Vancouver, BC – Whoever counted the term “Love hurts,” was certainly on to something. In newly-appointed Vancity favourite Frak’s new single, he eloquently and skillfully expands on this. “Lonely” is a love-gone-sour tale with a contemporary flavour. For all of his fears and insecurities, Frak’s confident and boisterous delivery leads the soft synth line to a fast paced drum and kick. For such a dark and challenging subject matter, Frak’s palpable swag makes “Lonely” an inviting opportunity into his world. Look out for Frak as he prepares his forthcoming EP She Is and for local shows in the not too distant future. Check out the new single below.
Toronto, ON – New sounds from the WaenGang. Tha Real K.I.D. drops “Ain’t The Same” off the W.A.E.N. Volume 1 mixtape which will be out later this month. The post also contains the Kaleb Simmonds-supported “Story Book,” which you can find after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Odd Future’s Mike G& Left Brain have announced their Mind Gone Tourcoming to Vancouver June 21st.
Presented by Full Frequency Live, Holy Shipyard is a free, all ages event being held at North Shore Shipyard with additional performances by Bizarre (D12) and a slew of local Vancouver performers including Northwest Division, Ollie Ple, Stevie Ross and more.
Free tickets can be claimed online here and the official event poster can be seen after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – Shit is about to get weird at Vancouver’s Alexander Gastown. For the launch of their weekly Thursday nights Super Ugly, they are kicking it off with Miami youngin’ Pouya and his South Side Slugs Tour on July 9th.
Special guest Sir Michael Rocks of The Cool Kids is set to join with opening acts Fat Nick, Mikey The Magician, Germ, Don Krez, ilLL Chris, HeatWave, Tony Mason, Creed Taylor and DJs Seko & Sailor Gerry.
Tickets can be purchased online here and official event poster can be found after the jump.
Vancouver, BC – It’s becoming an annual tradition to throw a ‘hood party in the park every summer in Vancity; Timbre Concerts and The Music Tree are setting out to do just that with the second East Van Summer Jam.
TDE’s own Ab-Soul will headline the event on July 4th at Strathcona Park with special guests Mayer Hawthorne, Kelela, BJ The Chicago Kid, Esta (of Soulection) and locals The Boom Booms, SJS (Slow Jam Sundays), Kinnie Starr, Star Captains, and Chin Injeti & the Lifetimes.
Proceeds from the festival will support Fresh Roots, an organization that teaches local youth about growing food, and the Bavubuka foundation, which uplifts the youth of Uganda through art and hip-hop.
Beer garden will be sponsored by Red Truck Brewing with plenty of fun food trucks and vendors on spot. Cop tickets ASAP at the link here. All ages are welcome but must be 19+ to enter the beer garden. Now you know what’s good in the ‘hood.
Vancouver, BC – Coming off a European tour with Onyx, Vancouver’s own Doug Crawford finally releases the official video for the remix for his track About That featuring Shady Records own Royce Da 5’9″. The original song was originally featured on Crawford’s Perseverance album. Watch the Stuey Kubrick directed video below and be on the look out for some new music coming soon.
Toronto, ON - Jae Ari kicked off the year with the release of his 11-track project, Leave Even Better. And Jae has just dropped new visuals on us for “Talking To Myself,” which is the seventh track off the project.
This is one of Jae’s most complex releases so far. “Talking To Myself” is Jae’s own deeply introspective commentary on the search for identity. Along the way, Jae finds there are two parts of himself that always seem to be talking to him: his self doubt and his ego.
Jae personifies these parts of himself into dual Jae Aris, and spends the video in conversation with himself. Or should I say…himselves. Check it out after the jump.
Toronto, ON – Toronto-based Nova Scotian MC Shmar Parris (aka Murda Marz) was killed in April 4, 2014, but his memory lives on through his music. Just recently Juno-award winner JRDN released a video for a collaboration he had with Marz known as “True Story,” produced by Parma Media. The video was directed by Eyes and shot by Captured Photography & Film (a division of 9-0-Nickel Entertainment).
The song is one of several tributes to Marz that have been released since his passing, including the “Letter to Marz” by Ghost, and an event hosted by Fred E Fame.
Toronto, ON – Ottawa-native and XO-affiliate Belly recently dropped a new project titled Up For Days. One of our favourite tracks on the release is The Weeknd-supported “Might Not.” Click here to check out Up For Days.