Category: The Revue

Weekend Stream (September 26): Seven Albums for the Weekend

Weekend Stream (September 26): Seven Albums for the Weekend

This weekend, here are six albums we recommend streaming, ranging for an iconic singer-songwriter to up-and-coming indie bands. With her 11th studio effort, Lucinda Williams is offering fans a treat with the double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone. Have a listen on NPR. Another music stalwart returns. The Vaselines are back with their first album in four […]

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Mundo Musique: Mosaics

Mundo Musique: Mosaics

San Francisco trio Mosaics have quite a unique sound. Their new single, “Submit” off of their upcoming album Of Colors, which will be out October 21, can actually be described as acoustic EDM. Yes, acoustic guitar and deep synth sounds make up “Submit”.  It’s a really interesting and different sound, check it out if you think Kaki King meets Alt-J […]

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Mundo Musique: The Ravenna Colt

Mundo Musique: The Ravenna Colt

You may recognize the name Johnny Quaid from somewhere, as he was the original guitarist for My Morning Jacket.  In 2004, after an extensive tour supporting It Still Moves, Quaid left the band, citing pressures involved with being part of a band that tours as much as My Morning Jacket. After leaving the Jacket, Quaid moved to California, then Idaho, […]

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The Watchmen Return to Ottawa

The Watchmen Return to Ottawa

The Watchmen were one of my favourite bands in the 90s. Near the peak of their fame, I saw them perform at Barrymore’s when it still hosted live music. It was so long ago a new young band called Weeping Tile opened for them. Weeping Tile of course was Sarah Harmer‘s band before she went solo. Unfortunately, the Winnipeg band […]

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Mundo Musique: King Tuff, “Black Moon Spell”

Mundo Musique: King Tuff, “Black Moon Spell”

The garage rock resurgence has been a formidable musical force with the likes of Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, and The Oh Sees putting out stellar work at almost a frenetic pace.  King Tuff, the in-your-face alter ego of Vermont-based, multi-instrumentalist Kyle Thomas, joined the fray with his excellent self-titled debut album in 2012.  Like his peers, Thomas delivers fuzzy guitar […]

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Mundo Musique: New Singles from Turtle Giant

Mundo Musique: New Singles from Turtle Giant

In July, I featured a band that I discovered a few years ago based out of Macau, China but originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. In the coming weeks, Turtle Giant, the indie-rock trio, will release their new album, Golden Summer. In the meantime, they’ve released a couple of tracks. The first one, “The Nathaniel 3401”, is a space-orchestra-like track that […]

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Mundo Musique: Kind Cousin’s Debut Album, “Tremendous Hem”

Mundo Musique: Kind Cousin’s Debut Album, “Tremendous Hem”

On her debut solo album as Kind Cousin, Allison Bohl DeHart has crafted a little gem of an album with Tremendous Hem. An album that has taken years to develop and perfect, Tremendous Hem is an ode to the many influences in DeHart’s growth as a singer and songwriter. Throughout the ten tracks, the album echos of her childhood roots […]

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You Had Me at Joss Stone

You Had Me at Joss Stone

When the Ottawa Folk Festival announced their line-up and I saw Joss Stone‘s name, my tickets were sold. I have been a huge fan of hers since her first album. For awhile, I was wondering if I would ever get a chance to see her. In the fall of 2012, I made the drive to Montreal to see her, and […]

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Adam Cohen Shines in the Rain

Adam Cohen Shines in the Rain

Adam Cohen is the son of a famous artist from Montreal. He likes to joke about that in his act. I will not ruin his joke in case you have not seen him live yet. It has been said that children of famous entertainers may have some doors opened for them, but they still have to have the talent to […]

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Mundo Musique: The Juan MacLean “In A Dream”

Last week, dance pop duo The Juan MacLean released their fourth album In A Dream.  Their style of house and techno is really infectious and hard not to groove to.  In ADream features singer Nancy Whang absolutely killing it from her first lines in the chorus in “A Place Called Space” and John Malean doing some incredible stuff as well. […]

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Mundo Musique: Perfume Genius, “Too Bright”

Mundo Musique: Perfume Genius, “Too Bright”

