Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Electropop, Folk, Music, Pop, Singer/songwriter

[Album Review] Valery Gore- Idols in the Dark Heart

No Comments 02 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Label: Independent

Valery Gore has always been enjoyable and has proven her ability to craft a solidly listenable song. Now however, after spending four years bringing her third album to fruition, Gore takes a huge step forward with a work that displays both greater lyrical maturity and musical complexity. She, in fact, stands poised to earn her place in the pantheon of critically acclaimed contemporary female singer-songwriters.  Fortunately for us, along the way she hasn’t forgotten that her primary job is to entertain. Continue Reading

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Singer/songwriter, Soul

[Album Review] Cold Specks- Neuroplasticity

No Comments 02 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Label: Arts & Crafts

A month ago, Cold Specks played a very sold-out show at The Drake Hotel. Front woman Al Spx took to the stage, acting mostly as lead singer as opposed to double duties as a guitarist. This allowed the singer to put her full energy on her aw-inspiring vocals that could fill a theatre. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] PIF PAF HANGOVER – CURRY LOVE MARINADE

No Comments 02 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Last one for Weird Tuesday. I don’t even know how to begin describing this one. Yes, the song is as odd as the band’s name.

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

[Album Review] The New Pornographers- Brill Bruisers

No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Label: Matador/Last Gang

Of the two major critics’ darlings in Canadian contemporary music Arcade Fire are the ones for whom indie weirdness comes so naturally that it’s a struggle for them to rein it all in and present something listenable. Their West Coast counterparts, The New Pornographers, on the other hand, could rattle off enjoyable power pop in their sleep (and maybe they do), and so you would swear they deliberately go out of their way to sound “difficult” in order to ensure that they are taken seriously. However, after kicking around for about 15 years TNP are at a point in their musical lives where they no longer seem to care whether they are taken seriously or not. On ‘Brill Bruisers’ everything sounds more effortless, without any obvious attempts at pretension (gone, for example, are the head-scratchingly obscure song titles). The resulting product exhibits more exuberance and cohesion than we’ve heard since the band’s early days. Continue Reading

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Zeus- Classic Zeus

No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: September 2nd, 2014
Label: Arts & Crafts

‘Classic Zeus’ will be familiar territory for anyone who has listened to the band’s first two albums. Again they pay tribute – whether it’s intentional or not – to the likes of the Beatles, ELO, the Hollies, the Band and Harry Nilsson. Zeus has never been guilty, however, of being mere imitators – their sound is original and it’s their own, even if they do sound like they’re auditioning for a taping of ‘The Midnight Special’. And the boys continue to hone their craft here, both as performers and songwriters. Nevertheless, they still come up a little short of producing a masterwork. Continue Reading

Acoustic, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] JENNIFER CASTLE – NATURE

No Comments 31 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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“Nature” is the second track we’ve featured from Jennifer Castle’s new album ‘Pink City’, which is set to drop in 2 days!

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] COMBINE THE VICTORIOUS – BROTHERHOOD

No Comments 31 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Combine the Victorious promise us they are working on a new album. In the meantime, they offer this single written in memory of their friend, Todd Simko.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] WISH- Nothing to Say

No Comments 30 August 2014

by Tiana Feng

Toronto’s WISH has a kaleidoscope video for “Nothing to Say”.

Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Music, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Suuns- Sunspot

No Comments 29 August 2014

by Tiana Feng

Suuns took the song “Sunspot” from last year’s Images du Futur and turned it into a mini short-film featuring a dude washing the blood off his hands.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Chad VanGaalen- Monster

No Comments 28 August 2014

by Tiana Feng

Chad VanGaalen does a literal animated interpretation of his song “Monster” in this latest video.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Psychedelic

[LISTEN] SUNNY POMPEII – LEAP YEARS

No Comments 27 August 2014

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

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Watch

[WATCH] SECRET BROADCAST – MORE THAN FRIENDS

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

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

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