Canadian, Experimental, Garage, Listen, Psychedelic

[LISTEN] SHADOW FOLK – Season’s End (EP)

No Comments 27 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Dreamy psychedelia (“Season’s End”), experimental noise (“Hey Ganeymwa”) and trippy garage rock (“Here At Home”) from Halifax’s Shadow Folk.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Garage, Listen, lo-fi


No Comments 25 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Winnipeg’s Vampires (not the best choice of band names) call their music ‘post-garage’ which I think means they got kicked out of the garage and now they’re playing in the shed out back. In any case, the duo comes up with an intriguing mixture of raw lo fi rock and art rock. Quite different.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Album Review] Reef Shark- Better Weather

No Comments 24 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Release Date: June 23rd, 2014
Label: Independent

One thing about eagerly waiting for something for too long is that you start to worry that you are building it up too much and that surely this is going to end in disappointment. Such was the case with the debut album from Vancouver’s Reef Shark. It was recorded in 2013 but for some reason it has been languishing for many months with only the odd teaser to keep us tantalized (like the video to “Frozen Beach”). Well, the debut is finally here and fortunately the record was definitely worth waiting for. It is, in fact, one of the best Canadian indie albums of the year so far. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Listen, Punk


No Comments 24 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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A lo fi effort from BC punk outfit The Downers. Amazing what 3 guys, 2 mikes and a living room can produce. These guys list “alcohol depression” as one of the genres they play!

Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music

[Listen] Billy Moon- Video Girls

No Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
billy moon

Goofy garage rock from Hamilton’s Billy Moon.

Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music


No Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

A bit of weird lo fi garage rock from Edmonton’s Power Buddies.

Canadian, Classic Rock, Garage, Hardcore, Music, Watch


No Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Atlantic-flavoured rock from The Motorleague. Plus, you can download the actual game if you want!

Canadian, Garage, Pop, Watch


No Comments 19 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

New video from Dundas trio The Tallest Tree. A DIY effort, which is fitting given their lo fi, garage pop sound.

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Hana Vave- 1992

No Comments 13 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
Lo-fi pop tunes are perfect for summer and Hana Vave’s EP 1992 is no exception. If you’re a TOPS fan, you’ll probably dig this.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Psychedelic

[Album Review] Surprise Party- Heart of Love

No Comments 12 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: March 17th, 2014
Label: Independent

Man, I hate it when that happens. I get an e-mail from Tiana which reads “Winnipeg psychedelic goth-lords Surprise Party”, and when I head over to their Bandcamp site I find it splattered with satanic images, including a particularly gory Last Supper scene. Hey, I’m down for anything, so I sharpen my butcher knife, grab a frisky sacrificial lamb and head on down to the party. But, whoa, imagine my surprise, this is a California beach party and here I am dressed like a druid! Fortunately, no one here cares what you look like. I just smile and quickly hide the lamb behind my back (I strongly suspect these guys support PETA). Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] INVASIONS- No Darkness

No Comments 12 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
Toronto’s Invasions switched their sound around to something more summer friendly. Listen to the beach ready tunes below. Yeah, this beach has trumpets.

Canadian, Garage, Grunge, Listen, Music, Punk


No Comments 09 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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The Dirty Nil have released their latest single “Cinnamon” ahead of their fourth seven-inch, which is out August 19th on Fat Wreck Chords. Like things loud, raucous and in-your-face? The Dirty Nil is your band. “Cinnamon” is a noisy bit of garage punk delivered with 90′s grunge attitude.

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Kestrels- The Moon Is Shining Our Way

No Comments 03 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
“The Moon is Shining Our Way” is the title track from the latest EP by Halifax power trio, Kestrels. The song pretty well serves as the definition of ‘noise pop’. It starts off with a blare of reverberating guitar distortion, giving you the false impression that this is a driving post-punk number. But soon the guitar din subsidizes and singer Chad Peck’s gentle voice delivers the power pop vocals. The raucous guitar distortion rears its head again before too long, just to let you know that its first appearance was no aberration. And there you have it: the two divergent elements – the post-punk rock and the pop, the salty and the sweet – come together to create a delectable whole. Noise pop perfection.

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Music, Punk, Watch

[Watch] Mexican Slang- Halcyon

No Comments 28 June 2014

Mexican Slang‘s “Halcyon” gets a video with lead singer Annabelle Lee under some images of retro neon street signs.

Alternative, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Garage, Music, Punk

[NXNE] Viet Cong @ Smiling Buddha 6/19/2014

No Comments 26 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
Viet Cong @ The Smiling Buddha 6/19/2014
I ended my Thursday night of NXNE with Viet Cong at the Smiling Buddha. I had yet to see them so they were a personal pick for my schedule. The new buzz-band which features members of Women and Chad Vangaalen provided sonic ear-candy. Their presence on stage wasn’t wacky or that engaging but it didn’t need to be and the music spoke very much for itself. The packed crowd at the small space were definitely into it. They’re kind of like Canada’s answer to Cloud Nothings.
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