Author: Ben Yung

Mundo Musique: The Raveonettes’ Surprising “Pe’Ahi”

Mundo Musique: The Raveonettes’ Surprising “Pe’Ahi”

For those who like: Phantogram, The Naked and Famous Last week, The Raveonettes surprised fans with the release of Pe’Ahi, the Danish duo of Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Woo’s seventh studio album. It’s surprising in more ways than one. First, the album, while known to be released this year, was suddenly released to the public with little notice. Second, […]

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Newport Folkfest Sunday’s Pick: Ten Suggestions

Newport Folkfest Sunday’s Pick: Ten Suggestions

It’s the third and final day of the Newport Folkfest. Like with yesterday, here is a quick summary of some of the acts to see and three that are given more of a marquee spot. Granted, they are all worth seeing. I probably should have written summaries for all of them. I digress.   Ages and Ages – 11:30 to […]

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Newport Folkfest Saturday Picks: An 8-Pack of Great Music

Newport Folkfest Saturday Picks: An 8-Pack of Great Music

Today’s lineup is full of conflicts. There are at least 8 artists I would like to see today, and this doesn’t include tonight’s headliner Jack White. Ah, what the heck, I’ll list all 8 recommended acts, although those with videos in their profiles could be considered my Pick-3. The Haden Triplets – 11:05 to 11:55 on the Quad Stage – […]

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Newport Folkfest Day 1 Pick-3: Phox, Reignwolf, and Lake Street Dive

Newport Folkfest Day 1 Pick-3: Phox, Reignwolf, and Lake Street Dive

Since 2012, my wife and I have made the annual trek to the Newport Folkfest – the historic and terrific 3-day music gathering held at Fort Adams State Park and one of the few truly green festivals around the world (it operates on solar panel, resulting in the final performance finishing at 7:30). Approximately 10,000 people from around North America […]

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Mundo Musique: “For Those Who Stay” by PS I Love You

Mundo Musique: “For Those Who Stay” by PS I Love You

For those who like: The Pack A.D., The Men A little over a year ago, Kevin invited me to do a podcast when he was doing The Capital Revue. On my one and only podcast, I profiled Kingston, Ontario’s PS I Love You, the two-piece garage rock band consisting of Paul Saulnier (vocals, guitar) and Ben Nelson (drums). While the […]

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Mundo Musique: White Fence’s “For the Recently Found Innocent”

Mundo Musique: White Fence’s “For the Recently Found Innocent”

For those who like: The Doors, GOASTT, and Ty Segall Earlier this year, there was a surge of artists and bands reviving the psychedelic and rock sounds of the ’60s and ’70s, from the debut albums of Morgan Delt and Axxa/Abraxas to the trippy adventure that Sean Lennon and Charlotte Kemp Muhl took listeners on The Ghost of the Saber Tooth […]

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Hidden Gem Single: Neuman’s Battle Starship

Hidden Gem Single: Neuman’s Battle Starship

We head to Spain for a really cool track. Neuman is an indie shoegaze rock band from Murcia, which is between Alicante and Cartagena, and they’ve been around since 1999, although their notoriety has been limited to pretty much Spain. Well, thanks to the internet and Soundcloud, their music might just be heard all over the world. In May of […]

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Mundo Musique: Alvvays

Mundo Musique: Alvvays

For Those Who Like: Best Coast, Blouse, and ’90s Soundtracks Born and bred on Canada’s Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to be precise) but now based in Canada’s burgeoning indie music centre of Toronto (Broken Social Scene, Fucked Up, July Talk, Austra), Alvvays (pronounced like Always) is creating music known back in the ’90s and on the shores […]

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Mundo Musique: Stockholm’s Vulkano

Mundo Musique: Stockholm’s Vulkano

For those who like: Savages, The Pack A.D., Nico Two years ago, Stockholm’s Vulkano released its debut album, Live Wild Die Free, to critical acclaim in Europe. Their album, however, was not shared overseas until three weeks ago, where audiences in North America can now enjoy this fantastic duo. Comprised of Cissi Efraimsson (standing drums and vocals) and Lisa Pyk […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Sumeau

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Sumeau

It’s always difficult for a band to get noticed. One of the best ways to get your music heard is on Soundcloud, which is where I discovered Sumeau – the indie, dream-pop band from Los Angeles. The main members are Chris Sousa and Kat Primeau, but in recording their first album – a 7″ inch single with “Next Day” and […]

