Acoustic, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Roots

[LISTEN] TOMATO/TOMATO – BREAKIN’ DOWN

No Comments 30 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Been on a bit of a New Brunswick kick lately. Here’s another one from the bluegrass folk duo (and married couple) Tomato/Tomato.

Acoustic, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Pop, Singer/songwriter

[LISTEN] JOSE CONTRERAS – PAST THE STARS

No Comments 29 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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First solo album by the lead singer of By Divine Right. Here he reinterprets “Past the Stars” with minimal accompaniment.

Canadian, Folk, Garage, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] WEIRD LINES – TWIN SUMMER

No Comments 29 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Sackville’s Weird Lines is a supergroup of local musicians. “Twin Summer” is a goofy delight, so let’s hope this isn’t just a one-off.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Garage, Listen, Punk

[LISTEN] MOTHERHOOD – CADDY WHACK PT. 1

No Comments 29 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The oddball Fredericton trio, Motherhood, come from a folk background but now play a kind of alternative folk punk garage thing. Or something like that.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Harvest- Beesides

No Comments 29 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Montreal’s Harvest specializes in unconventional folk tunes. Check out their bandcamp collection Beesides below. Apparently a full LP will be available sometime in August.

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.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Julie Arsenault- The Creature That I Call Myself

No Comments 28 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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You should also add Julie Arenault’s “The Creature That I Call Myself” to your easy Monday morning listening list.

Acoustic, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Under 2000

[Listen] Twin Voices- Sing To Me

No Comments 28 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Allow Twin Voices to gently wake you up this Monday morning with their EP “Sing to Me”.

Acoustic, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Punk, Roots

[LISTEN] THE SEAHAGS – SEASICK

No Comments 28 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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“Seasick” by The Seahags? A shanty from Cape Breton, no doubt? Hardly. It’s actually some cowpunk from Saskatchewan. No matter — it’s good old rootsy fun regardless.

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

[WATCH] MAN MADE LAKE – LEMON CAKE

No Comments 28 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

A playful video of the song “Lemon Cake” from the album ‘Bodhicitta’ by BC’s Man Made Lake.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Will Driving West- Fly

No Comments 27 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Let Will Driving West‘s latest album soothe you to sleep tonight.

Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, French, Listen, Music

[Listen] Les soeurs Boulay- Ça

No Comments 27 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Les Soeurs Boulay have a cute single out called “Ça”. It’s so beautifully simple.

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.

Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Pop, Watch

[WATCH] PINK MOTH – ECLIPSED

No Comments 25 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Pink Moth is a musical project by Toronto’s Ray Cammaert. “Eclipsed” is the title track from the new album.

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Folk, Music

Miner & Tim Moxam @ The Drake Hotel 7/22/2014

No Comments 24 July 2014

by Mica McCurdy
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Tim Moxam took the Drake Underground stage on Tuesday night, with collaborators Ivy and Raffa, to croon us all in to a swaying love for the simple things in life: love, nature, family, friends, dimly lit rooms, beer, etc.

Moxam opened with “Blue Sun”, a stand out single representative of his deep folk and country roots. Sounding almost Neil Young inspired, it set the tone for the songs to come with consistently classical themes and strong guitar work.

Ivy and Raffa, backing vocals for the evening, transformed the set from the typical (and often over done) singer/songwriter performance with their perfect pitch and emotive delivery. This was particularly notable in “Coming On” and “Bones”, where their vocals were used for emphasis on lines beyond the chorus and in tandem with Moxam’s harmonica.

Moxam’s songs oscillated between intensity and sweetness, often starting with one and ending the other. His earthy voice holds a kind of rasp that grabs you, but opens up to a beautiful vocal range, as heard later in the set on “Live In The Bedroom” and the jazz/blues number that followed.

Though his time on stage felt short, Moxam quickly built a world that was easy to listen to and easy to love. His charming stage presence created a community from those of us assembled, and it could have only been better if we were sitting outside under the stars he sang about.
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Following Moxam, LA’s Miner took the stage with a happy and energetic set. A self-proclaimed “family band” (a pair of brothers, and a married couple), they were one part Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, one part The Lumineers, and one part pure Americana. Radio friendly single “Carousel” was the highlight of the set, complete with a “woo ohhh” sing-a-long breakdown. They charmed the crowd with their infectious foot stomping and head bobbing, hopefully making their long (and first!) trip to Toronto worthwhile.

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