Author: Ben Yung

Mundo Musique: moools, Japanese Garage Rock

Mundo Musique: moools, Japanese Garage Rock

One of the great things about going to a festival or a concert early is that you never know who you will discover. Back in 2010 when Wolf Parade was in the midst of their final tour, the Montreal-based band stopped to play a hometown show to a soldout crowd. Opening for them was a band called moools, who were […]

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Mundo 5: Five Non-Jazz Acts at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, June 20-July 1

Mundo 5: Five Non-Jazz Acts at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, June 20-July 1

Today kicks off another year of the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, which began way back in 1980 as, like with many festivals, a small, niche gathering of musicians and artists. Entering its 34th year, the Jazzfest has grown in duration, scope (it focuses primarily on jazz but also includes non-jazz performers), and ambition. This year’s lineup is once again a […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Stefan Obermaier’s “Beethoven Reloaded”

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Stefan Obermaier’s “Beethoven Reloaded”

Stefan Obermaier is a celebrated DJ in his hometown of Vienna and across Austria and the region. For over decade, he has been playing at some of the leading clubs in Europe, spinning popular tracks and putting his own touches on remixes. Obermaier, however, has not limited himself to just top-40, house, and electronica, but he’s also remixed the compositions […]

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Gig Pick: Swearin’, Speedy Ortiz, and Benevenstanciano at Gabby Hey – Sunday, June 22

Gig Pick: Swearin’, Speedy Ortiz, and Benevenstanciano at Gabby Hey – Sunday, June 22

On Sunday night, three fantastic, young punk bands will be melting the faces of audience members. Swearin’ returns to Ottawa for the second time in 3 months, having played at Luneta Cafe back in March. Comprising of front-woman Allison Crutchfield, guitarist Kyle Gilbride, bassist Keith Spencer, and drummer Jeff Bolt, these indie punk rockers from Brooklyn are shredding up guitarists […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Pith and The Parenchymas

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Pith and The Parenchymas

This post has been revised as the band has a new album and has changed its sound. The definitions have been moved to the end of the article. To name a band Pith and The Parenchymas requires great ingenuity, a love of biology, both, or maybe something else. Regardless, it’s a great name. And like the name, Pith and The […]

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Mundo Musique: Moonetz, Electronic Pop from Colombia

Mundo Musique: Moonetz, Electronic Pop from Colombia

In the ’80s, there were numerous bands who could be characterized as synth-pop bands, such as New Order, Pet Shop Boys, and even Depeche Mode had several tracks that dabbled in this genre. In the ’90s, synth-pop gave way to the rising electronica movement, which gave way to house and club music, which gave way to today’s electronic dance music […]

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Mundo Musique: Turtle Giant, the Indie Rock Band from Macau/Sao Paolo

Mundo Musique: Turtle Giant, the Indie Rock Band from Macau/Sao Paolo

The World Cup of Football is well underway, so we’ll be focusing a bit more on bands outside of North America, although we’ll still look at some of the new indie albums that will be released in the coming weeks. To kick it off, we begin with Turtle Giant. And yes, you read the title correctly – Turtle Giant is […]

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Mundo Musique: The Antlers Find New Landscapes with “Familiars”

Mundo Musique: The Antlers Find New Landscapes with “Familiars”

Listening to The Antlers isn’t for the faint of heart. Their music is heavy sometimes, their lyrics are dense and even dark. The focus is creating sonic masterpieces, not mainstream chart toppers. On their 2009 breakthrough, Hospice, the Brooklyn trio created a dark, personal album that revolved around the events of the death of singer Peter Silberman’s friend and his […]

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Mundo Musique: Rediscovering the Phenomenal Ruthie Foster

Mundo Musique: Rediscovering the Phenomenal Ruthie Foster

For many festival goers, the highlights usually involve seeing their favourite bands and artists performing outdoors, rain or shine. But for me, the best shows are the ones that you weren’t planning to see, where you are wandering the festival grounds, especially early in the day, and hear something that captures your attention. This was the case when Ruthie Foster […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Keturah Johnson

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Keturah Johnson

While there are plenty of excellent songwriters and bands in the Ottawa area, Keturah Johnson may be the one who will emerge to the top of this growing talent. In watching her perform live and listening to her music, she has the potential to be the National Capital Region’s answer to P.J. Harvey – her music is raw, gritty, spirited, […]

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Mundo Musique: Ceiling Demons’ “Amputated Spirit” Single