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New Single: The Wild Reeds’ “Blind and Brave”

New Single: The Wild Reeds’ “Blind and Brave”

In advance of the release of Blind and Brave, California band The Wild Reeds have released the titled track from their third album. Comprising of Kinsey Lee (vocals/banjo), Sharon Silva (vocals/guitar), Mackenzie Howe (vocals/guitar/banjo), Nick Jones (drummer), and Nick Phakpiseth (bass), this young band is about to take the indie world by storm. Their lead single is absolutely gorgeous, filled […]

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Capital Revue: The Hilotrons’ “My Number”

Capital Revue: The Hilotrons’ “My Number”

We’re rewinding back a bit and showing a great video that The Hilotrons released back in December.  The song and video for “My Number” are clever and great takes about today’s society, where the sense of self-identity resides in how one conforms to the mainstream. Enjoy the song and video by this underrated local band.  

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Hidden Gem: The Districts

Hidden Gem: The Districts

I’m not writing about The Districts because they played two fantastic shows at the Ottawa Bluesfest or that we had a fun interview (o.k., maybe those played minor roles), but rather this is an opportunity to revisit some great music produced by a young, emerging band over the past year. Established in 2009 when they were in their mid-teens, Rob […]

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In Revue: RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2014

In Revue: RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2014

It’s been three days since the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest ended, and like many festival goers withdrawal is in full force. There’s a part of me that wishes the festival would be re-starting tonight, which is quite the opposite of what I was feeling on Sunday night when exhaustion had overcome me. This was my 11th Bluesfest, and every year I […]

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Mundo Musique: UK Producer Ian Halsall

Mundo Musique: UK Producer Ian Halsall

With Bluesfest behind us, it’s time to get back to our regularly scheduled programming. And to change things up, I’ve decided to feature a gentleman who has been involved with the music industry for  some time, but after a bit of break is again making waves. You may not recognize the name Ian Halsall, but back in the ’90s he […]

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Sloan Releases New Single, “Keep Swinging (Downtown)”

Sloan Releases New Single, “Keep Swinging (Downtown)”

One of our (well the Canadian contingent’s) favourite bands, Sloan, announced yesterday they will release a double LP called, Commonwealth, on September 9. The title, well, is very Canadiana, but its meaning is much deeper – each band member was given one side of an album to feature their “solo” work. Each album side was named after a card suit […]

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New Singles: “Dizzy” and “2014” by bentcousin

New Singles: “Dizzy” and “2014” by bentcousin

Twins Amelia and Patrick Murphy co-front the whirling indie rock band bentcousin. On July 1, they released the 7″ single “Dizzy”, a whirling pop tune that will take you back to the UK in the ’70s. In a similar vein but in a more of a Velvet Underground style is the brooding number, “2014”, which is on the flip side. […]

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Mundo Musique: The Electro-Disco of LA’s MOTORFIGHTR

Mundo Musique: The Electro-Disco of LA’s MOTORFIGHTR

When I saw the words MOTORFIGHTR in my inbox, my immediate reaction was that, with such a name, the band must be a hardcore, heavy metal band . When listening to it the first time, my reaction was, “This is really good.” Upon second listen, “This is awesome.” On third listen, I didn’t utter a single word but instead danced […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 13 – The Sam Roberts Band, Lord Huron, and Said the Whale

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 13 – The Sam Roberts Band, Lord Huron, and Said the Whale

It’s the last day with another eclectic array of music. Be sure to catch some of the aspiring young artists at the Black Sheep Stage during Be in the Band and get any last-minute t-shirts, posters, and other memorabilia at the merch tent. The Sam Roberts Band – 8:00 on the Claridge Homes Stage There was a period where Sam […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 12 – Thornetta Davis, Nostalghia, and Deltron 3030

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 12 – Thornetta Davis, Nostalghia, and Deltron 3030

The folks at Bluesfest are offering a wide range of music today – hip hop, rap, blues, blues-rockk, electronic, rock, punk, you name it. With so much diversity, what do you see and where do you go? Well, hopefully we can assist you with your decisions. Thornetta Davis – 8:00 on the Black Sheep Stage Long-time and celebrated singer-songwriter, Thornetta […]

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