This Week in Sound: Stars, Drake, The Deep Dark Woods, Divine Fits and more


Published:

Stars drop a new — and free — tour EP

Every Monday, we round up the most exciting music news happening in Toronto. In this edition: Stars launch a free tour EP, Drake wins big at the Grammys, Divine Fits tackle Springsteen and more.

After heading down under to Australia to kick off their international tour this weekend, Toronto indie pop icons Stars are offering fans a tour EP. You Guys Are Awesome is a five-song record featuring tracks and killer covers from some of their on-the-road mates, including Milo Greene, Said the Whale and Yukon Blonde. Stars’ current international tour for their latest full-length, The North, stops in Toronto in March. The new tour EP is free to download, but you can leave a tip if you like.


Last night’s Grammy Awards would have you believe that The Black Keys are the only rock band worth mentioning these days, and that Mumford and Sons are leading this twangy antebellum-esque comeback. All sarcasm aside, props are owed to Toronto’s own Drake, who took home the Best Rap Album award for Take Care.


Sometimes when musicians try their hand at the acting game, it just doesn’t go over well (right, Bieber?). But we’re pretty excited to see The Deep Dark Woods’ cameo in the romantic flick Safe Haven. The OST dropped Feb. 5, and the movie features The DDWs performing a brand new track, “My Baby’s Got To Pay The Rent ” written specifically for the movie. Based on a Nicholas Sparks novel, and set for a Valentine’s Day release, Safe Haven will probably ooze schmaltz. But we think your date is a keeper if they can spot The DDWs.


Toronto isn’t the only city embroiled in a casino debate. Hamilton is also contemplating taking a gamble on a proposed casino-concert venue, much to the dismay of local musicians. Members of Alexisonfire, Caribou, Junior Boys, Bruce Peninsula, Young Rival, Young Empires and others are protesting a casino proposal for downtown Hamilton, which could include a concert venue. In a signed letter of protest, the musicians said they do not support an entertainment complex that would be partially run by an American-owned corporation because it could undermine the local independent music scene.


If you need a cure for wet socks on this sopping Monday morning, check out this Divine Fits cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Hungry Heart.”

Edit Module

Join the conversation and have your say by commenting below. Our comment system uses a Facebook plugin. Please note that you'll have to turn off some ad-blockers in order to see the comments.

Edit Module

Follow us on Twitter @PostCity for more on what to eat, where to shop and what to do in Toronto.

Edit ModuleShow Tags

You may also like...

Voyages of T.O.’s top Trekkies on Star Trek Beyond release day

Voyages of T.O.’s top Trekkies on Star Trek Beyond release day

We boldly went where no man has gone before and found the owner of the Star Trek space van, one of the few people who are fluent in Klingon and the commander of the Crimson Knight Fleet in honour of the release of Star Trek Beyond today.
Posted 2 days ago
Sewell on City Hall: Tory’s team off to one side instead of collaboratively planning downtown’s future

Sewell on City Hall: Tory’s team off to one side instead of collaboratively planning downtown’s future

It’s a pretty confident strategy. The project is called TOCore, and the city’s website lists the many studies undertaken by staff and consultants retained by staff, all fodder for the final plan due within two years.
Posted 2 days ago
Property value increases cause residents concern

Property value increases cause residents concern

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) was performing property value reassessments in Toronto last month, and given how quickly housing values have risen, some people are worried about a resulting property tax increase.
Posted 3 days ago
Local Hero: 12-year-old Torontonian with degenerative eye disease has raised nearly 50,000 dollars to fight blindness

Local Hero: 12-year-old Torontonian with degenerative eye disease has raised nearly 50,000 dollars to fight blindness

Macgowan and his parents began a fundraising effort with the Foundation Fighting Blindness last year. Initially he was hoping to raise around 5,000 dollars, but as friends and family spread word of his cause, donations began to skyrocket. Today, Macgowan and his family have raised nearly 50,000 dollars.
Posted 3 days ago
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleEdit Module