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Saturday, April 1, 2023

Dizzy, Smashing Pumpkins, Gracie and Rachel, The Dust Collectors, The Exies bring new music

Dizzy: Open Up Wide

The latest single from the Toronto alt-pop band comes with word that its third LP - titled DIZZY - is coming in August. Frontwoman Katie Munshaw says the song is "a tongue-in-cheek ode to a music industry we never understood all that well." It seems a producer was suggesting "we write our parts in a simpler, more ‘spoonfed’ fashion for easy listening, when [bassist] Mack [Spenser] piped up cheekily, ‘Open up wide! Here comes the airplane!’" - thus inspiring this snarky song. 

Smashing Pumpkins: Spellbinding

The third and final "act" of ATUM, Billy Corgan and company's 33-song rock opera, is due in May, previewed by this synth-drenched single.

Gracie and Rachel: Selfish

The latest EP from this New York-based chamber-pop duo, Nowhere Now Here, is on its way in May. This is the second single to emerge ahead of it. "Sometimes being selfish is the pathway to freedom. Lean in to those around you and then go forward toward you."

Photo by Landon Yost

The Dust Collectors: Waiting Game

Their debut EP, Filtered Gems, has only been out for a couple of months, but this Calgary-based folk-rock band decided against waiting (haha) before releasing this single. The chorus: "Figure out what your intentions really mean / When you’re ready I’ll be waiting." The press release notes that the group members came from different bands with different influences, and "the result is a blend of country, folk and rock." They share lead-vocal duties and combine in four-part harmonies.

The Exies: Spirits High

The Los Angeles band fronted by Scott Stevens broke up around 2010, but Stevens has revived the name for this grungy new single. The Nirvana echoes are strong here. Stevens says the song "is about believing you are where you’re supposed to be even in the face of life’s adversities."

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