Your First Listen (Week of April 13)


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.

Florence + The Machine – “Ship To Wreck”

It’s gunna be the summer of Florence! Florence + the Machine have returned in a BIG way. June 2nd you can get her album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful before she headlines Bestival later in the month on the Toronto Island. Here’s one you can sing while you head over on the ferry, it’s called “Ship To Wreck” and its HUGE.

The Zolas – “Molotov Girls”
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Vancouver band The Zolas haven’t released a full length since back in 2012 but they haven’t necessarily been quiet. They’re working away, dropping singles here and there like this brand new one, influenced by the Russian all-girl punk band Pussy Riot. You’ll hear their references to “Pink Balaclavas” it’s called “Molotov Girls”.

MS MR – “Painted”

You may know MS MR from their restrained, dark track “Hurricane”, but this time around they’re anything but restrained. There is a LOT going on in this new one from the Brooklyn two-piece, they create a kind of vocal collage. You can see how they do it live on April 27th when they’re at the Drake Underground.

K.I.D. – “I Wish I Was Your Cigarette”

K.I.D. stands for Kids In Despair; a Toronto duo who’ve emerged from the suburbs to bring you 90s style garage rock. They’ve been writing together since high school when they used to cut class and go smoke cigarettes. If that was you, there’s a good change you may remember those hazy playing-hooky memories, and when you hear this smoky, gritty track you’ll get why they’re releasing their EP on 4/20. They play a show that night at the Garrison.

The National – “Sunshine On My Back”

It’s April, so… you’re in for some rainy days. And who makes the very best Rainy day music? THE NATIONAL! And they just released a brand new one just in time. It was recorded during the sessions for their 2013 album Trouble Will Find Me. Even though its good for a rainy day – it’s called “Sunshine On My Back”.