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

[LISTEN] PETUNIA AND THE VIPERS – RUNAWAY FREIGHT TRAIN HEART

No Comments 15 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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A manic rockabilly number from Petunia and the Vipers. “Runaway Freight Train Heart” is from ‘Inside of You’, an old-time carnival of an album filled with wonder, delight and weirdness.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Listen, Music, Roots

[LISTEN] THE REVEREND RAMBLER – THE REVEREND RAMBLER (LP)

No Comments 14 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
reverend

The Reverend Rambler is, for the most part, a storm-in-a-bottle one man show. However, he kicks up enough dust for an entire stampede. It’s hard to believe this dude is from Winnipeg ‘cos his brand of stompin’ country blues sounds like it came right out of the swamps of Louisiana or maybe the Texas prairie. The Reverend plays this rootsy brew with the respect it deserves, but there’s a cowpunk attitude lurking in the mix. And you gotta love that cover illustration!

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Concert Reviews, Country, Electropop, Folk, Music, Psychedelic, Roots

ISOBEL TRIGGER, NOAH EDWARDS, JESSE ROPER @ CLUB 9ONE9 (Victoria, BC) 8/9/2014

No Comments 10 August 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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Photo by Sean Brennan

The 9One9 Club in Victoria was abuzz with anticipation Saturday night (August 9th) as both Noah Edwards and Isobel Trigger were set to debut their new CD’s, and Jesse Roper was invited along to join in the festivities. Continue Reading

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Electropop, Folk, Listen, Psychedelic

[LISTEN] BEND SINISTER – I GOT LOVE

No Comments 29 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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On the album ‘Animals’ those lunatics known as Bend Sinister throw just about everything into the mix — prog rock, vaudeville, psychedelia, 80′s corporate rock, electropop, Queen(!). Some might say they stretched themselves a tad too thin. I personally like “I Got Love”, because it’s just simple old-fashioned blues rock. Think early Deep Purple, complete with Jon Lord on keys.

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Pop

[LISTEN] JAY POLLOCK – CIRCUS

No Comments 26 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Jay Pollock’s new album is as bright and colourful as the titular sunflowers on the cover. He breezes through a set of rootsy but contemporary songs, and incorporates blues, country, folk and jazz with seeming ease. Most satisfying is the nice fat sound that you can really sink your teeth into. Highlighted is “Circus”, a rather whimsical song with a touch of southern funk.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Folk, Music

[Album Review] The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer- A Real Fine Mess

No Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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Rating:

Release Date: June 17th, 2014
Label: Tonic Records

The Harpoonist (Shawn Hall) and the Axe Murderer (Matthew Rogers) hit a career high with their latest album ‘A Real Fine Mess’, which is aptly titled given that it is one hell of a mess of styles but, boy, is it fine. The record is a wild mix of blues, funk, southern roots, honky-tonk and motown, but what makes it special is how the duo fuses these diverse styles into a unique sound that is all their own. Continue Reading

Acoustic, Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Concert Reviews, Folk, Jazz, Music

THE JESSICA STUART FEW, WEST MY FRIEND @ SOLSTICE CAFE (Victoria, BC) 7/19/2014

No Comments 20 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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There is nothing finer than spending time in the funky confines of the Solstice Cafe on a lovely Victoria summer evening. Nothing, that is, unless you add some terrific music by two of Canada’s classier acts. Continue Reading

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Under 2000

[LISTEN] Shoestring Bourbon – Shoestring Bourbon

No Comments 17 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
shoestring bourbon

Good, old-fashioned, straight-ahead, smoky Southern blues/rock.

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music, Psychedelic, R&B/Hiphop, Under 2000

[Listen] Deep Sea Gypsies- Peatt Road

1 Comment 10 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
deep sea gypsies
Good god, y’all! Just take a listen to the Deep Sea Gypsies’ blend of rock, blues, psychedelia, with some hip-hop thrown in for good measure. Keeps the spirit of the late ’60′s alive, but it’s fresh and contemporary at the same time.

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music, Under 2000

[LISTEN] SUNHAWK – THE SHE-SNAKE SHUFFLE

No Comments 10 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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We were slow on the uptake on this one, but it is too good to pass up. “The She-Snake Shuffle” is classic rock with a swampy blues edge, but that description hardly does it justice. It’s a sly number that gets under your skin, and just when you are feeling comfortable the boys of Sunhawk throw you some curves just to make things interesting.

Alternative, Blues, Concert Reviews, Music

[NXNE] Benjamin Booker @ The Horseshoe Tavern 6/20/2014

No Comments 27 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
Benjamin Booker @ The Horseshoe 6/20/2014
Before running off to other things, I caught a bit of New Orleans’ Benjamin Booker at the Horseshoe on Friday. His ability to engage with soulful blues-rock was uncanny for his age.

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Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Country, Listen, Music, Under 2000

[Listen] Sleepy Driver- Ignatius

No Comments 24 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
sleepydriver
Sleepy Driver aka Fredericton singer-songwriter Pete Hicks dropped an album in June titled Ignatius. If you’re into a mix of alt-country and blues, Sleepy Driver is worth checking out. The band will be playing the Canada’s Day show in their home town alongside Rich Aucoin.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Music, Psychedelic

[Album Review] Kandle- In Flames

No Comments 07 March 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Rating:

Release Date: March 4th, 2014
Label: Dare to Care Records

For some reason in the past, I overlooked Kandle. I had not written about her previously on RTT but when I stumbled on her debut In Flames on Bandcamp, I was in love. Continue Reading

Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Listen, Music

[Listen] Delta Will- Transcendental Visits

No Comments 05 March 2013

by Tiana Feng
deltawill
Toronto art-pop maker Delta Will releases his EP Transcendental Visits today. The release will be celebrated at The Piston on Thursday night. Described as “space rock” the EP displays a mash of blues influences, fancy percussion parts and classic-rock tinged guitar riffs.

Blues, Canadian, Concert Reviews

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival: Highlights from my Harvest

No Comments 18 September 2012

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Joel Plaskett on the Mojo Stage [Photo: Scott Greer]

This year’s Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival was incredible. I’m so glad to have had the chance to check out so many fantastic performances and to have the chance to write about my experience.

To wrap up my coverage, I’d like to share 10 highlights from my Harvest.

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