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Snowblink

Toronto-based duo Snowblink released their sophomore album, Inner Classics, last year via Arts & Crafts. With gossamer vocals and spare electronics over a folk-rock backbone, it's a lovely record and you can stream the whole thing below. The band's new video "Inner Mini-Mississippi" which features members Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman against a backdrop of a couple world-class Hoola-Hoop-ers. We've got the video's premiere and you can watch it below.

Meanwhile, the band are currently on tour and will be in NYC on April 14 at Bard College with Zammuto, and then April 16 at Cameo which is part of Brazos' residency there. The Loom also play and tickets are still available.

All Snowblink tour dates are listed below.

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DOWNLOAD: Snowblink - "Black & White Mountains" (MP3)

Great Lake Swimmers at SXSW 2011 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Great Lake Swimmers

Toronto indie folk band Great Lake Swimmers are set to tour Europe with Holy Fuck side project Dusted but before that they'll play a few East Coast US dates with indie pop duo Snowblink, who just joined their Arts & Crafts labelmate Feist during her performance at the Polaris Prize Gala. (Great Lake Swimmers were nominated for the Polaris Long List but didn't make it to the Short List.) Those dates include a NYC show which happens on October 4 at The Bell House. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All Great Lake Swimmers dates are listed below.

Snowblink released their new album, Inner Classics, earlier this month (9/11) via Arts & Crafts. You can download album's single, "Black & White Mountains," above and watch its video below.

Speaking of Dusted, they'll be in NYC when their tour with Perfume Genius hits Music Hall of Williamsburg (10/8) (tickets) and Le Poisson Rouge (10/9) (tickets). They're also set to come to NYC for CMJ, though no specific shows have been announced yet.

All lists of dates and that Snowblink video are below...

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by Dominick Mastrangelo

Grimes / Feist and check / Fucked Up at 2012 Polaris Gala
2012 Polaris Prize
2012 Polaris Prize
2012 Polaris Prize

As you may have heard, Feist took home the 2012 Polaris Music Prize on Monday at Toronto's Masonic Temple. The Calgary native won the $30,000 prize for last year's Arts & Crafts release, Metals, beating out an incredibly strong shortlist which included Grimes, Drake (who was in Toronto but did not attend the gala), Handsome Furs, and 2009 winners, Fucked Up.

The three-hour gala featured performances by seven of the 10 shortlist nominees as the jury deliberated elsewhere in the building trying to decide on a winner.

Upon hearing her name announced by Jeremy Gara and Tim Kingsbury of last year's winners, Arcade Fire, the camera-shy Feist initially crawled under her table. "This is my worst nightmare," she told gala host Graham Lawrence, referencing her dislike of public speaking. "You'd think from a lifetime of terrible speeches I would remember at one point to write something down, but I never do because it seems presumptuous to prepare."

The performances were all top notch, with Grimes the most head-turning, opting for a male pole dancer instead of her usual two female dancers. Kathleen Edwards brought in a children's choir for her performance and then delivered a very heartfelt speech afterward where she thanked Polaris founder Steve Jordan for "creating a vehicle for those of us who don't want to march in the shit parade."

The last performance of the evening went to Feist and she was joined by Snowblink, Aurora as well as Broken Social Scene alum Andrew Whiteman and Charles Spearin, who's been handling mutli-instrumentalist duties on her current tour. Cold Specks (who will be here in November), Cadence Weapon and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan also performed. More pictures from the Gala are below.

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Evan Dando at The Bell House (more by Graeme Flegenheimer)
Evan Dando

Evan Dando & The Lemonheads have a few random upcoming dates scheduled. The Lemonheads will share a bill with The Canon Logic on April 28th at Maxwell's in Hoboken. Tickets are still available. You can also catch Josh Lattanzi of The Lemonheads at Bowery Ballroom on May 26 & 27 as part of the Bob Dylan tribute that will also include members of the Strokes, Hold Steady, etc, etc.

All other upcoming Evan Dando dates are in other countries at the moment, including a June 16th Evan & Juliana Hatfield show in Toronto for the NXNE festival which, like Brooklyn's own multi-venue festival Northside, recently expanded its lineup. Some of the other bands playing are in the title of this post. The rest are listed below.

All Dando-related dates and some videos below too...

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photos by Dominick Mastrangelo, words by Rachel Kowal

Timber Timbrek

Though I can't comment on the first opener, Baby Alpaca, since I didn't get to see them play, the remaining artists on last Thursday night's bill at Glasslands were united by dark undertones and beautiful vocals - a winning combination in my book. I knew I recognized the name Angel Olsen, but it wasn't until I arrived at the venue that I suddenly remembered that she had been the beguiling chanteuse from Will Oldham's side project, The Babblers.

Stripped of Oldham and placed in front of a talkative crowd, Olsen may have lost a touch of luster, but her richly complex voice was no less arresting, and it was nice to see her in the spotlight. Though she often delves into a lower range, Olsen also shines when - with a charming warble in her voice - she suddenly jumps to a higher register. (Let's just say if I had a voice like that I'd never speak. Just sing.)

I can't say the crowd got much better when Snowblink played, but somehow, the duo managed to maintain their composure even when some kid near the front puked near the end of their set. "Yo, is this guy ok?" singer/keyboardist Daniela Gesundheit broke in, mid song. She and her partner continued to play at a hushed volume. "Ok. We've got a buddy down, so everyone send him some nice feelings," she gracefully said before beginning to sing again.

Fitting for a musical project that got its start in LA before relocating to Toronto, Snowblink's sound seems to be just as appropriate for candle-lit winter nights as it is for lazy summer lounging. Gesundheit's vocals are inherently sweet and innocent, and her interplay with soft-spoken guitarist/vocalist Dan Goldman is pretty charming, too. Highlights of the set included the sparse but no less catchy "Rut & Nuzzle" and a surprisingly good cover of the Dolly Parton hit, "Jolene," which featured especially strong vocals from Gesundheit.

By the time the delightfully sinister tones of Timber Timbre began to resonate through the room, the floor was fairly packed. (Luckily, the puke had been mopped up and the strong odor of cleaning products lingered to mark the spot.)

The majority of Timber Timbre's set consisted of material from their recently released album, the aptly named Creep On Creepin' On. Other orchestral indie folk groups like Lost in the Trees may be delving into similarly dark places through moody instrumentation and surprisingly grim lyrics, but Timber Timbre takes the macabre a step further, thanks to Taylor Kirk's distinctively chilling vocals.

Given the talent of the group and the uniqueness of their sound, it's surprising that their music hasn't caught on as much in the States as it has in say, Canada or Europe, but I suspect it's only a matter of time before they graduate from Glasslands.

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Timber Timbre heads back out on tour in May and June. More pictures and their setlist from the Glasslands show, below...

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