Canadian, Folk, Grunge, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, Shoegaze

[LISTEN] THE RASPBERRY HEAVEN – NASCENT MEADOWS (LP)

No Comments 05 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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From what I can tell “Nascent Meadows” (love that title) is the first full-length from London’s The Raspberry Heaven (love that name). You can call it sadcore, emo, dream pop, shoegaze, post-hardcore. Or you can just call it good.

Alternative, Classic Rock, Electropop, Folk, News/Tours, Pop

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

No Comments 05 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Wow, we’re up to five already? OK, here goes:

ZEUS (Toronto)
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Zeus’s brand of indie rock involves a heavy dose of ’60’s and ’70’s nostalgia. Think Nilsson, Beatles and ELO all mooshed together and then served up with new millennium sparkle. Their infectious rhythms and hooks should be a big hit when they land on Sunday afternoon.

Canadian, Experimental, Folk, News/Tours, Shoegaze, Singer/songwriter

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

No Comments 05 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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And the fourth act is:

ASTRAL SWANS (Calgary)
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Astral Swans is the solo project of Matthew Swan, a Calgary folk/no wave/sludge performer. He can be compared to Beck or Chad VanGaalen, but the truth is that he’s unique — a sincere but weirded-out balladeer.

Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop, Roots, World Music

[LISTEN] THE JERRY CANS – Inurulutuinnaujunga

No Comments 05 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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“Inurulutuinnaujunga” is from the Jerry Cans’ second album ‘Aakuluk’. The song is reflective of the make-up of the band, as well as the various cultures present in Nunavut, in that it is sung in both English and Inuktitut and it features both Inuit throat singing and Celtic folk.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Close Talker- Burnstick

No Comments 04 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
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Close Talker‘s hazy melodies are back in the form of a new album called Flux, which will be released November 4th on Nevado Records. Stream the lovely new song “Burnstick” below.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[Listen] Mo Kenney- Telephones

No Comments 04 September 2014

by Tiana Feng
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2013 SOCAN Songwriting prize winner Mo Kenney‘s has a new album coming out called In My Dreams. Kenney collaborated with Joel Plaskett in the writing and production of the album. Stream “Telephones” from the album below.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Grunge, Hardcore, News/Tours, Pop

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

No Comments 04 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Now, the third band you cannot afford to miss:

P.S. I LOVE YOU (Kingston)
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P. S. I Love You has just released its third album of boisterous but nuanced noise pop. According to All Music Guide the duo of Paul Saulnier and Benjamin Nelson “conjure up a captivating web of sound, pairing thunderous percussion and gossamer-like acoustic guitars with gargantuan, heavily distorted electrics”. Their performance should be loud, sinister, engaging and exciting when they take the late night slot on Saturday night.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music

[Album Review] Sunfields- Habitat

No Comments 04 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Rating:

Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Label: Independent

‘Habitat’ by Montreal’s Sunfields sounds, at least superficially, like a mixtape made by a university kid in the 1970’s who still misses the ’60’s but has warmed up to the country folk sounds of the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac. There’s the odd Beatles flash-back but the harmonica, steel guitars and organ are all touchstones of that late ’70’s southern California sound. Continue Reading

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Country, Folk, Music, News/Tours

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

No Comments 04 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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OK, the second act at Rifflandia that you do not want to miss is:

KANDLE AND THE KROOKS (Montreal)
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Kandle (Osborne) is a mesmerizing singer of smoky southern blues rock and alt country. Her debut full-length album ‘In Flames’ was met with enthusiastic reviews. She teams up with guitarist/bassist Sam Goldberg Jr., so you know you are in for a top notch show.

Art rock, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music

[LISTEN] KENNA BURIMA – THE WOLF IS THE WORLD

No Comments 04 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Kenna Burima’s music is a fascinating blend of indie singer-songwriter and theatrical cabaret. “The Wolf is the World” is a rather disquieting number from her self-titled album.

Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] HILARY GRIST – DAMNED

No Comments 04 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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No video this time, just some great music from indie folk pop phenom Hilary Grist. “Damned” is from her excellent new album ‘Come and Go’.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots

[LISTEN] ELLIOTT BROOD – JIGSAW HEART

No Comments 03 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The rootsy sounds of Elliott Brood are back! “Jigsaw Heart” is a teaser from the upcoming full-length ‘Work and Love’ due out in October.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Electropop, Folk, Music, Pop, Singer/songwriter

[Album Review] Valery Gore- Idols in the Dark Heart

1 Comment 02 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

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Rating:

Release Date: September 9th, 2014
Label: Independent

Valery Gore has always been enjoyable and has proven her ability to craft a solidly listenable song. Now however, after spending four years bringing her third album to fruition, Gore takes a huge step forward with a work that displays both greater lyrical maturity and musical complexity. She, in fact, stands poised to earn her place in the pantheon of critically acclaimed contemporary female singer-songwriters.  Fortunately for us, along the way she hasn’t forgotten that her primary job is to entertain. Continue Reading

Blues, Canadian, Country, Folk, Listen, Music, Roots

[LISTEN] JENNIS – I’M NOT HERE ANYMORE

No Comments 02 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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It’s Tuesday, so you know what that means. Let’s kick off Weird Tuesday with a song called “I’m Not Here Anymore” by the duo known as Jennis (Dennis Gaumond and Jen Gillmor).

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

[Album Review] The New Pornographers- Brill Bruisers

No Comments 01 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Rating:

Release Date: August 26th, 2014
Label: Matador/Last Gang

Of the two major critics’ darlings in Canadian contemporary music Arcade Fire are the ones for whom indie weirdness comes so naturally that it’s a struggle for them to rein it all in and present something listenable. Their West Coast counterparts, The New Pornographers, on the other hand, could rattle off enjoyable power pop in their sleep (and maybe they do), and so you would swear they deliberately go out of their way to sound “difficult” in order to ensure that they are taken seriously. However, after kicking around for about 15 years TNP are at a point in their musical lives where they no longer seem to care whether they are taken seriously or not. On ‘Brill Bruisers’ everything sounds more effortless, without any obvious attempts at pretension (gone, for example, are the head-scratchingly obscure song titles). The resulting product exhibits more exuberance and cohesion than we’ve heard since the band’s early days. Continue Reading

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