Alternative, Country, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Dinner Belles – River and the Willow

No Comments 23 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Still trying to catch up this week — so much music coming down. Here’s a rootsy, country folk album from Ontario’s Dinner Belles. Sounds very traditional at first, but they have their own new millennium indie lens on the whole thing.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Singer/songwriter, Watch

[Watch] The Written Years – Homesick Dirge

No Comments 23 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

An atmospheric lyric video of “Homesick Dirge” from The Written Years fantastic self-titled debut.

Canadian, Folk, Listen, Metal, Music

[Listen] Protokult – Get Me a Beer!

No Comments 21 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Ah, nothing says Weird Tuesday like an odd mixture of genres. Here’s “Get Me a Beer!” a pagan folk metal song from Protokult. Bound to keep you chuckling all the way down to the bottom of the keg.

Canadian, Experimental, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Amy Casper – Abandoned Me

No Comments 21 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Welcome to this week’s edition of Weird Tuesday. We start things off with some experimental folk from Amy Casper. “Abandoned Me” is from one of four albums that the prolific Casper has put out so far this year.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Close Talker- For the Sun

No Comments 20 October 2014

by Tiana Feng
© Chris Graham Photo 2014
Close Talker will be releasing their second full length soon but for now you can check out the awesome tune “For the Sun”. Flux will be released November 4th on Nevado Records.

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Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music

[Album Review] Fish & Bird- Something in the Ether

No Comments 20 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: September 30th, 2014
Label: Fiddlehead Records

They are an indie folk-rock outfit from the West Coast. You think you’ve got them pegged already, don’t you? Think again. For one thing they have more rootsy instruments in their arsenal than you’d normally expect from Canadian pacific music (banjos, fiddles, etc.). The thing that really sets them apart, however, is their arrangements. That’s not to say that F&B take you on weird free-form trips or baffle you with dissonant change-ups, but the song structures are never disappointingly predictable. It’s not heavy-handed by any means, but they throw you off just enough to pique your interest.

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Art rock, Canadian, Electronic, Folk, Pop, Singer/songwriter, Watch

[Watch] Valery Gore – S.O.

No Comments 17 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Valery Gore offers up a simple but effective video to the song “S.O.” from the album that is gearing up to rank high on my list of best albums of the year, ‘Idols in teh Dark Heart’.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Folk, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Timber Timbre – Grand Canyon

No Comments 15 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

A fascinating video, if somewhat disturbing at times, to Timber Timbre’s excellent tune, “Grand Canyon”.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Sarah MacDougall – I Want to See the Light

No Comments 15 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

It’s nice to see some artistry in video production (sorry, but DIY efforts are getting tiresome). There are lot of deft touches in this one set to the song “I Want to See the Light” by Sarah MacDougall. It portrays a story of what it is like to be walking home knowing that there is a sniper out there.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Uncategorized

[Watch] F&M- And We Will Mend Our Broken Hearts

No Comments 13 October 2014

by Tiana Feng

Edmonton’s F&M have a stunning video out for “And We Will Mend Our Broken Hearts.

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Acoustic, Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots

[Listen] The Goatbox Rebel – The Goatbox Rebel (EP)

No Comments 11 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
goatbox

The Goatbox Rebel is Ivan Westley, a one-man band with a reverence for the traditions of blues, rock and folk but with a bitter, punk attitude. This self-titled EP is the debut for the Montreal-born/Toronto-based artist (uprooted via the 401).

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Roots, Watch

[Watch] The Barr Brothers – Half Crazy

No Comments 11 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The Barr Brothers go all southern swamp blues on “Half Crazy”. The beautiful b/w footage captures them in their multi-instrumental glory.

Acoustic, Alternative, Ambient music, Concert Reviews, Electronic, Folk, Music

Asgeir, Low Roar @ Lee’s Palace 10/08/2014

No Comments 09 October 2014

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by Nilabjo Banerjee

Last night, Lee’s Palace was infused with Icelandic musical flavours courtesy of Asgeir. Seemed like an ideal companion for many on a chilly night in early October.

