Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Music, World Music

[Album Review] Alejandra Ribera- La Boca

No Comments 09 February 2014

by Tiana Feng


Release Date: February 4th, 2014
Label: Pheromone Recordings

Alejandra Ribera’s “I Want” topped the popularity charts here at RTT for many weeks and I was eager to get my hands on her album to review. Unlike the single, the album finds itself trilingual – in English, Spanish and French. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Folk, Listen, Music, World Music

[Listen] Melissa Laveaux- Pie Bwa

No Comments 05 December 2013

by Tiana Feng
Here’s another tune from the lovely Melissa Laveaux whose EP Memory Is A Strange Bell is out now.

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, New Age, World Music

[Album Review] Yamantaka // Sonic Titan – Uzu

No Comments 12 November 2013

by Tiana Feng


Release Date: October 29th, 2013
Label: Paperbag Records

After their Polaris short-listed debut YT//ST, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan have returned with Uzu. If you thought their debut was a bit too weird for your tastes, Uzu may change your mind. Continue Reading

Alternative, Canadian, Music, Watch, World Music

[Watch] Destroyer- Bye Bye

No Comments 06 November 2013

by Tiana Feng

Ok now that I’m not so distracted by Rob Ford news, here are some chickens in Destroyer‘s video for “Bye Bye”.

Album Reviews, Jazz, Music, Pop, World Music

[Album Review] Maylee Todd- Escapology

No Comments 10 April 2013

by Tiana Feng
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Release Date: April 2nd, 2013
Label: Do Right! Music

I’ve seen Maylee Todd multiple times within a year before this album’s release as Ark Analog, Maloo, Henri Faberge and the Adorables, but it is what’s known as Maylee Todd that embodies the most energy and captured in Escapology. Continue Reading

Album Reviews, Alternative, Canadian, Music, Psychedelic, World Music

[Album Review] Elephant Stone- Elephant Stone

No Comments 12 February 2013

by Tiana Feng


Release Date: February 5th, 2013
Label: Hidden Pony Records

It’s been 3 years since Rishi Dhir released Polaris long-listed The Seven Seas. Within it, he integrated Indian influences with middle-eastern vocal techniques, tabla and dilruba. In his sophomore release, and the band’s self-titled release, the line-up has changed but Dhir still maintains the stuck-in 80′s brand of hindi-pop rock. Continue Reading

Blues, Concert Reviews, Music, World Music

Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival: The Record Company, Rusted Root 09/14/12

No Comments 17 September 2012

by: Laura Feeney

Despite their separate venues, Rusted Root and The Record Company brought similar enthusiasm and style to their performances on Friday night at the Harvest Jazz and Blues Festival. These shows were not originally on my to-see list, but enthusiastic reviews persuaded me to take a chance. I soon found myself being swept up in lively, dancing crowds and losing track of time.


The Record Company’s Chris Vos (guitar) and Marc Cazorla (drums) [Photo: Scott Greer]

The Record Company is a newly formed modern blues-rock band from Los Angeles. The opening number set the tone for their performance: upbeat, energetic, and soulful. Frontman Chris Vos proceeded to introduce the band’s style as good time music and encouraged the audience to have fun. Their classic blues sound was highlighted through Vos’ raw vocals, soulful lyrics, and funky slide guitar solos. Transitions between songs were filled with singing or storytelling about the band’s connection to blues music. Continue Reading

Canadian, Electronic, Listen, Music, World Music

[Listen] Tor- Glass & Stone

No Comments 04 April 2012

by Tiana Feng

Last year we posted the well loved track by Tor titled Aperture. The dude is back and about to release a full album titled Drum Therapy. Check out Glass & Stone off the upcoming album that demonstrates his use of Celtic samples and down-tempo beats. The result is a modern type of “world” music.


Alternative, Electronic, Industrial, Metal, Music, World Music

World Music Wednesday! Rammstein: Why Metal Should Always Be Sung in German

No Comments 26 January 2011

By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

An airshow disaster seems to be an odd event to name a band after, but that’s what a band formerly known as Ramstein-Flugschau got their name. You would know them better as Rammstein.

Formed in Berlin in 1993, Rammstein is a pioneer of the Neue Deutsche Härte, genre of music that mixes techno into a mix of hard rock and metal. This combination, combined with a reputation for elaborate, pyrotechnic-heavy live shows, has made the band famous throughout Germany and many countries all over Europe.