Mundo Musique: Ceiling Demons’ “Amputated Spirit” Single

Late in 2013, Ceiling Demons, the young group from North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, released its fascinating debut album, Dual Sides, which was reviewed here back in March. Over the past few months, Ceiling Demons have slowly been receiving increased attention in their homeland, including being featured by Tom Robinson of BBC 6. Today, they have launched a special single for […]

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Mundo Musique: The Fresh & Only’s “House of Spirits”

Mundo Musique: The Fresh & Only’s “House of Spirits”

The Fresh & Onlys have been mainstays of the San Francisco garage-rock scene for six years, although to characterize them in the same vein as Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, and Thee Oh Sees would be a disservice to the varied and layered sounds of the band. Instead, they’re more like pop-rock revivalists, bringing back the different sounds of the ’70s […]

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Mundo Musique: New Zealand Maestro Andrew Keoghan

Mundo Musique: New Zealand Maestro Andrew Keoghan

In 2012 while traveling through New Zealand, my wife and I were introduced to the music of Andrew Keoghan, the multi-instrumentalist who play plays the violin, guitar, synth, beats, and other instruments. In addition, Keoghan is a classically trained singer and arranger, and his growth as a musician started at a very young age. Born in Antigua and raised predominantly […]

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Mundo Musique: The Transatlantic Space-Rock Orchestra, Flowers of Hell

Mundo Musique: The Transatlantic Space-Rock Orchestra, Flowers of Hell

Most people are familiar with the ROCKABYE BABY! series, where famous rock, pop, and hip hop songs are re-interpreted into symphonic lullabies. Bands and artists, such as David Bowie, Radiohead, Metallica, Jay-Z, U2, The Clash, Pink, Elton John, AC/DC, and many others, have all been covered. (If you’re looking for a baby gift, I highly recommend these.) The trans-Atlantic space-rock […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: James Leclaire

RBC Bluesfest Revue: James Leclaire

Originally from nearby Renfrew, Ontario, James Leclaire has established himself as one of Ottawa’s rising country-folk singers. However, Leclaire isn’t some teenager that is just making his mark. On the contrary, he’s been involved music for several years, having been part of a two punk bands who released several LPs. But as those bands separated as the members got older, […]

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Mundo Musique: Malajube’s Julien Mineau Releases the Theatrical “Fontarabie”

Mundo Musique: Malajube’s Julien Mineau Releases the Theatrical “Fontarabie”

When Malajube formed in the early 2000s and released their debut album, Le Complet complet, they were among a handful of young, indie bands that helped transform the Montreal music scene and brought greater attention francophone music. Over the next eight years, they would record 4 other LPs, an EP, and a handful of singles. However, in 2012, the band, […]

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Mundo Musique: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Drifting “Only Run”

Mundo Musique: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Drifting “Only Run”

Never the one to rest on his laurels, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah‘s frontman Alec Ounsworth and collaborator Sean Greenhalgh have been constantly searching for ways to expand the sounds of the Philadelphia band. In their ten years together, CYHSY’s sound has constantly evolved, starting with the indie pop songs of their excellent, self-titled, debut album and 2007’s follow up […]

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Mundo Musique: Parquet Courts’ Rocking “Sunbathing Animal”

Mundo Musique: Parquet Courts’ Rocking “Sunbathing Animal”

Sure, Parquet Courts can rip through punk songs with some of the best indie bands of today with Andrew Savage and Austin Brown raucously hammering away at their guitars, Sean Yeaton strumming echos off his bass, and Max Savage intensely pummeling his drum kit. On their previous albums, including the splendid 2012 Light Up Gold, their compact songs – often […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Cold Capital

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Cold Capital

We’ve covered nearly the waterfront of music genres on the RBC Bluesfest Revue, and today we feature a blues-roots band that has only been around for two years, yet has played in some pretty impressive festivals. Cold Capital is a blues-roots band that was formed in “rural hills of Ontario”. Combining the sounds of former Canadian blues-roots-rock stalwarts Staggered Crossing, The […]

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Gig Pick: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at Algonquin Commons Theatre, Tuesday, June 3

Gig Pick: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings at Algonquin Commons Theatre, Tuesday, June 3

The amazing and entertaining Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings will be stopping in Ottawa on Tuesday night, performing at the Algonquin College Commons Theatre. Despite recently recovering from cancer treatment, the 58-year old soul singer continues to perform at a high level, and the shows on this tour have received excellent reviews. If you have never seen her, this is […]

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