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Indie Rock

Rockfest 2016 Day One – Nostalgia Edition

Rockfest 2016 Day One – Nostalgia Edition

Another year of Amnesia Rockfest shenanigans has come and passed, and what a year it was. The 11th edition of Montebello, Quebec’s two day festival was jam packed with hugs, tears, fights, and couriously enough, a panda suit here and there. This year was especially a treat for anyone who identifies with the music of [...]

June 29, 2016 Lucy Sky 90s Rock, Canadian Music, Festivals, Indie, Indie Rock, Live Music Reviews, Metal, ON Festivals, Punk, QC Festivals, Toronto bands, What's Hot 0

Guy Grogan – Dynamite Bouquet – Album Review

Guy Grogan – Dynamite Bouquet – Album Review

The ninth release from Guy Grogan, Dynamite Bouquet is a crass, noisy indie rock album. The practiced Santa Fe rocker knows how to craft a well-round album. The dynamic sound provides waves of sonic surf breaks and tubular riffage, composition comes off meticulous while the delivery is unhinged. The vocal work is subpar but that [...]

June 26, 2016 Griffin Elliot Album Reviews, Indie Rock 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

The Joy Formidable @ Mod Club – NXNE 2016 Live Review

The Joy Formidable @ Mod Club – NXNE 2016 Live Review

The Joy Formidable @ Mod Club – NXNE 2016 Live Review When:  NXNE June 15, 2016 Where: Mod Club (722 College Street) Total Score: 8 Visual/Sound Presentation: 6 Stage Presence: 9 Music Ability: 8 Crowd Reception: 8 Wow Factor: 9 When a band surpasses your expectations by bringing a performance more impressive than their recordings, it is [...]

June 16, 2016 guest Indie Rock, Toronto Festivals, Toronto live music reviews 0

Caveboy at Lee’s Palace – CMW 2016 Live Review

Caveboy at Lee’s Palace – CMW 2016 Live Review

Caveboy at Lee’s Palace – CMW 2016 Live Review When:  CMW May 5, 2016 Where: Lee’s Palace (529 Bloor Street West) Total Score: 7.6 Visual/Sound Presentation: 7 Stage Presence: 8 Music Ability: 8 Crowd Reception: 7 Wow Factor: 8 Caveboy, the indie pop trio from Montreal were dressed in all black, but revealed colourful personalities [...]

May 6, 2016 guest Indie, Indie Rock, Live Music Reviews, Toronto live music reviews 0

Ivory Hours @ The Mod Club Toronto – Review

Ivory Hours @ The Mod Club Toronto – Review

Ivory Hours @ The Mod Club Toronto – Review From humble beginnings from London, Ontario in 2012 to filling concert venues in Toronto this indie-pop group knows how to entertain. Upon arriving, we took the time to note how unique and modern the venue was. The main stage, lounge and bar area surrounded the floor, [...]

April 26, 2016 guest Indie Rock, Live Music Reviews, Toronto live music reviews 0

Ra Ra Riot @ Lee’s Palace Toronto – Review

Ra Ra Riot @ Lee’s Palace Toronto – Review

Ra Ra Riot @ Lee’s Palace Toronto – Review Decked out in casual t-shirts and messy hair, American indie rock band Ra Ra Riot took the stage at Lee’s Palace on April 14th that had the floor shaking. The band released their fourth studio album, “Need Your Light” on February 19th. They played many of [...]

April 18, 2016 guest Indie Rock, Live Music Reviews, Toronto live music reviews 1

Kandy Face – Stupid Famous – Album Review

Kandy Face – Stupid Famous – Album Review

Reviewed by James Rockso Hamilton, Ontario’s indie rock quartet Kandy Face released the incredibly nostalgic Stupid Famous on September 20, 2015, the band’s second studio album following their 2013 debut Farewell Flamboro. My musical tastes range from grunge legends Alice in Chains to death metal bands like Feared, and Kandy Face’s unique blend of soothing vocals [...]

