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8 Best Songs of the Week: Charlotte Gainsbourg, Morrissey, CHVRCHES, Wolf Alice, and More

Plus Angel Olsen, TORRES, Stars, Cults, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Sep 22, 2017

We're back down to eight Songs of the Week, after promising last week to stick with a Top 10 for awhile. But it was a slow week for new tracks. Still, there were some clear gems this week, as you will see below, with an easy choice for top song.  More

Listen: Stars - “Alone”

There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light Due Out in October 13 via Last Gang

Sep 21, 2017

Montreal indie-pop heroes Stars are releasing a new albumThere Is No Love In Fluorescent Light, on October 13 via Last Gang. Now they have shared another song from it, "Alone," which features lead vocals of the band's Torquil Campbell. Check it out below via Billboard (who premiered it).  More

Eight Best Songs of the Week: Beck, King Krule, Stars, Lindstrøm, and More

Plus Amber Coffman, Cults, Chelsea Wolfe, Lost Horizons, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 25, 2017

This week's biggest new song was probably "Look What You Made Me Do," the first offering from Taylor Swift's new album, Reputation. But it was far from the week's best song (it didn't get close to our Top 8).  More

Stars Share New Song “Real Thing” and Confirm Album Details and Tour Dates

There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light Due Out in October 13 via Last Gang

Aug 24, 2017

Montreal indie-pop heroes Stars are releasing a new albumThere Is No Love In Fluorescent Light, on October 13 via Last Gang. Now they have shared another song from it, "Real Thing." It's a fantastically produced ear-wormy electro-pop gem featuring the lead vocals of the band's Amy Millan.  More

Eight Best Songs of the Week: Jessie Ware, Charli XCX, Belle and Sebastian, and More

Plus Susanne Sundfør, Everything Everything, Stars, The Roots, Alvvays, and a Wrap-up of the Week's Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 28, 2017

It was a busy week for new tracks, with two pop singers (Jessie Ware and Charli XCX) making a strong showing. A couple of classic rockers made a return, and while Ringo Starr's new song (featuring Paul McCartney and others) was pretty standard old rocker fare, one of Mick Jagger's new songs (either "Gotta Get a Grip" or the remix of it by Tame Impala's Kevin Parker) surprisingly almost made our Top 8. More

Stars Announce New Album, Share “Fluorescent Light”

There Is No Love In Fluorescent Light Due Out in October via Last Gang

Jul 27, 2017

Last month Montreal indie-pop heroes Stars shared two new songs, "Privilege" and "We Called It Love." Now they have announced their new album and shared a new song. More

Jun 16, 2017

Montreal indie-pop heroes Stars have shared two new songs, "Privilege" and "We Called It Love." The band have also announced that they will be releasing a new album, their first for the Canadian label Last Gang. More

Mar 31, 2017

Broken Social Scene premiered a new song, "Halfway Home," yesterday and last night the band stopping by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform the new single.  More

Listen: Stars - “Hold Up” (Beyoncé Cover)

Band to Cover a New Song Each Month in 2016

Jul 26, 2016

Montreal indie-pop heroes Stars have shared a cover of Beyoncé's "Hold Up," a song from this year's Lemonade. It's part of Stars' plan to cover a new song each month in 2016. Listen to it below, followed by some upcoming tour dates. More

Listen: Stars - “Streetlights” (Kanye West Cover)

Band to Cover a New Song Each Month in 2016

Feb 17, 2016

Montreal indie-pop heroes Stars have shared a cover of Kanye West's "Streetlights," a song found on the hip-hop hit-maker's 2008 album 808's and Heartbreaks. It's part of Stars' plan to cover a new song each month in 2016. Listen to it below, followed by some upcoming tour dates.

