Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Folk, Instrumental, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] ALEX CALDER – FATAL RELAY (EP)

No Comments 19 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
Fatal Relay

I’ve lost track of the number of releases put out by Alex Calder this year. When he stops being entertaining we’ll tell him to quit. This 4-track EP features an alternate version of “Someone’ and three new instrumentals. I’m not calling him in yet.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] The Rural Alberta Advantage- Runners in the Night

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Tiana Feng

The Rural Alberta Advantage just revealed “Runners in the Night” from their upcoming album Mended With Gold. To celebrate they are going on a pretty extensive tour. Dates after the jump.

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Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music, Pop

[Album Review] The Wilderness of Manitoba- Between Colours

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: September 16th, 2014
Label: Pheromone Recordings

The sense of purpose on ‘Between Colours’ is palpable. On this their fourth album, the Toronto-based trio The Wilderness of Manitoba are making conscious and deliberate efforts to expand on their sound by increasing the complexity of their instrumentation. On the closing track “The Movement of Stars” they hit the mark beautifully with the use of time signature changes, layered guitars and some trippy keyboards. Unfortunately, however, on most of the songs the conventional song structures and less than memorable lyrics simply don’t match the band’s ambitions.

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Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Garage, Listen, lo-fi, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] OK VANCOUVER OK – BUILDING A WAY

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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OK, well Thursday continues to be pretty mellow with OK Vancouver OK. The lo-fi “Building A Way” is more than a little quirky, though.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] ELECTRIC OAK – LUNGS

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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It’s Bob Gronotte’s birthday, so to celebrate let’s play a song featuring his great guitar work — Electric Oak’s “Lungs”. Happy Birthday, Bob.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Pop, Watch

[WATCH] THE PROVINCIAL ARCHIVE – THE MARKET

No Comments 18 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

It’s a pretty mellow Thursday so far, although the b/w video to “The Market” by the Provincial Archive isn’t all that laid back.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Pop, Watch

[WATCH] WiL – Make Make

No Comments 17 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Animated video of the indie folk “Make, Make” from the upcoming new album by BC’s WiL.

Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music, Watch

[Watch] New Country Rehab- Lost Highway

No Comments 16 September 2014

by Tiana Feng

New Country Rehab now has an action packed video for “Lost Highway” from their album Ghost of Your Charms.

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, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] F & M – And We Will Mend Our Broken Hearts

No Comments 14 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Before I drift to sleep, I will leave you with the gentle sounds of Edmonton’s F&M and their latest track “And We Will Mend Our Broken hearts”. Their album At Sunset We Sing will be available November 4th.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music, Watch

[Watch] Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk- I Lost Myself

No Comments 14 September 2014

by Tiana Feng

CBC Searchlight winner Lauren Mann & the Fairly Odd Folk released a video for their winning song “I Lost Myself”.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music

[Album Review] West My Friend- When the Ink Dries

No Comments 13 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: March 6th, 2014
Label: Grammar Fight Records

West My Friend are the quintessential Victoria band. They are friendly, personable, well-educated, liberal-minded, funny, environmentally conscious and they lean towards indie folk. And then there’s that je ne sais quoi – the thing that sets them apart, that makes them unique – let’s call it their quirkiness.

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Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] THE DARCYS – ULTRA VIOLET

No Comments 12 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
darcys

The Darcys celebrate the one year anniversary of ‘Warring’ with the release of a previously unreleased track, “Ultra Violet”. Nice to hear them again!

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.

Alternative, Folk, News/Tours, Pop

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

No Comments 11 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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This is it, the band I am most excited about:

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS (Vancouver)
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TNP have been kicking around for about fifteen years now, and they spend more time apart than they do together. You would never guess that, however, based on their latest album ‘Brill Bruisers’ because they sound more cohesive and energized than they have in years. This could well be their best album ever. Expect a cheer from the crowd when they name-drop Victoria in the song “War on the East Coast”.

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