Category: Music

Weekend Stream (September 5) – Robert Plant, Ryan Adams, Justin Townes Earle, Tennis, Avi Buffalo, Alt-J

Weekend Stream (September 5) – Robert Plant, Ryan Adams, Justin Townes Earle, Tennis, Avi Buffalo, Alt-J

There is a lot of great stuff coming out on Tuesday, that means this weekend’s Weekend Stream is stacked! Justin Townes Earle’s Single Mothers is streaming on NPR. Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant’s Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar is streaming on CBC (Canada) and NPR (US) Hiss Golden Messenger’s Lateness of Dancers, which Rich reviewed on Thursday, is streaming via […]

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49 Above: Trois-Rivières is overrun with Bears of Legend

49 Above: Trois-Rivières is overrun with Bears of Legend

My first exposure to Trois-Rivières happened when I was a kid, and my brother’s hockey team hosted another team from Trois-Rivières. We lived in Sarnia, and I was about 10, and spoke roughly five words of French. The kid who stayed with us (all the families billeted these kids for a few nights) spoke less English than I spoke French, so […]

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Mundo Musique: Hiss Golden Messenger

Mundo Musique: Hiss Golden Messenger

This is an album I’ve been anticipating all year, Hiss Golden Messenger’s Lateness of Dancers. The North Carolina based duo of singer/songwriter M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch have been releasing records as Hiss Golden Messenger for a little over five years, but have played music together for much, much longer. Their blend of folk, rock, country and pretty much everything […]

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Mundo Musique: Interpol – El Pintor

Mundo Musique: Interpol – El Pintor

NYC’s Interpol has had a winning formula since their first album Turn On The Bright Lights.  Driving bass lines, Paul Banks’ unique voice and guitars cutting through all of it.  Though since their last record, Interpol, the band lost one of its most distinctive features, the bass playing of Carlos D. After Carlos left the band, they had a few […]

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Mundo Musique: Blonde Redhead’s “Barragán”

Mundo Musique: Blonde Redhead’s “Barragán”

I remember being asked by a friend how I would describe Blonde Redhead. My reply was, “Unconventional.” Since their formation twenty years ago and now through nine albums, the legendary New York City trio have never been ones to follow trends. Instead, they’re constantly pushing boundaries, taking the listener to places never before imagined or heard. Every note and every […]

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Mundo Musique: The New Basement Tapes – A Collaborative Album Project of Undiscovered Dylan Lyrics

Mundo Musique: The New Basement Tapes – A Collaborative Album Project of Undiscovered Dylan Lyrics

A few months ago, a new project was launched involving some of the biggest names in indie rock, Americana, blues, and blues rock. The New Basement Tapes is a collaboration between Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket),  Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), and T Bone Burnett. Together they have recorded two […]

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Mundo Musique: Ruthie Foster, “Promise of a Brand New Day”

Mundo Musique: Ruthie Foster, “Promise of a Brand New Day”

Ruthie Foster has been a favourite of mine for a while now. As I wrote back in June, I first “discovered” Ruthie Foster back in 2007 when she performed at Ottawa Bluesfest. She performed two shows at the festival – a mid-summer’s day set that had the audience of some 2,000 people completely captivated and more showed up to find […]

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Album Review: Brenda Earle Stokes “Right About Now”

Album Review: Brenda Earle Stokes “Right About Now”

I’ve been a fan of Brenda Earle Stokes since her days as Brenda Earle (ie, back in high school in Sarnia, Ontario). She was (and remains) a few years younger than me, but we ran in similar circles during our teen years. She was recognized as a talented kid at the time, one you would be wise to watch and […]

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Mundo Musique: Brian Lopez

Mundo Musique: Brian Lopez

Tucson, Arizona based Singer-songwriter Brian Lopez made some waves with his debut LP Ultra. He’ll be back for his follow-up Static Noise which will be out September 23.  Ultra was a great album, that many people, including Lopez pegged as “eclectic” but Lopez has decidedly attempted to make Static Noise a more focused effort, and from what I’ve heard so […]

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Mundo Musique: Grammar

Mundo Musique: Grammar

24 Year old Barrie Lindsay of Boston is also known as Grammar.  This week, she’s sharing “New World” which will be on her upcoming five track Grammar EP which will be released next month. It’s a beautiful electronic-driven track with gorgeous, lush harmonies and a real laid-back and dreamy vibe, despite the lyrics “I’m getting reckless”.  Take a listen below! […]

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Mundo Musique: J Mascis, “Tied to a Star”

Mundo Musique: J Mascis, “Tied to a Star”

