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Stars – “No One Is Lost” Video

If you’ve watched either of these last two videos from Canadian emo synth-pop group Stars, it’s very clear that the band are working through thoughts about their legacy. Such is the case for many indie pop bands who achieve a stable and devoted fan base but reach something of a plateau after several years. Stars’… More »

By: Caitlin White / June 3, 2015 - 2:44 pm

Stars – “Trap Door” Video

Stars have released a meta-commentary on the way that music videos and singles are chosen these days by prefacing the new video for “Trap Door” with the thought process that eventually spurred the visual’s creation. It boils down to one thing: radio airplay. So here is director Anthony Von Seck’s video for “Trap Door,” one… More »

By: Caitlin White / March 3, 2015 - 6:03 pm

Stars – “What Difference Does It Make?” (The Smiths Cover)

The Smiths have always loomed large in Stars’ constellation of influences, and Stars’ Torquil Campbell and Chris Seligman made that connection plain by performing an acoustic cover of “What Difference Does It Make” during a visit to Philadelphia radio station WXPN to promote new album No One Is Lost. The segment is called Like A… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 17, 2014 - 4:11 pm

Stars – “Blue Is The Colour”

Stars put out their seventh album just last month, but they’re back with a short EP to promote their recently announced tour dates for next year. The EP is available for free in exchange for an e-mail address and contains three No One Is Lost tracks, a remix, and a new B-side called “Blue I… More »

By: James Rettig / November 11, 2014 - 6:18 pm

Stream Stars No One Is Lost

It hasn’t made sense to refer to the music of the Canadian band Stars as “indie-pop” for a long time. The music has grown too bright and big and dramatic for that genre tag to apply anymore; at this point, they’re halfway to Broadway. The band’s new album No One Is Lost arrives next month,… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 6, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Stars – “No One Is Lost”

The title track from Stars’ upcoming seventh album, No One Is Lost, is almost uncharacteristically chipper. The Canadian synthpop group recorded their new one in a studio one floor above a discotheque, and it appears some of that celebratory mentality has seeped into Stars’ work. The single falls somewhere between Stars’ typically moodier sound and… More »

By: Maggie Stamets / September 29, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Stars – “From The Night” Video

Last month we heard “From The Night,” the restrained-then-ecstatic lead single from Stars’ new album No One Is Lost. Now the band has shared a video that casts the song’s chorus, “I don’t care if we never come back from the night,” as a mantra for boozing ’til dawn. “We went out, like we alway… More »

By: Chris DeVille / September 15, 2014 - 12:16 pm

Watch Kevin Drew Play Letterman With Stars’ Amy Millan

There was a mini Broken Social Scene reunion last night on Lettermen. Kevin Drew was there to promote his second solo album Darlings, which came out back in March, and brought Stars’ Amy Millan to sing with him. They performed album track “You In Your Were,” which also has a great music video featuring Zach… More »

By: James Rettig / September 6, 2014 - 12:59 pm

Stars – “Turn It Up”

The second song that Stars has shared from their new album No One Is Lost is a stark contrast from the first. While “From The Night” was a thumping roller rink anthem, “Turn It Up” turns in the glittering synths for something more low-key. Most of the song consists of the trademark back-and-forth vocals from… More »

By: James Rettig / September 3, 2014 - 9:29 am

Stars – “From The Night”

Stars recently announced their seventh album, No One Is Lost, and now they’ve shared the opening song. “From The Night” is a throbbing six-and-a-half minute track and, if the neon lettering and roller rink theme on the album cover didn’t tip you off, the song confirms that Stars borrows heavily from disco on the new… More »

By: James Rettig / August 11, 2014 - 11:51 am

Stars Announce New Album No One Is Lost

The Canadian indie rock band Stars haven’t put out a new album since 2012’s The North (though they did give us a single with two unreleased songs from those sessions last year). But they’ve just announced some details of their seventh album: It will be titled No One Is Lost and released this October. No… More »

By: Miles Bowe / July 31, 2014 - 3:25 pm

Stars – “The Light”

Back in August, synth-poppers Stars dropped “Wishful,” from an upcoming limited edition 7″ of unreleased material from The North sessions. “The Light,” a wistful companion to the energetic pop of the A-side, is now available before the vinyl release next week. Check it out below. More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / September 6, 2013 - 3:46 pm

Stars – “Wishful”

Montreal synth-pop outfit Stars dropped their latest record The North last year, but this September, the band will release two non-album cuts online from those sessions as a limited-edition 7″. The first of these is called “Wishful,” and is a breathy bit of new-wave revival. Singer Amy Millan’s voice bubbles over driving drums and cloudy… More »

By: Elliah Heifetz / August 7, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Stars – “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It” Video

Earlier this year, RuPaul’s crossover hit “Supermodel” turned 20 and because of his trailblazing — including his extremely addictive reality competition RuPaul’s Drag Race — drag queens are nearly ubiquitous. A whole grip are featured in Stars’ video for “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It” — a collectio… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / June 27, 2013 - 1:25 pm

Coachella 2013 Weekend 2: Friday’s 5 Best Things

Peel back the surface and look past the picturesque valley backdrop. Forget about the gorgeous, sun-kissed young folk wearing next to nothing (or, on occasion, nothing). Go ahead and ignore the ridiculous hippie art splattering the landscape. Once you get past everything that suggests Coachella is a legit wonderful place, reality sets in. You’re i… More »

By: Aaron Lariviere / April 20, 2013 - 6:40 pm

Coachella 2013 Friday: Blur, Modest Mouse, Grinderman, & More

“It’s the homeland!” one of the girls on the hotel shuttle yelped as we neared the festival. It really begged the question — who is the most common Coachella archetype? The only data I have to cull from is my experience from last year’s first weekend, but the situation was vastly different. Then, I went… More »

By: Claire Lobenfeld / April 13, 2013 - 2:11 pm

Stars – “Backlines” Video

In the video for “Backlines,” a single from their new album The North, Canadian indie-pop dramatists Stars play tiny versions of themselves, playing and singing as part of some elaborate wind-up clockwork diorama doohickey. Watch it below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 22, 2012 - 11:53 am

Stars, Diamond Rings, California Wives @ Mayan Theater, Los Angeles 10/18/12

A slice of Canada descended upon L.A.’s Mayan Theater as Stars and Diamond Rings lit up the crowd armed with plenty of synthesizers and sparkling disco balls. Stars are touring in support of their latest album, The North, while Diamond Rings are preparing to release their album Free Dimensional. Chicago based California Wives also opened… More »

By: Andrew Youssef / October 19, 2012 - 4:34 pm

Amy Millan Talks Stars’ Excellent New Album, The North

Stars have been making excellent music for so long (well over a decade) that it would almost be easy to take them for granted. The Canadian band’s particular strain of grandly melodic indie-pop has only gotten better and generally less fussy with age, and with the release of The North this month, Stars have never… More »

By: T. Cole Rachel / September 7, 2012 - 12:47 pm

Stream Stars The North

The effervescent Canadian drama-poppers Stars will release their new album The North next week, and we’ve already heard a few early tracks: “The Theory Of Relativity,” “Hold On When You Get Love And Let Go When You Give It,” “Backlines.” Today, NPR has a stream of the whole thing. To hear it, click here. More »

By: Tom Breihan / August 27, 2012 - 12:30 pm
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