Category: The Revue

Steel Panther

Montebello Rockfest 2018 Part 2 (photo essay)

 The weather for the final day of Rockfest was perfect, possibly even a little too hot in the afternoon. Concert-goers enjoyed the cooling spray of the fire hose at the day’s most oppressive moments to keep from overheating. The bands on offer for Saturday covered many metal and punk sub-genres as well as a double dose of alternative rock […]

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Eldoradio – ‘Cult’ (EP review)

Eldoradio – ‘Cult’ (EP review)

 Sweden has developed a reputation as a pop music factory. Actually, it has earned that with ABBA, Roxette, The Cardigans, Robyn, Lykke Li, and Tove Lo becoming global sensations. The well runs really deep, though, with Amason, Miike Snow, Shout Out Louds, and Little Dragon selling out venues across the world. The land of the Tre Kronor, however, does […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 21st

The Matinee ’18 June 21st

In some cases, The Matinee ’18 June 21st edition dives really deep to share new music. Some names, however, you may recognize from past mini-playlists. Today’s list is in reverse alphabetical order, except for the first track. We have to share the newest single from one of post-rock’s / shoegaze’s great bands first.   Mogwai – “We’re Not Done (End […]

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Godsmack

Montebello Rockfest 2018 Part 1 (photo essay)

The 2018 edition of Montebello Rockfest again hosted an eclectic mix of rock music ranging from comedy rock to thrash metal, somehow taking all these disparate sub-genres and turning it into one gigantic party. The Thursday night crowd had to deal with inclement weather, but when I was able to attend on Friday the weather had turned pleasant. My day started […]

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Therese Lithner’s self-titled debut EP (review)

Therese Lithner’s self-titled debut EP (review)

 Predicting stardom for any artist, especially an independent one that shies away from the mainstream and Top-40 templates, is an inexact science to say the least. Some will excel despite the odds, and others will hover below the radar in the pursuit of advancing their craft. One thing, however, is certain. These artists, such as Therese Lithner, will touch […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 June 20th

Melodic Tonic ’18 June 20th

The Melodic Tonic ’18 June 20th edition is full of international flavors, including a trio of Swedish artists, a duo from Chile and two American bands. As the summer approaches and the temperatures rise, let the cool tunes from today’s playlist bring some relief. FREYR – “Over My Head” (Stockholm, Sweden via Iceland) RIYL: Bon Iver, José González, Nick Drake […]

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Lucas Oswald – “Just a Joke” (single premiere)

Lucas Oswald – “Just a Joke” (single premiere)

In the sports world, a head coach takes pride in their “coaching tree”. Similar to the family version, at the top is the one who started it all and below are the disciples or “lineage” – previous assistants who became head coaches. Although no such term exists in music, there should be one, as some great bands have evolved into […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 19th

The Matinee ’18 June 19th

The Matinee ’18 June 19th spreads the love of music from across the globe, although there is a strong Aussie flavor to today’s mini-playlist. There is also a noticeable retro bent to the songs, but there are a couple that are “futuristic” in their orientation. If you listen to all nine songs, they could form the soundtrack to a Netflix […]

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Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Hope Downs’ (album review)

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – ‘Hope Downs’ (album review)

Five years into their career, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever have slowly moved out from under the shadows of their more famous kin. Their first two EPs – The French Press and Talk Tight – helped the Melbourne quintet develop a reputation as a frenetic and lively indie-rock band. Their live performances put them on par with the likes of fellow […]

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Kluster – ‘civic’ (album review)

Kluster – ‘civic’ (album review)

Friday, June 15th, 2018, was not a public holiday in Sweden, but there was a massive celebration happening. For indie music fans and followers of the burgeoning Tre Kronor indie scene, two groups of individuals celebrated a shared milestone. Just three days ago, alt-pop outfit Kluster unveiled their debut album, which is Rama Lama Records‘ first full-length release. This union […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 18th

