Art rock, Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Music, Pop, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] ELMS – Cycles (EP)

No Comments 08 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
elms

Facebook has its uses. A FB friend put me on to this new EP by Peterborough musician ELMS (aka Alex Unger). Modern electro indie pop with a decidedly experimental edge, this record is brimming with originality. I must confess I’m not sure I quite understand lines such as “this is a relic under glass/a splinter from the cross/a love like a hairpin turn/always preying on the lost” but they resonate with me regardless. A great find!

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop, Roots

[Listen] Dogwood and Dahlia – 3 am

No Comments 08 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
dogwood and dahlia

Start your week off right with this lively indie folk number from Dogwood and Dahlia. Despite the name, they are actually a trio.

Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Pop, Psychedelic, Watch

[Watch] Born Gold – Flowers

No Comments 07 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Part of Born Gold's No Sorrow Series, the video to "Flowers" depicts the adventures of a pair of feet. Of the series Cecil Frena (aka Born Gold) says, "i will also write, act in, edit, and co-direct the videos. so if you hate this shit you will be able to personally blame me." Who's blaming? This stuff is brilliant.

Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, Pop, Singer/songwriter

[Listen] Shaky Knees – Old Man’s Car

No Comments 07 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

shaky knees

For Bruno Bin the journey to becoming the solo artist known as Shaky Knees has been a long one. Born and raised in Sao Paolo, he moved to Canada when he was 20. Since then he has toured from Newfoundland to Vancouver Island and way on up to the North West Territories. Originally the front man for Inner City Elegance, he finally went solo and released his debut full-length earlier this year. Shaky Knees has an easy-going, infectious style, bringing to mind some of the great singer-songwriters, such as Paul Simon. His forthright approach gives the impression of simplicity, which is deceiving as his songs have a rich depth.

Canadian, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Girlfriends and Boyfriends – Without Me

No Comments 06 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

It’s 1983 all over again as Girlfriends and Boyfriends play a cross between early U2 and British faux-soul pop. The video is an ’80s pastiche as well, with the trio posing in several locales around Vancouver.

Alternative, Art rock, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Listen, Metal, Music, Pop

[Listen] Mr. Goshness – Blind

No Comments 05 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
[Listen] Mr. Goshness – Two Thousand Pieces

Mr. Goshness may not be the only theatrical folk metal band to come along, but I for one cannot think of any others off the top of my head. The best way to get your bearings is to think of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, without the horror. One may consider it foolhardy to even attempt such a genre because you are never going to satisfy everyone. Broadway musical buffs will demand more story and scope, dark folk fans will look for more despair and gloom, and metalheads will simply want more heaviosity. Personally, I think it courageous. I cherish bands who follow their own tune and take risks in the name of originality — so kudos, Mr. Goshness.

Although Mark Tardif often takes on singing duties, it’s the versatile vocals of Kaliandra Capri that take centre stage, carrying most of the drama in each of the mini epics on ‘A Guide To All Things Twisted’. Tardif, for his part, provides the metal edge to the tunes with his electric power chords, while he and the rest of the band plays everything from math rock and prog rock to power pop and orchestral pop. The topics they tackle range from the mystical to the mundane (consider “I Drank Too Much Wine”) but each track is intriguing due to the complexity of the arrangements.

Feeling adventurous? Goodness, then try Mr. Goshness.

Canadian, Electronic, Pop, R&B/Hiphop, Watch

[Watch] Purity Ring – Push Pull

No Comments 04 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Finally! New music from Purity Ring. On “Push Pull” singer Megan James takes more of a contemporary R&B approach, but it’s still undoubtedly Purity Ring.

Alternative, Canadian, Pop, Watch

[Watch] Energy Slime – Gas In A Bag

No Comments 03 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Vancouver goofballs Energy Slime take their 30 second song “Gas In A Bag” and create the opening credits to a fictional TV show. Don’t blink or you’ll miss it.

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Watch] Beliefs- Tidal Wave

No Comments 02 December 2014

by Tiana Feng

Beliefs dropped a retro-looking video for a new song "Tidal Wave" off their upcoming record Leaper, out 2015. We love the Unfinished Business cameo.

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

[Listen] Nancy Pants – Happy

No Comments 02 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
nancy pants

“Happy” from Montreal’s Nancy Pants is a garage pop song with girly band doo-wopping and just enough strangeness to crack our Tuesday line-up. Thanks for being a bit odd.

Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Music, Pop, Shoegaze

[Listen] Faux Fantasy – Grandad the Cannibal

No Comments 02 December 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
faux fantasy

We launch into Weird Tuesday in fine form with the duo Faux Fantasy (Vanessa Lee Sorenson and Benjy Wilson). They play synth-pop with one heck of a dark edge. This little ditty starts off in a sinister mood that is very eerie. Musically, things lighten up a bit as the song progresses, but seriously how light can you get when you are talking about Grandad the Cannibal?

Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Listen, Music, Pop

[Watch] Owen Pallett- Infernal Fantasy

No Comments 01 December 2014

by Tiana Feng

Owen Pallett's "Infernal Fantasy" explores beautiful mountaintop.

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

[Album Review] Pine Tarts- Wolves Named the Moon

No Comments 29 November 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
pinetarts

Rating:

Release Date:March 15th, 2014
Label: Independent

 

I’m not sure whether it was the quirky band name or the baffling album title that first enticed me to check out Calgary’s Pine Tarts, but whatever it was I am sure glad I did because the Tarts are a delicious find. They are essentially noise pop but with a heavy emphasis on melody and lyrics. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Rah Rah- Good Winter

No Comments 29 November 2014

by Tiana Feng
Rah Rah- Good Winter
Rah Rah dropped a new single just in time for the diving temperatures of winter. The song is reimagines being a young adult in a tiny Canadian town and reinforces the positive sides to a cold harsh winter. If this weather is making you depressed, this might be the track you need to make you feel a little bit better.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[Listen] Bass Lions- Be Your Man

No Comments 29 November 2014

by Tiana Feng

basslions

If you’re a fan of The Darcys, you may dig the art-rock stylings of Kitchener’s Bass Lions. Stream “Be Your Man” from their latest self-titled below.

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