"Playing in side projects sometimes is just what you need to clear your head. That’s exactly what I needed last year. I was done with all the ‘next Bruce Springsteen, saviours of rock and roll, blah blah.’ I was just into playing songs. I don’t care about all that hype."

Brian Fallon tells Exclaim! how playing shows with the Horrible Crows and the Revival Tour changed his outlook on playing with the Gaslight Anthem.

Hiawatha

We’ve got the first glimpse of Hiawatha’s debut album, Lanugage, on Exclaim.ca. Listen to “Dogs of War” here.

Propagandhi

Head over to Exclaim.ca to hear Propagandhi’s new album, Failed States, before it comes out September 4 on Epitaph!

Refused Photo by Fil ZuZarte

What are you going to see this weekend? Check out our recommendations for shows in Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal in this week’s Can’t Miss Concerts.

Above photo by Fil ZuZarte.

Diamond Rings

Diamond Rings gave Toronto a sneak peak of his forthcoming album Free Dimensional last night at the Drake Underground. Read Scott Tavener’s review of the show here.

Teengirl Fantasy

Logan Takahashi of Teengirl Fantasy speaks to Exclaim! about following up 7AM with Tracer, ditching the samples in favour of hardware and analog instruments, and working with guests such as Laurel Halo and Panda Bear.

Rich Kidd

We caught up with Rich Kidd after the release of We On Some Rich Kidd Shiiiiiit 6. He discusses motivation, music, the city of Toronto and his definition of success.

"We were throwing around the idea that there could be this alien band hearing bits of sound coming from the earth, and then thinking about what sounds an alien band would make."

Noah Lennox, aka Panda Bear, describes the new Animal Collective album, Centipede Hz, in the new issue of Exclaim!

Between the Buried and Me

There are still music festivals to enjoy before summer ends! Get reviews of Heavy T.O., ALL CAPS! and Shambhala from this past weekend.

Above photo by Adam Wills.

Moon King’s video for “Only Child” came out at the beginning of the month and now you can stream the duo’s Obsession I EP in its entirety on Exclaim.ca.