Your First Listen: Week of Jan 18

New music from Reuben And The Dark, Basia Bulat, Ra Ra Riot, and more

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.

David Bowie – “Lazarus”

With a video that was first interpreted as “kind of creepy”, David Bowie’s “Lazarus” took on an entire new meaning after he passed away last week. His final album, Blackstar, released just two days before his death on his 69th birthday, was his parting gift to his fans. An artist right until the end, Bowie knew EXACTLY what he was doing. Just listen to the first line.

Reuben And The Dark – “Heart in Two”

Looks like Calgary band Reuben And THe Dark miiiight be gearing up for a new album… but first they’re heading out on a North American tour with none other than Vance Joy, here next week for two nights on the 26th and 27th at Massey Hall. Here’s brand new single for you.

Ra Ra Riot – “Absolutely”

It was just announced that Ra Ra Riot is going to be making the trip from New York down to Austin, Texas for SXSW this March. After that, you’ll see ‘em roll through Toronto to play Lee’s in April. Their new album Need Your Light drops next month.

Basia Bulat – “Fool”

Singer-songwriter Basia Bulat has a bigger, louder, SHINIER sound with her latest album Good Advice out next month and produced by My Morning Jacket’s Jim James. You can see her at the Mod Club on February 19th.

The Dandy Warhols – “You Are Killing Me”

AHHHHHH let’s go BAAAAAAAAAACK to the late 90s / early 2000s when it was The Dandy Warhol’s world… because they’re BACK! And they’re working with Toronto’s own Dine Alone Records. This is their brand new song and it sounds JUST the way you want the Dandy’s to sound.