See Rock Live’s Mar Sellars also hosts a weekly radio show in Toronto Mar On Music which can be heard every Friday 3-5PM on CIUT 89.5 FM. Mar consumes hours of music each week to pick the best of the best of new and interesting music that’s coming out. Here are her 5 picks this week of music you should be listening too!
Flesh World – Into The Shroud
By way of San Francisco and Los Angeles. Flesh World’s Jess Scott and Scott Moore met in 2012 while loitering around the Panhandle district (that’s in San Francisco btw), listening to records, gossiping, and playing live shows around town with their bands (Scott plays in hardcore group Limp Wrist and Jess played in the indie pop band Brilliant Colors). The pair immediately bonded over a shared love of The Velvets and The Jesus & Mary Chain. They began writing songs in Scott’s lofted bedroom in the city and took their name from a XXX magazine. Haha… nice to be named after a porn mag. This band came out of the blue at me but they caught my eye because this release is on Dark Entries, a label known for their amazing reissues of 80s italo-disco and dark European cold wave. Flesh World are even playing in Toronto soon – September 19 @ the Baby G.
Moscow Apartment – Annie
Moscow Apartment are one of Toronto’s newest and YOUNGEST bands and they have a message for every girl out there “Never let anyone put you down. Stand by who you are, what you say and what you do.”
I like that message. The duo of Brighid Fry and Pascale Padilla (14 & 15 years old) met at the now “infamous for forming great Toronto rock bands” Girls Rock Camp as two young tykes. Now in their teens the duo’s gearing up to release their first EP at the end of September and “Annie” is the first single. See them live at the Burdock September 30.
Frankie Rose – Dyson Sphere
After spending years playing in some of the most exciting bands in Brooklyn, including acts such as Crystal Stilts, Dum Dum Girls, Vivian Girls and Beverly, Frankie Rose relocated to her hometown of Los Angeles for 18 months with the intention of establishing yet another moment in her storied indie rock career. However, she found herself short on sleep, funds and optimism. “I moved to LA, drama ensued and I ended up on a catering truck. I was like, how can this be my life after being a touring musician and living off of music. I had really lost my way and I thought I was totally done.” She eventually found herself back in Brooklyn where she recorded this amazing record Cage Tropical which is out TODAY (August 11). And it’s her fourth solo record. Face it Frankie Rose is a prodigy !
Thrifty Kids – Cry Baby
Thrifty Kids are anything but thrifty, borrowing heavily from previous generations music, specifically 50s doo-wop and 60s harmonies, they have crafted a sound that’s one part modern with a heavy dose of nostalgia tossed in. Originally from Ottawa Dylan & Sarah moved to Toronto in 2015 and have been a welcome addition to the city. Check them out TONIGHT at Steamwhistle’s Craft Beer Fest.
Pixx – Baboo
I fell in love with Pixx in 2016. I got a chance to see her at the Great Escape in Brighton, returning to Toronto, I searched online and at the time Baboo was one of the only songs she had online. She’s finally released a full length The Age of Anxiety on 4AD earlier this summer and I can’t wait until she tours over here. Baboo is one of the first singles from the album and most summery, especially with the accompanying video of sun / dream like sequences. Tell me this doesn’t get stuck in your head?