Category: Music

Review: Orit Shimoni’s Bitter is the New Sweet

Review: Orit Shimoni’s Bitter is the New Sweet

I first came to know of Orit Shimoni a few years back when she was in a Montreal-based duo called Little Birdie. The first song of the then-new album (Cinematic Way) was called Every Day I Fasten My Shackles. I was hooked. It was blues-inspired folk (perhaps folk-inspired blues), with soul to spare. Orit’s voice in particular connected so beautifully with […]

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Mundo 5 Special: Five Bands to Check Out at Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival

Mundo 5 Special: Five Bands to Check Out at Atlanta’s Shaky Knees Festival

This weekend I’ll be in Atlanta for Shaky Knees Festival. It may not be a hometown show, but in my opinion, Shaky Knees has put together one of the best lineups of any American festival.  The headliners there wouldn’t really headline a Bonnaroo, but The National, Modest Mouse and Alabama Shakes have all proven themselves as bands and all are really […]

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Mundo Musique: Ought and Second Hand Heart

Mundo Musique: Ought and Second Hand Heart

  OUGHT   For Those Who Like: Joy Division, SUUNS, Velvet Underground   Whether it’s the orchestral pop and the new folk-rock of the Pacific Northwest and Vancouver, the innovative takes of psychedelia and hip hop in the United Kingdom, the art-punk and brooding rock of Brooklyn, or the roaring psych-rock of the southern US, independent artists across the globe […]

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Interview with Secret Broadcast (audio)

Interview with Secret Broadcast (audio)

Last night, I had the great pleasure of getting on the phone with Keith Heppler, drummer for Toronto rock-trio Secret Broadcast. Hell of a nice guy, as you’ll hear in our phone call. They’ve just released a killer full-length LP called Filthy Souls, and are just starting off a tour that will take them all over Canada right through the […]

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Mundo Musique: Thee Oh Sees and Billy Moon

Mundo Musique: Thee Oh Sees and Billy Moon

  THEE OH SEES For Those Who Like: Mikal Cronin, Ty Segall, ’60s-’70s psychedelia At the end of 2013, Thee Oh Sees announced that they were going on an “indefinite hiatus”. Fortunate for music fans, the hiatus lasted less than five months as the San Francisco-based band released Drop last week. Why the band’s hiatus was so brief is a […]

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Mundo Musique: Saintseneca

Mundo Musique: Saintseneca

For fans of: Dr. Dog, Neutral Milk Hotel, Lord Huron, Decemberists, Typhoon Indie-folk band Saintseneca is the project of Columbus, Ohio singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little along with Maryn Jones, Steve Ciolek and Jon Maedor. For the most part, Little’s voice reminds me of Dr. Dog’s Scott McMicken but at times he reminds me of Jeff Mangum.  Saintseneca bring a […]

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Mundo Musique: The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)

Mundo Musique: The Both (Aimee Mann and Ted Leo)

When I first heard Aimee Mann and Ted Leo were working on an album together, “intrigued” would be an understatement. I instantly recalled the few Ted Leo and the Pharmacists shows I’ve attended, which were all awesome punk rock experiences, and if you’ve been keeping score, it should be no surprise that I enjoy Aimee Mann’s music. That said, I […]

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Mundo Musique: DOE EYE’s Debut LP, Television

Mundo Musique: DOE EYE’s Debut LP, Television

For Those Who Like: P.J. Harvey, St. Vincent When we last heard from DOE EYE, the project of San Francisco’s Maryam Qudus, she had a released a stunning 6-song EP, Hotel Fire, a gritty indie rock album that recalled P.J. Harvey and the atmospheric sounds of Daughter. Deep bass grooves, stammering keys, and Qudus’ soaring vocals combined to create a […]

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Mundo Musique: Julie Byrne

Mundo Musique: Julie Byrne

American singer-songwriter Julie Byrne’s music fits in nicely with a lot of the music I’ve been covering this year. Her latest album, Rooms With Walls and Windows was released earlier this year and is reminiscent of other singer-songwriters like Angel Olsen, Torres, Marissa Nadler and early Sharon Van Etten. At the beginning of Rooms With Walls and Windows, we’re greeted […]

