Category: Music

Alex Cameron’s imaginative and creepy ‘Forced Witness’ (album review)

Alex Cameron’s imaginative and creepy ‘Forced Witness’ (album review)

What would it be like to have a drink with Alex Cameron or even to spend a day with him? Would he be like one of the testosterone-filled characters he has created on his catchy, imaginative, albeit slightly creep new album, Forced Witness, or would he be the complete antithesis? Whatever the answer, there’s no questioning the creative brilliance of […]

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The Matinee September 19th

The Matinee September 19th

It’s time to go gallivanting around the globe in search for new music. The Matinee September 19th has nine songs from artists in seven countries. You’ll recognize a few of them if you’ve been following this space, and there are, of course, some newcomers. You might want to be sitting down for some of the songs because they are absolutely […]

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Sløtface’s extra exuberant debut ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ (album review)

Sløtface’s extra exuberant debut ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ (album review)

Try Not To Freak Out by SLØTFACE A powerhouse is emerging in Norway, and its name is Sløtface. While the band formed five years ago, these indie stars began to truly shine in the spring of 2016. That rise made them one of our artists to watch in 2017. This year, they’ve seen their popularity extend across Europe and slowly […]

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Lenore.’s harmonious self-titled debut album (album review)

Lenore.’s harmonious self-titled debut album (album review)

When considering some of the great harmonious folk/alt-folk bands today, the names Lucius, Joseph, and The Wild Reeds immediately spring to mind. Another name to add to this list is Lenore. Centered around the gorgeous vocals of Joy Pearson and Rebecca Marie Miller, the Portland, Oregon-based band’s debut album is a thing of beauty. Not exactly traditional folk, Lenore.’s music […]

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The Matinee September 18th

The Matinee September 18th

The Matinee September 18th includes 6 new tracks for the start of your week. As summer is winding down, we have no shortage of energizing songs to get you going for the week. We have artists representing Australia, Italy and the UK. HÅN – “1986” (Italy) RIYL: Woodes, Kllo, Yumi Zouma HÅN has mesmerized many with her debut track “The […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.36

Weekend Showcase 3.36

This was a sensational week for new music, and, as a result, we were extremely busy. We covered six LPs and one EP, featured three premieres, and had two photo essays. Daily picks for Ottawa’s annual CityFolk were also shared. And of course, we had our daily mini-playlist features. All this coverage has yielded a 59-song long Weekend Showcase 3.36 […]

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Saturday Sampler September 16th

Saturday Sampler September 16th

The weekend playlist known as the Saturday Sampler September 16th edition rocks, rolls, and dives deep into the new music sea. This international affair includes nine new singles from Australia, Canada, England, Scotland, Sweden, and the USA. We kick things off with weekend-appropriate dance tunes from one of Australia’s most beloved synth-pop bands. Check back tomorrow when our Weekend Showcase […]

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CityFolk 2017 – Day 4 Picks

CityFolk 2017 – Day 4 Picks

As always, follow the Ottawa CityFolk on social media as they tend to have contests during the day and to be informed of any schedule changes. Also, remember to check out Marvest, the musical harvest bringing artists to unique venues in the city! Website | Facebook | Instagram | Twitter Saturday, Sep 16th Picks Matt Mays – 10:15, Ravenlaw Stage […]

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Shelita Burke – “Photograph” (single premiere)

Shelita Burke – “Photograph” (single premiere)

There is a fine line between being a pop star and a great singer-songwriter. The two are not mutually exclusive. Look around and how many of today’s top-selling artists would you consider to be great songwriters? How many even write their own songs? There are, however, some exceptions where the pop star is a great songwriter. Shelita Burke is one […]

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Midnight Sister bring the carnival to ‘Saturn Over Sunset’ (album review)

Midnight Sister bring the carnival to ‘Saturn Over Sunset’ (album review)

When two creative souls collide, the result may be conflict or spectacle. Midnight Sister‘s Juliana Giraffe and Ari Balouzian seem to have avoided the former and landed, slap bang, in the theatrical middle ground of the latter. Drawing their inspiration from the mythology and landscapes of their homelands in the San Fernando Valley, they deliver character, circus, and carnival in […]

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The Matinee September 15th

The Matinee September 15th

Another nine songs are on today’s The Matinee September 15th edition. Hopefully this selection will perk up your eyes and pique your interest. We get things started with one of the finest singer-songwriters to arrive on the scene in the past two years.   Julia Jacklin – “Eastwick” (Blue Mountains, Australia) RIYL: Angel Olsen, Big Thief, Nadia Reid Even when […]

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Frightened Rabbit.

