Author: The Revue (Staff)

UnChained Reviews: Classified live at Crazy Horse

UnChained Reviews: Classified live at Crazy Horse

Classified live at Crazy Horse in Kanata, Ontario on October 10, 2013. You can always tell veteran savvy. It is more than a person’s age or ability and it is something that can not be bought or learned. As such, you can always tell when a live performer has been through the grind, has played the empty and dingy bars […]

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The Revue with Ana Miura

The Revue with Ana Miura

I’ve long been a fan of Ana Miura, and for about a hundred reasons. She’s an incredible guitar player and has one of those voices that could sing the phonebook and make it sound like poetry. Of course, she’s also the founder of Babes4Breasts (who have their annual concert coming up on October 24 2013). That particular project earned her […]

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Tall Tall Shadow by Basia Bulat

UnChained Reviews: ‘Tall Tall Shadow’ by Basia Bulat

When listening to a very talented artist, there is sometimes a disconnect between the album they’ve made and the album you wish they’d made. This does not happen to diminish what the record offers but instead to put the onus on the potential the artist has. This was my experience with Tall Tall Shadow by Basia Bulat. It is immediately […]

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SNFU as Enlightenment, who knew?

SNFU as Enlightenment, who knew?

Nope, I didn’t expect this. Few did, I suspect. The recent re-emergence of Mr. Chi Pig and his SNFU brethren has been as much celebrated as it was considered an impossibility. The band, the fans, the labels, pretty much everyone considered SNFU gone. The recent tribulations of Chi himself were the main contributing factor in this. For the best part […]

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Vintage Vinyl – Mickey McGivern

Vintage Vinyl – Mickey McGivern

Guitarist Mickey McGivern was born in Pembroke, Ontario in 1931 and by the age of 17 he was already on the road with The Kidd Baker Show. This was the start of a career that saw him tour coast to coast as leader of Mickey and The Mustangs and a part of backing bands for country singers like Johnny Paycheck, […]

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Odenkirk as Auteur

Odenkirk as Auteur

Sure, now everybody loves him as Saul Goodman on Breaking Bad, but Bob Odenkirk has directed three great movies that you likely haven’t seen. Or even heard of. They’re weird, dark and totally hilarious.  We begin this week, in the first of three parts, with The Brothers Solomon; a strange but heartwarming “family” comedy. Contains NSFW material.

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The Revue with Kalle Mattson

The Revue with Kalle Mattson

Where do you begin with Kalle Mattson? Regarded as the “next big thing” in many critical circles, Kalle is a very easy-going guy who grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, and quite honestly has no trace of ego. A recent graduate from the University of Ottawa’s music program, Kalle is a classical guitarist working in a pop oeuvre. His first […]

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UnChained Reviews: ‘StillNative’ by StillNative

UnChained Reviews: ‘StillNative’ by StillNative

Certain bars have an ambiance about them. You often see these bars in movies – the air is smoky, the women are cheap but not easy and the whiskey is strong. The kind of bar where weathered men sit around and talk about their lives while a local band in the background provides the mood and the rock. Not many […]

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Vintage Vinyl: This “Blue Piano”

Vintage Vinyl: This “Blue Piano”

I love it when I find a record in amongst a pile of old crap, and not only is it cool…but it’s sealed in the original plastic. This ‘Blue Piano’ were an indie trio in the early 80s, from the West Island of Montreal. They loved their neighborhood sooo much, that they named their own record label “Waste Island Records.” […]

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Gig Pick: Pony Girl @ La Petite Mort Gallery on Sept 28

Gig Pick: Pony Girl @ La Petite Mort Gallery on Sept 28

This is my pick for the week. Go check out Pony Girl if you like to have your senses overwhelmed, and to question what you know about pop music. In pedestrian terms, they’re “arty”. In musical terms, they’re astonishing.

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UnChained Reviews: ‘Diamond Rough’ by Autopilot

UnChained Reviews: ‘Diamond Rough’ by Autopilot

There’s something to be said about music that sets a certain mood. Your mind drifts away and your thoughts and logic are replaced by a rush of emotion – sometimes positive, sometimes negative, sometimes neither. It may last for only a fleeting moment but when a mood is created, it leaves an indelible mark. Diamond Rough, the new record from […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Orval Prophet

Vintage Vinyl: Orval Prophet

Orval Prophet (an inductee into the Ottawa Country Music Hall of Fame) was born in Edwards Ontario in 1922. He had quite the storied career, and a few cool stage names (he was also known as Johnny Six!), as he sang around Ontario, and had some tours around the United States with Wilf Carter. Unfortunately, he was also riddled with […]

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Genrefest 2

Genrefest 2

More from Fantasia 2013!

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The Revue with Swollen Members

The Revue with Swollen Members

Note: This photo is of Prevail and Kevin McGowan from The Revue, but it’s the only pic we got at this session. You just never know what’s going to happen when you ask a question. I received some PR stuff about Swollen Members coming to town earlier this year, and figured “what the hell?” and fired off an email requesting […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Share

Vintage Vinyl: Share

On first glance, I wasn’t sure if this was going to be some kind of Eastern Block propaganda or what. The album jacket is a study in design simplicity, as you can plainly see. The back cover is even simpler, with two small text boxes: one showing the song titles, and one showing the members of Share. This is essentially […]

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Preview of Rachel Sermanni

Preview of Rachel Sermanni

Today, Steve and I headed over to Arc The Hotel on Slater Street in Ottawa (not our usual hangout, but sometimes you gotta accommodate other schedules) to meet with Scottish acoustic singer/songwriter Rachel Sermanni. She just spent the weekend playing the Ottawa Folk Festival, and chilled out with The Revue around lunchtime. We spent 30 minutes with her, chatting and listening […]

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UnChained Reviews: ‘Clover’ by Jadea Kelly

UnChained Reviews: ‘Clover’ by Jadea Kelly

Her voice is gentle. She’s young and has a certain fragility to her sound. Then it dawns on you – what sounded fragile is hardened. The gentle voice masks a stirring undercurrent of emotion. And she may be young but she has lived. And all it takes is one line. One lyric. All it takes is Jadea Kelly telling you […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Toasted Westerns

Vintage Vinyl: Toasted Westerns

Look out, folks. This song is so catchy, you’ll be singing it for weeks. This is a great indie cassette (home made, one-sided) by Perth, Ontario’s Toasted Westerns. The “full platter” is made up of Jody Benjamin (on vocals, guitar, and saw), Sally Robinson on keyboards, bass, vocals, and invisible trumpet, Ann Downey on bass and vocals, Carolyn Stewart on violin, […]

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UnChained Reviews: ‘Late Night Souls’ by Still Winter Hills

UnChained Reviews: ‘Late Night Souls’ by Still Winter Hills

 Momentum is a tricky thing. Sustained momentum can carry a record through slower spots. While interrupted momentum can stop a record in its tracks. Unfortunately, the latter happens on Still Winter Hills new record, the brilliantly titled, Late Night Souls. The first minute or so of “Silversprings”, the album opener, comes in with an energy and ferocity that forces you […]

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The Revue with Gerry Griffin

The Revue with Gerry Griffin

Gerry Griffin (to quote myself) has the kind of life story that would keep many Hollywood screenwriters quite busy for a long time. He has been playing in bands around Ottawa since the mid-1960s, and in that time has watched the scene change, moving from trend to trend. He hasn’t change much, really. He’s a bluesman, through and through. In […]

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