Category: Music

49 Above: Moose Jaw is home to some crazy stuff. Case in point: The Faps

49 Above: Moose Jaw is home to some crazy stuff. Case in point: The Faps

The city of Moose Jaw Saskatchewan has an intriguing motto: Suprisingly Unexpected. For a city of 35,000 souls, there seems to be a remarkably high volume of odd and interesting projects, people, and events. Being a smallish town (though not as small as most of the towns in Saskatchewan), folks have to double-up on things to be viable. Take, for […]

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Hidden Gem: Fox and The Law

Hidden Gem: Fox and The Law

Seattle rockers Fox And The Law bring a bit of a throwback rock feel to their music, recalling bands like T-Rex and Black Sabbath. Killer guitar riffs, heavy hitting drums, oohs and ahhs, it’s all there and it’s all awesome.  Fox and The Law are the brainchild of founder Guy Keltner, and he’s put together a group of fine musicians, […]

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Mundo Musique: A Shoreline Dream

Mundo Musique: A Shoreline Dream

Denver, CO based shoegazers A Shoreline Dream’s fourth LP, The Silent Sunrise is due out on September 9. A Shoreline Dream have gained notoriety over the last few years, especially overseas for working with producers like Ulrich Schnauss, and Kramer, and they’ve drawn comparisons to bands like Sigur Ros, Slowdive, and Placebo. They released a gorgeous, hypnotizing 11 track album […]

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Mundo Musique: Kimbra’s Ambitious “The Golden Echo”

Mundo Musique: Kimbra’s Ambitious “The Golden Echo”

For Those Who Like: 80s & 90s music with a contemporary twist It’s not often that we feature an artist on a major record label, but today is an exception with the release of a sophomore record that has me reliving my youth. How old am I? Well, I’m old enough to remember The Pointer Sisters, Olivia Newton-John, and Sheena […]

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Mundo Musique: Orenda Fink, “Blue Dream”

Mundo Musique: Orenda Fink, “Blue Dream”

For Those Who Like: Beck, Luluc, Marissa Nadler Earlier this year, Beck released the excellent Morning Phase, a low-key, melodic album that examined the human condition in all its forms. The album has been applauded and acclaimed for its simplicity yet stunning craftsmanship, taking hush notes and textures to create an atmospheric vibe. If there is to be an addendum to […]

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Mundo Musique: The Tills

Mundo Musique: The Tills

Check out if you like: The Replacements, Deer Tick, Badass Rock & Roll the way it should be Asheville, North Carolina psych rockers The Tills are about to unleash their next EP, Howlin’ upon us. The six-track EP is due out August 26, it’s gritty rock and roll, and it’s pure badassery. It was mixed and recorded by Mitch Easter, […]

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Hidden Gem: Elijah Ocean

Hidden Gem: Elijah Ocean

Check out if you dig: Drive-By Truckers, Hiss Golden Messenger, Gregory Alan Isakov, Dawes, The Band Elijah Ocean is releasing a new LP in October of this year, titled Bring It All In. Ocean has released some beautiful folk music in the past, his 2012 record Tumble & Fall (stream that here) was just stunning, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting something […]

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Mundo Musique: Benjamin Booker

Mundo Musique: Benjamin Booker

For Those Who Like: Gary Clark, Jr., Chuck Berry, Jack White, B. Hamilton He’s been applauded for his fiery performance at Newport Folk Festival. He was picked to open Jack White’s latest tour. He’s being acknowledged as a guitar wunderkind for his combination of deft touch, slaying, and gritty, bluesy style. For many, this would mark the high points of […]

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Album Review: Ace Frehley’s still a Space Invader

Album Review: Ace Frehley’s still a Space Invader

Ok, Ace fans. In the 21 Century, Ace has reclaimed his title of geetar god, and had proven himself (finally!) as a album recording artist. 2009’s Anomaly was a fine return to form for a guy who shredded on all of Kiss’ earliest records, and found himself solo success back in 1978. The 80s and 90s were a tough haul […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Cariad Harmon

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Cariad Harmon

Five years ago, Cariad Harmon released her debut album, Four Letters, a tender, vulnerable album of love and lost. It’s an album that echos of Norah Jones and Holly Cole with its melodic undertones and gorgeous harmonies. The opener “Let It Go” and the stunning “Four Letters” best reflect the blue-eyed soul and adult contemporary of the two aforementioned songstresses. […]

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Mundo Musique: Celebration’s “Albumin”

Mundo Musique: Celebration’s “Albumin”

In her review of Celebration’s Albumin, Alice Severin of the music blog Northern Transmissions asked the question that I have long pondered, “(W)hy isn’t this band better known?” Really, why aren’t more people celebrating the exploits of the Baltimore quintet that makes some of the best art-rock-synth music in the business? While frontwoman Katrina Ford has received notoriety for her […]

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49 Above: Guelph’s Ondine Chorus – Improvisational Choral Pop (!)

