Young Empires – “Uncover Your Eyes”

Old friends and old faves Young Empires continue dropping gems from their forthcoming follow up to my much loved Wake All My Youth EP. “Uncover Your Eyes” slows things down for an introspective oooh-along groover that I think we can all relate to. Or at least have a few people we would wish uncovere their own eyes.  Read more

Young Empires – “The Gates”

Running into this new Young Empires jam on the internet is like running into that girl from Middle School that you had a crush on and you are like “Damn, you grew up! I mean you were always cute and awesome but this is like woah, yeah, adult!” Except that with “The Gates” you don’t have to sound so much like a goob and can just hit repeat and give that reaction a second try.

P.S. SO excited for new Young Empires. #gocanada


Young Empires – “So Cruel”

Sounds like… loooong time TBE favorites Young Empires have not been fking around in the downtime since their epic dance rock debut Wake All My Youth. “So Cruel” is a bit more stripped back and raw than we have heard them but I love the evolution.

Location: Toronto, Canada

Future: Keep your fingers crossed for a full LP to follow this single release.

[EP/STREAM] Young Empires – WAKE ALL MY YOUTH (w/ “The Earth Plates Are Shifting”)

i’m seeing colors, i’m seeing colors, its the way your body moves

  • Who: Matt, Jake, Aaron & Taylor
  • What: World beat haute rock, like Van She, Santigold, Ghost Beach
  • Where: Toronto, Canada + Facebook
  • When: Wake All My Youth EP is out now.
  • Why: It’s no secret that I’ve been in love with Young Empires since their first demo dropped over 2 years ago. Usually such a solid debut track or two would leave me worried about keeping up the quality but after they rocked me with their live show at the Great Escape last year I wasn’t stressed. They became obvious top picks for The Burning Ear parties at SXSW and have followed through with the flawless 7-track Wake All My Youth EP. “Beaches” is my new favorite jam of theirs, balancing signature YE “Woooh ooh”s with the laser tight percussion and big dancey guitar action. Alright, enough rambling from me, just get this EP already. Your summer will thank you.

Oh, and at their stellar show last week with Humans they slowed things down for the beautiful non-EP groover “The Earth Plates Are Shifting” and thank goodness it’s available to stream because its one I instantly wanted to revisit. Turn it up and get swept away.

[LIVE] Young Empires & Humans @ Bootleg, LA, CA – 7/5/2012

♫ Young Empires – Against The Wall (Demo)

When I booked Humans and Young Empires back-to-back at Day 1 of The Burning Ear SXSW parties I knew it would be a good pairing but never knew that the two bands would vibe so hard they would end up touring together. Thursday night I felt like a proud father. Two band’s from my motherland of Canada rocking socks in my hometown. Humans kicked off the fun with Robbie’s awesome vocals wrapping around the surging grooves as the room started moving. Young Empires followed up with a rocking set of their tropical “haute rock” that was about as tight as they come. These guys deliver the goods every time. Just watching Read more

[LIVE] SXSW DAY 1 Re-Cap + 360° Interviews

Holy smokes. What a day. So much great music. So much sweat coming out of so many talented pores. So much healing for my eardrums to do. Except they are gonna have to wait because we have 3 more days of madness! But enough about the future, lets take a peek at the past. Last night surprise guests Read more

[EVENT] The Burning Ear’s FREE 2012 SXSW Parties

Yes, the rumors are true. The Burning Ear is in full effect at this year’s SXSW. With the help of Joel’s Lights & Music Entertainment and the awesome people at The Firehouse Lounge & Hostel we have cooked up the biggest blog curated lineup Austin has ever seen. Plus, it’s FREE!  Seriously. Sit down before you click through to the full event page.

I wont even get into too many details here lest those of you not in Austin this week flip out with jealousy. If you feel strong enough then dip down below for some teasers. I hope to see some of you come and rock out! Don’t forget to say hi and high-five!


4 Days  |  3 Levels  |  40+ live shows | FREE

FEATURING: Jukebox The Ghost – Gigamesh – Gemini Club – Polarsets – DWNTWN – Slow Club – ANR – & many more!

Brandon’s TBE Digest 15 – 11.10.2010 [Kanye West, Cold War Kids, Two Door Cinema Club, The Drums, Twin Shadow, Mark Ronson, etc]

Loosen those belts because this Digest is quite the spread and you’re gonna need some breathing room to get through all 18 of these morsels. Bear with me because, save for the last two, this is all great stuff and there are a few “Best ___ of 2010” shoe-ins lurking below. Once again, the jams are broken into “courses” for your convenience. Enjoy!

For more jams or by any of these artists use the ‘tags’ links at the bottom of the post!


♫ Kanye West – All of the Lights (Ft. John Legend, The-Dream, Ryan Leslie, Tony Williams, Charlie Wilson, Elly Jackson, Alicia Keys, Fergie, Kid Cudi, Rihanna, & Elton John) – Besides all the gems at in Kanye’s GOOD Fridays free mp3 program, this guest-crazy jam from the forthcoming My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy also dropped recently. It’s a memorable moment from the “Runaway” film and sure to be a centerpiece of the album.

♫ Trophy Wife – Microlite (acoustic) / Trophy Wife’s latest single “Microlite” may be even better than “Take This Night” and it definitely has a Read more