Your First Listen: Week of August 29

Five songs you need to listen to this week from Banks & Steelz, TUNS, K.Flay, Tokyo Police Club, and Empire of the Sun.

Each week we feature five remarkable songs you need to hear on Your First Listen. In case you miss them on air, you can catch up on the weekly tracks right here. Your First Listen airs weekdays at 12:45pm, 5:45pm, and 8:45pm.


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Empire Of The Sun – “High & Low”

Empire Of The Sun made one of this BIGGEST come backs ever when their 2008 single “Walking On A Dream” was featured in a recent commercial and put ‘em back on the charts. They are finally getting the respect they deserve in this part of the world, and now the Australian Band has a new record coming called Two Vines (2016).

Tokyo Police Club – “My House”

Tokyo Police Club are releasing part two of their Mellon Collie and the Infinite Radness (2016) EP set. You can celebrate with them when they play the INDIE88 3rd BIRTHDAY PARTY on September 10th. “My House” has yet to be commercially released but you can listen to their hit “Not My Girl” off part one of the Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness EP set.

K.Flay – “Blood In The Cut”

THIS SONG IS SUUUCH A JAAAAMMMMMM! It’s from an artist called K.Flay and she’s got a degree in psychology and sociology from Stanford University, but that’s not all. She also writes bangers. You can see her at ADELAIDE HALL here in Toronto in November.

TUNS – “Mixed Messages”

TUNS are a Canadian Supergroup made up of Mike O’Neill of The Inbreds, Chris Murphy of Sloan and Matt Murphy of The Super Friendz — and their self titled debut came out last week on August 26th. You can see them play for freeee at Hamilton’s Super Crawl this month on September 10th.

Banks & Steelz – “Giant”

Have you always wondered what Interpol would sound like if they collaborated with Wu Tang Clan. I know you have. Aaaand this is about as close as you’re gonna get. It’s Interpol’s Paul Banks — with Wutang rapper RZA — they call themselves BANKZ & STEELZ… you can catch em at the Mod Club on September 6th.

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