Listen: Stars - “A Simple Song”

Lost & Found EP is Out September 18 via ATO

Sep 11, 2015

Stars are following up their 2014 album No One Is Lost with the Lost & Found EP. It's out next week on ATO and includes two new tracks recorded during that album's sessions, as well as a cover of The Style Council's "Long Hot Summer." Now the Canadian band has shared one of the EP's new tracks, "A Simple Song."  More

Watch: Stars - “No One Is Lost” Video

No One Is Lost is Out Now via ATO

Jun 03, 2015

Stars have released a video for "No One Is Lost," the title track to the band's 2014 released album. In the seven-and-a-half-minute long Mexico City shot clip the Canadian band ruminates on their future and how long they'll stay together. More

Watch: Stars - “Trap Door Video”

"We Need a Video for Fucking 'Trap Door'"

Mar 04, 2015

Stars have premiered a brand new music video featuring their latest No One Is Lost single "Trap Door." More

Listen: Stars - “No One Is Lost”

New Album Out Oct. 14

Sep 29, 2014

On the cusp of releasing their brand new album No One Is LostStars have shared the forthcoming LP's title track online. More

Sep 16, 2014

Poised to release their new album No One Is Lost next month, Stars have premiered a brand new music video featuring their track "From the Night." More

Listen: Stars - “Turn It Up”

New Album No One Is Lost Due Oct. 14

Sep 03, 2014

Canadian indie pop vets are offering a new song, “Turn It Up,” in exchange for your email address. More

Listen: Stars - “From the Night”

New Album No One Is Lost Out This October

Aug 11, 2014

Earlier this month Canadian indie pop outfit Stars announced the release of their latest album, No One Is Lost, the follow-up to their 2012 LP The North. More

Aug 01, 2014

Canadian indie pop outfit Stars have announced the release of their eighth album, No One is Lost, the follow-up to their 2012 LP The North. More

Premiere: Stars – “The Light” MP3 Stream

New Two-Song EP Wishful/The Light Available September 10

Sep 06, 2013

Melancholy pop collective Stars are heading out on tour in support of last year’s offering The North. In honor of the occasion, the band is offering up a two-song EP.  More

Stars Announce North American Spring Tour

Share Remix of "Backlines"

Dec 11, 2012

Stars have announced an upcoming North American tour in support of their sixth full-length album, The NorthMore

Oct 22, 2012

Stars become miniature clock figure versions of themselves in the video for “Backlines,” a cut from their recently released album The North More

Sep 20, 2012

Tonight, Stars and Diamond Rings will kick off a two-month jaunt. And what better way to cement that magical tourmate relationship than to remix each other’s work?  More

Aug 27, 2012

Next week Cat Power will return with Sun, her first album of original material since her 2006 effort The Greatest. More

Jul 20, 2012

 

Three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and that Stars’ fascination with mortality, love, and the great beyond isn’t going anywhere. “I consider it my responsibility to affirm kids’ belief that what they’re going through is huge,” says Stars frontman Torquil Campbell, mulling over his band’s pendant for leaning towards the epic and emotional. “I’m there to soundtrack it.” Recently, Under the Radar caught up with Campbell (who shares frontperson duties with Amy Millan) to talk about his band’s forthcoming sixth full-length, due out September 4 on ATO, The North. The extensive conversation turned from traditional “making of” questions to include Campbell’s thoughts on the nature of art, the prevailing flaw in optimism, Frank Ocean, and the state of Canadian politics.

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Jul 18, 2012

Having already shared the song "The Theory of Relativity" from their upcoming sixth album The North, Canadian indie rock quintet Stars have now come forth with another cut from the record called "Hold On When You Get Love and Let Go When You Give It." More

Stars Announce a Fall Tour

The North Streets September 4 Via ATO

Jul 12, 2012

On September 4, Stars will release their sixth full-length, The North. Then the globe trotting Canadians will take to the road in support of their moody masterpiece. More

Stars Announce New Album “The North”

Due Out September 4 Via ATO Records

Jun 21, 2012

Theatrical Canadian rockers Stars return September 4 with new album, The NorthMore

Oct 19, 2011

In Stars' new video, “Dead Hearts” an old man sadly walks from to and fro, haunted by hidden hearts and angelic children, who may or may not be ghosts. More

Photos from Deluna Fest 2011 Day One including Weezer, Matt and Kim, and Stars

Plus Ladytron, Ra Ra Riot, Cold War Kids, and More

Oct 15, 2011

Check out photos from Day One of Deluna Fest 2011 in Pensacola, FL including Weezer, Stars, Matt & Kim, Ra Ra Riot, Ladytron, Givers, and more. We sent photographer Christopher Garcia down to capture the action. Click here to view the full gallery. More

Jun 07, 2011

Toronto-based band Stars are to release a demo version of their 2007 album, In Our Bedroom After the War. More

Watch: Stars “Changes” (NSFW)

Who Hasn’t Danced Nude to Stars?

