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
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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

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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).

Album Reviews, Blues, Canadian, Music, Singer/songwriter, Soul

[Album Review] Jill Barber- Fool’s Gold

No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: June 14th, 2014
Label: Outside Music

I know it’s been said before but when it comes to Jill Barber it all starts with the voice. It has a childlike quality that is balanced off by a faint huskiness. Then there’s her signature quaver that sounds both vulnerable and alluring at the same time. You combine all of that with her breathy delivery and, hell, she could make the Canadian national anthem sound like a torch song. Continue Reading

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
petunia

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
bend-sinister

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
sunflower

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

harpoon

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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

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