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I think Queen reincarnated into indie act trio Archi & Pelago. Seriously, Freddie Mercury would be proud. You have to listen to their indie rock opera Tonight – watch video here. The trio consists of Oskar, Joakim and Magnus. The guys have toured with Sweden’s popular artists such as Miriam Bryant, Skott, Norlie & and KKV. Give it a stream on our Indie Invaders Playlist.

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21-year-old Olivia Lunny released a new song – Think Of Me and a new one is coming this Friday titled Bedsheets. This new indie pop artist seems to be on the up.  She was crowned champion of CTV’s hit show ‘The Launch’ where she was coached by Jann Arden, producer Shaun Frank and Big Machine Label Group Scott Borchetta to record an original song titled “I Got You.” She also went on to perform as opening support for Lionel Richie. Give the track a stream on Indie Invaders Playlist.

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Green Day, Weezer, Fall Out Boy stadium tour has been postponed. The Hella Mega Tour will supposably return in 2021 due to concerns about the coronavirus.

“Hopefully this doesn’t come as a surprise,” the bands wrote in a joint statement on Instagram, “but as much as we were all looking forward to seeing you all this summer, everyone’s safety is our highest priority so we’ve officially made the call to reschedule all North American dates of the Hella Mega tour until next year. Please stay safe, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021.”

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Halifax indie-rock duo Neon Dreams have released the radio ready track “Sick of Feeling Useless”. It’s a song for those who like a big anthem and a gang chorus.  The song found its a way on several Spotify playlists including New Music Friday Canada.  The Canadian alt-pop duo has made some headway in their own country landing on charts and raking up millions of streams. Give the track a listen especially if you’re fan of Twenty One Pilots or lovelytheband – and check out the video here.

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Who else believes artists should stand on their own foundation rather than leeching off of other artists? How many celebrity collaborations do we need to see? I’m not souring on collaborations because I personally love some of them, especially if it’s birthed from true passion and an artistic motive. The pairing of Shawn Mendes and Camila Cabello was fantastic and Sam Smith & Normani was quite good as well. Right now, I can’t even keep up with artist collaborations and the pairing of big names.

With Zoom now at the forefront, many of the collaborations are simply arranged  for “audience reach” and “eyeballs”. There is simply no synergy and connection between the artists. I’m not the only one who thinks celebrity pairing is overplayed, many industry insiders have noted that the specialness has been lost from the overabundance of artist collaborations.  When the pairing goes wrong, both artists are effected. I won’t mention names, but there are plenty of circumstances when collaborations did not benefit either artist. Let’s get back to art and play smart instead of competing for attention.

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