Acoustic, Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music, Psychedelic

[Listen] Diamond Mind – Better Alone

No Comments 09 April 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

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Ever caught yourself humming a song after just one listen? And yes, I know you felt bad because you were singing the chorus for “Timber”. Well, set your guilt aside, and check out “Better Alone”, courtesy of Edmonton’s Diamond Mind. The chamber-pop quartet have the Beatles-esque holistic pop soaking in rich harmonies a la Beach Boys. Their songs could be the background score to a glorious sunny day playing a friendly game of beach volleyball. .. yeah summer can’t get here soon enough!

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music

[Listen] The Folk – We All Say

No Comments 15 March 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

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Toronto-Guelph based The Folk has delivered their debut full length We All Say. What does they sound like? A schmorgesborg of different eras of rock’n roll coming together; 70′s classic rock to 2000′s alt-rock like Smashing Pumpkins with hint of Sloan as well. Does that make sense?

The band will be touring the country for the next few weeks. You can stream the album below.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Listen, Music, Punk

[LISTEN] GEYSER – SELF TITLED EP

No Comments 11 March 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

geyserepcoverOh Sudbury, hope you can endure all this love! Second band from the ‘Big Nickel’ city that has caught our attention is Geyser. Their debut Self Titled EP, due for release on April 1 (no jokes there!), has rad 1960-70s garage/post-punk influences. According to the band’s Bandcamp, where the record is streaming for free, the songs were ‘recorded one Saturday night in August in an old diner’. Wish I sounded this good in an old diner!

Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Grunge, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] LIGHTMARES – SOUP

No Comments 11 March 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

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Sudbury is becoming the go-to-scene if you are looking for nostalgic rock. First, it was The Almighty Rhombus! You can add Lightmares to that list as well. For the fans of Violent Femmes, Stooges or The Replacements, the trio’s in your face energy and rock with recklessness will make you wanna do radical things like bob your head violently!

Stream ‘Soup’, off the upcoming release Lightmares are Rich and Educated. While you are at it, check out their Violent Femme’s cover of ‘Add it Up’. Me oh my! I wanna cause a ruckus now!

Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Bend Sinister-Teacher

No Comments 24 February 2014

by Nilabjo Banerjee

West-coast progressive-rock favs Bend Sinister premiere video for their fan-favourited single “Teacher”, off the upcoming release Animals due March 11. The band enlisted the help of a very important source, the fans, to help decide whether to shoot a video for this or a much poppier ‘Fancy Pants’. The feedback leaned towards the former, and voila!

The lads are in town at Horseshoe March 20!

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music

[Listen] Glass Ampp- Half Empty

No Comments 20 March 2013

by Tiana Feng
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For those looking for some classic style rock n’ roll, Toronto’s Glass Ampp play the Velvet Underground tonight at 11pm. Stream their new EP Half Empty below.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Concert Reviews, Music

[NXNE] Mac DeMarco @ The Drake Hotel 06/13/2012

No Comments 18 June 2012

by Tiana Feng
Mac De Marco @ The Drake Hotel 06/13/2012
I recognized Mac DeMarco immediately as the dude from Makeout Videotape, a band I had seen play last year’s NXNE hipster party on a roof. Not sure what warranted the name change, perhaps a lineup change, but they played songs that were both new and part of his previous project. The frontman embodied the same kind of hillbilly ridiculousness I remembered and had fun on stage with his mates. Even though the bassist forgot how to play some songs, it somehow seemed part of the act. There were solos from every member (even the drummer) and their set was so much fun, I didn’t mind if I would see them later again at the boat party. Their sound is glam rock without the glam (almost the opposite even). It’s not what you would expect if you saw their crossdresser looking Bandcamp page.

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Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Concert Reviews, Covers, Jazz

Pretzel Logic: giving Toronto its Steely Dan fix

No Comments 31 December 2011

By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

Thursday nights are a good time to be at the Orbit Room – specifically, the last Thursday of every month. Live music regularly draws a crowd to this upstairs bar, which would almost be hidden from passersby if it weren’t for the sign out on the sidewalk. In fact, I almost walked past it two nights ago when I went to see what has easily been my favourite musical discovery of the year.

