Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Will Hunter Band – Challenger

No Comments 28 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
will hunter

Some indie folk rock from Toronto’s Will Hunter Band. “Challenger” is from Hunter’s latest EP ‘Last Summer’.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Roots, Watch

[Watch] Gunner and Smith – Towns

No Comments 27 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

In this video, Gunner and Smith’s mournful but evocative music is set to an interesting story that could be an episode from “The Twilight Zone”.

Alternative, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Listen, Music


No Comments 26 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

RAA’s new album ‘Mended With Gold’ drops this coming Tuesday (Sept. 30) and it’s a work of mature indie folk rock. Ably backed by drummer Paul Banwatt and the multi-talented Amy Cole, their music centres around the songwriting and distinctive voice of frontman Nis Edenloff. This track, “On the Rocks”, is probably my favourite, with its solid lyrics (the title references Newfoundland, as well as a crumbling relationship) and nice touches of keyboards and guitars. I also liked the two closing numbers, “Not Love or Death” and “…On the Run”, with their rolling drum beats. Aside from that, nothing here really hits it out of the park, but nevertheless it is satisfying, intelligent alternative folk.

Alternative, Canadian, Electronic, Folk, R&B/Hiphop, Watch


No Comments 26 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

An intriguing video to ChessClub’s “Half/Dead”. The song itself is partly hip-hop and partly indie folk, all set to a dreamy synth background.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music, Psychedelic

[Album Review] The Schomberg Fair- I Won’t Be Afraid

No Comments 25 September 2014

by Tiana Feng


Release Date: July 8th, 2014
Label: Independent

According to bassist Nathan Sidon, this is the record that The Stromberg Fair have been striving for all along. Not only that, it is so good that they may consider it their swansong. We all hope that isn’t true, but if it is then at least they went off on a high note because ‘I Won’t Be Afraid’ is truly an album to be reckoned with.

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Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Watch

[Watch] Blackburn Hall – 49

No Comments 25 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Ahead of the of their self-titled debut album, Blackburn Hall releases this video for the song “49”. Great indie folk rock throughout, but they flash a bit of a metal edge towards the end. Can’t wait for the whole album. (Hey, these guys are from Hamilton too).

Acoustic, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music, Watch

[Watch] Jennifer Castle- Nature

No Comments 24 September 2014

Is this Jennifer Castle video filmed at the CNE?!

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots


No Comments 23 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
snake river

Regina’s Christopher Sleightholm performs under the name Snake River. He states that the lyrics to his album ‘McKruski’ are culled from conversations, arguments and a dream had by residents of the town of Snake River Mountain and surrounding area on the evening of February 23, 1989. OK then.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Music

[Album Review] The Crooked Brothers- Thank You I’m Sorry

No Comments 23 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: September 23rd, 2014
Label: Transistor 66

On ‘Thank You I’m Sorry’ the trio known as The Crooked Brothers embellish their rootsy folk music with the more urban sounds of rock, blues jazz and funk. These “rural” and “city” forms of music form a sort of dichotomy which is best illustrated by contrasting the song “Organs on Demand”, with its urbane spoken word poetry set against a funky blues rhythm, to the likes of “Kennedy”, with its acoustic folk guitars and down home steel guitars.

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Canadian, Folk, Garage, Listen, Metal, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] Black Valley Gospel – Mean Old World (LP)

No Comments 21 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
black valley gospel

Black Valley Gospel is a band whose bark is worse than its bite. They have described their own music variously as “post-apocalyptic death rock”, “post-atomic spaghetti western music” and a cross between old blues and 80’s trash. As intriguing as all of that sounds, none of it’s really true. To give you a better idea, their latest album ‘Mean Old World’ features folk-rock (“The Haunted Sea”), gypsy rock (“The Lobotomist”), psychobilly (“Ain’t I Evil?”) and some Iron Butterfly-style psychedelia (“The Septic Winds of Commerce”). A predilection for heavy fuzzed-out guitar distortion and the occasional screamed lyric is about as metal as things get. So not as scary as they make it sound. That’s not to say that there isn’t a sinister edge or that there isn’t the odd disturbing passage (“wasps built a nest inside your heart”), but overall it’s just good clean carnival-style fun.

Acoustic, Canadian, Country, Folk, Watch


No Comments 21 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Singers John Antoniuk and Jen Lane team up as Jen & John (bizarre name). Here they perform “End of the World” from their self titled album.

Acoustic, Canadian, Country, Covers, Folk, Listen, Music


No Comments 19 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Peter Gardner, lead singer of Hawk and Steel, had an idea: team up with folk singer Sydney Batters, rent a warehouse and then, with little rehearsal, just record their favourite folk-rock songs. Simple. Earnest. Brilliant. The pair lovingly render versions of classics by Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle and Guy Clark. The rustling of fabric, the odd missed note, a false start and some traffic noise merely add to the honesty of the effort.

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


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


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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