Band members Till Lindemann, Richard Z. Kruspe, Paul H. Landers, Oliver Riedel, Christoph Schneider, and Christian Lorenz remain in the same lineup from the band’s inception almost 20 years ago. Their popularity has extended beyond the continent, too. “Du Hast” is likely their most famous song in North America, after being featured on the sountrack for the movie The Matrix.


Canadian, Folk, Music, World Music

World Music Wednesday! The Irish Descendants: Sounds of the Canadian East Coast

No Comments 19 January 2011

By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

To Canadians from anywhere else in the country, the East Coast is known for friendly people, fishing towns, and the population’s predominantly Celtic roots. Nowhere is this heritage more apparent than in the folk music of the region. While provinces like Nova Scotia are more Scottish, Newfoundland and Labrador is predominantly Irish, and this is reflected in the style of traditional music.

The Irish Descendants were formed when fishing industry workers on the island of Newfoundland combined two folk bands in 1990. Their debut album, released the following year, brought them to the attention of Warner Music. Warner signed them on and they were immediately successful with a string of albums. 1996′s Gypsies and Lovers won them a Juno Award and an East Coast Music Award. At Newfoundland’s 500th anniversary, The Irish Descendants played for the Queen. Internal tensions and musical differences from that time onward caused several lineup changes over the years, with Con O’Brien as the only remaining founding member. Nevertheless, the band continues to tour in North America and occasionally Europe. 20 years after their start, they remain a successful Irish folk group and show no signs of slowing down.

Irish Descendants – Rattlin’ Bog

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Acoustic, Alternative, Covers, Electronic, Grunge, Music, Pop, R&B/Hiphop, Rap, Reggae, World Music

[Concert Review] Plan B feat. Faith SFX

No Comments 15 January 2011

Plan B have just finished 2 shows in the LA and NY, impressing the likes of Paloma Faith and Elton John hoping to break ground as they already have done since 2005 here in the U.K. Plan B’s music is best described as rap mixed with other genres such as Pop/Rock/Hip-Hop/Soul and Dubstep. Continue Reading

Music, Reggae, Uncategorized, World Music

World Music Wednesday! Sebastian Sturm: German Roots, Rock, and Reggae

No Comments 12 January 2011

By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

When someone mentions German music to me, I normally think either Wagner or Rammstein. There’s no in between. So I was pleasantly surprised when I found out that not only is reggae extremely popular in Germany, but that there are many German reggae artists who, although they may not be household names to those of us in North America, play to sold-out crowds of tens of thousands all over Europe.

Instead of focusing on one of the really big mainstream bands, I chose to showcase a musician signed to an indie label, Sebastian Sturm. He was born in Aachen, Germany to a German father and an Indonesian mother in 1980, and spent his youth between Germany, Belgium and Holland. At the age of 14 he started his first punk band, and stuck with music since. Soon afterward, he realized that punk was not his scene, and started a reggae band at the age of 20. In 2007, he was named Best Newcomer by Riddim, a German reggae magazine. He may not be Jamaican, but his focus on real instruments and roots reggae makes his brand of music authentic and head-bob inducing.

Sebastian Sturm – Be Righteous

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Folk, Listen, Metal, Music, World Music

World Music Wednesday! Chaska: Peruvian Folk Metal

No Comments 05 January 2011

By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

This week’s WMW post comes to me thanks to my friend Sonya, who introduced me to this band. It piqued my interest, because when I think of metal, I think of Iron Maiden, Scandinavia and the eastern half of the United States. Even the niche of folk metal is firmly planted in northern Europe in my mind. Nevertheless, Peruvian folk metal does exist, and – for all you metal fans – it’s good.

Chaska was formed in Arequipa, Peru’s second-largest city, in 2002. The following year they released a self-titled demo that secured them gigs in Lima, the capital. In 2005, Chaska began performing outside the country, beginning with Chile, and even opened for Sepultura in Bolivia. In 2009, they released their debut album Pururauca.

According to their Myspace page, the word “Ch’aska” is a Quechua word for the brightest star in the sky, as it was called by the Incas and still is in certain areas of Peru where they still speak the language. Like all folk music, Chaska’s songs are heavily laden with traditional instruments, such as the pan pipes, played by Marcelo Huapce. The rest of the lineup is formed by Carlo Alonso Raffo, Carlos Llosa, Alan Rubina, and Tito Malaga, who are responsible for the heavy, guitar-laden and gravel voice-driven, metal part.