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Mundo Musique: Woods and Marta Pacek

Mundo Musique: Woods and Marta Pacek

WOODS For Those Who Like: Grizzly Bear, White Denim, Portugal. The Man (pre-Evil Friends) Ask anyone which bands or musicians they think are among the best of the last ten years, and you’ll probably get answers such as Radiohead, Arcade Fire, The National, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Neko Case, and others. But there are several under-appreciated bands who deserve to […]

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Interview with David J (Part 2, audio)

Interview with David J (Part 2, audio)

And welcome to part 2 of my conversation with David J (formerly of Bauhaus, and Love and Rockets). In this part, we talk a lot about his work in theatre, and then switch gears to talk about his brand new album, An Eclipse of Ships. We Skype’d a few months ago when they were just finishing up production, artwork, etc. […]

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Mundo Musique: King of Prussia

Mundo Musique: King of Prussia

Mundo Musique is our international music section, and King of Prussia’s latest release, the double album Zonian Girls .. And The Echoes That Surround Us All is truly an international affair.  Released on April 8th of this year, Zonian Girls is an album that singer, songwriter, and guitarist Brandon Hanick, put together in two places, Barcelona, Spain and Athens, Georgia.  […]

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Capital Revue: New Swears

Capital Revue: New Swears

Somewhere between The Beach Boys, The Gruesomes, and the far reaches of hell, lay New Swears.

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Interview with David J (Part 1, audio)

Interview with David J (Part 1, audio)

I was a little young for the first run of Bauhaus, but was prime age for Love and Rockets in the late 80s and early 90s (I don’t know what colour your eyes are, baby, but your hair is long and brown), and immediately recognized that these guys were my kind of people. The music from both those bands was […]

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Mundo Musique: Tony Molina and Jacques Caramac & The Sweet Generation

Mundo Musique: Tony Molina and Jacques Caramac & The Sweet Generation

  TONY MOLINA   For Those Who Like: Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Dream Theater On his debut LP, Tony Molina proves that size doesn’t matter. With 12 songs clocking in at 12 minutes – yes, the length of many songs by most jam bands and Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Dissed and Dismissed is a pretty epic album and a […]

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Capital Revue: Fevers launch new video

Capital Revue: Fevers launch new video

Fevers are one of my favourite local bands (I say that a lot, but it’s true everytime). They just launched their new video from their killer debut full-length, No Room For Light. Check out this grainy beauty right here, this is Dance Cry Dance.

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Mundo Musique: Mistaken For Strangers

Mundo Musique: Mistaken For Strangers

Today I feel like shaking things up a bit, and reviewing Mistaken for Strangers, a movie about The National that was officially released on March 28.  Maybe that is misleading, saying it’s about The National, they’re in the movie, but they’re not really the main focus of it.  It focuses on Tom Berninger, the brother of National frontman Matt Berninger, […]

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Mundo Musique: Timber Timbre

Mundo Musique: Timber Timbre

For Those Who Like: Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Neil Young and Crazy Horse If Mac DeMarco is considered to be on track to be the next Neil Young, Timber Timbre, the indie quintet from Brooklin, Ontario, is well on its way to being a collective version of another great Canadian legend, Leonard Cohen. Their previous fourth albums were excellent bluesy-folk […]

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Mundo Musique: The Bright Smoke Premiere Video for “Sea Level”

Mundo Musique: The Bright Smoke Premiere Video for “Sea Level”

New York’s brooding indie duo, The Bright Smoke, premiered on AntiQuiet today their tantalizing video for “Sea Level”, from 2013’s EP Virginia Et. Al. It’s a fantastic video that sees the sultry Mia Wilson and the mysterious Quincy Ledbetter bear the chilly Northeastern shoreline. You can see it at AntiQuiet or better yet below, thanks to YouTube. More information on […]

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Mundo Musique: Screaming Females – Live at The Hideout

Mundo Musique: Screaming Females – Live at The Hideout

If you asked me to list some of my favorite live bands, New Jersey indie punk rockers Screaming Females would be very close to the top of the list. Lead guitarist and singer Marissa Paternoster is one of the most engaging and energetic performers in rock and roll. Paternoster, and combined with bassist King Mike and drummer Jarret Dougherty tear […]

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