Author: The Revue (Staff)

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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Vintage Vinyl: Sound Corps

Vintage Vinyl: Sound Corps

This is an indie cassette I found recently. I got it for a whopping 50 cents at the Salvation Army store on Carling in Ottawa. The 4-song EP, entitled “The Ho Chi Minh Sessions” was released in 1990, and the only credits to be found are as follows: Sound Corps is Barton, Young, Mullin, Stewart, and Hepburn. Songs engineered by D. Frauzel – Sum1 Studios. […]

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Your Monday Video: Shannon Rose and the Thorns

Your Monday Video: Shannon Rose and the Thorns

In keeping with our Shannon theme (from our fine first episode of The Revue), here’s her balloon-filled video for Wild Wind.

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Album Review: Fevers burn it up on their full-length debut

Album Review: Fevers burn it up on their full-length debut

My love for Fevers is true. After an uber-promising debut EP last year (Passion is Dead), they have grown into a full-fledged album act. Their debut full-length, No Room For Light is classic synth-pop. A tight mix of live instruments and electronics (not to mention hella groovy vocals), Fevers are going to turn your iPod into a dancefloor. The songs drift […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Eight Seconds

Vintage Vinyl: Eight Seconds

If you’re of a certain age, and remember  watching a lot of Muchmusic in the early 80s, you will remember Eight Seconds. Two years after winning Chez FM’s ShareChez competition (1983), the band released this EP that I found, Ottava Rima (1985), the title being a nice tribute to their home town. Their big album, 1986’s Almacantar (free downloads available here), had a couple of great […]

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Vintage Vinyl: Dick Maloney

Vintage Vinyl: Dick Maloney

Dick Maloney was a fixture in clubs and on the airwaves around Ottawa for over 40 years. This man has an enormous following in the Nation’s Capital, fans who loved listening to his weekly radio show (on Oldies 1310, Sunday mornings), and who have loved watching him perform his own brand of loungy Sinatra-inspired pop music. He was also the resident […]

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The Revue with Shannon Rose and the Thorns

The Revue with Shannon Rose and the Thorns

So, here’s how things went down. I contacted Shannon to say “we’ve got this idea…we’re interviewing local bands at Zaphod’s, and filming it and doing live performances and stuff. You interested?” I was delighted that Shannon wrote back and said “Yes!”. She and Steve Matylewicz (guitar, husband) didn’t really know what we were doing, but they came out to the club […]

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