Meet Pretzel Logic, a collection of career musicians – all of them impressive in their own right – who come together every few weeks to play some Steely Dan songs in what their website calls their “labour of love.” And the audience, mostly (and inevitably) comprised of the middle-aged, loves every minute of it. Continue Reading

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Jazz, Listen, Music

[Listen/Download] No Island- Sign of the Times

1 Comment 09 December 2011

by Tiana Feng

From Vancouver BC, No Island is a something little different for your Friday. Their music is a smooth jazz rock that is ornamented with saxophones. Check out the track Sign of Times off their latest EP of the same name.
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Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music

[Listen/Download] Sun Wizard- World’s Got a Handle

2 Comments 16 February 2011

by Tiana Feng

Sun Wizard will be releasing their debut album on March 29, 2011. They’re a group that is very heavily influenced by classic rock. If you love some Tom Petty, you’d probably dig this track. The group will be making two appearances at Canadian Music Week. Click here for dates and tickets.
Sun Wizard- World’s Got a Handle

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Blues, Classic Rock, Music

[Listen/Download] Gary Clark Jr.- Bright Lights

1 Comment 04 February 2011

by Tiana Feng

From Texas Gary Clark Jr. graces us with his classic rock sound wrapped with blues guitar riffs and soulful warm vocals. Bright Lights comes off his self-titled EP of last year. Since then he has performed with Eric Clapton, was featured and on Sheryl Crow’s 100 Miles from Memphis and just signed with Warner Brothers.
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Classic Rock, Commercials, Music, R&B/Hiphop, Rap

MUSIC FROM COMMERCIALS- January 11, 2011

No Comments 11 January 2011

by Tiana Feng
Welcome to this week’s MUSIC FROM COMMERCIALS! Didn’t get too many requests this week because I assume you’re all still recovering from New Years. Submit your requests for next week at tiana.feng@ridethetempo.com or promote your own music in a commercial.
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Chris Montez- Let’s Dance

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Classic Rock, Electronic, Grunge, Music, Playlists, Pop, Psychedelic, Punk, R&B/Hiphop

PLAYLIST FRIDAYS- PUPPIES

No Comments 12 November 2010

by Tiana Feng

My friend from school just got a puppy today, a buggle, and its the most adorable thing in the world. I just spent the whole afternoon/evening on it so I have puppies on my mind so here’s a playlist of songs named after or about puppies. Continue Reading

Classic Rock, Electronic, Folk, Music

IPOD SHUFFLE MONDAYS- November 8, 2010

No Comments 08 November 2010


Happy Monday! This week’s IPOD SHUFFLE playlist is submitted by @dailybeatz over at Dailybeatz.com. If you’d like to submit one for next week, shuffle 10 tracks on your ipod (with no limitations) and hit me up at tiana.feng@ridethetempo.com. Let’s see what @dailybeatz has for us this week, and what he has to say about them! Continue Reading

Alternative, Classic Rock, Electronic, Music, Pop, R&B/Hiphop, Rap

PLAYLIST FRIDAY- SUNGLASSES

No Comments 05 November 2010

by Tiana Feng


Where do I get these crazy topic for sunglasses? Well, if it isn’t some approaching holiday, I usually base it on the first word the person I happen to be talking to at them time says and well this week we have sunglasses. If you have a special request for a future playlist topic go ahead, name anything. I never thought about it before today, but there are actually TONS of songs that involve sunglasses.. Continue Reading

Alternative, Classic Rock, Music

IPOD SHUFFLE MONDAYS- November 1st, 2010

1 Comment 01 November 2010

by Tiana Feng

This week’s IPOD SHUFFLE MONDAY was submitted by @BQnguyen. If you’d like to submit for next week just shuffle your tracks and tell me what 10 songs come up and include any little tidbit you’d like to share about the tracks or yourself! Let’s see what we have this week. Continue Reading

Alternative, Classic Rock, Electronic, Experimental, Listen, Music, Playlists

PLAYLIST FRIDAYS- HALLOWEEN

1 Comment 29 October 2010

by Tiana Feng

It’s Halloween weekend!! What are you guys dressing up as? Let me know if you’re going to be a ghastly goul or if this is that one time of year to have an excuse to dress up sexy. Well whatever it is, have a great one and here’s a playlist full of ghouls and other things for you to enjoy. Continue Reading

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