There have been several reviews in advance of Mike Hadreas’ third album under the moniker, Perfume Genius, applauding the Seattle singer-songwriter for, Too Bright, his latest album on Matador Records, and rightfully so. From start to finish, the album is breathtaking yet ambitious. It avoids, for the most part, the formulaic approach of popular pop music, but instead ebbs and […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Black City Lights

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Black City Lights

The small country of New Zealand has produced some great musicians recently. Everyone knows Ella Marija Lani Yelich-O’Connor – or Lorde. The Naked and Famous are among the top indie synth-pop bands today. Liam Finn is adored in indie circles for his rock, pop, and folk approaches. Tiny Ruins is an emerging, young indie band from Auckland. Another young band […]

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Mundo Musique: FURS from London, UK

Mundo Musique: FURS from London, UK

Much like LA’s Sumeau and Dundas, Ontario’s The Tallest Tree, here’s another accidental, but rewarding discovery. FURS is an indie, psychedelic, pop quartet from London, UK. They started off playing live shows in late 2012, and last year started to release a couple of singles, which have that atmospheric and dreamy quality you find in the music of Veronica Falls, […]

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The National Rule Ottawa Folk Festival

The National Rule Ottawa Folk Festival

According to the official reports from Ottawa Folk Festival, the crowd for The National was one of the biggest of the festival.  The National’s albums have always been well received, often making year’s best of lists, but that doesn’t always translate to crowds. Over the years, especially since their breakthrough album Boxer, The National have established a strong following, and this […]

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Mundo Musique: One Year of Lists

Mundo Musique: One Year of Lists

As we continue with the “celebrations” for our one-year anniversary, we decided to take a look back at some of our lists but supplement them with some new artists. Our lists ranged from the typical (e.g., “Great Collaborative Albums”) to the atypical (e.g., “Five Songs from the Squared Circle”). We did about 20, but for the sake of time, we’ve […]

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2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Bands from the YOW (Part I)

2014 Ottawa Bluesfest Revue – Bands from the YOW (Part I)

At this year RBC Ottawa Bluesfest, we had a chance to meet with all 32 Ottawa acts performing at the 10-day festival. Today, we present to you the first of four videos. In this video, you’ll find: Hip hop, producer, and entertainer extraordinaire Atherton Veteran blues-soul band Firebelly Singer-songwriter James Leclaire The alt-country rock of Jonathan Becker & The North […]

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Weekend Stream (September 19): A Seven-Pack of New Music

Weekend Stream (September 19): A Seven-Pack of New Music

Next Tuesday sees a load of new music dropping and many of them are streaming right now for free. Some albums you might wish to check out include: Leonard Cohen highlights this weekend’s stream. The legendary Canadian will release Popular Problems, his thirteenth studio album. NPR and CBC Music have it. Tweedy, which comprises of Jeff Tweedy, his son Spencer, […]

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Serena Ryder Dazzles at Folkfest

Serena Ryder Dazzles at Folkfest

I discovered Serena Ryder soon after her release of If Your Memory Serves You Well. My full blown live music addiction didn’t start until 2009 or so which also coincided with her break for a few years. I did manage to catch her opening for Melissa Etheridge and her performance at the 2011 Folkfest. By the time her next album came […]

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Mundo Musique: Dream Boat – The Rose Explodes

Mundo Musique: Dream Boat – The Rose Explodes

Athens, Georgia’s Dream Boat has continued to impress us every time we hear something new from them. Their single “Way Out” was incredible, and they ended up on our favourite discoveries list.  This week, they released The Rose Explodes.  Dream Boat is the project of Page Campbell and Dan Donohue.  In the past, Campbell played in Hope For Agoldensummer and […]

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Hidden Gem: Billy McNicol

Hidden Gem: Billy McNicol

Louisville/Los Angeles musician Billy McNicol has music in his blood. His father played music and his uncle Steve McNicol played in 1960’s psychedelic rock band The Rugbys. He was also the featured drummer for the University of Louisville’s basketball teams from 2004-2005 along with playing in other bands.  He’s still at it, and he’s release a pretty kickass single called […]

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