Author: The Revue (Staff)

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 3 – Fiftymen, James Leclaire, Amos the Transparent, and Scattered Clouds

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 3 – Fiftymen, James Leclaire, Amos the Transparent, and Scattered Clouds

Here’s your quick rundown of the Ottawa-area performers playing Bluesfest today in chronological order. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list here. 6:00 Fiftymen take to the River Stage in what will likely be a honky tonkying good time. Kick up your heels to their rocking country music. James Leclaire has […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue Review

RBC Bluesfest Revue Review

Six-plus weeks and 32 bands later, we have come to the conclusion of the RBC Bluefest Revue series, just in time for the start of the RBC Bluefest. Woohoo! If you are just catching up or want a lowdown of all the great Ottawa-area acts that will be playing over the course of the next 10 days, we have it […]

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Mundo10: Oh Canada Day Special – Part One

Mundo10: Oh Canada Day Special – Part One

Happy Canada everyone! To celebrate, we thought it would be great to create a list! Everyone likes lists, right? And we used some pretty high tech scientific stuff to get this list together – we asked our friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter. That’s high-tech enough for us. Specifically, we asked about your favourite and most iconic Canadian songs […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Tindervox

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Tindervox

Remember the 90s? Tindervox sure does. When I hear this band (and especially Kara’s voice), I hear some Joydrop, and some early Sub Pop noise. It’s slowed down Grade A jangle pop with some grungy/punk thrown in for good measure. This is a band to see on any stage, so they’re one of my top picks for the festival this […]

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CD Review: James Leclaire Delivers on Of What Is Left

CD Review: James Leclaire Delivers on Of What Is Left

James Leclaire sings with a gritty voice (think Steve Earle but without the booze issues) and I’ll admit that I first thought it was affectation. James is a super friendly, clean cut guy from the Ottawa Valley, and to meet him is to meet a man with a big smile, quick wit, and really positive attitude. In short, this is the […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Red Rails

RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Red Rails

Holy $#!%. That’s all I could say when I heard The Red Rails for the first time. Bluefest indeed, these are the bluesiest guys in town. Just listen to the first minute of this and you’ll know what I mean. There’s something going on here, and I really dig it. Somewhere between AC/DC and Wolfmother, The Red Rails swing the […]

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Weekend Stream (June 27): Old Crow Medicine Show, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, Matthewdavid, and PS I Love You

Weekend Stream (June 27): Old Crow Medicine Show, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, Matthewdavid, and PS I Love You

Here’s your weekly feature of new albums being streamed before their official release dates. There are, however, only a handful of albums that will be released next week, likely due to the various holidays in Canada (July 1) and the United States (July 4). That said, there is still some great music to listen to. Old Crow Medicine Show return […]

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ABOUT LAST NIGHT

ABOUT LAST NIGHT

  THE OTTAWA JAZZ FESTIVAL June 20 – July 1 DUELLING GUITARS JULIAN LAGE & NELS CLINE NAC 4th Stage, June 25th Nels Cline’s latest fame to claim is handling lead guitar chops for alt-country legends Wilco, which serves a perfect noodling middle ground for someone who’s jazzed it up with Charlie Hayden and noised it out with Sonic Youth. […]

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EVEN MORE FRANTIC FRINGE REVIEWS

EVEN MORE FRANTIC FRINGE REVIEWS

  BURNT AT THE STEAK by Carolann Valentino – New York City, USA Carolann Valentino is a force of nature. All big hair and cleavage, she comes out blasting show tunes like a one-woman chorus line. There’s no downtime here folks, as the peppy thespian quickly takes us into her frantic world. She’s a manager at a high-end New York […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Still Winter Hills

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Still Winter Hills

With a nice throwback sound, blending catchy melodies and quality musicianship, Still Winter Hills are a band that would feel at home in any decade. Their songs have a good pace that keeps your foot tapping and your head nodding and their on stage camaraderie makes their live shows a joy to watch. They’re reminiscent of the kinds of bands […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Silver Creek

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Silver Creek

Silver Creek are a pretty phenomenal roots band from Ottawa. They’ve been playing for years, touring around Canada and playing to happy hometown audiences on a regular basis. Some bands seem to pick a style and try to mimic or present their take on the genre…Silver Creek have just naturally gravitated to this mix of blues, roots, folk, etc. It […]

