Album Reviews, Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music

[Album Review] The Crooked Brothers- Thank You I’m Sorry

No Comments 23 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Label: Transistor 66

On ‘Thank You I’m Sorry’ the trio known as The Crooked Brothers embellish their rootsy folk music with the more urban sounds of rock, blues jazz and funk. These “rural” and “city” forms of music form a sort of dichotomy which is best illustrated by contrasting the song “Organs on Demand”, with its urbane spoken word poetry set against a funky blues rhythm, to the likes of “Kennedy”, with its acoustic folk guitars and down home steel guitars.

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Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Miracle Fortress- Even in America

No Comments 20 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
Miracle Fortress continues his single series with the chillaxing “Even in America”.

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Music

[Listen] Swim Good & RLMDL- Saturday

No Comments 20 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
Let’s celebrate the weekend with this aptly titled collab from Swim Good and RLMDL.

Canadian, Charts, Music

WEEKLY TOP 10- September 12th-19th, 2014

No Comments 19 September 2014

by Tiana Feng

Position Last Song Link
1 - post
2 - post
3 - WiL- Make Make video
4 - post
5 - post
6 - Ryan Hemsworth- One For Me (Feat. Tinashe) post
7 - Lauren Mann & The Fairly Folk- I Lost Myself video
8 - post
9 - PS I Love You- For Those Who Stay video
10 - Blonde Elvis- Snow Fall on Egypt video

*Chart based on the most popular songs/videos on Google Analytics

Canadian, Discussions

Ride the Tempo Polaris Bet 2014

No Comments 19 September 2014

by Team RTT

The winner of the Polaris Music Prize will be announced on Monday night. Nominees are: Arcade Fire’s Reflektor; Basia Bulat’s Tall Tall Shadow; Mac Demarco’s Salad Days; Owen Pallett’s In Conflict; Drake’s Nothing Was the Same; Jessy Lanza’s Pull My Hair Back; Shad’s Flying Colours; Tanya Tagaq’s Animism; Yamantaka // Sonic Titan’s Uzu; Timber Timbre’s and Hot Dreams. Here at Ride the Tempo we asked the writers to bet on who they think will take home the $30,000. Whoever guesses right may win a prize of their own. Read our bets below! Continue Reading

Album Reviews, Canadian, Hardcore, Metal, Music

[Album Review] USA Out of Vietnam- Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes

No Comments 19 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: May 5th, 2014
Label: New Damage Records / Aurora Borealis

‘Crashing Diseases and Incurable Airplanes’ is an impressive effort, to say the least. Recorded at Montreal’s renowned Hotel2Tango with a gaggle of guest musicians, the album is a richly layered cornucopia of musical sounds. It’s progressive drone metal, but that’s a label that is more limiting than illuminating.

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Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Gold Zebra- Drift Away

No Comments 19 September 2014

by Tiana Feng

Watch Gold Zebra drift away on ice.

Art rock, Canadian, Electropop, Music, Watch

[Watch] Trust- Are We Arc?

No Comments 19 September 2014

by Tiana Feng

The creepy face of Trust sings “Are We Arc?”.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] The Rural Alberta Advantage- Runners in the Night

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Tiana Feng

The Rural Alberta Advantage just revealed “Runners in the Night” from their upcoming album Mended With Gold. To celebrate they are going on a pretty extensive tour. Dates after the jump.

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Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Album Review] Smash Boom Pow- Do You Feel?

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: June 20th, 2014
Label: Independent

Vancouver’s Smash Boom Pow embrace a variety of styles – alternative power pop, psychedelic fuzz, hard rock and British glitter rock, to name just a few – but there is no uncertainty in their ambition. The trio (drums, bass, guitar/vocals) are clearly just having fun playing whatever they like, without concern for what may be trendy or marketable. This refreshing approach results in an album featuring a nice diversity of sounds, but at the same time establishes an overarching cohesion that is somewhat difficult to define but is clearly attributable to the band’s ethos.

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Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music, Pop

[Album Review] The Wilderness of Manitoba- Between Colours

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Label: Pheromone Recordings

The sense of purpose on ‘Between Colours’ is palpable. On this their fourth album, the Toronto-based trio The Wilderness of Manitoba are making conscious and deliberate efforts to expand on their sound by increasing the complexity of their instrumentation. On the closing track “The Movement of Stars” they hit the mark beautifully with the use of time signature changes, layered guitars and some trippy keyboards. Unfortunately, however, on most of the songs the conventional song structures and less than memorable lyrics simply don’t match the band’s ambitions.

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Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Experimental, Music

Pony Girl @ Ottawa Folk Festival 9/12/2014

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Micayla Bussieres


Every year Ottawa Folk Festival offers a free section that features food trucks, artisan booths, and best of all, a few stages that allow those thrifty festival-goers a fairly wide array of fantastic music and informative sessions. On day 3 I decided to check out a local band that I had been hearing about for some time, called Pony Girl. Although they are considered art-rock by the local music scene, you can tell from listening to just a few songs that folk is at the root of their sound. The mixture of strings, keys, horns and woodwinds gave their set a very dreamy and almost cinematic feel, while the harmony between the lead vocalists, Pascal Huot and Yolande Laroche, brought us back into reality. Continue Reading

Album Reviews, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Hush Pup- Waterwings

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan



Release Date: September 25th, 2014
Label: Legwarmer Records

The album ‘Waterwings’ opens with the delicate wash of synths followed by the ethereal sounds of Ida Maidstone’s breathy vocals. You think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Maybe you have. Dream pop heaven, that is. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Uncategorized

[Listen] Blackpaw Society- Lessons in Leisure Vol. 2

No Comments 17 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
Lo-fi indie rockers Blackpaw Society released Lessons in Leisure Vol.2. The tunes have a welcoming familiar warmth but yet there are eerie atmospheric tones throughout, a reflection of the turbulent times in which this album was written.

Canadian, Listen, Music, Remix

[Listen] High Ends- Intoxicated (CSS Remix)

No Comments 17 September 2014

by Tiana Feng

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