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Five great classic country singers who aren’t Johnny Cash

Five great classic country singers who aren’t Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash’s birthday is coming up soon, so here’s something about a bunch of people that aren’t Johnny Cash. In the minds of the uninformed, Johnny Cash probably invented country music, if only because he’s the earliest country singer they can think of. Any avid country music fan will quickly list off a slew of Cash’s contemporaries that contributed equally. […]

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The Revue with TBWNIAS

The Revue with TBWNIAS

Meet The Band Whose Name is a Symbol; TBWNIAS for short. They listen to music as seriously as they play it, which isn’t surprising given that the band coalesced around Ottawa’s coolest record store, Birdman Sound. While they’re conscious of their place on a musical continuum that recalls all sorts of cool improvisational/psych business, TBWNIAS effortlessly bend those traditions to their […]

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UnChained Reviews: “Solt Olio” by The Velvet Ants

UnChained Reviews: “Solt Olio” by The Velvet Ants

I had a dream recently about a video store my dad used to take me to. We’d rent a couple of VHS tapes every weekend and sometimes would watch them all, sometimes just one. I had a knack for re-watching a tape I liked a good 50 times over. It is a fond memory of mine but, realistically, is nothing […]

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Capital Revue: Jim Bryson and Jeremy Fisher

Capital Revue: Jim Bryson and Jeremy Fisher

Jim Bryson and Jeremy Fisher are both legends in the Ottawa area (ok, elsewhere too, but we love them best at home). They started this series of collaborations a couple of years ago, but it seemed to stall after two tracks. Damn shame, this is some beautiful country-twanged folk.  

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Sharon Strong - Sincerely...

Vintage Vinyl – Sharon Strong

It is 1965. The girl, who is only 16 but already a showbiz pro who has been singing for country and western audiences since she was 4 years old, has traveled to Toronto from her home on a farm in southwestern Ontario. It’s not her first visit – she’s even been on TV there and in Hamilton – but to be […]

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Mundo Musique: Our 25 Favourite Albums of 2013 – Speck Mountain, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, TORRES, Waxahatchee, and Zachary Cale

Mundo Musique: Our 25 Favourite Albums of 2013 – Speck Mountain, Thao & The Get Down Stay Down, TORRES, Waxahatchee, and Zachary Cale

We have finally reached our destination – the final five songs in our catalogue of 25 favourite albums of 2013. The other twenty songs were posted on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. If you just want the list now, well, here were the first twenty in alphabetical order: Arcade Fire – Reflektor Arctic Monkeys – AM The Belle Game – The […]

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Mundo Musique: Our 25 Favourite Albums of 2013 – Neko Case, Nick Cave, Phosphorescent, Portugal. The Man, and Savages

Mundo Musique: Our 25 Favourite Albums of 2013 – Neko Case, Nick Cave, Phosphorescent, Portugal. The Man, and Savages

The list rolls on! Today Ben and I take a look at more of our top albums of 2013.  We’re almost done, tomorrow we list 21-25! But today, here’s 16-20, Neko Case, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Phosphorescent, Portugal. The Man, and Savages.  If you missed the last few lists, check out these posts: (1-5) (6-10) (11-15), and be […]

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Mundo Musique: Our 25 Favourite Albums of 2013 – Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Local Natives, Mazzy Star, Mikal Cronin, and The National

Mundo Musique: Our 25 Favourite Albums of 2013 – Lady Lamb the Beekeeper, Local Natives, Mazzy Star, Mikal Cronin, and The National

We’re at the halfway point of our 25 Favourite Albums of 2013 list (click for the first five songs and click here for songs six to ten). One of the noticeable things of our list, and in today’s music in general, is the number of women and woman-fronted bands. And kicking off our list today is another female singer-songwriter. LADY […]

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Mundo Musique: Our 25 Favourite Albums of 2013 – Daughter, The Dig, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Joy Formidable, and Julia Holter

Mundo Musique: Our 25 Favourite Albums of 2013 – Daughter, The Dig, Gregory Alan Isakov, The Joy Formidable, and Julia Holter

As Ben said yesterday, we don’t feel qualified to list the “best” albums of 2013, just the ones we’ve liked over the course of the year, and the ones we can’t stop listening to. Yesterday we ran through our first 5 of our 25 favorite albums of 2013, and today we give you 6-10.  Today’s list features two bands I […]

