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!

Acoustic, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Punk, World Music


No Comments 17 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
tower of dudes

The first twenty seconds of “Make Your Own Culture” may leave you thinking you’ve accidentally wandered into a Greek wedding. But no, this is the crazy world of Victoria’s Tower of Dudes. They describe themselves as a gypsy punk accordion rock band. Who am I to argue? It’s zany, lively, irreverent, funny and always entertaining.

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Punk


No Comments 12 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan
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Montreal may have become the world centre for indie music but Vancouver remains the country’s hotbed for punk/hardcore. Witness “Little Winnipeg” the new single from Youth Decay. It is a relentless assault on your senses, although a gear shift mid-song gives it an interesting twist.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Music, Punk

[Album Review] Fucked Up- Glass Boys

No Comments 12 July 2014

by Tiana Feng


Release Date: June 3rd, 2014
Label: Arts & Crafts/Matador Records

Back in December, I had the pleasure of hanging out with Damian Abraham, Jonah Falco and Sandy Miranda at Candle Recording Studio for a Stereogum feature story. Abraham had discussed with us his internal conflicts, what it’s like to be a dad and also a member of a band with a certain level of fame yet still being accepted in the punk scene. These are all internal conflicts that fuel the energy found in the band’s latest effort Glass Boys. Continue Reading

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, Concert Reviews, Metal, Music, Punk

A Primitive Evolution, Sumo Cyco and Here Below @ The Hideout 7/4/2014

No Comments 08 July 2014

by Ashley Smith
A Primitive Evolution
Friday night the Hideout was packed and sweaty—and for good reason. The bill was stacked with Toronto talent. I really like the Hideout; it has a rock and roll atmosphere and great staff, the kind of place that was the perfect setting for the show I was about to enjoy. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Punk, Watch

[Watch] White Lung- In Your Home

No Comments 08 July 2014

Go on a weird live action cartoon adventure in White Lung’s latest video for “In Your Home”. Their album Deep Fantasy is out now and you can read our review here.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Music, Punk

[Album Review] Greys- If Anything

No Comments 03 July 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: June 17th, 2014
Label: Buzz Records/Carpark Records

There are artists out there who give a lot of thought to their intended audience. They use terms like “relatable”, and strive to have their music “resonant” with the listener. Then there’s the likes of Greys. Frankly, they are too happy just playing what the hell they want to give a sh%# what you think. It’s the quintessential punk attitude, and Greys have it in spades. Continue Reading

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Hardcore, Metal, Music, Punk

[Album Review] White Lung- Deep Fantasy

No Comments 30 June 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: June 17th, 2014
Label: Domino Records

Warning: take a deep breath before pressing the start button on ‘Deep Fantasy’ because once you do it’s a headlong rush, with no time for anything as mundane as inhaling. White Lung lets loose an unrelenting torrent of scorching metal-tinged hardcore. They take no prisoners. It is punk perfection. Continue Reading

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, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] Renny Wilson- Punk Explosion

No Comments 28 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
Renny Wilson can make music in all sorts of genres. A few days ago he dropped Punk Explosion on Bandcamp. The songs are recorded between 2007-2014 as a way for Wilson to vent his frustration, in the style of his old band Subatomics. With that we get 8 songs that will be over before you know it.

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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Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Electropop, Music, Pop, Punk

[Album Review] Sex With Strangers- You Know Something We Don’t?

No Comments 25 June 2014

by Mark Anthony Brennan


Release Date: May 27th, 2014
Label: Independent

Vancouver’s Sex With Strangers is what you would call a “true” band, where every member makes his or her presence felt. The driving rhythms of drummer Dan Walker and bassist Mike Gentile lend the songs their power, whereas the versatile guitar playing of Cory Price provides the tone, which varies greatly from track to track. This is not to overlook the one-two punch of vocalists Hatch Benedict and Alexis Young, who together anchor the entire affair. Perhaps it is the fact that SWS consists of five such strong musical individuals that accounts for the diversity of its sound. The band plays new-wave power pop with a hard rock edge, but allows strains of punk, math rock, prog metal and synth rock to permeate the mix. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Listen, Music, Punk

[Listen] White Lung- Down It Goes

No Comments 24 June 2014

by Tiana Feng
Wake yourself up with a little White Lung. The unrelentless “Down It Goes” is from their album Deep Fantasy which you can get now via Domino Records.

Alternative, Canadian, Garage, Music, Punk, Watch

[Watch] Ought- Today More Than Any Other Day

No Comments 19 June 2014

Explore the suburbs with Ought in their video for “Today More Than Any Other Day”, the title track from their latest album.

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