Category: Music

Mundo Musique: Julian Taylor Band’s Groovy “Tech Noir”

Mundo Musique: Julian Taylor Band’s Groovy “Tech Noir”

Funk, soul, and roots music are slowly creeping back into the mainstream mindset, thanks in large part to veteran musicians like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields (more on him next week), Gary Clark, Jr., and a wave of Australian musicians such as Johnny Lang, The John Butler Trio, Kim Churchill, and Ash Grunwald. Canada, too, has […]

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Mundo Musique: Sharon Van Etten’s Ambitious “Are We There”

Mundo Musique: Sharon Van Etten’s Ambitious “Are We There”

In her first three albums – Because I Was in Love, Epic, and the remarkable Tramp – the beauty in the music lied in the sheer, emotive power of Sharon Van Etten‘s voice and the subtlety of her arrangements that would soar as each song progressed. Her music, too, was personal yet familiar to many of us, often speaking about […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gems: U2’s “Take Today”

Mundo Musique Hidden Gems: U2’s “Take Today”

We’re going to start a new feature on Mundo Musique called “Hidden Gems”. Basically, these are outtakes or deep cuts from more popular bands or albums released before 2014 by obscure or lesser known bands that deserve much more attention. To kick it off, let’s revisit U2 at the height of their musicianship. Now, I am unabashedly a big U2 […]

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Mundo Musique: Conor Oberst releases ‘Upside Down Mountain’

Mundo Musique: Conor Oberst releases ‘Upside Down Mountain’

I’ve really liked most things Conor Oberst has been involved with. Bright Eyes have released some fantastic albums, and his collaboration with Monsters of Folk may be one of my all time favorite records. I’ve even dug Desaparecidos. This week, Oberst released his latest solo effort, Upside Down Mountain, and it’s really, really good. The opening track, “Time Forgot”, feels […]

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Mundo Musique: STACEY Self-Titled Debut EP and Video for “Sleep Alone”

Mundo Musique: STACEY Self-Titled Debut EP and Video for “Sleep Alone”

For Those Who Like: Sarah McLachlan, The Bright Smoke, Marissa Nadler On her debut EP, young Toronto singer-songwriter STACEY has released an extremely intimate and honest album. In each of the five tracks, there is a sense of loss, whether it is someone close or one’s innocence. The minimalist feel of the album, which involves just STACEY’s vocals and her […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amanda Rheaume

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amanda Rheaume

Our first featured artist for the RBC Bluesfest Revue series is local legend, Amanda Rheaume. Few artists are as passionate, articulate, and dedicated to their craft as Amanda. Her 2013 album, Keep a Fire, was not only spellbinding in its songcraft, it was critically acclaimed and nominated for  Juno Award. Of Métis heritage, Amanda’s most recent album was full of wonderful […]

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Mundo Musique: Weatherbox

Mundo Musique: Weatherbox

For Those Who Like: Sum 41, Diarrhea Planet Is it possible for post-punk rock to be harmony laden? In the case of San Diego band Weatherbox, the project of Brian Warren, they have just done that. On the 13-track, Flies in All Directions is an apt description for Weatherbox’s third LP, as the San Diego band has written mostly post-punk tracks, […]

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Mundo Musique: Stream Sharon Van Etten’s upcoming record ‘Are We There’

Mundo Musique: Stream Sharon Van Etten’s upcoming record ‘Are We There’

Named as one of our most anticipated albums of 2014,  Are We There is the fourth album from New York based singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten. Are We There is set to be released next week, on May 27 in North America and May 26 in Europe.  Her first three albums are some of my all-time favorites, so I immediately pre-ordered the […]

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Mundo Musique: Stream Lee Fields’ New Album “Emma Jean”

Mundo Musique: Stream Lee Fields’ New Album “Emma Jean”

Lee Fields, the 63-year old legendary soul singer, returns with The Expressions to release his umpteenth album (his 11th studio album and he’s released countless others), Emma Jean. The album, which is named after his mother, will be officially released on June 3. If you want a sneak peak, the album is being streamed on NPR.

