Album Reviews, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Pop

[Album Review] Hush Pup- Waterwings

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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Release Date: September 25th, 2014
Label: Legwarmer Records

The album ‘Waterwings’ opens with the delicate wash of synths followed by the ethereal sounds of Ida Maidstone’s breathy vocals. You think you’ve died and gone to heaven. Maybe you have. Dream pop heaven, that is. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen/Download] Rococode- Banks

No Comments 16 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
ROCOCODE 2014 by Lynol Lui
Vancouver indie-popsters Rococode are back with a new song called “Banks”. Sounds like they’ve veered away from their straight-up indie-rock tunes into synth-pop.

Canadian, Concert Reviews, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Pop

Rich Aucoin w/ Brave Shores @ The Drake Hotel 9/9/2014

No Comments 12 September 2014

by Tiana Feng

On Tuesday, Rich Aucoin celebrated the release of his latest album Ephemeral at The Drake Hotel. Continue Reading

Canadian, Concert Reviews, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Pop

Operators & Moon King @ The Horseshoe Tavern 9/7/2014

No Comments 11 September 2014

by Tiana Feng

After an extensive North American tour, Operators returned to Toronto to play a packed show at The Horseshoe on Sunday night. Continue Reading

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Electropop, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] HIGH ENDS – CAPPUCCINO

No Comments 10 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Yet another teaser from Jeffrey Innes (Yukon Blonde). “Cappuccino” features a percolating rhythm and a lovely synth-based melody. This is by the Innes side project High Ends. The eagerly awaited full album (haven’t we heard the whole thing by now?) arrives early October.

Canadian, Electropop, News/Tours, Pop

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

No Comments 09 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Lucky 13 is:

ROCOCODE (Vancouver)
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Rococode’s clever synth pop is always a balance between light and dark, heavy and soft. They’ve been working on some new tunes that I am sure they’re just bustin’ to let loose on you. This one will be fun.

Art rock, Canadian, Electropop, Singer/songwriter, Watch

[WATCH] VALERY GORE – LUNGS

No Comments 09 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Yes, it’s Weird Tuesday, but this one is weird in the most beautiful and magical sense. A total stunner from Valery Gore’s latest album ‘Idols in the Dark Heart’.

Read my review of her latest album here.

Canadian, Electropop, Experimental, Music, News/Tours, Pop

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

No Comments 08 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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We are way up to eleven, and it is:

RICH AUCOIN (Halifax)
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Yes, I said Rich Aucoin. See, I have heard his new album (set to drop tomorrow) and it is killer. It has all the energy and pounding noise of his debut album, but he has gotten even more daring and experimental. It is hard not to draw comparison’s to Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’, but I am not accusing him of copying, he just uses the same approach to the music. His concerts are always celebratory and exciting, so this is going to be a Rifflandia standout this year.

Canadian, Electropop, News/Tours, Pop

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

No Comments 08 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Out tenth pick is someone who is about to hit the big time:

LOWELL (Toronto)
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Lowell’s album ‘We Loved Her Dearly’ is arguably the most eagerly anticipated Canadian debut of the year. For one thing, she’s been dropping teaser songs the way Hansel and Gretel drop breadcrumbs, so we’ve got a pretty good idea of what her music is like. At times she conjures up images of a dream pop princess, at others she can be compared to the likes of Madonna or even MIA. Despite the sugar coating, Lowell is serious about her music (it IS very well constructed) and can be outspoken about such topics as feminism and gay rights. Get ready to be entertained, Victoria!

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Milk & Bone- Coconut Water

No Comments 07 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
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While we’re on the subject of electropop tunes let me introduce you to Milk & Bone. Milk and Bone is a new project founded by Laurence Lafond-Beaulne and Camille Poliquin of Montreal. Check out their glistening tune “Coconut Water” below.

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Body Butter- Lights in the Hallway

No Comments 07 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Enjoy this weekend with this 80s-inspired electropop tune from Body Butter.

Canadian, Electropop, Music, Pop, Singer/songwriter, Watch

[Watch] Sean Nicholas Savage- Please Set Me Free

No Comments 06 September 2014

Decked in a gold mask, Sean Nicholas Savage, reflects in an apartment in Berlin/Moscow.

Read my review of Sean Nicholas Savage’s Bermuda Waterfall here.

Canadian, Covers, Electropop, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] BLUNDERSPUBLIK – REASON

No Comments 06 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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“Reason” is a cover of a Hushfeed song. It appears on ‘Kittens and Shit’, a tribute to the bands of 1990’s Winnipeg by Blunderspublik.

Alternative, Classic Rock, Electropop, Folk, News/Tours, Pop

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

No Comments 05 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Wow, we’re up to five already? OK, here goes:

ZEUS (Toronto)
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Zeus’s brand of indie rock involves a heavy dose of ’60’s and ’70’s nostalgia. Think Nilsson, Beatles and ELO all mooshed together and then served up with new millennium sparkle. Their infectious rhythms and hooks should be a big hit when they land on Sunday afternoon.

Canadian, Electronic, Electropop, Music, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Mozart’s Sister- Good Thing, Bad Thing

No Comments 04 September 2014

Dance around the living room with Mozart’s Sister in “Good Thing, Bad Thing”.

Read Mark’s review of Being here.

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