Formerly from Victoria, British Columbia, the garage rock trio Babysitter now calls Montreal home, and now have a new self-titled album coming out next week. As per usual, the band cranks out the heavy guitar jams that sound reminiscent of Crazy Horse and the Stooges at the same time, the riffs massive, grating, threatening to drown out the rest of the band. “Envy” is a great example, which you can listen to below.
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Nashville powerpop singer-songwriter Nick Flora is set to release his new album Futureboy in one month. As a great way to both drum up support and bring him closer to his fanbase he’s put together a great little collaborative video for the catchy tune “Take It From the Top” that features not only himself, but other fans around the world chipping in with their own lip-synch clips.