At this Tuesday’s (Jan. 31) Nu Music Nite at The Horseshoe (370 Queen St. W., #QNW), we’ll introduce you to Morning Parade are a five piece band from Essex, UK, who met and formed while in college and play revved up, energized indie-rock—as you’ll hear on their self-titled full-length debut, which hits the stores this June via EMI. (It’ll be preceded by the Hated and Loved EP on March 13.) You may recall that EMI have had success with a couple of other bands that came together while pursuing post-secondary education—namely, Blur and Coldplay. Morning Parade hit the stage at 10 p.m. and will be followed by UPDATE: Morning Parade’s scheduled Jan. 31 appearance has been cancelled due to visa issues, but the show will roll on with The Yardlets (featuring Broken Social Scene’s Sam Goldberg and Jeff Edwards), whose fresh take on supersonic bubblegum pop can be heard on their debut Lot Lizard EP. Morning Parade are in the process of rescheduling a local date for March.
WAR CHILD IN THE CITY
War Child Canada is hooking up with Impressionable Youth Canada, a multi-media production company, for a compilation record called Sound Affects, featuring a “who’s who” of exciting new Canadian artists. The release will be celebrated with an excellent show at the El Mocombo (#CNA) Tuesday night (Jan. 31) with sets from The Elwins, Brett Caswell, The Sweet Mack and Alright Alright.
With the big game ready to rock on Sunday, we turn to the musicality of the competing teams to sort out a winner. Normally, we’d compare the musicians who hail from the two cities, but with it being New York and New England, we’d be counting out numerous Hall of Famers on both sides. So let’s turn to the tunes—and, if that’s the case, it’s a blow-out for the Pats. Two of my all-time favourite artists have songs that name drop the Brady Bunch’s home city. Billy Bragg’s “A New England“ introduced this one-man Clash to the world and Jonathan Richman’s “New England” is a love letter to the region. But, as they say, “That’s why they play the game”—so despite what Mr. Music says I’m taking the Giants. Look out Patriots, Eli’s coming!