Category: Music

Blakdenim release new EP ‘Vanguard(en)’

Blakdenim release new EP ‘Vanguard(en)’

Ottawa’s BlakDenim have released Vanguard(en), a great six-track EP featuring their great blend of hip-hop, funk, and rock music.  As Phil pointed out in the RBC Bluesfest Revue post for BlakDenim, they have some really sharp lyrics and a really awesome sound featuring a whole range of instruments including trumpets and tubas. The EP is available on iTunes, streaming on Spotify, […]

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Mundo Musique: Strand of Oaks’ Resounding “Heal”

Mundo Musique: Strand of Oaks’ Resounding “Heal”

Even with the advanced press about Timothy Showalter’s  – a.k.a. Strand of Oaks – fourth full-length album, Heal, that listed J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. as a guest musician and images posted on Facebook that showed Showalter rocking hard, it was still a surprise, and a pleasant one, to hear an album inspired by 70s, 80s, and 90s rock. On his […]

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Mundo Musique: moools, Japanese Garage Rock

Mundo Musique: moools, Japanese Garage Rock

One of the great things about going to a festival or a concert early is that you never know who you will discover. Back in 2010 when Wolf Parade was in the midst of their final tour, the Montreal-based band stopped to play a hometown show to a soldout crowd. Opening for them was a band called moools, who were […]

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Mundo Musique: Puna

Mundo Musique: Puna

Since it’s World Cup time, Ben and I want to feature more bands from outside North America, and today I’m featuring the dreamy and hypnotic Puna from Lima, Peru.  Their instrumental shoegaze is ambient, experimental, and truly captivating. And since it’s mostly instrumental, you won’t miss out on anything because of a language difference. They released a single in 2013 […]

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Weekend Stream (June 20): Strand of Oaks, Phox, Phish, and Donovan Blanc

Weekend Stream (June 20): Strand of Oaks, Phox, Phish, and Donovan Blanc

Your weekly weekend stream for June 20th to 22nd includes some great new albums from emerging acts and arguably the most influential jam band of the past 20 years. Strand of Oaks will release Heal on Tuesday. Check it out on NPR and CBC Music. One of the buzziest buzz bands right now is Phox, whose folk-pop is captivating. NPR […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Stefan Obermaier’s “Beethoven Reloaded”

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Stefan Obermaier’s “Beethoven Reloaded”

Stefan Obermaier is a celebrated DJ in his hometown of Vienna and across Austria and the region. For over decade, he has been playing at some of the leading clubs in Europe, spinning popular tracks and putting his own touches on remixes. Obermaier, however, has not limited himself to just top-40, house, and electronica, but he’s also remixed the compositions […]

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Mundo Musique: The Toothe

Mundo Musique: The Toothe

Self-described as Apocalyptic Americana music, Asheville, NC folk band, The Toothe, released a strange but great 25-minute EP, Talons, on June 10.  Great because this EP is made up of six really interesting folk songs, ranging from folky sing-alongs to slow ballads. Strange because lyrically, there’s stuff like “now you’re passing through me like a kidney stone” in the song […]

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Mundo Musique: Moonetz, Electronic Pop from Colombia

Mundo Musique: Moonetz, Electronic Pop from Colombia

In the ’80s, there were numerous bands who could be characterized as synth-pop bands, such as New Order, Pet Shop Boys, and even Depeche Mode had several tracks that dabbled in this genre. In the ’90s, synth-pop gave way to the rising electronica movement, which gave way to house and club music, which gave way to today’s electronic dance music […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Old Whiskey Road

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Old Whiskey Road

I’m loving that Bluefest is tapping into so much local blues for the festival this year. Old Whiskey Road don’t just choose evocative band names, they play a crowd-pleasing style of country and blues with some tight musicianship and great vocal harmonies. Kristin St. Pierre on vocals has a laid back style, and fellow vocalist Dave Morrow has a quiet […]

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Mundo Musique: Turtle Giant, the Indie Rock Band from Macau/Sao Paolo

Mundo Musique: Turtle Giant, the Indie Rock Band from Macau/Sao Paolo

The World Cup of Football is well underway, so we’ll be focusing a bit more on bands outside of North America, although we’ll still look at some of the new indie albums that will be released in the coming weeks. To kick it off, we begin with Turtle Giant. And yes, you read the title correctly – Turtle Giant is […]

