Category: Music

Mundo Musique: New Video and Single from NY Pop Collective Gramercy Arms, “Always in Love”

Mundo Musique: New Video and Single from NY Pop Collective Gramercy Arms, “Always in Love”

On Tuesday, the New York City-based indie-pop collective, Gramercy Arms, released a new single and video, “Always in Love”. The song is unabashedly sunny pop that will put a smile on your face. It’s the type of song that will brighten your day even on the most dreariest, gray days. Gramercy Arms is a revolving group of musicians artists led by […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Kalle Mattson

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Kalle Mattson

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, but now an Ottawa resident, the young Kalle Mattson has become a critical darling over the last few years. A grad of Classical Music (guitar) from the University of Ottawa, Kalle’s pop sensibilities are seemingly innate. When he was 17, in high school, he wrote his first 10 songs as a project to test out […]

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Mundo Musique: The Fresh & Only’s “House of Spirits”

Mundo Musique: The Fresh & Only’s “House of Spirits”

The Fresh & Onlys have been mainstays of the San Francisco garage-rock scene for six years, although to characterize them in the same vein as Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, and Thee Oh Sees would be a disservice to the varied and layered sounds of the band. Instead, they’re more like pop-rock revivalists, bringing back the different sounds of the ’70s […]

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Mundo Musique: New Zealand Maestro Andrew Keoghan

Mundo Musique: New Zealand Maestro Andrew Keoghan

In 2012 while traveling through New Zealand, my wife and I were introduced to the music of Andrew Keoghan, the multi-instrumentalist who play plays the violin, guitar, synth, beats, and other instruments. In addition, Keoghan is a classically trained singer and arranger, and his growth as a musician started at a very young age. Born in Antigua and raised predominantly […]

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Mundo Musique: Craft Spells’ “Nausea”

Mundo Musique: Craft Spells’ “Nausea”

Craft Spells, the dream-pop project of Californian Justin Paul Vellestros released its latest record, Nausea today, and it’s a much awaited release. His 2011 record Idle Labor was incredible, throw in his Gallery EP, and we’ve been waiting a couple of years for new Craft Spells. Nausea knocks it out of the park. From the first notes of the title track, […]

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Mundo Musique: Dream Boat share new single ‘Way Out’

Mundo Musique: Dream Boat share new single ‘Way Out’

This week, Athens, GA band Dream Boat has shared their dreamy new single “Way Out” off of their upcoming LP The Rose Explodes, the follow up to their 2012 album Eclipsing. Dream Boat is Page Campbell and Dan Donahue. Donahue’s name may sound familiar, he’s a regular Elephant 6 collaborator, collaborating with Elf Power and of Montreal among others.  The […]

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Mundo Musique: The Transatlantic Space-Rock Orchestra, Flowers of Hell

Mundo Musique: The Transatlantic Space-Rock Orchestra, Flowers of Hell

Most people are familiar with the ROCKABYE BABY! series, where famous rock, pop, and hip hop songs are re-interpreted into symphonic lullabies. Bands and artists, such as David Bowie, Radiohead, Metallica, Jay-Z, U2, The Clash, Pink, Elton John, AC/DC, and many others, have all been covered. (If you’re looking for a baby gift, I highly recommend these.) The trans-Atlantic space-rock […]

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Mundo Musique: Malajube’s Julien Mineau Releases the Theatrical “Fontarabie”

Mundo Musique: Malajube’s Julien Mineau Releases the Theatrical “Fontarabie”

When Malajube formed in the early 2000s and released their debut album, Le Complet complet, they were among a handful of young, indie bands that helped transform the Montreal music scene and brought greater attention francophone music. Over the next eight years, they would record 4 other LPs, an EP, and a handful of singles. However, in 2012, the band, […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Sharon Van Etten – “Carry On”

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Sharon Van Etten – “Carry On”

I spent a while thinking about which deep cut/hidden gem I would toss at you all today.  I figured there wouldn’t be a better time for a Sharon Van Etten hidden gem than right now, after the release of her absolutely fantastic record Are We There last week. Van Etten has been playing and writing music for quite some time and […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Firebelly

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Firebelly

These guys know what’s what. They play the blues, but they play it like jazz. Each song features a healthy dose of improvisation and each member gets room to stretch out and keep things interesting. Fredy Carriere (guitar and vocals), Mathieu Gagnon (harmonica and vocals), Daniel Grewal (bass), and Mike McNeill (drums) are musicians’ musicians, inspired by traditional soul and blues styles, and […]

