Author: Ben Yung

Conversation with Bear Mountain

Conversation with Bear Mountain

As strictly as a fan of music, it is always exciting to watch a young, new band perform and grow. Then there are moments when you see a band for the first time in an intimate venue and immediately know they will hit stardom soon. That was the case when I saw Vancouver’s Bear Mountain in late October, as part […]

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Mundo Musique: Har Mar Superstar, Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays, The Julian Taylor Band, Lily & Madeleine, and The Jitterbug Vipers

Mundo Musique: Har Mar Superstar, Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays, The Julian Taylor Band, Lily & Madeleine, and The Jitterbug Vipers

This week’s Mundo Musique has a focus on bands that will have you recalling music of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.  Some will have you getting up and dancing while others may make you recall your early years or the music your parents listened to when you were younger. So let’s kick off this thing off with a guy who […]

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Conversation with The Belle Game

Conversation with The Belle Game

Brought together by friendship, chance, and Craigslist, The Belle Game have developed into one of Canada’s rising independent bands.  Adam Nanji, Andrea Lo, Alex Andrew, Katrina Jones, and Rob Chursinoff have transformed The Belle Game from a folk-roots oriented band from their early EPs to the soaring, orchestral pop that permeates on their first full-length album, Ritual Tradition. The album […]

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Mundo Musique: Wooden Shjips, Prissy Clerks, The Slow Readers Club, Joanna Gruesome, and LYON

Mundo Musique: Wooden Shjips, Prissy Clerks, The Slow Readers Club, Joanna Gruesome, and LYON

Let’s get the week started with brand new music from a couple of bands, two rocking women-fronted acts, and an emerging Canadian pop musician who’s moving up the charts. WOODEN SHJIPS Often times I think music will increasingly be driven by major labels, intense dance beats, and formulaic melodies, but then a band like Wooden Shjips (pronounced “ships”) releases a […]

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Conversation with Tony Dekker of The Great Lake Swimmers

Conversation with Tony Dekker of The Great Lake Swimmers

Whether as a solo performer or fronting the terrific Canadian indie-folk/roots band, The Great Lake Swimmers, Tony Dekker writes thoughtful and moving music.  In every song, there’s a story to be heard, an adventure to imagine, or an experience to which we can all relate.  The music is personal and personable, and they are reasons why Dekker and his fellow […]

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Mundo Musique: Portugal. The Man, Bosnian Rainbows, Pyyramids, Juana Molina, and Yves Jean

Mundo Musique: Portugal. The Man, Bosnian Rainbows, Pyyramids, Juana Molina, and Yves Jean

Before we get into the music, today we remember and celebrate the contributions of our veterans and current members of our armed forces. For those who have served or are currently serving our country here and abroad, thank you for your sacrifice, dedication, and courage. With the opening of borders and the freer exchange of information, we’ve been able to […]

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Conversation with Krewella

Conversation with Krewella

Sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf and Kris “Rain Man” Trindl have come a long way since their formation as Krewella six years ago. Long gone are the days of producing music out of Kris’ closet, doing small club shows, and traveling from gig-to-gig in a van.  Today, Krewella have emerged as one of EDM’s top-selling groups. While their music is […]

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Mundo Musique: TNAF, Shelby Earl, Julia Vero, Lina Fouro, and Brian Hazard

Mundo Musique: TNAF, Shelby Earl, Julia Vero, Lina Fouro, and Brian Hazard

With Mundo Musique, Rich and I try to feature as many independent bands and musicians from around the globe, many of whom are personal favourites.  We also attempt to showcase artists who are DIY-ers and have decided to follow The Revue and us on Twitter.  Today’s Mundo Musique, though, starts off with a band that is making waves internationally followed […]

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Conversation with Luke Rathborne

Conversation with Luke Rathborne

If Luke Rathborne is going to achieve stardom, he’s going to do it on his terms. The 25-year old native from tiny The Forks, Maine, which has a population of 35, has been involved with music since he was 12 years old, including playing with punk bands and organizing small concerts since his teens. Now living in New York, Luke […]

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Mundo Musique: Frankie Rose, The Dig, Cotton Wine, Helen Austin, and Remembering Lou Reed

Mundo Musique: Frankie Rose, The Dig, Cotton Wine, Helen Austin, and Remembering Lou Reed

This Monday’s Mundo Musique features two New York-based musical acts making fantastic groovy, synth-pop songs; a newly formed indie duo from Nashville; a critically-acclaimed, Canadian singer-songwriter; and a nod to a legend. FRANKIE ROSE After a diverse career that included playing with the Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, and The Dum Dum Girls as well as starting her own band project, […]