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Mundo Musique: Our 25 Favourite Albums of 2013 – Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Belle Game, Clutch, and Courtney Barnett

Mundo Musique: Our 25 Favourite Albums of 2013 – Arcade Fire, Arctic Monkeys, The Belle Game, Clutch, and Courtney Barnett

2013 has been another exceptional year of great music. It was the year that saw Americana and indie folk become permanent fixtures of radio stations across North America, retro sounds of the ’60s and ’70s be integrated in all music genres, EDM diversify beyond the whimsical electronic beats, and more and more bands experimenting with dreamy synth-pop and ambient textures […]

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Vertigo Picks for December

Top Sellers: 1. Arcade Fire – Reflektor 2. V/A – Tribute To Tony Sly 3. Tim Hecker – Virgins 4. Soundgarden – Screaming Life / Fopp 5. Vince Guaraldi – Charlie Brown Christmas Local Pick: Crusades – ‘Perhaps You Deliver This Judgment With Greater Fear Than I Receive It’ The long anticipated new release from local heroes Crusades, does not […]

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Gig Pick: Skydiggers at Black Sheep Inn on Dec 6/7 (with audio interview)

Gig Pick: Skydiggers at Black Sheep Inn on Dec 6/7 (with audio interview)

I first heard Skydiggers when I was in high school, which seems like a long time ago. In fact, it was a long time ago. 25 years to be exact. The band has been celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, with 4 (that’s right, 4) releases including their latest holiday-themed EP, Angels. It’s a beautiful album, with somewhat melancholy takes […]

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The Kingmakers album release party at Irene’s Pub December 6th!

The Kingmakers album release party at Irene’s Pub December 6th!

Ottawa rockabilly/jump blues/jazz/country/swing/rock ‘n roll combo The Kingmakers just finished recording their fourth album Chicago Hi-Style, and they’re celebrating the release of this brand new high-energy collection at Irene’s Pub on Friday. Visit the Kingmakers’ bandcamp page to listen to the new album, and even grab a free download! The show on Friday is bound to be a blast, and […]

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Interview with Lindi Ortega (audio)

Interview with Lindi Ortega (audio)

Toronto’s Lindi Ortega has been gigging non-stop for the last few years, and her infinite tour is coming to Ottawa this week for two shows at the NAC (Nov 28 and 29). This time she’s supporting her third record, Tin Star, which was recorded in her new hometown of Nashville. I got Lindi on the phone as she was driving […]

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CRIMINALLY YOUNG

CRIMINALLY YOUNG

Shifting the Blame (Germany) directed by Lars-Gunner Lotz Thursday, November 28, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Part of Ben’s rehabilitation as a violent young criminal is to ask forgiveness of his victim, a monumental task spiked to excruciating tension in a clever plot twist. The human condition is on bare bones display here, as wrong […]

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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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Going Up?

Going Up?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vp9vwJk0SLc Up There (U.K.) directed by Zam Salim Sunday, November 24, 4pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 28th European Union Film Festival Pasty skinned, hunched waddler Martin (Burn Gorman) is perfectly deadpan in the post mortem world. Not being one the chosen few allowed to climb the stairs to enlightenment, he must prove worthiness by guiding the recently deceased through the […]

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Gig Pick: Rock for Seth @ Greenfield’s on Friday November 22

Gig Pick: Rock for Seth @ Greenfield’s on Friday November 22

Music and art, in most cases, is about community. The artists work together, inspire each other, and they can do great things. In this case, we’ve got some local acts gathering at Greenfield’s in Barrhaven to remember Crystal Szybowski (nee Turner). She was 34 years old when she died from cancer in August 2013. She left behind her young son, […]

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How A Dress Code Request Became Arcade Fire’s “In Utero” Moment

How A Dress Code Request Became Arcade Fire’s “In Utero” Moment

I have read with great pleasure, all the great displeasure from fans over Arcade Fire’s request that those in attendance at their concerts dress up (either in smart suits, dresses, or fun costumes). The power of the internet in this case has led to a lot of condemnation towards the band. They’re sellouts, they’re big headed rock stars. “What if […]

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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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