Alternative, Canadian, Indie, Listen, Music, Psychedelic


No Comments 27 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
sunny pompeii

“Leap Years” by indie rockers Sunny Pompeii is from their debut full-length album ‘Vinegar’.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop

[Album Review] The Hydrothermal Vents- Secrets of the Deep!

No Comments 26 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date:
Label: Independent

If the aquatic theme and the ’50′s sc-fi imagery bring to mind the B-52′s “Rock Lobster” then you are in the right neighbourhood at least, just the wrong subway stop. For one thing, The Hydrothermal Vents are far more serious, even in their weirdest moments. Furthermore, this isn’t the 1950′s as re-envisioned in 1980, it is more like a redux of everything that has happened since 1980, with some ’60′s-style dream pop and contemporary indie thrown in for good measure. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] TOPS- Outside

No Comments 25 August 2014

by Tiana Feng
Let TOPS brighten up your Monday with a new tune called “Outside”. Picture You Staring is out next week on September 2nd.

Alternative, Canadian, Watch


No Comments 25 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Do you like videos with kittens? Then this video is for you! Alt rockers Secret Broadcast frolic with cats in this video of “More Than Friends” from their album ‘Filthy Souls’.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Paper Lions- Philadelphia

No Comments 25 August 2014

by Tiana Feng

Hilariously awkward family moments here in Paper Lions video for “Philadelphia”.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Punk

[Listen/Download] Small Talk- What’s Left

No Comments 24 August 2014

by Tiana Feng
London, Ontario’s Small Talk have a name your own price EP out on Bandcamp called What’s Left, giving you a sample of the groups punk-pop styles.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Grunge, Metal, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Gob- Apt. 13

No Comments 24 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan



Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Label: New Damage Records

Gob started their career over 20 years ago, so some of you may be simply too young to know who they are. Even if you were listening to music back in the ’90′s you could be forgiven for not recalling them; after all they’ve only put out one album in the past 10 years, and that one was way back in 2007. To make matters worse, they’ve been promising us a new album since 2009, so many of us just stopped paying attention. But anyway, here we are, it’s 2014 and we have a new Gob album on our hands. Was it worth the wait? Yes, probably. They may not be blazing any new trails into the 21st century, but at least they are doing us the great favour of not rehashing their own musical past.

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Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] The Dirty Nil- Guided by Vices

No Comments 23 August 2014

by Tiana Feng
The Dirty Nil‘s Cinnamon b/w Guided By Vices 7″ is out now on Fat Wreck. Check out the ferocious B-side track “Guided by Vices” below.

Alternative, Canadian, Grunge, Listen, Music, Pop


No Comments 23 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Pinner could pretty well act as poster-boys for West Coast slacker noise pop. They are such slackers, in fact, that they can’t even be bothered to reset their clocks — for them it will always be 1995. Party on, Wayne. Fountains of Wayne, that is.

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

[Album Review] Bahamas- Bahamas is Afie

No Comments 23 August 2014

by Tiana Feng


Release Date: August 18th, 2014
Label: Universal/Brushfire Records

I have to start this review up by saying that I’ve been listening to Bahams is Afie ever since I could get my hands on a copy. At work it is currently the most played thing on my Spotify account. I had the pleasure of listening to Afie play it in the CBC Radio 2 studios before it’s release. He was clean-shaven, hair cut, in a suit – grown-up, as his latest album sounds. Continue Reading

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

[Album Review] Elephant Stone- The Three Poisons

No Comments 22 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan



Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Label: Hidden Pony Records

I approached this review with a certain amount of trepidation. I enjoy psychedelic pop rock as much as the next guy (probably more, in fact) and Elephant Stone’s first two outings were great examples of the genre. But that market is getting pretty saturated and interest is starting to wane. Without even looking to other countries such as the US, UK and Australia, there have already been numerous psych pop albums in Canada this year (including superlative efforts by Shimmering Stars and Monomyth), so what else needs to be said, or should I say played? As it turns out, I shouldn’t have worried – Elephant Stone kick their own game up a notch and in doing so they raise the ante on all the other psychedelic rockers out there. ‘The Three Poisons’ is a flat-out killer groove-fest. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Pop


No Comments 22 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
the grubbies

My love affair with the East Coast continues with the Halifax garage pop power trio The Grubbies. This is one of their quieter songs, but I just couldn’t resist it. It’s from their EP ‘New to Cool’, which is getting air time on student radio stations coast-to-coast.

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] WISH- WISH

No Comments 21 August 2014

by Tiana Feng
You may have heard Kyle Connolly of Beliefs has his own project in the works called WISH. Well there’s actually an album coming out next week from the band which features members of Beliefs and Milk Lines. Stream the full thing below!

Thanks Consequence of Sound for the find.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music, Pop


No Comments 21 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Stream “Don’t Be Sad” from the album ‘Brutal Love’ by Edmonton’s J. Eygenraam. It’s contemporary alternative pop rock with a touch of late ’70′s New York (think Television).

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] The Rural Alberta Advantage- On The Rocks

No Comments 20 August 2014

by Tiana Feng
The Rural Alberta Advantage have revealed another new song from their upcoming album Mended With Gold. The album was recorded by .ong-time engineer Matt Lederman (Hayden, !!!, Besnard Lakes) and co-producer Leon Taheny (Owen Pallett, Austra, Fucked Up). Instead of a guitar heavy song for “On the Rocks”, it is more of a keyboard-driven tune with effects on Nils Edenloff’s vocals for a more restrained pop approach, compared to its normal abrasiveness.

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