Category: Music

Mundo Musique: Hydrothermal Vents

Mundo Musique: Hydrothermal Vents

I first saw Montreal’s The Hydrothermal Vents last September at the Black Sheep Inn, where they stepped in for The Pack A.D., who couldn’t make it to the gig due to van troubles. They only had a handful of songs at the time, as they were still writing new music for their first long player. Their show was fun and […]

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Mundo Musique: Old Crow Medicine Show release “Remedy”

Mundo Musique: Old Crow Medicine Show release “Remedy”

One of the most popular bluegrass acts in the world, Old Crow Medicine Show have been releasing fine music for a little over a decade and a half.  Their brand of old styled folk songs has captivated audiences around the world, playing many festivals including Newport Folk and Bonnaroo. Their latest record, Remedy, was released last week, and it’s a […]

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Mundo Musique: New Track from King Tuff & Album Announcement

Mundo Musique: New Track from King Tuff & Album Announcement

King Tuff, a personal favourite of ours, announced today that he and his band will be releasing this fall a new album, titled, Black Moon Spell.  To celebrate, the indie rocker released the first single, “Eyes of the Muse”, which you can see below. Black Moon Spell drops on September 23 on Sub Pop. You can pre-order it here.

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Mundo Musique: Ferrill Gibbs

Mundo Musique: Ferrill Gibbs

Mobile, Alabama songwriter Ferrill Gibbs is releasing his next album, Significant Trees on August 12.  He released an absolutely fantastic single ahead of the record called “The Happy Ones”. It’s an amazing, building song that starts out with just some lightly brushed drums, and piano, fiddle, vocals, and guitar join in before it becomes a huge sound.  Gibbs isn’t alone […]

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RBC Bluesfest Follow-Up: Lucius’ 7″ Genevieve

RBC Bluesfest Follow-Up: Lucius’ 7″ Genevieve

Lucius, the indie pop quintet from Brooklyn, New York, played two superb shows at the Ottawa Bluesfest on Sunday, including a memorable 90-minute, intimate performance in the Barney Danson Theatre. The band is still touring in support of last year’s excellent Wildewoman and just last week they released a special edition 7″ vinyl of their superb single, “Genevieve”, via Mom + […]

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Mundo Musique: City Walls Autumn Falls

Mundo Musique: City Walls Autumn Falls

For fans of: Bob Dylan, The Lone Bellow Originally from Australia, City Walls Autumn Falls are a band of brothers, Anthony and David Gill, now based out of Brooklyn, NY.  On June 24, they released their latest record, Factory, which was recorded in a barn in Woodstock, NY that is supposedly haunted.  Reading that, you are probably not surprised these two were highly […]

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Mundo Musique: An Ethereal Journey with Fifi Rong

Mundo Musique: An Ethereal Journey with Fifi Rong

The term “globalization” is often associated with the increasing interdependence and, to some degree, the alignment of national economies. It is often used to describe travel, where the world is becoming “smaller” with jumbo jets being able to travel for more than 9,500 miles and the internet, channels like The Discovery Network, and books like The Lonely Planet bringing cultures, locations, […]

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Weekend Stream for July 4: Braid, Matt Kivel, Cloud Boat, and Eagulls

Weekend Stream for July 4: Braid, Matt Kivel, Cloud Boat, and Eagulls

Here’s your Weekend Stream for July 4th long weekend. Happy 4th of July to our American friends and family. Braid – the alternative emo band – returns after 15 years away. While they’ve changed physically, the music remains great. You can stream the new album, No Coast, on CBC Music and NPR. Matt Kivel has a new album coming out next […]

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Mundo Musique: School of Seven Bells release a cover of Joey Ramone’s “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)”

Mundo Musique: School of Seven Bells release a cover of Joey Ramone’s “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)”

Joey Ramone wrote “I Got Knocked Down (But I’ll Get Up)” when he was dying from Lymphoma, the same disease that took School of Seven Bells’ Benjamin Curtis’ life in 2013.  This cover was recorded during Curtis’ time in the hospital on his laptop with Alejandra Deheza recording vocals in a studio while FaceTiming Benjamin. It’s a completely different, yet […]

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Mundo Musique: Gold Cult

Mundo Musique: Gold Cult

Chicago duo Gold Cult released their debut EP, the 5 track Been Still in January of 2013. The music of Gold Cult can be described as a combination of dream-pop and jazz.  Next week, on July 8, they will release two new singles, “Round and Round” and “Lafayette”.  Both singles are very different sounding.  “Round and Round” is an experimental track, […]