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Conversation with Mackenzie Scott (a.k.a. TORRES)

Conversation with Mackenzie Scott (a.k.a. TORRES)

We are in the midst of an era of a great music. And while David Byrne may be correct to question whether the internet will sap the creativity of the art, it has also enabled immensely gifted songwriters and musicians to share their work. Among this emerging wave of talent is 22-year old Mackenzie Scott – a.k.a. TORRES. The Macon, […]

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Mundo Musique: Canadian Meltdown – Japandroids, METZ, PS I Love You, and One from Twitter

Mundo Musique: Canadian Meltdown – Japandroids, METZ, PS I Love You, and One from Twitter

It’s a great time for Canadian music, in particular the last five years with Canadians artists scattered across both the mainstream and independent scenes.  And the Canadian music industry is still growing.  Take for example two of the most celebrated post-punk, rock bands are from Canada and another one, while still finding its footing, has produced critically acclaimed albums.  All […]

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Mundo Musique: White Denim, DOE EYE, Crystal Stilts, Heavenly Beat, and Twitter Love

Mundo Musique: White Denim, DOE EYE, Crystal Stilts, Heavenly Beat, and Twitter Love

To welcome you back to work on Tuesday after a long weekend, here’s another group of five artists for you to enjoy. WHITE DENIM Two years ago, indie rockers, White Denim, released its terrific fourth album, D, which was critically acclaimed (FWIW it was in my top-10 for 2011) and helped raise the popularity of the Austin, Texas band.  They’ve […]

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Mundo Musique: Mazzy Star, The Futurebirds, 2 from Twitter, and In Retrospect

Mundo Musique: Mazzy Star, The Futurebirds, 2 from Twitter, and In Retrospect

Today, I’m introducing a new part to Mundo Musique called “Twitter Love”, which will showcase musicians and bands found on Twitter!  Well, more accurately, those who found and shared their music with me on Twitter.  And who said writing only 140 characters was a bad thing?  Finally, I’m going to show the video of an artist that was featured here […]

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Conversation with Zachary Cale

Conversation with Zachary Cale

It’s a clear Wednesday evening in late September, and Zachary Cale and I are enjoying a few tacos and beers at Brooklyn, NY staple, Union Pool. For most of our long-hour conversation that touches on his childhood, his travels, and his latest album, Zach stares aimlessly at the sky, his mind recalling every detail and memory. From his early years […]

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Mundo Musique: Three Acts from New York – Wet, Metal Mountains, and Doug Keith

Mundo Musique: Three Acts from New York – Wet, Metal Mountains, and Doug Keith

I was recently in New York and got a chance to squeeze in some live music in between work and other stuff going on (I’m in New York – the city that never sleeps).   This week’s Mundo Musique, therefore, is dedicated to three acts that I saw in three nights with my friend Rich Moses. ******************* Wet As one of […]

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Mundo Musique: Jason Isbell, “Traveling Alone”

Mundo Musique: Jason Isbell, “Traveling Alone”

When I travel for work, like I am right now, I often travel alone.  After the meetings are over, it can be a lonely place.  Often, I’m just too tired to get out to see the town, or I have an early morning departure home so I’m stuck at the hotel.  The room is quiet and there isn’t the warm […]

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Mundo Musique: Washed Out, Porcelain Raft, and Pure X

Mundo Musique: Washed Out, Porcelain Raft, and Pure X

I’m a stickler for atmospheric, chillwave, synth-pop, which I like to simply call “escapism” – music that just makes you close your eyes and think of a world that doesn’t exist, lifts you up, and at the end puts a smile on your face.  Ok, maybe that’s just me. To put you in my frame of mind, we commence the […]

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Mundo Musique: Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), “Chamakay”

Mundo Musique: Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), “Chamakay”

There’s the old adage that behind every great woman/man there is a great person.  This often holds true for musicians and bands, where a producer can make a good album great and a songwriter can make the music uplifting and the lyrics mesmerizing.  Such is true with Devonté Hynes.  He’s collaborated with notable bands like The Chemical Brothers and written […]

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Mundo Musique: Courtney Barnett, Hydrothermal Vents, and a Super-Indie Group from Montreal

Mundo Musique: Courtney Barnett, Hydrothermal Vents, and a Super-Indie Group from Montreal

We’re going to kick off the week with songs from three acts: a young, Australian, singer-songwriter; a two-person Montreal band; and arguably the biggest indie band in the world today, who also hail from Montreal. —————- We’re going back Down Under to kick off your Monday. This one is by young Australian, singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett. Her indie-folk sound resembles early Bob Dylan, […]

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