New York City duo, ASTR has been on my radar for a while now as they were one of the bands I needed to see at Canadian Music Week (CMW) this year in Toronto. I made sure I did with the first opportunity that I had when they took the stage  on Thursday, May 8th at The Drake Hotel.


ASTR at Canadian Music Week 2014. Photo by Aaron McMillan, Indie Underground

They’re performance was spot on as they showcased tracks from their new EP Varsity as well as previously exposed songs. To their credit, The NYC duo played with a lot of enthusiasm, pose and unpretentious confidence to a still arriving audience. There was no denying my body from moving to their music (which can be tough when you’re taking photos!). From beginning to end I thoroughly enjoyed their performance. I felt very lucky to be able to have seen their live act after my 2-hour drive up from London Ontario.

The song, “Blue Hawaii” is a song that’s featured on their aforementioned, “Varsity EP”. It’s a track that I’ve played at Indie Underground Wednesdays that’s provided some good dirty / sweaty dancing and gets people singing, “everybody, everybody, everybody, everybody!” on repeat.

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This ASTR Remix is of an another Canadian Music Week attendee, BROODS of New Zealand. Sadly, I wasn’t able to see the band live, however, I hope to correct that soon! Listen the ASTR “Bridges” Remix below.

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Aaron McMillan

Aaron is the Founder / Chief Editor and curator of Indie Underground. He was the Festival / Music Director for the 2017 Dundas Street Festival and the Music Director in 2016. He is scene builder / promoter for select events in London Ontario, Toronto, Canada, and Southwestern Ontario. When Aaron's not working on Indie Underground, you'll usually find him at a concert or DIY event. He's a sucker for anything that glows in the dark and the company of his cat, Charlie. Watch for Aaron to make a return to DJing in 2018 when he will begin to mix Trance.