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Ed Roman – Red Omen – Album Review 

Ed Roman – Red Omen – Album Review 

If you’ve ever heard something from the late 80s or early 90s and can’t quite put your finger on the feel of the era, Ed Roman has an album for you. On the cleverly titled Red Omen, Roman mixes the styles of Barenaked Ladies, Paul Simon, and even a touch of July Talk, along with [...]

March 9, 2017 Owen Maxwell 90s Rock, Album Reviews, Alternative Rock 0

3 Headed Giant – Self-titled – Album Review

3 Headed Giant – Self-titled – Album Review

Who said metal can’t evolve? On the new self-titled album from metal-infused rockers 3 Headed Giant the band mixes parts Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers and a touch of Muse for a record that decidedly uses metal as a base to make some interesting and always energetic rock. “Lullaby” is probably the last track on [...]

February 21, 2017 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews 0

KASH – Feels Like – Single Review 

KASH – Feels Like – Single Review 

Independent hip hop is often one of the only modern refuges for throwback and more R&B infused rapping. Save for some Wyclef Jean, the days of relaxed rapping seem to be all but gone in the mainstream. North Carolina rapper KASH, however is trying to bring back this more relaxed style, while adding to the [...]

February 20, 2017 Owen Maxwell Hip Hop, Music Video Releases, Uncategorized 0

The Heavy Jack 3 – What Is Love – Album Review

The Heavy Jack 3 – What Is Love – Album Review

Funk is a tool all too rarely harnessed by rock bands these days. On the new record What Is Love by Toronto transplants The Heavy Jack 3 they blend hard rock with parts Steve Miller, and parts Red Hot Chili Peppers for an album that works best when it’s doing something new, rather than relying [...]

February 18, 2017 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Funk, Rock 0

lΛVΛl (Laval) – lΛVΛl l – Exclusive Stream

lΛVΛl (Laval) – lΛVΛl l – Exclusive Stream

Quebec is dropping its latest heavy hitter with the crushing riffs of Montreal’s lΛVΛl (formerly the Fashion Police). With some heavy metal powered by a supergroup of members from Trigger Effect and Mountain Dust to focus their efforts into the dense EP that is lΛVΛl l. With an intense amount of distortion, thumping and commanding drums, and riffs that will hook your [...]

January 19, 2017 Owen Maxwell Album Releases 0

KornuCopia – Unplug by Seven – Album Review

KornuCopia – Unplug by Seven – Album Review

It’s amazing what music can do for the soul. For Raw Zero the mastermind behind Toronto hard rock outfit KornuCopia, it saved him from a life of addiction, and several years later has found him with the album Unplug by Seven. Mixing elements of Pearl Jam, Eagles of Death Metal, and Soundgarden, as well as [...]

January 18, 2017 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Toronto, Toronto bands 0

Matt Chanway – Self-titled – Album Review

Matt Chanway – Self-titled – Album Review

Coming from metal act Assimilation, Vancouver’s Matt Chanway has a lot to live up to on his self-titled solo record. The record shows a lot of amazing ability that metal heads will love and has enough of the style that made greats like Chris Broderick, Greg Howe and George Lynch influence artists like Chanway over [...]

January 17, 2017 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Metal, Vancouver bands 0

Camille Peruto – From the Sea to the Sky – Album Review

Camille Peruto – From the Sea to the Sky – Album Review

If you thought it wasn’t possible to mash influences from Muse, Taylor Swift and Paramore all into the same band, you clearly haven’t heard South Jersey’s Camille Peruto. On her new album From The Sea To The Sky Peruto showcases all the talent that brought her to American Idol and proves that she has a [...]

January 15, 2017 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews 0

J-Anthony – It’s Official – Video Review

J-Anthony – It’s Official – Video Review

Blues and soul don’t come together too often anymore, with Lenny Kravitz dropping albums slower and slower, and artists like Bruno Mars and Maroon 5 moving closer to pop with every album, getting that right mix of funky soul music is harder to find. Toledo artist J-Anthony nails that sound on his new single “It’s [...]

January 14, 2017 Owen Maxwell Album Releases, Album Reviews, Video Single 0

Matchstickmen – From Our Own Ashes – Album Review

Matchstickmen – From Our Own Ashes – Album Review

Want to keep metal relevant? Learn from the best and go from there. On From Our Own Ashes, the bombastic new album from Matchstickmen, the band pulls electricity and flair from bands like Judas Priest, Metallica, Iron Maiden and even modern greats like Muse to create an album with some astonishing compositional prowess. In their [...]

December 29, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, International Bands, Metal, UK Bands, Uncategorized 0

Thorin Loeks – Thirsty Hearts – Album Review 

Thorin Loeks – Thirsty Hearts – Album Review 

It takes a lot of talent to keep acoustic music interesting but the gems that manage it are saving the lighter side of folk. On Thirsty Hearts, the new album by Whitehorse musician Thorin Loeks, he manages to take ideas from Mumford and Sons, Kathleen Edwards, and parts Kim Churchill, as well as Gordon Lightfoot [...]

December 28, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Folk, Indie, Vancouver bands 0

 Joan Torres’ All Is Fused – Of The Musical – Album Review

 Joan Torres’ All Is Fused – Of The Musical – Album Review

To anyone who has a hard time listening to modern jazz, it can often be a mix of not accessible enough and just not being into the overall aesthetic of the sounds, but every so often the write talent can cut through all that. On the latest release from Joan Torres‘ All Is Fused, called [...]

December 27, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, International Bands, Jazz, World Music 0

April Martin – In The Blink Of A Life – Album Review 

April Martin – In The Blink Of A Life – Album Review 

Those longing for the days where folk heroes like Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot released albums every few years have rarely found modern albums that sound quite like the classics from that era. But on April Martin’s latest release In The Blink Of A Life she captures that same magic with a mix of folk, [...]

December 26, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews 0

Jordan Alexander – Take Me Out Tonight – Single Review

Jordan Alexander – Take Me Out Tonight – Single Review

Some artists just know how to craft a subtle pop single. Toronto’s Jordan Alexander does just this on her new track “Take Me Out Tonight” which mixes parts Leona Lewis and Lights, with soft piano and guitars for a dreamy night track sure to start some nights off in a smooth way. The track opens [...]

December 25, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Music Video Releases, Pop, Toronto, Toronto bands 1

The Blue Poets – Self-titled – Album Review

The Blue Poets – Self-titled – Album Review

Keeping blues from sounding stale is an art these days, with the likes of The White Stripes and The Black Keys being some of the few to reinvigorate it. In Marcus Deml’s latest project The Blue Poets, the band have crafted self-titled album that harkens to classics like Cream and Deep Purple, while also taking [...]

December 24, 2016 Owen Maxwell Blues, International Bands, Rock, Uncategorized 0

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