Alternative, Folk, News/Tours, Pop

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

No Comments 11 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
riff
This is it, the band I am most excited about:

THE NEW PORNOGRAPHERS (Vancouver)
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TNP have been kicking around for about fifteen years now, and they spend more time apart than they do together. You would never guess that, however, based on their latest album ‘Brill Bruisers’ because they sound more cohesive and energized than they have in years. This could well be their best album ever. Expect a cheer from the crowd when they name-drop Victoria in the song “War on the East Coast”.

Canadian, Folk, Pop, Singer/songwriter, Watch

[WATCH] TOBIAS JESSO JR – WITHOUT YOU & JUST A DREAM

No Comments 10 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Something a little different — this video captures Vancouver singer-songwriter Tobias Jesso Jr live in a busy bar in LA. His sincere, piano-based balladry will draw inevitable comparisons to John Lennon.

Canadian, Grunge, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] DILLY DALLY – CANDY MOUNTAIN

No Comments 10 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Lead singer Katie Monks’ erratic, glitter-rock vocal stylings highlight this great grunge/pop number from Toronto’s Dilly Dally.

Canadian, Pop, Singer/songwriter, Watch

[WATCH] LYON – LULLABY

No Comments 10 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The video for Lyon’s piano ballad “Lullaby” is gauzy and dreamy, reflecting the mood of the song.

Alternative, Grunge, News/Tours, Pop, Punk

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

No Comments 10 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
riff
Getting close to the end (and Rifflandia starts tomorrow). Fourteenth is:

SMASH BOOM POW (Vancouver)
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Smash Boom Pow is a relatively new act on the Vancouver scene. They refer themselves as a loud three-piece rock band. That’s quite true, but it glosses over the fact that front man Ulysses has a great voice and sings very tuneful melodies. Noise pop, alternative power pop, melodic loud rock — call it what you will, but just don’t miss their high octane show.

Alternative, Canadian, Jazz, Pop, Watch

[WATCH] HOMESHAKE – MAKING A FOOL OF YOU

No Comments 10 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Peter Sagar takes some time off from his role as guitarist for Mac DeMarco to work on his own project, Homeshake. On “Making a Fool of You” he shows off his signature guitar style.

Canadian, Electropop, News/Tours, Pop

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

No Comments 09 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
riff
Lucky 13 is:

ROCOCODE (Vancouver)
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Rococode’s clever synth pop is always a balance between light and dark, heavy and soft. They’ve been working on some new tunes that I am sure they’re just bustin’ to let loose on you. This one will be fun.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] SLOW DOWN MOLASSES – SUMMER SUN

No Comments 09 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Slow Down Molasses’ new album won’t be out until next year. In the meantime, though, they’ve given us a teaser track, the jangly dream pop number “Summer Sun”.

Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop

[LISTEN] OLD and WEIRD – AM I DUMB

No Comments 09 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Good morning and welcome back to Weird Tuesday! Here’s a band from Halifax that probably needs to up their meds. OK, not really. “Am I Dumb” is from Old and Weird’s latest album ‘What I Saw’.

Art rock, Canadian, Pop, Watch

[WATCH] ISOBEL TRIGGER – CHAMPION

No Comments 09 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Isobel Trigger’s new video to their power pop song “Champion”. The band can be seen later this week at Rifflandia.

Canadian, Electropop, Experimental, Music, News/Tours, Pop

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

No Comments 08 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
riff
We are way up to eleven, and it is:

RICH AUCOIN (Halifax)
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Yes, I said Rich Aucoin. See, I have heard his new album (set to drop tomorrow) and it is killer. It has all the energy and pounding noise of his debut album, but he has gotten even more daring and experimental. It is hard not to draw comparison’s to Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor’, but I am not accusing him of copying, he just uses the same approach to the music. His concerts are always celebratory and exciting, so this is going to be a Rifflandia standout this year.

Ambient music, Canadian, Classic Rock, Folk, Pop, Watch

[WATCH] ILLITRY – BORN

No Comments 08 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

A blue-lit restrained performance of “Born” by Hamilton’s Illitry.

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music, Pop, Watch

[WATCH] John Southworth – Ode to the Morning Sky

No Comments 08 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

The video to John Southworth’s soft piano-based folk song is filmed in Orangeville, Ont. This is from the Canadian side (naturally) of his record ‘Niagara’ due out in a few weeks.

Canadian, Electropop, News/Tours, Pop

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

No Comments 08 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
riff
Out tenth pick is someone who is about to hit the big time:

LOWELL (Toronto)
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Lowell’s album ‘We Loved Her Dearly’ is arguably the most eagerly anticipated Canadian debut of the year. For one thing, she’s been dropping teaser songs the way Hansel and Gretel drop breadcrumbs, so we’ve got a pretty good idea of what her music is like. At times she conjures up images of a dream pop princess, at others she can be compared to the likes of Madonna or even MIA. Despite the sugar coating, Lowell is serious about her music (it IS very well constructed) and can be outspoken about such topics as feminism and gay rights. Get ready to be entertained, Victoria!

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Soul

[LISTEN] GOLD AND MARROW – MY HEART 2

No Comments 08 September 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
gold and marrow

Shannon Rose has a new band, Gold and Marrow, and a new album ‘Forever’ coming out soon. “My Heart 2″ is a soulful but dark grinder of a song.

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