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ELEPHANT SAX BUT NO HAT

ELEPHANT SAX BUT NO HAT

  HAMID DRAKE with COLIN STETSON THE OTTAWA JAZZ FESTIVAL NAC 4th Stage, June 23 Night two of Colin Stetson’s brief Jazz Fest residency, and he still has enough breath to blow for a solid hour. It’s a feast for both ears and eyes, especially when he moves the very large volume of air in the dwarfing bass saxophone. Circular breathing […]

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No King for Countrymen, The Stringers, City Limits at Pressed June 27

No King for Countrymen, The Stringers, City Limits at Pressed June 27

The Indie Scene and Pressed present an all ages event at Pressed featuring No King for Countrymen, The Stringers and City Limits. Admission is $5 and runs from 8pm to 11pm. No King For Countrymen is an alt-punk-pop band from Stoney Creek, Ontario. They are actively touring Canada and parts of the U.S. making a stop in our great city. Their newest album Sick […]

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JAZZY REVIEWS

JAZZY REVIEWS

THE OTTAWA JAZZ FESTIVAL June 20 – july MIKE PRIDE’S FROM BACTERIA TO BOYS NAC 4th Stage, June 20 Unfortunate name, pretty good band though. Mike Pride’s the drummer, the composer, and the defacto leader of the group, so naturally he gets a drum solo. Good thing in jazz circles is, everyone gets a solo. And even better, there’s no […]

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FRENETIC FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEWS

FRENETIC FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEWS

THE OTTAWA FRINGE FESTIVAL June 19 – 29 http://ottawafringe.com/   RUBY KNOCKERS, 1 JADED DICK: A DIRK DARROW INVESTIGATION by Tim Motley – Melbourne, Australia The one liners and double entendres come fast and furious, so pay attention. Tim Motley is Australian, pulling off a wise-guy accent in an echo chamber (the unfortunate St. Paul’s Church); so strict attention must […]

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Weekend Stream (June 20): Strand of Oaks, Phox, Phish, and Donovan Blanc

Weekend Stream (June 20): Strand of Oaks, Phox, Phish, and Donovan Blanc

Your weekly weekend stream for June 20th to 22nd includes some great new albums from emerging acts and arguably the most influential jam band of the past 20 years. Strand of Oaks will release Heal on Tuesday. Check it out on NPR and CBC Music. One of the buzziest buzz bands right now is Phox, whose folk-pop is captivating. NPR […]

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Hammondelicious

Hammondelicious

Joey DeFrancesco Ottawa Jazz Festival NAC Studio, 7pm, Friday June 20   The Finest Jazz Organist on the Planet. So says Joey DeFrancesco’s website. This might be the first time that the interwebs don’t exaggerate. For the most part, Hammond organ tinkling is cheesy lounge territory, but Ottawa gets a chance to see a real jazz virtuoso transform the instrument […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Scattered Clouds

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Scattered Clouds

Certain music can transport you to places that you feel like you’ve never seen before. Places that hit all your emotional buttons and overwhelm you but keep you transfixed. Scattered Clouds qualify for this distinction. Their music is epic and grand but also simple. It’s three musicians and the singing is meant to suck you in rather than rock you […]

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Don’t Drink the Kool Aid!

Don’t Drink the Kool Aid!

The Sacrament Director: Ti West The Mayfair Theatre, June 20 – 24 1074 Bank Street Found footage horror! It’s the latest craze kids. Tough to pull off though, especially when the filmmaker slips into crosscutting and slick, multi angle edits. Whoops. Anyhoo, any good horror film will suspend rational thinking about what silly craziness is happening on screen, and get the […]

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Nature Of, Miss Polygamy and Das Blankout June 20 @ Pressed

Nature Of, Miss Polygamy and Das Blankout June 20 @ Pressed

Pressed located at 750 Gladstone Avenue will be hosting three indie rock bands that will get you moving on the dance floor! Nature OF (Edmonton), Miss Polygamy (Ottawa) and Das Blankout (Montreal) will be performing on Friday, June 20th. Tickets are $8.00 at the door. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUKhnQcZdME

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