49 Above: Guelph’s Ondine Chorus – Improvisational Choral Pop (!)

And we continue our visit in Guelph, Ontario (first act featured was Elequant). Ondine Chorus have a unique thing going on. Most pop music fans don’t think of choral music as something to explore. Here’s hoping Ondine inspires you to dig a little deeper into the genre. I recently discovered this group through a feature on CBC Radio, and was super intrigued. […]

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Weekend Stream for August 15: Nine Albums to Stream

Weekend Stream for August 15: Nine Albums to Stream

There are approximately 35 new albums coming out next week. Some of those albums were listed in last week’s Weekend Stream (namely by JJ and Sarah Jaffe). This week, we highlight nine albums that you might want to listen to: The self-titled album by Benjamin Booker, the 22-year old guitar master, is streaming on CBC Music and NPR. You don’t want […]

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Mundo Musique: Alt-J releases “Every Other Freckle”

Mundo Musique: Alt-J releases “Every Other Freckle”

English Indie rockers Alt-J made a name for themselves with An Awesome Wave, their debut LP. Full of strange songs and weird sounds, Alt-J became an unlikely success. With their latest single “Every Other Freckle”, they build on the weirdness. “Every Other Freckle” features the distinctive low bass rumble we’re used to, and the impressive harmonies we’ve come to expect […]

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49 Above: Guelph’s Elaquent – Producer Extraordinaire

49 Above: Guelph’s Elaquent – Producer Extraordinaire

Onwards to beautiful Guelph, Ontario! Guelph is a mid-sized university town in Southern Ontario, close enough to Toronto for an easy day trip, but far enough away from the bustle to be its own thing. Like Kitchener, London, and other Southern Ontario towns, Guelph has a massive arts and cultural scene that is often overshadowed by the big TO looming nearby. […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Gilmore Boys

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Gilmore Boys

Upstate New York folk group, Gilmore Boys released a gorgeous EP Future Unlike Any Past earlier this year.  Today’s hidden gem is the title track from that EP.  It’s a beautiful folk track full of acoustic guitar, and fiddle and emotionally charged vocals. http://gilmoreboys.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/gilmoreboys https://twitter.com/MarcianoTerence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiLKoA3OiXw

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Mundo Musique: Nicole Atkins Remixed

Mundo Musique: Nicole Atkins Remixed

Earlier this year, New Jersey based singer-songwriter Nicole Atkins released her amazing “dark disco” record Slow Phaser. This week, she released two singles of remixed songs from the record from producers Eddie Mars and Tim “Love” Lee.  Mars takes the already danceable “Who Killed the Moonlight” and somehow makes it even moreso.  Love takes “Girl You Look Amazing” and turns it […]

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Mundo Musique: The Triumphant Return of Christopher Denny

Mundo Musique: The Triumphant Return of Christopher Denny

For Those Who Like:Roy Orbison, Bob Dylan, Justin Townes Earle From Christopher Denny‘s story to the music on his second LP, If the Roses Don’t Kill Us, it may seem a more appropriate album title would have been Jubilant or Jubilation. For starters (and if you were not already aware), If the Roses Don’t Kill Us is Denny’s first album in seven years. In the […]

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Mundo Musique: Sturgill Simpson

Mundo Musique: Sturgill Simpson

Sturgill Simpson has been very busy over the past year. The Jackson, Kentucky native has recorded and produced two full length country albums in the past 16 months. Originally the lead singer of the band Sunday Valley, Simpson’s solo work has been garnering him both critical acclaim and word of mouth buzz. Simpson’s brilliant sophomore album, Metamodern Sounds In Country Music, perfectly balances […]

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Mundo Musique: Introducing Vibrissae

Mundo Musique: Introducing Vibrissae

Vibrissae by Vibrissae Earlier this year, Portland trio Vibrissae released its self-titled LP. The nine-track album can be best described as minimalist but ethereal, synth-pop-rock. Think of Blonde Redhead meets Little Dragon with the occasional splashes of Depeche Mode and even Dream Theater – yes, Dream Theater. The combination of Imber Lingard’s haunting vocals and the melodic guitars and synths performed by […]

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