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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

Robert J. Kemp – Warmer Now – Album Review 

Robert J. Kemp – Warmer Now – Album Review 

Released on July 1, Robert J. Kemp’s Warmer Now is a catholic venture into the world of electronic ambiance. This 8-track EP is the latest composition from Kemp, following up a long line of homegrown musical endeavours. Written and recorded in a bedroom, with mastering from Paul Wardlaw at ArcticLine Studios, Warmer Now falls somewhere in between house party [...]

August 19, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Electronic, Hamilton Bands, Indie, Post Rock, shoegaze, What's Hot 0

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

Familiar Wild – We Better Run – Single Review

Familiar Wild – We Better Run – Single Review

Not often does a band’s name and their music seem to have so much in common. Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, Familiar Wild is inspired by the well-known, yet sometimes threatening, urban environment of the cities that have cut a swath through the lush and tempestuous landscapes surrounding their region. Recognizing that surviving in the urban [...]

June 3, 2016 Samantha Stevens Album Reviews, Electronic, Indie, New Tracks2, Pop, Uncategorized, Vancouver bands, What's Hot 0

Chastity – Peroxide – Single Review

Chastity – Peroxide – Single Review

Haunting is perhaps the best word that I can use to describe Chastity’s latest single “Peroxide”. Stunningly beautiful in its simplicity, “Peroxide” is guaranteed to elicit tears from any truly emotionally-in touch audience. The track mixes genres as Chastity, the latest project from Hometown Beatdown’s Brandon Williams, is blurring the lines of music to create songs that [...]

May 31, 2016 Samantha Stevens Indie, New Tracks3, Pop, Uncategorized, Video Single 0

Bitter’s Kiss – Love Won’t Make You Cry – Album Review

Bitter’s Kiss – Love Won’t Make You Cry – Album Review

Bitter’s Kiss is the pseudonym championed by Chloe Baker, backed instrumentally by her father and producer Michael Baker. Love Won’t Make You Cry is eight songs of soft pop music, done with the passion and practice that can only be manufactured by combining inimitable innocence and weathered experience. The first track, self-titled “Bitter’s Kiss” has [...]

May 26, 2016 Griffin Elliot Album Reviews, Indie, Pop, Uncategorized 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

Repartee – All Lit Up – Album Review

Repartee – All Lit Up – Album Review

Like a jolt of lightning, the music on Repartee’s debut album All Lit Up will ignite every fibre of your body. Blasting onto the internet tomorrow, All Lit Up is perfectly suited for those upcoming summer dance parties. In a few short years Repartee, from St. John’s Newfoundland, have already achieved an impressive amount of notoriety in [...]

April 28, 2016 Samantha Stevens Electronic, Indie, St. John's, St. John's Bands, Uncategorized 0

Trading Alaska – Twenty Nine EP – Album Review

Trading Alaska – Twenty Nine EP – Album Review

When musicians, especially duos, begin a new venture together, the union is the same as any other relationship: It takes time to work things out. Finding the harmony can be difficult. And there is always that hope that maybe together they can create something beautiful. Tyler Stevely and Andrew Peters, the musical masters behind Trading [...]

April 21, 2016 Samantha Stevens Album Releases, Indie, London ON bands, Uncategorized 0

Ummagma releases stunning video for “Galacticon”

Ummagma releases stunning video for “Galacticon”

Last week, Canadian-Ukrainian dream-pop duo Ummagma released a beautiful video for their newest single “Galacticon.” The video features stunning aerial footage taken over the western Ukrainian town of Kremenets. “Galacticon” is from their latest EP Frequency, which was released last December. Frequency follows up Ummagma’s 2012 independently released LPs Ummagma and Antigravity, and their 2013 EP Split, which was [...]

April 4, 2016 Samantha Stevens Indie, International Bands, Top News, Uncategorized, Video Single 0

ItsYaBoiH2 – Pair-a-lesions – Album Review

ItsYaBoiH2 – Pair-a-lesions – Album Review

Indie-rap is an interesting genre these days. With many artists getting picked up by labels quickly, there are constant crops of material, to the point that nerd and comedy raps have become legitimate endeavours. Interestingly enough, with this the broader genre oh hip-hop has become more sophisticated on all fronts. ItsYaBoiH2’s new album Pair-a-lesions, is a [...]

March 2, 2016 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Hip Hop, Indie, Uncategorized 0

Sally Sparrow & The Old 41 – Never Far From My Mind – Album Review

Sally Sparrow & The Old 41 – Never Far From My Mind – Album Review

It’s uncommon for an indie album to drop in samples from old sci-fi shows, a choice usually reserved for hip hop and rap artists, so when Sally Sparrow & The Old 41 (the name itself a reference) open their debut album Never Far From My Mind on a Doctor Who clip, they’re not only giving [...]

November 23, 2015 Owen Maxwell Album Reviews, Indie, Pop 0

Parisian Metal Duo ALCEST Announce Fall Tour

Parisian Metal Duo ALCEST Announce Fall Tour

Parisian Post-metal duo ALCEST has announced a fall North American headlining tour. They will launch the month-long trek on September 19 in Mexico City. The scheduled 23-city, major market jaunt will run through October 17 in Philadelphia, PA. ALCEST continues to perform globally in support of its most recent album, Shelter. “We are very happy to [...]

September 9, 2015 Griffin Elliot Indie, International Bands, On Tour 0

Osheaga 2015 – Day Three

Osheaga 2015 – Day Three

Sunday, August 2, 2015 The first day of Osheaga 2015 was too hot, the second rained- hard, but the third… The third day of Montreal’s Osheaga was graced with perfect summer festival weather. Gary Clark Jr. played early on in the day on the Montagne main stage and his overdriven blues anthems rattled through the [...]

August 25, 2015 Griffin Elliot Blues, Festivals, Indie, Live Music Reviews, Montreal, Montreal Listings, Pop, Punk, QC Festivals, Uncategorized, What's Hot 0

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