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Hidden Gem: Dirty Lungs

Hidden Gem: Dirty Lungs

Birmingham Alabama’s Dirty Lungs formed back in 2006. Founding members Carson Mitchell and Ra-Jaan Parmley have been kicking all kinds of ass with a discography of an LP and two EP’s, and this year they’ll be releasing a self-titled LP on July 15th on Communicating Vessels. Dirty Lungs obviously draw influence from all over, from contemporaries Thee Oh Sees, and […]

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Mundo Musique: Arkells

Mundo Musique: Arkells

Mundo Musique: Arkells Last week, Hamilton, ON band Arkells shared “Come To Light” off of their upcoming record High Noon, which will be released August 5.  The band, which consists of Nick Dika, Mike DeAngelis, Tom Oxford, Max Kerman, and Anthony Carone, have been getting more and more popular since the release of Michigan Left, their 2011 LP.  They are […]

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Mundo Musique: The Antlers Find New Landscapes with “Familiars”

Mundo Musique: The Antlers Find New Landscapes with “Familiars”

Listening to The Antlers isn’t for the faint of heart. Their music is heavy sometimes, their lyrics are dense and even dark. The focus is creating sonic masterpieces, not mainstream chart toppers. On their 2009 breakthrough, Hospice, the Brooklyn trio created a dark, personal album that revolved around the events of the death of singer Peter Silberman’s friend and his […]

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Mundo Musique: Rediscovering the Phenomenal Ruthie Foster

Mundo Musique: Rediscovering the Phenomenal Ruthie Foster

For many festival goers, the highlights usually involve seeing their favourite bands and artists performing outdoors, rain or shine. But for me, the best shows are the ones that you weren’t planning to see, where you are wandering the festival grounds, especially early in the day, and hear something that captures your attention. This was the case when Ruthie Foster […]

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Weekend Stream (June 13): New Music from Willie Nelson, The Antlers, Swollen Members, and The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

Weekend Stream (June 13): New Music from Willie Nelson, The Antlers, Swollen Members, and The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

An oldie is coming out with a newie; a Brooklyn trio finds new landscapes; a legendary Canadian hip-hop act returns; and rocking blues from Vancouver. All this music is streaming for free in advance of the record releases on Tuesday, June 17. Willie Nelson returns with his 69th studio record – yes, 69th – with Band of Brothers.  You can […]

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Mundo Musique: Ceiling Demons’ “Amputated Spirit” Single

Mundo Musique: Ceiling Demons’ “Amputated Spirit” Single

Late in 2013, Ceiling Demons, the young group from North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, released its fascinating debut album, Dual Sides, which was reviewed here back in March. Over the past few months, Ceiling Demons have slowly been receiving increased attention in their homeland, including being featured by Tom Robinson of BBC 6. Today, they have launched a special single for […]

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Mundo Musique: New Video from Strand of Oaks, “Shut In”

Mundo Musique: New Video from Strand of Oaks, “Shut In”

The new album from Strand of Oaks, the project of Philadelphia’s Tim Showalter, will be released in a couple of weeks. As we anxiously await for HEAL‘s official release on June 24, Showalter has shared some singles from the new album, including this splendid melodic rock song, “Shut In”.  Don Henley couldn’t have written a smoother, dreamier number than this.

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Mundo Musique: New Video and Single from NY Pop Collective Gramercy Arms, “Always in Love”

Mundo Musique: New Video and Single from NY Pop Collective Gramercy Arms, “Always in Love”

On Tuesday, the New York City-based indie-pop collective, Gramercy Arms, released a new single and video, “Always in Love”. The song is unabashedly sunny pop that will put a smile on your face. It’s the type of song that will brighten your day even on the most dreariest, gray days. Gramercy Arms is a revolving group of musicians artists led by […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Kalle Mattson

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Kalle Mattson

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, but now an Ottawa resident, the young Kalle Mattson has become a critical darling over the last few years. A grad of Classical Music (guitar) from the University of Ottawa, Kalle’s pop sensibilities are seemingly innate. When he was 17, in high school, he wrote his first 10 songs as a project to test out […]

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Mundo Musique: The Fresh & Only’s “House of Spirits”

Mundo Musique: The Fresh & Only’s “House of Spirits”

The Fresh & Onlys have been mainstays of the San Francisco garage-rock scene for six years, although to characterize them in the same vein as Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, and Thee Oh Sees would be a disservice to the varied and layered sounds of the band. Instead, they’re more like pop-rock revivalists, bringing back the different sounds of the ’70s […]

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