It’s easy to forget how great of a songwriter J Mascis is. Due to his association with the distortion, punk-infused, grunge rock of Dinosaur Jr., which he founded in 1984 with Lou Barlow and Murph, Mascis is acknowledged as being one of the leading contributors to the rise of alternative rock and grunge and for his superb guitar skills. Not […]

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Mundo Musique: New Singles from Rachel Thomasin and Chris Ayler

Mundo Musique: New Singles from Rachel Thomasin and Chris Ayler

As today is the one-year anniversary of Mundo Musique, I thought I would take the time to check in with a couple of young artists that were focused in this space. Both have new singles out that are worth checking out.   Rachel Thomasin, “Amber Light” and “Métamorphe” I first wrote about Boston’s Rachel Thomasin in February of this year, […]

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Mundo Musique: Misun’s Dreamy New Single, “Goodbye Summer”

Mundo Musique: Misun’s Dreamy New Single, “Goodbye Summer”

As we celebrate our one-year anniversary, we’ll be revisiting some of the bands and artists that we have profiled in this space. One such band is Baltimore’s Misun, who has been highly underappreciated and overlooked for way too long. Until recently – really the last 3 or 4 months – music blogs have ignored Misun, but their recent mini-tour to […]

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49 Above: Hamilton’s Terra Lightfoot, where have you been all our lives?

49 Above: Hamilton’s Terra Lightfoot, where have you been all our lives?

This is our second stop in Hamilton (check out yesterday’s article here). Terra Lightfoot is a roots/folk singer songwriter who stands above the seemingly infinite number of folks working in the genre. She can do that whispery folky thing beautifully, but in a second her voice can dive into deep loud bombastic blues. It’s rare to see an artist work their voice […]

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Weekend Stream (August 29): Blonde Redhead, Interpol, Wooden Sky, and Zammuto

Weekend Stream (August 29): Blonde Redhead, Interpol, Wooden Sky, and Zammuto

A bit more manageable weekend to stream some new music. Here are some of our picks. Blonde Redhead, the legendary New York City indie band, will release their ninth LP, Barragán. Stream it on NPR (US only) and The Guardian (UK only). Unfortunately, there isn’t a Canadian stream available at this moment. Another NYC-based band, Interpol, are streaming El Pintor for a good […]

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Mundo Musique: Floating Action’s ‘Body Questions’

Mundo Musique: Floating Action’s ‘Body Questions’

A couple of years back, North Carolina band Floating Action caught my attention, mostly because of overwhelming praise from My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James.  Upon listening to 2012’s Fake Blood for the first time, I knew that praise was completely justified.  They have a sound like a futuristic Dr. Dog, or maybe a barebones My Morning Jacket, it’s wholly […]

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49 Above: Hamilton’s The Emsee – Powerful Hip Hop

49 Above: Hamilton’s The Emsee – Powerful Hip Hop

Hamilton suffers from kid-sibling syndrome in many ways. While most cities across Canada don’t get the attention of Toronto or Montreal, the fact is that there’s some pretty amazing stuff out there that doesn’t always get a lot of attention. Hamilton (with half a million residents, and some pretty amazing sites and sounds) isn’t the first place an international publication […]

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Hidden Gem: Mind Movies

Hidden Gem: Mind Movies

Mind Movies is the project of Raoni Santos.  You may remember Mind Movies from the Ummagma Lama remixes LP, and from our feature on Tuesday, featuring his remix of “Light Scheme” on Sounds of Sputnik’s latest album, which I called “absolutely fantastic”.  One thing that makes Santos’ remixes stand out from the crowd is the amount of sounds he adds […]

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Mundo Musique: The New Pornographers’ Brill Bruisers

Mundo Musique: The New Pornographers’ Brill Bruisers

The New Pornographers, one of this generations most successful supergroups, return to form with their 6th album Brill Bruisers.  Unlike most supergroups, The New Pornographers have evolved slightly more organically.  Originally a project for Carl Newman the group kept expanding and adding additional musicians from the ever expanding Vancouver indie music scene.  Their works often felt like a place for […]

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Mundo Musique: The Reinvention of Sarah Jaffe

Mundo Musique: The Reinvention of Sarah Jaffe

For Those Who Like: Zola Jesus, St. Vincent, Imogen Heap In 2008, Texas native Sarah Jaffe released Even Born Again, an EP of heartbreaking, acoustic indie-folk that caught the attention of several publications, including Rolling Stone. She followed that up with her first full-length album, the well-received Suburban Nature in 2010. The album included “Clementine” and “Summer Begs’”, two singles […]

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