November 4, 2015 Griffin Elliot Album Reviews, Hamilton Bands, Indie Rock, Rock 0

Osheaga 2015 – Day One

Osheaga 2015 – Day One

Friday, July 31, 2015 Just off the island of Montreal, there is another smaller islet. The quaint Île Sainte-Hélène – as it’s known in the native tongue – plays host to Osheaga music festival and the masses of new wave beatniks, brain washed by a hippie culture that has since been bastardized by MDMA and [...]

August 1, 2015 Griffin Elliot Electronic, Festivals, Folk, Hip Hop, Indie Rock, Montreal bands, Montreal Listings, Montreal Live Music Reviews, Montreal Top News, What's Hot 1

Quiet Parade – Halifax – July 17th 2015

Quiet Parade – Halifax – July 17th 2015

Who: Quiet Parade When: Friday, July 17th @8pm Where: RIO Pilates & Yoga Studio, 5781 Charles Street Tickets: $10 Halifax pop rock group Quiet Parade play Halifax this week. Since their inception, the 4-piece has released 3 successful EPs and become a mainstay of the local music scene. Voters for The Coast’s “Best Of Halifax” [...]

July 15, 2015 Cody Halifax, Halifax bands, Halifax pick of the week 1, Indie Rock, Pop 0

Live Review: Shipley Hollow Normal Soup CD Release

Live Review: Shipley Hollow Normal Soup CD Release

Live Review: Shipley Hollow Normal Soup CD Release When: May 29, 2015 Where: Velvet Underground, Toronto TOTAL – 7 Visual/Sound Presentation: 7/10 Stage Presence: 7/10 Musical Ability: 9/10 Originality: 6/10 Crowd Reception: 7/10 Wow Factor: 6/10 North American post-hardcore’s shift towards the atmospheric guitar jangle and ragged group hollers of 90’s emo over the past [...]

May 30, 2015 guest Album Releases, Indie Rock, Live Music Reviews, Toronto live music reviews 0

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit – Album Review

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit – Album Review

Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit – Album Review Australia exports a lot of great music, Wolfmother, INXS, Tame Impala, AC/DC, the list goes on. Courtney Barnett joins the long list of Aussie greats with an amazing debut LP, admittedly after releasing a string of stellar EPs since [...]

May 12, 2015 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Indie Rock, International Bands 1

Fleece – Scavenger – Album Review

Fleece – Scavenger – Album Review

When a band labels themselves as a cacophony of contrasting musical genres, like “psychedelic grunge jazz”, the chances are their music is either groundbreaking or it falls into the “really fucking stupid” category. Fortunately for you (and me) Montreal based psychedelic-grunge-jazz five-piece Fleece has found the perfect combination of sounds. Their latest album Scavenger is [...]

February 20, 2015 Griffin Elliot Album Reviews, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Jazz, Montreal bands, Uncategorized 0

Round Table Radio Comeback Gala – POTW

Round Table Radio Comeback Gala – POTW

Round Table Radio Comeback Gala w/DYI (discover your indie) TO – Pick Of The Week Round Table Radio is coming back! It is a official, there will be a DANCE CONTEST at some point during this event and the winner will get TWO FREE TICKETS to see Cannibal the musical!!!!! The slumbering giant awakens to [...]

February 18, 2015 Darrell Indie Rock, Toronto pick of the week 2 0

Alvvays – Self-Titled – Album Review

Alvvays – Self-Titled – Album Review

Alvvays – Self-Titled – Album Review By Eric Murphy When Alvvay’s breakout single “Archie, Marry Me” floated out of my radio for the first time last summer, I was sure I had heard it before. In fact, almost every song on the band’s debut album is so nostalgic and relentlessly catchy that the disc feels [...]

February 7, 2015 Griffin Elliot Album Reviews, Indie, Indie Rock, shoegaze, Toronto, Toronto bands 1

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