Mar 30, 2011

In the new Stars video “Changes,” a young girl dances—naked. We have the artsy yet NSFW video.  More

Stars Announce Headlining U.S. Tour, Invite You to Meet Them

Two Exclusive Ticket Presale Packages Available to Fans

Jun 21, 2010

Beginning September 22nd in New York, Canadian indie rock band Stars will headline a month long U.S. tour in support of their new album The Five Ghosts. The band will also offer two ticket presale packages. We have the details. More

Stars Announce U.S. Tour

The Five Ghosts Out June 22nd

Mar 24, 2010

Montreal-based band Stars have announced a series of U.S. dates in support of their upcoming album The Five Ghosts, out June 22. We have the dates. More

Stars to Release Fifth Album

The Five Ghosts Due Out June 22

Mar 09, 2010

Stars' fifth album, The Five Ghosts, is due out June 22. This will be the first album for the band's own new label imprint, Soft Revolution Records, which is licensed everywhere in the world (except Canada) through Vagrant Records. The album was recorded in Montréal, was written by all five members of the band, and features a special guest appearance by Broken Social Scene member Andrew Whiteman. More

Broken Social Scene, Wilco, and Others to Play the Winter Olympics

Iron & Wine, Stars, and More Set to Play Official Events

Oct 14, 2009

As reported by the Consequence of Sound, come Winter Olympics time Vancouver will play host to more than just world-class athletic talent. A host of indie rock musicans will also preform, including Broken Social Scene, Stars, Wilco, Iron & Wine, and others. More


Interviews

Stars

Northern Exposure

Jul 20, 2012

Three things in life are certain: death, taxes, and that Stars’ fascination with mortality, love, and the great beyond isn’t going anywhere. “I consider it my responsibility to affirm kids’ belief that what they’re going through is huge,” says Stars frontman Torquil Campbell, mulling over his band’s pendant for leaning towards the epic and emotional. “I’m there to soundtrack it.” Campbell discusses Frank Ocean, Saint Etienne, Canadian politics, the afterlife, and band’s forthcoming sixth full-length, due out September 4 on ATO, The North. More

Apr 02, 2005

Montreal, Canada, is best known in America as the place eighteen-year-old New Englanders go to get legally trashed on their summer vacations. Torquil Campbell admits that locals survive the miserable winters in much the same way. "A lot of sex and alcohol, that's the recipe," says the Stars' singer, keyboardist and songwriter. More


Reviews

There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light

There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light

Last Gang/EOne

Oct 13, 2017

Having started in nascent form at the beginning of the millennium, it's safe to say Stars are old hands at this whole indie pop thing by now. The Canadian five-piece is onto its eighth full-length, and if There Is No Love in Fluorescent Light is a long way from setting anything on fire, never mind matching peak Stars Set Yourself on Fire, it's a comfortingly pleasant experience.

No One Is Lost

No One Is Lost

ATO

Nov 05, 2014

Pop music, almost by definition, is watered down. Music for the masses means accessibility is king, marked by obvious on-ramps, broad-based topics, and a sunny-side-up disposition. Pop music as escapism. Of course, this is less about set-in-stone rules and more about this reviewer's half century-long observance of Top 40 radio fare. More

Osheaga Festival 2013 Day Two: Beck, Stars, The Breeders, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and more

August 3rd, 2013

Aug 04, 2013

The second day of the Osheaga Festival might best be summed up as a love fest to Montreal and the festival itself. Nearly every artist we caught on Day 2 mentioned how beautiful the festival was (The Breeders, Deap Vally), how much they loved Montreal audiences (Beck, Macklemore) and how Osheaga is the best festival they've ever played (Imagine Dragons). More

The North

The North

ATO

Sep 07, 2012

Cinematic melancholy? Widescreen romanticism? Yup, must be another Stars album. The Montréal, Canada-based group's sixth full-length finds them treading on some very familiar ground. As with previous works, the quintet's output still hinges on three basic concepts: death is approaching ("Do You Want to Die Together?"), bitterness is inevitable ("A Song is a Weapon"), and love is both complicated and necessary (take your pick). More

The Five Ghosts

The Five Ghosts

Vagrant

Jun 25, 2010

One of the most interesting facets of Stars is their near-complete lack of evolution. Flaunting their sad and sassy pop that appears to have emerged fully formed from day one, the Canadian five-piece theatrically redefines cool with tales of love, death, and life in between. More