Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Listen, Music, Punk

[LISTEN] ANCHORESS – TORRENTIAL

No Comments 21 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Anchoress puts out some hard-driving post-punk. “Torrential” is no exception, although it starts off with some twangy bass and a spoken word passage, followed by an instrumental interlude, before it finally just kicks you in the nuts and has done with it.

Alternative, Canadian, Shoegaze, Watch

[WATCh] heat – rooms

No Comments 21 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Montreal’s Heat releases their video to “Rooms”, a shoegaze number for guitar lovers. It’s from their EP called, er, oh yeah, ‘EP’

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Electronic, Pop, Singer/songwriter, Watch

[WATCH] VALERY GORE – WITH THE FUTURE

No Comments 20 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

At Ride the Tempo we are huge fans of Valery Gore and her latest album ‘Idols in the Dark Heart’. Here’s a great example of her brilliant avant-pop.

Alternative, Canadian, Pop, Watch

[WATCH] ALVVAYS – NEXT OF KIN

No Comments 20 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Finally, a new video from Alvvays. The last one had Tiana convinced she wanted to marry Archie, but it’s high time for something else from the Toronto band’s excellent debut album.

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Music

[Listen] Swim Good & RLMDL- Saturday

No Comments 20 September 2014

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

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Folk, Instrumental, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] ALEX CALDER – FATAL RELAY (EP)

No Comments 19 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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I’ve lost track of the number of releases put out by Alex Calder this year. When he stops being entertaining we’ll tell him to quit. This 4-track EP features an alternate version of “Someone’ and three new instrumentals. I’m not calling him in yet.

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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Rating:

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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Rating:

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

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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

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.

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.

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