s on Wednesday.

Texas King at UG3 on Friday, May 6 – 10:40pm & Saturday, May 7 at Nightowl – 9pm

On the small stage at Adelaide Hall, Texas King could barely be contained. Their rock show was fantastic, they sounded tight, they were a lot of fun whether they were going crazy, or slowing it down – and I’m happy to see that they’re coming back from London, ON to play 2 CMW shows in 2016.

If you’re in need of a show with enough energy on stage to give you a second wind, these are your guys. Get that boost and you’ll either need a nap, or you’ll be ready to go all night!

REPARTEE at The Drake Underground on Friday, May 6 – 9pm & Saturday, May 7 at Supermarket – 11pm

These indie pop lovers are coming in to CMW fresh off the release of their new album, All Lit Up, including a release party back home in St. John’s that I really wish I could have checked out!

But, since I wasn’t in Newfoundland, I’m going to check out REPARTEE here in Toronto instead. Having already seen them as part of the Toronto Women in Music show at Adelaide Hall a little while ago, I know what I’m getting into… and I can tell you that you owe it to yourself to come and see the show.

Here’s a thing I wrote… “they’re the kind of band, playing the kind of music, that you’d be 100% hearing sometime between 12am and whenever you were too tired to stop dancing.” – and they might be on a little earlier than that at CMW, but you’ll still want to dance!

BONUS: JJ Shiplett at The Dakota Tavern on Tuesday, May 3 – Midnight

You didn’t think I’d get through this entire post without recommending an artist with a country touch, did you?

JJ Shiplett is a country/roots/rocker ready to make a big splash. He toured with Johny Reid, he’s gaining fans everywhere he goes, and he’s earned them.

JJ is also playing at one of my favourite CMW venues, so that’s a bonus too… honestly, if you’ve never caught a show at The Dakota, this is a great way to enjoy an early week set on a cool stage in a great place. It’ll be the perfect match of music and setting.

Trust me.

2 years ago

Feel An Emotion: Lost Cousins Live at Adelaide Hall in Toronto!

It all started on the first day of University…

No, it’s not a love story, but Lost Cousins is the product of members Dylan and Cam living on the same floor on a Queen’s University dorm and playing songs together on acoustic guitars. Over the next two years they picked up Lloyd and Thomas, and eventually started writing and playing their own music after getting things started the old fashioned way… playing covers.

Lost Cousins Adelaide Hall 2016

Thomas, Dylan, Lloyd. missing in action… Cam

If we zoom out a little more, we find out that the boys all bring their own musical influences to the table. From Metal (Thomas) to Ska (Lloyd) to the more contemporary sounds of Arcade Fire and Jack Johnson (Dylan), it seems Lost Cousins wasn’t so much destined to be as much as it was the right combination of influence, taste, and talent.

Less than three years into their run writing and performing their own music Lost Cousins already have some major milestones checked off. The boys played the WayBold stage on Sunday at WayHome 2015, they finished Top 10 in the 2015 CBC Searchlight Contest, and with their US visas in hand they have designs on crossing the border shortly to play for crowds in New York City, Boston, and Nashville.

Add in gigs like the Oh Geronimo album release party at Adelaide Hall in Toronto and it’s clear that things are on the right track for these four dudes.

We asked Dylan, Lloyd, and Thomas about Lost Cousins’ creative process and found out that the seeds of songs often start with Dylan and Cam, whether it’s a riff or a melody or just an idea, and then the band gets to work writing songs and arrangements that are ready for the studio and the stage.

Lost Cousins Album ArtThey also told us that the planning stages of a full-length album have begun, with a plan to nail down single worthy tracks, and a cohesive album that works as one piece of art from start to finish.

Before we let the band get stage ready we also asked who they’ve been listening to lately (because we’re always looking for new music) and got an awesome list that included Tame Impala, Hey Rosetta!, Yukon Blonde, Seoul, and Tears For Fears.

Big love to Lost Cousins for hanging out before they’re fun loving set on the Adelaide Hall stage. Seriously, these boys put on a great set putting their musicianship on display, and giving us something that music has seriously been lacking… saxophone!

Note: It would be negligent and foolish not to tell you how much we enjoyed the performances by Sweet And Lowdown, Texas King, and Oh Geronimo too. Friday really was a good night for live music at Adelaide Hall in Toronto!

Check out the tracks online, and the video for Feel An Emotion, and keep an eye out for a live show near you, because that’s where they shine brightest.

The boys told us that performing on stage is pretty much their favourite thing ever, but seeing is believing.

We saw it. We believe it.

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Oh Geronimo at Adelaide Hall

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Texas King at Adelaide Hall

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Sweet And Lowdown at Adelaide Hall

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2 years ago
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