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Weekend Stream (June 6): New Music from Mary Gauthier, First Aid Kit, Craft Spells, The Fresh & Onlys, and Julien Mineau

Weekend Stream (June 6): New Music from Mary Gauthier, First Aid Kit, Craft Spells, The Fresh & Onlys, and Julien Mineau

If you’re lazying around on the weekend and excited to hear new albums before their official release dates next week, here are some you might wish to check out. The great Americana, folk, blues singer-songwriter, Mary Gauthier, is releasing her 10th studio album, Trouble & Love. You can listen to it on CBC Music and NPR. First Aid Kit, the […]

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Mundo Musique: First Aid Kit’s ‘Stay Gold’

Mundo Musique: First Aid Kit’s ‘Stay Gold’

First Aid Kit, the pair of sisters from Sweden, Johanna and Klara Söderberg released their second album, the stunning The Lion’s Roar in 2012 which was received quite well by critics and music fans alike, and was a pretty bug hit. They’re back this year with Stay Gold, which will be released tomorrow, June 6 in Europe, and next week in […]

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Mundo Musique: Pearl And The Beard

Mundo Musique: Pearl And The Beard

Indie folk-pop band Pearl And The Beard are working on releasing their next album, and they need your help! Right now they’re raising money for their upcoming LP, Beast, on PledgeMusic.  Why should you pre-order Beast? Keep reading, and you’ll see. Pearl and The Beard are a trio from Brooklyn, consisting of Jocelyn Mackenzie (percussion, vocals), Emily Hope Price (cello, […]

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Mundo Musique: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Drifting “Only Run”

Mundo Musique: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Drifting “Only Run”

Never the one to rest on his laurels, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah‘s frontman Alec Ounsworth and collaborator Sean Greenhalgh have been constantly searching for ways to expand the sounds of the Philadelphia band. In their ten years together, CYHSY’s sound has constantly evolved, starting with the indie pop songs of their excellent, self-titled, debut album and 2007’s follow up […]

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Mundo Musique: Parquet Courts’ Rocking “Sunbathing Animal”

Mundo Musique: Parquet Courts’ Rocking “Sunbathing Animal”

Sure, Parquet Courts can rip through punk songs with some of the best indie bands of today with Andrew Savage and Austin Brown raucously hammering away at their guitars, Sean Yeaton strumming echos off his bass, and Max Savage intensely pummeling his drum kit. On their previous albums, including the splendid 2012 Light Up Gold, their compact songs – often […]

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Mundo Musique: PRIESTS

Mundo Musique: PRIESTS

Washington DC band PRIESTS put one some of the most fun live shows. Their latest EP, Bodies and Control and Money and Power, is out today on their new label, Don Giovanni Records.  Their music is fueled by political and social issues.  The single they released ahead of Bodies and Control and Money and Power, “Modern Love/No Weapon”, does continue […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Catriona Sturton

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Catriona Sturton

Catriona Sturton has been everywhere, man. She’s been everywhere. She’s played in punk bands in Japan, she’s played across Canada with her electric guitar, screeching harmonica, and powerful voice. This young woman plays traditional blues, in a new and adventurous way. She’s going to rip up the stage at the Barney Danson Theatre on Saturday July 12 @ 5:15 pm. […]

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Mundo Musique: Aar Maanta Bringing Somali Music to the World

Mundo Musique: Aar Maanta Bringing Somali Music to the World

Whether you live in Ottawa, Barcelona, Johannesburg, Riyadh, Dhaka, Ulan Bator, Jakarta, Christchurch, Yamagata, Lima, San Francisco, or New York, there are two things that people tend to gravitate to – food and music. They are two things that cut across all cultures and bring together people of different nationalities and ethnicities and across all ages. Aar Maanta is one […]

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Mundo Musique: Lee Fields & The Expressions’ Memorable “Emma Jean”

Mundo Musique: Lee Fields & The Expressions’ Memorable “Emma Jean”

While Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Charles Bradley have been the artists most closely associated with the resurgence of Motown and soul music, Lee Fields has quietly produced outstanding soul music – not just in the past few years but for 45 years. Like Charles Bradley, Lee Fields’ voice is powerful and dynamic and his performances are lively, entertaining, […]

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Weekend Stream: Five Upcoming Albums Streaming Now

Weekend Stream: Five Upcoming Albums Streaming Now

Some great albums can be streamed now in advance of their releases on Tuesday, including Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal – CBC Music and NPR (look for a review on Wednesday) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Only Run – NPR (review coming on Wednesday) F**cked Up, Glass Boys – CBC Music Hamilton Leithauser, Black Hours – CBC Music and NPR (review by Rich […]

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