Canadian, Pop, Psychedelic, Watch


No Comments 30 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

“Mrs. Starkey” from The Vaporettos self-titled EP. The Vancouver group would have you believe that the British invasion is still in full swing.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Experimental, Metal, Music, Psychedelic

[Album Review] Kuato- The Great Upheaval

No Comments 29 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: June 24, 2014
Label: Acadian Embassy

Kuato consists of five talented musicians from Halifax who practice their craft in the shadowy world of post-rock, which is a genre that is often misunderstood and sometimes even maligned. This is not prog rock for the 21st century, in fact it is “progressive” only in the broadest sense that it seeks to go beyond traditional rock stylings and structures. Nor is it merely instrumental metal. For one thing, post-rockers are not head-bangers, they are serious composers who approach their art the way classical musicians do, albeit with electric guitars and drums rather than violins and trumpets. Furthermore, on ‘The Great Upheaval‘ the music is just as often soft, almost ambient, as it is thunderous and loud. The only track that could be considered metal is “Battle of Bloody Creek”, but the title of the song should give you a good clue as to why it’s metal. Continue Reading

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Electropop, Folk, Listen, Psychedelic


No Comments 29 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

On the album ‘Animals’ those lunatics known as Bend Sinister throw just about everything into the mix — prog rock, vaudeville, psychedelia, 80′s corporate rock, electropop, Queen(!). Some might say they stretched themselves a tad too thin. I personally like “I Got Love”, because it’s just simple old-fashioned blues rock. Think early Deep Purple, complete with Jon Lord on keys.

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.

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

[Album Review] Reef Shark- Better Weather

No Comments 24 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
reef shark album


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

Ambient music, Canadian, Electronic, Experimental, Psychedelic, Soundtrack, Watch


No Comments 24 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

Dreamy, ambient, folktronic …. strangeness, from the mind of Lee Hutzulak a.k.a. Dixie’s Death Pool. “Shape Operator” is from the album ‘Twin Galaxies’.

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


2 Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan

An off-beat neo-folk number from Slight Birching (a.k.a. Sean Travis Ramsay). This dreamy, haunting single is released ahead of his debut album ‘Cultural Envelope’ (coming August).

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


No Comments 23 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
New Billy Ghost

The new 6-track EP from the mysterious Billy Ghost is a follow-up to his fantastic self-titled LP released earlier this year. The songs here range from dreamy (“Pacific Ocean Blues”) to Beatlesque (“What a Disaster!”) but they are all works of well-crafted pop.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen] Absolutely Free- Beneath the Air

No Comments 18 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
We’re finally going to get an Absolutely Free LP on October 14th. The self-titled debut is produced by Fucked Up’s Mike Haliechuk. Check out their light and dreamy new tune “Beneath the Air” below.

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

Blues, Canadian, Classic Rock, Listen, Music, Psychedelic, R&B/Hiphop, Under 2000

[Listen] Deep Sea Gypsies- Peatt Road

1 Comment 10 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
deep sea gypsies
Good god, y’all! Just take a listen to the Deep Sea Gypsies’ blend of rock, blues, psychedelia, with some hip-hop thrown in for good measure. Keeps the spirit of the late ’60′s alive, but it’s fresh and contemporary at the same time.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic, World Music

[Listen] Elephant Stone- Knock You From Yr Mountain

No Comments 03 July 2014

by Tiana Feng
Just a little over a year ago, Elephant Stone released a great self-titled album but they’re ready to return with The Three Poisons on August 26th via Hidden Pony Records. In their new song “Knock You From Yr Mountain”, they maintain their signature hindi-rock sound that balances traditional Indian sounds with digestible rock music.

Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Music, Psychedelic, Shoegaze, Watch

[Watch] The Hours – Steady Glazed Eyes

No Comments 30 June 2014

by Mica McCurdy

Winnipeg’s The Hours released this music video last week for their track “Steady Glazed Eyes”. Despite their strong shoegaze sound, they sure do make a lot of eye contact in this other-worldly take of the song.

Alternative, Ambient music, Canadian, Concert Reviews, Folk, Listen, Music, Psychedelic

[NXNE] Thus Owls, Circuits Des Yeux, Maica Mia and Thoughts on Air @ The Garrison 6/18/2014

No Comments 22 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
Thus Owls @ The Garrison 6/18/2014
This year was the first NXNE where I had to work a full-time job at the same time. I was also covering some of it for Exclaim! so my schedule for the most part was booked. The positive side is that it forced me to experience and discover some new things. I spent a lot of Wednesday at the Garrison where I caught Thus Owls, Circuits Des Yeux, Maica Mia and Thoughts on Air. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Pop, Psychedelic

[Listen/Download] Monomyth- Something Else

No Comments 15 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
Here’s Monomyth with their latest jangly single Something Else. The band will be playing a few NXNE with a Guelph date in between. Dates below.

Tour Dates
June 18 – Toronto – NXNE – Drake @ 8pm, Handlebar @ 11pm
June 20 – Guelph – Silence
June 21 – Toronto – NXNE (day show) – Saving Gigi @ 1pm
June 21 – Montreal – Brasserie Beaubien

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