Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music

[Listen] Deep Sea Gypsies – Cherry Red

No Comments 31 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
cherry red

The latest single from the Deep Sea Gypsies. This time out they bring in some late ’60’s British blues and a touch of early ’70’s country rock. The guitars are smokin’ as usual.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Soul

[Listen] Frazey Ford – September Fields

No Comments 30 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Former member of The Be Good Tanyas puts out another excellent record, ‘Indian Ocean’. In “September Fields” she offers up a breezy blend of country, folk and soul.

Acoustic, Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots

[Listen] The Goatbox Rebel – The Goatbox Rebel (EP)

No Comments 11 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
goatbox

The Goatbox Rebel is Ivan Westley, a one-man band with a reverence for the traditions of blues, rock and folk but with a bitter, punk attitude. This self-titled EP is the debut for the Montreal-born/Toronto-based artist (uprooted via the 401).

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Roots, Watch

[Watch] The Barr Brothers – Half Crazy

No Comments 11 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The Barr Brothers go all southern swamp blues on “Half Crazy”. The beautiful b/w footage captures them in their multi-instrumental glory.

Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Reggae, Roots, World Music

[Listen] Mariachi Ghost – Sweet Water

No Comments 04 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
mariachi

Yes, it’s with a huge grin on my face that I describe “Sweet Water” as a spaghetti western/alternate rock/mariachi/British blues/Mexican folk/reggae song. It’s from Winnipeg’s inimitable Mariachi Ghost.

Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Pop, Soul, Watch

[Watch] The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer – A Real Fine Mess

No Comments 30 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer’s “A Real Fine Mess” get the video treatment. For the most part it looks like the credits to the next James Bond movie.

Blues, Canadian, Roots, Soul, Watch

[WATCH] LILY FROST – HEAR MY CRY

No Comments 27 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Lily Frost incorporates some contemporary sounds into a song that is basically a southern gospel spiritual. The video features Frost singing in front of a bank of speakers in glorious black and white. And, look, some of her friends from the laundromat showed up for the chorus.

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
thecrookedbrothers

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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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Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Watch

[WATCH] ZOMBIE GARDEN CLUB – BURN

No Comments 19 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Some down’n’dirty blues rock with a delicious bass line and some mean guitar licks.

Blues, Canadian, Folk, Garage, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] THE ARCHAICS – BOY & HIS BLUE KAZOO

No Comments 16 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
archaic

Yeah, you know what day it is. OK, let’s kick off Weird Tuesday with a little blues garage number by Edmonton’s The Archaics.

Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Covers, Folk, Listen, Music, Soul

[LISTEN] COLD SPECKS – WE KNOW WHO U R

No Comments 11 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
cold specks

We’re big fans of Cold Specks, so it’s always a thrill when she drops a new single. “We Know Who U R” is a cover of Nick Cave’s song from last year, which Spx sings in her own unique way.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Country, Jazz, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Petunia- Inside of You

No Comments 07 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

petunia

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Release Date: July 21, 2014
Label: Trapline

Petunia is a bizarre and mysterious character. I cannot determine his real name, but I do know that he is originally from rural Quebec and is now based in Vancouver, although he seems to have spent time in almost every corner of the country (both Toronto and Fredericton claim him as a former resident, just as examples). What I do know is that he’s an entertainer – I mean in the old-school sense of someone who sings anything, plays anything, does anything in the name of entertainment. He’s Buffalo Bill Cody, he’s P.T. Barnum, he’s Ed Sullivan and he’s a carnival sideshow barker. He wants to take you go on a wild ride with his album ‘Inside of You’, so step right on up, folks. 

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Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Listen, lo-fi, Music

[LISTEN] THE PARTY DRESS – THE PARTY DRESS (EP)

No Comments 07 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
the party dress

Winnipeg’s The Party Dress serves up some swampy blues rock from out of their basement (or maybe out in the garage). The music’s got a spooky twist to it.

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Country, Folk, Music, News/Tours

COUNTDOWN TO RIFFLANDIA! SIXTEEN “MUST SEE” ACTS: SECOND INSTALLMENT (Victoria, BC Sept. 11th – 14th)

No Comments 04 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
riff
OK, the second act at Rifflandia that you do not want to miss is:

KANDLE AND THE KROOKS (Montreal)
kandle

Kandle (Osborne) is a mesmerizing singer of smoky southern blues rock and alt country. Her debut full-length album ‘In Flames’ was met with enthusiastic reviews. She teams up with guitarist/bassist Sam Goldberg Jr., so you know you are in for a top notch show.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots

[LISTEN] JENNIS – I’M NOT HERE ANYMORE

No Comments 02 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
jennis

It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means. Let’s kick off Weird Tuesday with a song called “I’m Not Here Anymore” by the duo known as Jennis (Dennis Gaumond and Jen Gillmor).

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