Scarlet letters

Chris McCluskey plays it by ear.

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Most buzz bands come and go, but Toronto’s illScarlett are hoping they’ll beat the odds. The quintet fuses reggae, ska and rock a la Sublime, Planet Smashers or early No Doubt and is sure to resonate with the young crowd. They currently have a top 30 single (“Heaters”) in Toronto, and will be the first-ever independent band to hit EdgeFest’s main stage.

“We haven’t been doing anything different lately, we’re just doing what we’re doing. We are doing Edgefest II, and we’re actually on the main stage which we’re so thrilled about,” says lead singer Alex Norman. “Being a Canadian band and being independent, we’re really excited about it.”

The group released their latest EP, Clearly Another Fine Mess, at the beginning of the year featuring studio, live and acoustic material. Check them out before they hit EdgeFest and the Warped Tour circuit on July 8 at the McInnes Room supporting All-American Rejects.

Surround “sound”

In-Flight Safety is calling all passengers to help their new video sail the airwaves at MuchMusic. The video for “Surround,” off their debut, full-length EP The Coast is Clear, has been added to medium rotation and they need you to help it take off.

“I was surprised from the moment we were shooting the video on the top of a roof overlooking Toronto,” says frontman John Mullane of the video’s addition. “To me that was ridiculous, what we did there, and this is absolutely ridiculous too, in a good way. We were surprised they were gracious enough to add it into their rotation with the Kanye Wests and the Ashlee Simpsons.”

The video will be released July 7.

“The video is sort of a bit of a love story between these two individuals, one who is in modern times, current day…a modern girl as it were. And the other who is stuck in another time period, 1920’s or early 20th century,” Mullane says. “And it’s the guy who’s stuck in the early time frame and he’s an air ship captain and he’s carrying around this picture of this girl he’s searching for but she resembles this girl a lot who’s walking around in modern day time. And they’re sort of drawn to each other. In the end they’re not sure if they’re dreaming or it’s actually happening.”

While In-Flight Safety keeps its eye on its work’s rising stock, they will once again be hitting the festivals with stops at Edgefest II and Shoreline.

A decade in

El Viento Flamenco is celebrating its tenth anniversary with the release of a record produced by CBC Radio from live performances this past May. The delivery of the album, titled El Viento Flamenco in Concert, will be kicked off to much fanfare at The University Club on Dalhousie campus and hosted by Mary Ellen MacLean. Tickets for the July 7 event are now available at Musicstop for $25 with CD, or $15 without.

This and that

Some quick and vital scene notes: If you’re planning to see MSTRKRFT as part of the Atlantic Jazz Festival and Halifax Pop Explosion, don’t head to Evolution on July 17—the show has been moved to The Attic. Make sure you buy your tickets early to see Billy Bragg’s appearance at the Rebecca Cohn on September 20, and keep your eyes glued for a Stones-related announcement. Still nothing confirmed at press time. Check, check and…check!

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