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Mundo Musique: Cloud Caverns

Mundo Musique: Cloud Caverns

Cloud Caverns Long Island, New York based experimental and acoustic band Cloud Caverns are a bit of a mix of everything.  Their first full length album, Gypsy Loft was released on May 4, and is a great folk rock record.  The project of Brandon Peterson and Dan Bouza, Cloud Caverns feel a bit like what would happen if M. Ward […]

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Mundo Musique: Amen Dunes

Mundo Musique: Amen Dunes

For Those Who Like: The Verve, The Great Lake Swimmers, Juan Wauters While I had heard of previous songs from Amen Dunes – the project of upstate New York native and now Brooklyn resident Damon McMahon – I was not overly familiar with his work until he opened for Mac DeMarco at The Blacksheep Inn in early April 4. Despite […]

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Mundo Musique: Christopher Wild’s Self-Titled Debut Album

Mundo Musique: Christopher Wild’s Self-Titled Debut Album

For Those Who Like: Reignwolf, Led Zeppelin, The White Stripes Christopher Wild on his self-titled debut album, which was released on April 15, has produced a record that I hoped The Black Keys would have produced (not to say Turn Blue is a bad record) – raw, gritty, explosive garage rock that is absolutely relentless from start to finish. From the […]

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Mundo Musique: Debut EP by Rapper King Snxxp and Producer Real Ayler, OutKasted

Mundo Musique: Debut EP by Rapper King Snxxp and Producer Real Ayler, OutKasted

Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to interview Chris Ayler, the young, Westland, Michigan teenager and emerging producer with a tremendous talent for sound, soundscapes, and melodies. It is an innate ability that few possess. After dabbling on his own and producing several songs together, including the trippy, mesmerizing “Praise”, the 17-year old Ayler – now referred to as […]

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Mundo Musique: My Shaky Knees Festival Experience

Mundo Musique: My Shaky Knees Festival Experience

Last weekend I attended the second annual Shaky Knees Festival in Atlanta, GA.  It’s a relatively new festival, and this year they had some fantastic artists for what really was one of the best lineups of any North American festival.  Last year’s was a rain soaked and muddy affair, but this year moved to a new larger location and thankfully did not rain […]

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Mundo Musique: “Kill the Lights” by The Dirty Jacks

Mundo Musique: “Kill the Lights” by The Dirty Jacks

The Dirty Jacks are an alternative-prog rock band from Rockville, MD, which lies just north of Washington, D.C. They are putting the finishing touches on the follow-up to their debut album, Rufus, which was released in 2011. Their next EP, All Part of the Plan, will be released later this summer. In the meantime, you can listen to the second single from […]

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Mundo Musique: Ummagma – Lama

Mundo Musique: Ummagma – Lama

UMMAGMA – Lama For fans of: Cocteau Twins, Stereolab, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, CHVRCHES When I wrote about the Canadian-Ukrainian Ummagma last year, I said they were going to have a busy 2014, and so far that has been proven correct.  Last month we were one of 20 blogs from all over the world who premiered their video for “The […]

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Mundo Musique: New Single from Bebe Panthere, “Competition”

Mundo Musique: New Single from Bebe Panthere, “Competition”

With spring in full bloom and hot, sultry summer nights around the corner, it is the season of cool vibes, smooth grooves, and festival-sized anthems. Some will appeal to the masses for their pounding beats and evangelical choruses, others will captivate our imaginations with the grand instrumentation and witty lyrics, while others will just merely overwhelm us. There there will […]

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Capital Revue: Ottawa’s NDMA Releases New Video, “BurnSlow”

Capital Revue: Ottawa’s NDMA Releases New Video, “BurnSlow”

The Ottawa area is slowing becoming a gold mine of great artists, mostly in the genres of indie rock, indie pop, folk, alt-country, and synth-pop. However, there is a growing hip hop and R&B scene. One of the emerging electronic, hip-hop artists in the area is NDMA, whose following is slowly growing as anticipation builds for the release of his […]

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Mundo Musique: Chad VanGaalen and Night Beats

Mundo Musique: Chad VanGaalen and Night Beats

CHAD VANGAALEN Even though Chad VanGaalen has been recording music for thirteen years, he has been able to retain a raw, innocent beauty in his music. Every album is filled with short stories and fables, some about VanGaalen’s own life and others just crafted from his imagination. His early recordings were predominantly indie folk songs, but over time he’s added […]

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Ottawa Folkfest Announce Stellar Lineup

Ottawa Folkfest Announce Stellar Lineup

The Ottawa Folkfest this morning released the lineup to its 21st edition of the annual festival, and the lineup is fantastic. There’s something for everyone at the five-day festival, which runs from September 10-14 at Hog’s Back Park in the middle of Ottawa. The headliners – Lorde, The National, Neutral Milk Hotel, Foster the People, and The Gaslight Anthem – […]

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