The Matinee ’18 June 18th

The Matinee ’18 June 18th includes 6 new tracks to get your week started off right. We have a nice mix of indie rock and synth pop. Artists are representing Canada, the US and the UK today. We hope you find your new favorite artist or song today. Clans – “Trendy (Yes It’s Trendy, Oh It’s Sooo Damn Trendy to […]

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Weekend Showcase 4.23

Weekend Showcase 4.23

We’re almost halfway through 2018, and the new music gets better and better. The Weekend Showcase 4.23 edition contains forty-one (41) songs, many of which are among the year’s very best. A leaner seven countries are presented, including: Australia, Canada, England, France, Norway, Sweden, and the United States. The playlist and tracklisting, as usual, follows the list of articles from […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 15th

The Matinee ’18 June 15th

The Matinee ’18 June 15th is pretty awesome. It’s so good that we think you’ll agree that many of the songs below are song of the year worthy. Seriously, the songs today are that great. Oh, there is also one surprise collaboration that is too good to be true (there’s a common theme here). Calva Louise – “Outrageous” (London, England) […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 14th

The Matinee ’18 June 14th

The Matinee ’18 June 14th edition is full of mystery, surprises, and sweet grooves. Sounds like the ideal little summer playlist in our humble opinion. Big Data – “See Through” (feat. L1ZY) (Brooklyn, USA) RIYL: The 2 Bears, More Giraffes, Caribou Alan Wilkis has quickly established a name for himself under the moniker Big Data, as he isn’t just creating […]

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Jacob Lee – “With You” (single premiere)

Jacob Lee – “With You” (single premiere)

Gold Coast native Jacob Lee is a truly independent artist blazing his own path. An amazing fact is that his music has been streamed over 22 million times on Spotify, and he’s achieved this with no label, management, or booking agency. No wonder the 23-year old is amassing a substantial fan base with his transparent yet hopeful lyrics. He has […]

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Melodic Tonic ’18 June 13th

Melodic Tonic ’18 June 13th

The dream of the ’90s is alive… in this week’s Melodic Tonic June 13th edition. Actually, you will hear retro influences from the ’80s and ’90s on these six songs, including the return of two beloved ’90s bands and a few newcomers as well. We kick things off with some floating action of the Space variety.   Spiritualized – “I’m Your […]

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Preview of Montebello Rockfest 2018

Preview of Montebello Rockfest 2018

Once again, Montebello, Quebec will be hosting one of Canada’s largest rock festivals. A town with a population barely over a thousand somehow manages to host a crowd that is estimated at around 200,000. Rockfest has a well-earned reputation for bringing in many of the world leading Metal and Punk bands, often scoring artists that aren’t even playing other festivals. In […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 12th

The Matinee ’18 June 12th

Another wide-ranging set of nine songs is featured on The Matinee ’18 June 12th. The mini-playlist commences with the return of one of indie rock’s great bands of the past two decades who set the tone for what comes after. Interpol – “The Rover” (New York City, USA) RIYL: Interpol, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Wolf Parade It’s hard to believe […]

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Pllush – ‘Stranger to the Pain’ (album review)

Pllush – ‘Stranger to the Pain’ (album review)

Since officially arriving in 2014 with their tantalizingly rich EP, Pale, followed by the hypnotic Pine and 2016’s emotional roller coaster, Please, Plush established themselves as one of the Bay area’s most promising bands. They also quickly emerged as a new outfit ready to take shoegaze and dream-pop to new heights. Along the way, however, they’ve undergone a couple of adjustments. […]

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The Matinee ’18 June 11th

The Matinee ’18 June 11th

The Matinee ’18 June 11th includes six new tracks to kick off your Monday. Maybe a summer vacation is in your future, and a number of these songs can get you through the work week if there is no vacation in sight. Artists are representing Australia, Norway, the US and the UK today. Ben Browning – “Even Though” (Melbourne, Australia) […]

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