Frightened Rabbit present an early gift with ‘Recorded Songs’ (EP review)

Last summer, Frightened Rabbit were in the midst of a worldwide tour in support of their critically acclaimed album, Painting of A Panic Attack, which graced “Best Of” lists across the globe including our own. They were a band riding a massive wave of momentum. Their performance at Newport Folk Festival last year was one of the most talked about […]

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L.A. Witch get wicked on their self-titled debut album (album review)

L.A. Witch get wicked on their self-titled debut album (album review)

Is it some sort of magic to conjure a brand new song out of the air? To cast a spell over an audience that keeps them mesmerized from opening chords to the final, clamouring crescendo? Despite the name, L.A. Witch claim not to partake in any sort of witchcraft, though they do admit to their Los Angeles heritage. Yet their […]

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The Matinee September 14th

The Matinee September 14th

The Matinee September 14th is in reverse alphabetical order so that a band we’ve featured often gets their chance to be at the top (granted, they’ve always had a special place in our hearts). The mini-playlist features a wide-range of genres, from old-school R&B and soul to smooth dream-pop, catchy indie-rock, and alt-country. There is also a fantastic track from […]

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Chad VanGaalen hovers closer to home on the insightful ‘Light Information’ (album review)

Chad VanGaalen hovers closer to home on the insightful ‘Light Information’ (album review)

Chad VanGaalen is one of the most unique individuals and personalities in Canadian music. In this 16 years in the business, he has established himself as a Canadian institution. He does not have the fame or name recognition as Bieber, Rush, or Dion, but he’s one of the country’s most respected individuals. As a producer, he guided Alvvays on their […]

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Bad Pop – “Linda Ronstadt” (single premiere)

Bad Pop – “Linda Ronstadt” (single premiere)

Whoever came up with the phrase “Weird is wonderful” must have had Bad Pop in mind. For nearly a decade, the Vancouver trio have made the unusual anthemic, the bizarre humorous, and the ordinary odd. Bad Pop are extremely unique, which is an understatement. They are also one of the most entertaining and fun live bands on the planet. Hanging […]

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CityFolk 2017 – Day 1 & 2 Picks

CityFolk 2017 – Day 1 & 2 Picks

As the end of summer nears, Ottawa music fans have one more mega-music event to see the season out, namely the annual CityFolk Music Festival. For the 2017 edition, the festival spans 5 days (Sep 13-17) featuring music from several decades and artists from few genres. As The Revue has done in previous years, we will offer suggestions as to […]

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Melodic Tonic ’17, September 13th

Melodic Tonic ’17, September 13th

Since the 18th annual AmericanaFest is happening this week in Nashville, the Melodic Tonic September 13th edition has a strong American focus. While not all six of the songs in this playlist are from the Americana genre, these selections run the gamut from folk and rock to electronic pop. We kick things off with a pair of true American troubadours […]

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Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, London (photo review)

Alvvays – KOKO, Camden, London. 8th September 2017 Toronto-based Alvvays came to KOKO to play tribute to their new album, Antisocialites. KOKO is an old Victorian-style theatre with steeply banked levels and balconies overlooking a crowded dance floor. It’s gone through other incarnations (I used to go clubbing there when it was Camden Palace), and the opulent red and gold chamber […]

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Faith Healer resurrect the classics with ‘Try ;-)’ (album review)

Faith Healer resurrect the classics with ‘Try ;-)’ (album review)

Two years, Jessica Jalbert, under the moniker Faith Healer, released one of the best debut albums of 2015 with Cosmic Troubles, which was a dazzling psychedelic experience. The record, however, flew under the radar. This time around things should be different because her sophomore album, Try 😉, is the best record released by a Canadian this week, which is saying […]

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