An Interview with Aaron Ellington of Young Empires on Their New Interactive Video and More


Young Empires are a Toronto-based haute rock dance party, with Matthew Vlahovich on vocals and keys, Jacob Palahnuk on bass, Aaron Ellingson on guitar, and Taylor Hill on drums. These friends have been jamming together since 2009, but have recently gained wider attention for an impressively fun interactive Facebook music video for the single “White

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Northside Festival Weekend Highlights


The first band of the weekend I caught was Caged Animals at Cameo. This is the project of singer/guitarist Vincent Cacchione, along with his sister Talya on bass, Patrick Curry on drums, and Magali Francoise on synth and awkward dance moves. Together they make fun psych surf pop rock about young love and the New

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Having a Good Time With North Highlands


North Highlands, named after the hometown of singer Brenda Malvini, is a Brooklyn-based band made up of transplants. Guitarist Mike Barron, drummer Jasper Berg, bassist Andy Kasperbauer, and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Stewart are all from elsewhere, but their band bases them in Brooklyn. They’ve had a good year, with the recording of their first full length,

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