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Mundo Musique: Brazil’s Baleia

Mundo Musique: Brazil’s Baleia

Back to focusing on bands from outside our usual countries (Canada, US, UK, Australia) to celebrate the global event currently taking place in Brazil, the World Cup. I’ve never gone to Brazil. The closest I’ve ever been to experiencing anything remotely Brazilian is eating at a Brazilian steakhouse, but I’m not even sure that was authentic. And my earliest memory […]

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Mundo Musique: Midlake

Mundo Musique: Midlake

For fifteen years, Midlake has been producing music reflective of the ’70s LA music scene – gorgeous melodic, psychedelic folk-rock. So many bands have attempted to replicate Midlake’s work, but very few have succeeded (more recently, Local Natives, The Amazing, and Lord Huron have done extremely well). It is music that is pleasing, calming, and great to listen to on […]

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Mundo Musique: Tune-Yards

Mundo Musique: Tune-Yards

In May, New England’s Merrill Garbus, also known as Tune-Yards, released her third album, Nikki Nack, on 4AD.  Garbus is known for her quirky style of performing music featuring her unique voice, herself on drums, ukulele, and many other instruments, and her seemingly endless supply of energy. Garbus definitely takes after many different influences. There’s a huge Afrobeat influence in […]

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Mundo Musique: Be Calm Honcho

Mundo Musique: Be Calm Honcho

With the explosion in indie music and DIY artists, having an eye-popping (and sometimes perplexing and nonsensical) name is almost as important as having outstanding music. And in many cases, the two go hand-in-hand, where the music matches the creativity behind the name. One such band that hits the mark is Be Calm Honcho, the four-piece, indie outfit from San […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Tindervox

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Tindervox

Remember the 90s? Tindervox sure does. When I hear this band (and especially Kara’s voice), I hear some Joydrop, and some early Sub Pop noise. It’s slowed down Grade A jangle pop with some grungy/punk thrown in for good measure. This is a band to see on any stage, so they’re one of my top picks for the festival this […]

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CD Review: James Leclaire Delivers on Of What Is Left

CD Review: James Leclaire Delivers on Of What Is Left

James Leclaire sings with a gritty voice (think Steve Earle but without the booze issues) and I’ll admit that I first thought it was affectation. James is a super friendly, clean cut guy from the Ottawa Valley, and to meet him is to meet a man with a big smile, quick wit, and really positive attitude. In short, this is the […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Red Rails

RBC Bluesfest Revue: The Red Rails

Holy $#!%. That’s all I could say when I heard The Red Rails for the first time. Bluefest indeed, these are the bluesiest guys in town. Just listen to the first minute of this and you’ll know what I mean. There’s something going on here, and I really dig it. Somewhere between AC/DC and Wolfmother, The Red Rails swing the […]

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Mundo Musique: SkyBurnsRed

Mundo Musique: SkyBurnsRed

On Mundo Musique, we’ve featured plenty of bands of the “symphonic” or “orchestral variety. There’s the orchestral/choir pop of bands like The Belle Game, Ephrata and Ages and Ages. There was also the fascinating space-rock orchestra Flowers of Hell. In addition, we’ve looked at melodic, brooding rock bands, like Wolf People and Arboretum, post-metal bands such as WTCHS, and multi-genre-laced […]

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Weekend Stream (June 27): Old Crow Medicine Show, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, Matthewdavid, and PS I Love You

Weekend Stream (June 27): Old Crow Medicine Show, Brian Eno & Karl Hyde, Matthewdavid, and PS I Love You

Here’s your weekly feature of new albums being streamed before their official release dates. There are, however, only a handful of albums that will be released next week, likely due to the various holidays in Canada (July 1) and the United States (July 4). That said, there is still some great music to listen to. Old Crow Medicine Show return […]

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Mundo Musique: She Keeps Bees share “Is What It Is”

Mundo Musique: She Keeps Bees share “Is What It Is”

Brooklyn duo She Keeps Bees will be releasing their fourth album, Eight Houses, in September, but on Tuesday they shared their first single, “Is What It Is”. It’s a bit of a dreamy and minimalistic track featuring mostly just singer Jessica Larrabee’s voice over Andy LaPlant’s drums with some light organ and harmonies from guest Sharon Van Etten. Listen to […]

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