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
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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
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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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Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music

[Listen] Absolutely Free – Vision’s

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Psychedelic popster Absolutely Free release another song from their upcoming new album due out in October.

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Experimental, Music

Pony Girl @ Ottawa Folk Festival 9/12/2014

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Micayla Bussieres

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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

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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, Folk, Garage, Listen, lo-fi, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] OK VANCOUVER OK – BUILDING A WAY

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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OK, well Thursday continues to be pretty mellow with OK Vancouver OK. The lo-fi “Building A Way” is more than a little quirky, though.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] ELECTRIC OAK – LUNGS

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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It’s Bob Gronotte’s birthday, so to celebrate let’s play a song featuring his great guitar work — Electric Oak’s “Lungs”. Happy Birthday, Bob.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Pop, Watch

[WATCH] THE PROVINCIAL ARCHIVE – THE MARKET

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

It’s a pretty mellow Thursday so far, although the b/w video to “The Market” by the Provincial Archive isn’t all that laid back.

Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop

[LISTEN] TRANZMIT – GESALZEN

No Comments 17 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Sampledelica: now there’s a word you don’t hear everyday. But, if the shoe fits…. Some experimental hip-hop from Toronto’s TRANZMIT. Should have shown up yesterday, if you know what I mean.

Canadian, Listen, lo-fi, Music, Punk

[LISTEN] Fountain – GRAHAM STREET LANDMARK

No Comments 17 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Some post-punk from Victoria’s Fountain. “Graham Street Landmark” is a DIY stutter funk/punk number from their self titled album.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Pop, Watch

[WATCH] WiL – Make Make

No Comments 17 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Animated video of the indie folk “Make, Make” from the upcoming new album by BC’s WiL.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Uncategorized

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

No Comments 17 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
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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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Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music, Watch

[Watch] New Country Rehab- Lost Highway

No Comments 16 September 2014

by Tiana Feng

New Country Rehab now has an action packed video for “Lost Highway” from their album Ghost of Your Charms.

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