Category: Albums

Mundo Musique: GEMS and Blank Paper

Mundo Musique: GEMS and Blank Paper

Today’s feature focuses on two stylish, synth-dream-pop bands to keep an eye on in 2014.  Both dabble a bit on the darker side of the genre, but in a way that is accessible and atmospheric. GEMS Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher form the duo GEMS, the Washington, D.C.-based band that has been receiving a lot of buzz among music […]

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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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Mundo Musique: Elizabeth & The Catapult and Minor Alps

Mundo Musique: Elizabeth & The Catapult and Minor Alps

Elizabeth & the Catapult Elizabeth & The Catapult are back with the 11-track compilation, Like It Never Happened, which is its first since 2010’s The Other Side of Zero.  On Like It Never Happened, Elizabeth Ziman and company continue to produce piano-infused pop music and ballads.  However, for long-time fans of the Brooklyn-based band, the third LP also sees the […]

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Capital Revue: Giving Kate Schroder Another Listen

Capital Revue: Giving Kate Schroder Another Listen

Kate Schroder was the final artist I wrote about for Ye Olde Version of Capital Revue in the Ottawa Citizen. At the time, I gave her a fairly positive review and basically said “it’s not perfect, but Kate’s one to watch.” She mixes pop, electronica, but not in that Kelly Clarkson Top 40 way. She’s a strong vocalist, with some […]

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Mundo Musique: Angel Olsen

Mundo Musique: Angel Olsen

On February 18, Chicago based singer-songwriter Angel Olsen will release Burn Your Fire For No Witness, the follow-up to her 2012 LP, Half Way Home. Half Way Home grabbed quite a bit of attention in 2012, due in no small part to Olsen’s unique singing style.  Olsen’s voice is unique and captivating, changing octaves and throwing her voice around almost […]

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Capital Revue: Crossroads Blues Band meets Jimi Hendrix

Capital Revue: Crossroads Blues Band meets Jimi Hendrix

You can’t play the blues without playing the standards, and that’s what Crossroads Blues Band do. I’m a casual blues fan, but I’m also a Hendrix maniac. So, I tend to judge any act that dare to cover Hendrix by the quality of that song alone. Ron Holdich’s guitar is powerful, fluid, and does a pretty sweet-and-dirty job on Red […]

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Capital Revue: Experimental Electronica with Racine

Capital Revue: Experimental Electronica with Racine

From Gatineau, Racine is a pretty intriguing electronic act. As with a lot of music I find on Bandcamp, the artist is pretty much anonymous, which is a shame. It’s labelled “experimental/electronic” which is true. However, this is some seriously dreamy stuff, and just calling it “electronic” doesn’t do it justice. This track, the title song from Racine’s Alan Smithee EP, […]

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Mundo Musique: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Joshua Baez

Mundo Musique: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Joshua Baez

Back to our regularly scheduled programming, where we highlight some new music, some upcoming music, some maybe not-so-new-but-pretty-recent music, and music from Twitter followers. We’re going to try a different approach to start the year, highlighting one or two bands each day, which will allow us to talk about albums a bit more and promote more Twitter folks. Sharon Jones […]

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The Commute is Over: Farewell to Two Hours Traffic

The Commute is Over: Farewell to Two Hours Traffic

The story is very common in musical circles, and it goes something like this: Band forms. Band gets really good really fast. Band tours a lot, makes a great first album. Band does not make a lot of money. Band hooks up with cool producer, releases more records, goes on more tours. Band still does not make a lot of […]

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Review: King Cobb Steelie Return (Finally!)

Review: King Cobb Steelie Return (Finally!)

Today I got an email from Kevin Lynn, who has played bass in King Cobb Steelie in all of its incarnations over the past 20 odd years. It was a one-liner: “Here’s a streaming link to the new KCS EP due out next week. Enjoy!” I’ve been in touch with Kevin a few times over the years. I interviewed him […]

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Discovering Roxy Roca

Discovering Roxy Roca

Once upon a time on the internet… All of us at The Revue are obsessive music/arts addicts, always on the hunt for new stuff. I honestly can’t tell you the Google loop that led me to Roxy Roca, but I found them through a series of web searches and links while hunting down some new music. Roxy Roca are the […]

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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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Mundo Musique: Australia’s Boy & Bear, “Southern Sun”

Mundo Musique: Australia’s Boy & Bear, “Southern Sun”

Whether you are a highly invested music fanatic (like we are) or a casual fan, you’ve probably been exposed to artists from Down Under, where the music scene has exploded the past decade.  No longer can Australia be associated with Midnight Oil, INXS, or AC/DC, there’s a new generation of talented musicians making waves around the world (even Russell Crowe […]

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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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