Low Roar captivated the usually restless crowd during openers. There was absolute silence for the entire set, with no banter until the last song. Project of singer-songwriter Ryan Karazija (ex- Audrey Sessions), there was a certain cinematic and grandiose element to the songs ideal for listens during dark foggy nights. Karazija’s wailing falsettos never hit a false note, as the haunting melodies helped by eccentric synth patterns and electronic percussion all pieced together to establish a serene ambience. The set didn’t have the expected pauses. This was a bit puzzling for the crowd, unaware when to howl in appreciation. But, with such enthralling music, pausing for talk is more of an unnecessary interruption. Karazija and crew exited to encore chants. Not too shabby for a Toronto debut.

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The evening of subdued melodies continued as Asgeir cozied the nippy venue with lush falsettos supported by a stellar crew of musicians collectively part of Asgeir Trausti band. Gaining initial fame for his Icelandic debut, the 22-year-old bearded songster announced his bilingual intentions at the start, much to the roaring delight of those wanting to hear from both Dýrð í dauðaþögn and the English translated In The Silence. After all, Asgeir’s gentle serenade is the real star. Voice that has the maturity of Justin Vernon or JVM, the fairly reserved Nordic star excelled both during acoustic gems ‘Summer Guest’ and the viral cover of Nirvana’s ‘Heart Shaped Box’ or louder jams ‘Torrent’ and the hit single ‘King and Cross’.

Impressive live performances can only further Asgeir’s widespread acclaim. If last night’s rowdy reception is any indication, the Icelandic star is all set to be the next successful musical export

Acoustic, Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Country, Folk, Music, Reggae

Current Swell, Theatre Crisp @ The Horseshoe Tavern 10/05/2014

No Comments 09 October 2014

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by Nilabjo Banerjee

Toronto is a resilient city. Instead of sulking in the disappointment that was Nuit Blanche on Saturday, hordes came out to the ‘Shoe for an evening of crunchy west-coast rock courtesy of Current Swell.

Theatre Crisp had an admirable consistent peppy energy as the venue was gradually filling up. Bringing their brand of ‘funk-hop’, the Niagara-based band played their unique cross genre of ska, funk and hip-hop. Fedora-adorning frontman humbleHAB was equally stellar as emcee and singer, impressing during A Tribe Called Quest and Jack Johnson covers. David Cox, tap dancer extraordinaire, was put to good use for percussion elements during brief ballad moments. Other times, Cox’ tapping sounds were understandably masked by instruments, appearing more to be a distraction. The band’s honest energy was particularly charming, as they ended the set with groovilicious ‘Suzie’.

photo 3Packed house on a Sunday night was apparently not the expectation from lads of Current Swell. Thankful for the roaring crowded reception, Scott Stanton and his buds from Victoria jumped right into their catalogue full of radio-friendly alt-rock tunes. What sets them apart is the varied mix of genres catering to your every music need. You have the funky & acoustic ‘Young and Able’ or nostalgic & folky ‘Long Time Ago’ or slide-guitar party jam ‘Rollin’, off the new release Ulysses. Newer material resonated even more with gems like ‘One Day I’ll Be Rich’ (move over, BNL!) or reflective ‘Man of Maps’. The hits never stopped comin, and there was barely a soul in the audience that wasn’t sweating along. Even Ghosty Boy shared his sentimental bliss. “Looked into the crowd during the song, and just the amount of beaming smiles back at me”, said the bassist, “made me realize it’s all worth it’. A true ‘awe shucks’ moment!

Humble and organic talent. That is word association for Current Swell. Doubt anybody would disagree with that. When you get to see them live, you would mostly like add ‘effing awesome’ to that list as well.

Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Windmills – Face to a Name

No Comments 08 October 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
windmills

Windmills is an ambient folk one-man band. “Face to a Name” is a good introduction to his craft, with its clever but restrained arrangement.

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