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Papermaps grows up, and Arms of the Girl talks cover shows vs. original shows

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What a week! Today, Bandwidth's got four brand spanking new releases for you -- from new Platinum Blonde (no, you didn't step in a time machine -- the Toronto dance-rockers are back with a new album 11 years after the band broke up!) to some gospel from up-and-comer Mati Haskell.

Indie rockers Papermaps (L to R: Bobby Lee, Dean Marino, Wendy Leung and Betty Dimo) had a gig last week in Ottawa, and we had a chance to talk about their new EP, Inferior Ghost, which drops on Tuesday. As the band's developed more of a history, they've grown into their own sound and are figuring out where they want to go. And if the sound of their first single, There Are Wolves, is any indication -- they're going places!
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I've also got a chat with Ottawa rockers Arms of the Girl (R, David Cutler & Carolyn Cote). The band put out their third EP, Versions of Happiness, in the Spring, but they've got their fingers in many pies around the city -- in addition to their band shows, they also play cover gigs AND teach music lessons out in Nepean. How on Earth do they do it all?

You'll also meet Hamilton pop-punkers Thought Beneath Film -- their new EP, Detours, is a catchy mix of 60s pop, a bit of punk, and some sweet, sweet hooks.

UPCOMING SHOWS:

- Papermaps EP release party is August 28th at the Horseshow Tavern in Toronto

- The Strumbellas play Eaglewood Folk Festival in Pefferlaw, Ont. this weekend -- more show listings are on their CBC Music page

- Arms of the Girl plays a cover gig Sept. 14th at the James St. Pub -- more show listings are on their website

- Thought Beneath Film plays KOIFest in Kitchener

And that wraps things up for this week -- enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll catch you here next Saturday!

Meg.

Playlist for August 25, 2012

Theme: MICHIGAN LEFT - Arkells
BEAUTIFUL - Platinum Blonde
Sting: NOBODY GETS IT - Papermaps
INTERVIEW - Papermaps
THERE ARE WOLVES - Papermaps
Sting: UNSHAKEABLE - 24th Street Wailers
THE SHERIFF - The Strumbellas
Sting: FALLING - Arms of the Girl
INTERVIEW - Arms of the Girl
MUTINY - Arms of the Girl
Sting: HEARTS ON OVERDRIVE - Thought Beneath Film
INTERVIEW - Brent Wirth from Thought Beneath Film
IF I COULD FIX YOU (YOU KNOW THAT I WOULD) - Thought Beneath Film
Sting: SHOW ME - Mati Haskell
BIG BIG MOUNTAINS - Mati Haskell
And the Track to Start Your Saturday Night...
NOTHING - Apocalypstic
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