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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

PK Tessmann – Dear City  – Album Review

PK Tessmann – Dear City  – Album Review

The middle-of-the-road has disappeared for singer-songwriters, creating a landscape where only truly talented emerging solo artists break through the pack. PK Tessmann is one of those rare multi-talents who mixes some amazing writing and composition, with a voice not dissimilar to contemporary Ingrid Michaelson for an album that never feels like it relies on any [...]

September 28, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Folk, Indie 0

Night Marcher – Modern Maze – Album Review

Night Marcher – Modern Maze – Album Review

Salt Lake City’s Night Marcher, piloted by Rob Reinfurt, tours the genres of nostalgic rock music from folk to psychedelic on their latest album Modern Maze. The record hears Reinfurt fronting on guitar and vocals with Austin Nicholsen (Leftover Cuties, Brightside) on bass, Shaun Thomas (The Weekenders) on drums and Peter Adams (Macy Gray, John [...]

June 24, 2016 Griffin Elliot Album Reviews, Alternative Rock, Blues, Folk, Gospel, Indie Rock, psychedelic, Rock 0

Azure Marl Void – Archaic Words – Album Review

Azure Marl Void – Archaic Words – Album Review

On Archaic Words Azure Marl Void sings softly while walking with an emotional shtick. The 13-track LP was released on June 7 by the eclectic Texas folk singer and it demonstrates the true power a singer songwriter can release. Azure Marl Void is credited with production as well as guitar, bass, ukulele, piano, synth and [...]

June 23, 2016 Griffin Elliot Album Reviews, Folk 3

Simon-Pierre Lacasse – Tropicalia – Album Review

Simon-Pierre Lacasse – Tropicalia – Album Review

Tropicalia by Simon-Pierre Lacasse is an endearing piece of music that will have you missing those cold winter evenings for snuggling up close to the ones you love. The modern day folk album is a masterful work of outstanding artistry and skill. Beginning loud and energetic “Broken City” hears the French Cowboy hitting an almost [...]

June 16, 2016 Griffin Elliot Acoustic, Album Reviews, Folk, Montreal, Montreal bands, Montreal Listings 0

Heart Song Warrior – The Medicine Wheel – Album Review

Heart Song Warrior – The Medicine Wheel – Album Review

The Medicine Wheel is the debut release from Montreal’s Heart Song Warrior. Conceptually it focuses on the “five sacred elements of the shamanic medicine wheel,” doing so with five lengthy, spiritual tracks. Composer and producer Julien Valiquette, lyricist Trisha Pope and violinist Estelle Tison, use a practiced instrumentation and open minds to pilot this unique [...]

June 6, 2016 Griffin Elliot Album Reviews, Folk, Montreal, Montreal bands, Progessive 0

Them Coulee Boys – Dancing In The Dim Light – Album Review

Them Coulee Boys – Dancing In The Dim Light – Album Review

With so many bands flooding the folk-rock genre, the barebones acoustics often can leave many bands sounding too similar to one another or being too generic, but the best bands know how to stand out. Wisconsin’s Them Coulee Boys stay at the head of the pack on their latest LP Dancing In The Dim Light, [...]

June 1, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Folk 0

Roger Roger – Fairweather – Album Review

Roger Roger – Fairweather – Album Review

Sibling groups can deliver magic, especially harmony and synergy-wise, as seen recently in bands like Haim. This is certainly true of Winnipeg’s Roger Roger featuring the titular Roger siblings. Madeleine and Lucas Roger’s debut Fairweather mixes country, rock and some great folk on an album with great energy, even occasionally sounding like other sibling groups such [...]

May 17, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Folk, Winnipeg bands 0

Sperry Alan – Raw With Intent – Album Review

Sperry Alan – Raw With Intent – Album Review

Last November I drove a buddy of mine from Ottawa, Ontario to Coldbrook, Nova Scotia, I wouldn’t expect you to know where that is but it’s not too far off the beaten path from Halifax, and even a bit farther still from Truro. Afterwards I took it upon myself to drive solo through the Maritimes, [...]

April 21, 2016 Griffin Elliot Album Reviews, Folk, Halifax bands 0

Vancouver Klezmer-Punk Geoff Berner brings new album to Toronto

Vancouver Klezmer-Punk Geoff Berner brings new album to Toronto

Vancouver’s Klezmer-Punk singer/songwriter/accordionist/novelist Geoff Berner is playing on Jan. 23 in Toronto as part of a full Canadian tour supporting the release of his latest album. Out now in Canada on Rae Spoon’s Coax Records, and internationally by Oriente Musik of Berlin, We Are Going To Bremen To Be Musicians is the Berner’s first album of original material [...]

January 14, 2016 Griffin Elliot Folk, On Tour, Punk, Vancouver bands 0

Forest Moon – A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone – Album Review

Forest Moon – A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone – Album Review

A Northern Star, A Perfect Stone is the second album released by Tom Meikle as Forest Moon and the record shows off a much more evolved songwriter. Meikle wonders off the beaten folk path and into the ominous experimental woods with conviction and restraint, keeping the elements of traditional classical and folk within earshot. At [...]

December 11, 2015 Griffin Elliot Album Reviews, Folk, New Tracks 0

Wild Son – Self-titled – Album Review

Wild Son – Self-titled – Album Review

Wild Son is a five-piece folk rock band from Kelowna, BC, but describing them like that doesn’t do them justice, so let me try again. Wild Son is a band of musicians who are challenging the notions of what can be defined as “folk” music both on the West Coast and all over Canada. Their [...]

November 18, 2015 Griffin Elliot Album Reviews, Folk, Funk, Rock 0

Charlie A’Court announces tour with UB40 in Australia

Charlie A’Court announces tour with UB40 in Australia

Atlantic Canada’s own Charlie A’Court will be opening for UB40 on their upcoming nation-wide tour in Australia. A’Court will hit the road Down Under with the legendary UK-based UB40 for 10 shows running November 12 through to November 28. The Truro born, Halifax based A’Court has toured regularly in Australia over the past several years and [...]

November 11, 2015 Griffin Elliot Blues, Folk, Halifax, Halifax bands, On Tour, Top News 0

Middle Sister – Cries of the Wild – Album Review

Middle Sister – Cries of the Wild – Album Review

Middle Sister’s Cries of the Wild highlights the poignancy and hardworking musicianship of modern baroque pop artists whilst infusing the ever-loved and ever-lasting keystone elements of folk music. The group name, Middle Sister, is borrowed from an island on the Canadian side of Lake Erie and not a tribute to the Jan Brady ethos. Aptly titled, [...]

October 27, 2015 Griffin Elliot Album Reviews, Folk, Uncategorized, Windsor Bands 0

City and Colour premieres new video ‘Wasted Love’

City and Colour premieres new video ‘Wasted Love’

The official music video for City and Colour’s “Wasted Love” premiered yesterday; tour dates in early 2016 were also announced. The video was created by Director X of Creative Soul who has directed several noteworthy videos, most recently Drake’s “Hotline Bling”. “City and Colour is the real deal. Real musicians, real music and real fans. I [...]

October 27, 2015 Griffin Elliot Folk, Music Video Releases, On Tour, Top News, What's Hot 0

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