Independent Canadian record label Arts & Crafts has been showcasing three of their younger artists - NO, The Darcys, and Reuben And The Dark - as they tour North America together this Spring, and tonight they will take over the 7th St Entry. The tour package is an extension of Arts & Crafts' long-standing collaborative spirit and is the latest in a tradition of A&C label packages that began with Broken Social Scene, Feist and Stars nearly a decade ago. Bands will share stages and rotate slots throughout the tour, collaborating on exclusives and offering fans a unique live experience driven by Arts & Crafts' continued commitment to fostering creativity and discovery.
Los Angeles six-piece NO released their debut album El Prado on February 18, having teased the anticipated record with first single "Leave The Door Wide Open" (see its video above) and a haunting cover of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne."
Toronto art-rock quartet The Darcys released its latest album Warring in late 2013 to critical acclaim, described by SPIN as a "pretty hybrid of Local Natives and Atoms For Peace" and recently hailed by NYLON as "your new favourite band." The noirish video on the left shows The Darcys performing "Hunting" - from the new Warring LP - live at Adelaide Hall in Toronto on October 10, 2013.
Emerging Calgary folk rock outfit Reuben And The Dark are building towards the May 27 release of its anticipated debut full-length, Funeral Sky, already buoyed by the success of a North American tour with Paper Kites and incredible reaction to debut singles "Rolling Stone" and "Shoulderblade." Check out the recently unveiled music video for "Rolling Stone", a dark and moody nighttime road trip that appropriately evokes the forthcoming album's title.
Three bands on the rise - all blessed by the dependable folks at Arts & Crafts - sure sounds like an awesome Friday night in the Entry. Tickets are still available to purchase at advance price for a few more hours, and doors open for the show tonight at 8:00pm.