📹 The Barettas – “Touche”

Well isn’t this nice. Hamilton all-female indie-rock outfit The Barettas are back after a long hiatus. Lead singer Katie Bulley embarked on a solo career after the girls disbanded in 2012 and has been making music ever since. Recently though, she and former bandmate Lauren Small reformed as a duo, and we couldn’t’ be more excited to tell you about it. There’s even a new record in the works.

Now that we have your attention, watch the video for Touche in the embed below and hit up their socials for more leading up to the long-player. All Is Fair In Love And Rock & Roll drops on January 29th … we can’t wait.

If you dig this, you might like Death Valley Girls – “Hold My Hand”.

💿 The 10 Best David Bowie Cover Songs

Photo By Ralph Gatti

This past Friday would have marked the 74th birthday of music legend David Bowie, and just yesterday, the fifth anniversary of his untimely passing at the age of 69. Like only a handful of artists before him, the world-renowned singer-songwriter really had an impact on musicians and artists over his entire six-decade career. Heck, even if you’re not a musician or artist, it’s hard not to get behind his work and the legacy he left behind.

That being said, we’ve compiled a list of our favourite David Bowie cover songs. You’ll probably be familiar with some of these classics, but if you’re newly introduced to only one today, we’ve done our job here at The iM.

1. Peter Gabriel – Heroes

2. Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust

3. Warpaint – Ashes To Ashes

4. Nirvana – The Man Who Sold The World

5. Nine Inch Nails – I’m Afraid Of Americans

6. Marilyn Manson – Golden Years

7. The Cure – Young Americans

8. The Horrors – Suffragette City

9. Eurythmics – Fame

10. Iggy Pop – China Girl

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – Covers.

💿 Julianna Riolino – “J.R.”

The new(ish) EP from singer-songwriter and musician Julianna Riolino came up on our radar today, and we’re certainly glad it did. The 6-song effort was recorded a few years back, but only a few tracks were released … until now. If you’re looking for a collection of beautifully crafted pop-songs, look no further.

Listen to J.R. in the embed, and be sure to hit up her links below to show some support. Not sure about you, but we can’t wait for more.

🎧 The Hold Steady – “Heavy Covenant”

It’s no secret we’ve been long-time fans of Brooklyn indie-rockers The Hold Steady. So, we were stoked to come across a new track today. The band dropped the first single Family Farm last month and also announced the new album would be out on February 19th on their own label, Positive Jams. If this latest song is any indication, we’re in for something special.

Check out Heavy Covenant in the embed below, and hit up their socials for more leading up to the new long-player, Open Door Policy. Just for the record, we can’t wait.

📹 Sonic Unyon: “Now We Are 25”

If you’re not familiar with Hamilton-based independent record label Sonic Unyon, you really should be. The label is responsible for releasing a ton of music over the years from Canadian indie music veterans like Thrush Hermit, Hayden, Tristan Psionic, Erics Trip, SIANspheric, Treble Charger, and more. Just recently, they released a documentary celebrating 25 years, and we want you to know all about it. It’s a trip down memory lane you won’t soon forget.

Check out the doc in the embed, and be sure to hit up the playlist below for all the Sonic Unyon you can handle. And, while you’re at it, grab a copy of the triple edition 25th-anniversary vinyl bundle right here. One thing is for certain, this bunch helped shape the Canadian music scene in a big way. Show them some love.

🎧 Valley Maker – “No One Is Missing”

Valley Maker is the pseudonym of South Carolina-based singer-songwriter and musician Austin Crane. Just today, we came across his latest single, No One Is Missing, and we can’t get enough of this incredibly captivating number. Now, it’s time to share it with you.

Check out the video in the embed, and be sure to follow the socials below for more leading up to the release. His new album, When The Day Leaves, drops February 19th on Frenchkiss Records.

🎧 River Tiber – “Rainbow Road / Hypnotized”

River Tiber is the moniker of Toronto singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Tommy Paxton-Beesley. It’s been a minute since we’ve heard anything new from the Drake-approved producer, but the wait is over with a mesmerizing new extended play. Now, it’s time for you to take a listen.

Check out Rainbow Road and Hypnotized in the embed, and be sure to hit up his socials below to show some support. Let’s hope more music is on the way.

📹 Paul Leary – “Born Stupid”

If you’re not familiar with the name Paul Leary, he happens to be the lead singer and guitarist for legendary psych-rock noise-makers the Butthole Surfers. Paul released his first solo album in 1991, and 30 years later, he’s releasing his second. You know the part in between.

“I wasn’t planning on making another album, but over the years songs kept popping into my head. So I figured I might as well record them.”

Check out the alt-country flavoured title-track Born Stupid in the embed below, and be sure to hit up his socials for more leading up to the release. The record drops February 12th via the legendary (and recently revived) Shimmy-Disc and Joyful Noise.

📀 Plays Of The Month: December

It’s that time of year when playlists can be found everywhere it seems. Best Of Lists, including ours, are all over the internet. So … why not make one more to end the year?

Below, you’ll find our Plays Of The Month for December … our very last post of the year. Bring on 2021 and goodbye 2020 … you won’t be missed. Except for the music, of course!

If you dig this, be sure to check out our Best Of 2020 – Covers … Best Of 2020 – Songs … Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 1) and Best Of 2020 – Albums (Part 2).