Chaska- Nymph of the Lake

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Folk, Music, World Music

World Music Wednesday! Oy to the World: A Klezmer Christmas

No Comments 29 December 2010

By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

Author’s note: First of all I guess I have to point out that this was meant to be last week’s entry – just in time for Christmas, etc. – but I got so caught up in preparing for Christmas itself [so how many dishes DO you cook for 17 people? I still don't know.] that I missed out on the only time-sensitive entry I have made to date. But, as I always say, better late than never!

This week’s WMW is focusing on an album available online called Oy to the World! by Chicago-based klezmer band The Klezmonauts. Klezmer is a style of music developed in the United States by Ashkenazic Jewish immigrants hailing from Eastern Europe, and it shares many common characteristics with the folk music of the region. It’s safe to say, however, that considering its origins, it’s hard to imagine klezmer Christmas carols.

It is the brainchild of producer Paul Libman. Initially conceived as a gift to give clients – he primarily works producing music for advertising and theatre – it is now available online for anyone to buy. Libman himself is no stranger to mixing Christmas and Hannukah, as his wife is Catholic, so the album is perfect for those who can’t choose seem to choose what to play during the holidays.

Joy to the World – The Klezmonauts

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Ambient music, Blues, Folk, Listen, Music, Uncategorized, World Music

World Music Wednesday! The Unseen Guest: An Unlikely Pairing

No Comments 15 December 2010

By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

Irish musician Declan Murray met Amith Narayan while traveling in India in 2002, and soon afterward they began playing together and busking in cities all over the country. A year later, they met in Calicut and began recording what would become their first album, 2005′s Out There, with the help of local musicians. Two years later, they followed up with the equally entrancing Checkpoint.Their sound is a unique blend of Western blues and rock with unmistakable undertones of traditional Indian music. The two musicians, both guitarists, are accompanied by such a range of instruments as the tabla, harmonica, carnatic violin, harmonium, and mandolin. So kick back, relax, and listen to some blues with an Indian twist.

The Unseen Guest- Sandalista

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Listen, World Music

World Music Wednesday! Romanyi Rota: Mixed Roots

1 Comment 17 November 2010

By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

This week I chose a group about which it’s hard to get background information, but I think that the music speaks for itself, so bear with me – I mean, I can’t possibly deny you some great music because I don’t know much about the band members.

Romanyi Rota (“Gypsy wheels” in Hungarian) are an Olah Gypsy music group from the most northeastern province of Hungary. The world “Olah” comes from “Vlach” – these were descendants of Romani immigrants from Wallachia or Moldova in Romania. Hungarian, Transylvanian and Balkan influences come together through traditional instruments like the darbuka and mesmerizing harmonies to make unforgettable melodies.

They first began playing in 1985 in Nagyecsed, Hungary. They became prominent locally until in 1989, some members moved to Budapest to pursue a musical career. They have released three albums, O chérháriko (1994), Phiravelman Kalyi Phuv (2000), and Hungarian Music (2001). They have been featured in the Putumayo Presents: Gypsy Caravan compilation album as well.

Diri, Diri, So Kerdjan – Romanyi Rota

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Ambient music, Jazz, Music, Remix, Uncategorized, World Music

World Music Wednesday! Sergio Mendes: the King of Crossover Bossa

No Comments 11 November 2010

By Sweet Sound of Sunrise

There are few musicians who have managed to perform, let alone be as innovative, prolific and collaborate with as many popular musicians, as Sergio Mendes does to this day.

Born in Niteroi, Brazil in 1941, Sergio Mendes’ original intentions were to become a classical pianist. He soon found, however, that jazz was his true calling and began playing in jazz clubs in his late teens. His music was destined to be an early success, and by the early 1960s he was already touring Europe and the United States. He formed Brasil ’66, with whom he released the platinum album Herb Alpert Presents Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66.

More mainstream success followed with the band’s bossa version of the much-covered Bacharach-David song The Look of Love. Although his American career stalled for a while in the 1970s, he worked with the likes of Stevie Wonder, and was still successful elsewhere. Mendes returned to the United States with more hits in the 1980s, and his 1992 album Brasileiro even went on to win the Grammy for Best World Music Album.

The 1990s were very good for Mendes’ career, especially with the increased popularity of lounge music in the American mainstream. His most recent album, 2006′s Timeless, is full of collaborations with the likes of the Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, and Justin Timberlake. Not bad for an album that was released over 45 years after his first.


Take this classic, 1966′s Mas Que Nada, add the Black Eyed Peas, and this is what you get:
Mas Que Nada – Sergio Mendes feat. Black Eyed Peas

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