Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Interviews, Music, Pop

Interview: Gina Loes, Lead Singer/Guitarist for The Ruffled Feathers

No Comments 17 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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MB:  How long has The Ruffled Feathers been together?

GL:  We’ve been making music together going on six years now. It’s always been a collaborative efforts. Multiple songwriters. It’s about bringing to life each other’s music, which might not have a life of its own if not for the band. I find that when I’m learning someone else’s song I’m continually challenged, which helps me grow as a musician and helps us all grow together.” Continue Reading

Acoustic, Canadian, Covers, Folk, Music, Watch

[Watch] Choir! Choir! Choir! with Tim Baker – Carry Me Home

No Comments 16 December 2014

by Mica McCurdy

Tim Baker of indie rock band Hey Rosetta! recently teamed up with Toronto’s own Choir! Choir! Choir! for a special rendition of the band’s classic “Carry Me Home”. Just in time for the holidays, this version showcases Baker’s soaring vocals while the talented choir brings home the nostalgic and longing lyrics with their lush accompaniment.

Catch Hey Rosetta! on tour with Stars in the new year. See full tour dates here.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Jazz, Listen, Music, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] The Sands – Magnolia

No Comments 15 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Singer-songwriter Julie McGeer teams up with cellist-composer Peggy Lee to form The Sands. On their debut album they gather together some of the finest musicians in Vancouver (and beyond) and call upon Jesse Zubot to produce. “Magnolia” is a good example of the result — a richly orchestrated indie folk song infused with jazz and brimming with originality.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Kashka- In the Snow

No Comments 12 December 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Kashka joins the winter spirit with a cozy tune about how things are so much better in the snow.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music

[Album Review] Hey Rosetta!- Second Sight

No Comments 11 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: October 12th, 2014
Label: Sonic Records

Hey Rosetta are indeed a Newfoundland band, but not in the traditional sense. There is no discernible maritime folk or Celtic strains in their sound. In fact, at this stage in their career, their music owes more to the urban indie centres, such as Seattle, New York and Montreal, than it does to the fog enshrouded town of St. John’s. But the Rock is in their souls nevertheless, and this is quite evident in their lyrics. Throughout ‘Second Sight’ there is a running theme of perseverance through adversity and an undying optimism – themes that form the very fabric of what it is to be a Newfoundlander. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music, Watch

[Watch] So Young – Haterz

No Comments 10 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Ahead of their album ‘Try Me’ London’s So Young gives us a video to the song “Haterz”. The gentle indie folker has some spine to it, and they employ some vintage Canadiana imagery by way of old film footage.

Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Chic Gamine- Christmas Vol. 1

No Comments 10 December 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Speaking of Christmas songs, Winnipeg’s Chic Gamine also have a holiday album out that features originals as well as covers of classics including the infamous “Last Christmas”.

Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Listen, Music, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] Ivory Towers – Endling (EP)

No Comments 09 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Quinne Rodgers, formerly of MYTHS, performs solo as Ivory Towers. Her 4-track EP ‘Endling’ is an intense work of experimental ambiance, glitchy sounds, voice loops and dark verse. Lyrically, Rodgers expresses a fascination with death, ghosts and blood, although usually the references are metaphorical (“You’re completely covered in blood and it’s all yours”). She needs to be nimble (and she is) as she teeters right on that edge where the non-conventional plummets into the pit of the unlistenable.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop, Roots

[Listen] Dogwood and Dahlia – 3 am

No Comments 08 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dogwood and dahlia

Start your week off right with this lively indie folk number from Dogwood and Dahlia. Despite the name, they are actually a trio.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Roots, Watch

[Watch] Fiver – Lonesome in this Grave

No Comments 07 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The folk-roots singer Fiver (a.k.a. Simone Schmidt) offers up a video to her song “Lonesome in this Grave”. It features this dude challenging you to staring competition.

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

[Listen] Shaky Knees – Old Man’s Car

No Comments 07 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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For Bruno Bin the journey to becoming the solo artist known as Shaky Knees has been a long one. Born and raised in Sao Paolo, he moved to Canada when he was 20. Since then he has toured from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island and way on up to the North West Territories. Originally the front man for Inner City Elegance, he finally went solo and released his debut full-length earlier this year. Shaky Knees has an easy-going, infectious style, bringing to mind some of the great singer-songwriters, such as Paul Simon. His forthright approach gives the impression of simplicity, which is deceiving as his songs have a rich depth.

Ambient music, Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Listen, Music, R&B/Hiphop, trip-hop

[Listen] Cathedrals – Cathedrals (EP)

No Comments 05 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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To call ‘cAthedrAls’ hip-hop or grime or bassmusic or any other recognizable genre would be misleading because the trio of producer OKPK, singer Antonia and spoken-word artist MC Magicus Carpetus take these urban sounds and raise them to the heavens. The result is something new, something haunting with both delicate beauty and disturbing edge. In more clumsy hands, the pairing of Antonia’s ethereal, sweet singing with Carpetus’ worldly grit would result in an ungainly clash, but here there is harmony in the yin and the yang And the two get to play out their vocalizing over music of startling originality. OKPK creates dizzying landscapes of scratchy beats, art rock guitars, flowing rhythms and airy atmospherics. We hope this isn’t just a one-off, because cAthedrAls create a fascinating place that we want to spend more time in.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Listen, Metal, Music, Pop

[Listen] Mr. Goshness – Blind

No Comments 05 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
[Listen] Mr. Goshness – Two Thousand Pieces

Mr. Goshness may not be the only theatrical folk metal band to come along, but I for one cannot think of any others off the top of my head. The best way to get your bearings is to think of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, without the horror. One may consider it foolhardy to even attempt such a genre because you are never going to satisfy everyone. Broadway musical buffs will demand more story and scope, dark folk fans will look for more despair and gloom, and metalheads will simply want more heaviosity. Personally, I think it courageous. I cherish bands who follow their own tune and take risks in the name of originality — so kudos, Mr. Goshness.

Although Mark Tardif often takes on singing duties, it’s the versatile vocals of Kaliandra Capri that take centre stage, carrying most of the drama in each of the mini epics on ‘A Guide To All Things Twisted’. Tardif, for his part, provides the metal edge to the tunes with his electric power chords, while he and the rest of the band plays everything from math rock and prog rock to power pop and orchestral pop. The topics they tackle range from the mystical to the mundane (consider “I Drank Too Much Wine”) but each track is intriguing due to the complexity of the arrangements.

Feeling adventurous? Goodness, then try Mr. Goshness.

Acoustic, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots

[Listen] Birds of Bellwoods – No Less Than All

No Comments 03 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The breezy, comforting sounds of the folksy, blue-grass influenced Toronto group Birds of Bellwoods makes for a good way to ease into your Wednesday.

Ambient music, Art rock, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Shoegaze

[Listen] Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Kitsch

No Comments 02 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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By all indications so far, ‘Club Meds’ will be a big album when it hits in January. Dan Mangan and Blacksmith drop another excellent teaser from the album, “Kitsch”. Mangan’s morose vocals play over a wash of intricate ambiance, as he takes full advantage of the experimental musicians that he has brought together.

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