Category: The Revue

Mundo Musique: A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Dreamy Album, “Sea When Absent”

Mundo Musique: A Sunny Day in Glasgow’s Dreamy Album, “Sea When Absent”

Just out yesterday, the multi-city band A Sunny Day in Glasgow have released quite possibly the album for the summer with Sea When Absent. While it is difficult to pin down exactly the sound or genre of ASDIG, Sea When Absent is reminiscent of Broken Social Scene’s last couple of albums, most notably Foregiveness Rock Record, and the synth-pop-rock of New Zealand’s […]

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Mundo Musique: Mexico City’s Coast

Mundo Musique: Mexico City’s Coast

Wherever you turn your head, click on a website, scour SoundCloud, or search on Twitter, you’ll probably find some cool music playing in a part of the world that you probably never expected. In recent articles, we’ve featured a Macau-based, indie-rock band consisting of three Brazilians (Turtle Giant), a shoegaze-rock band from Peru (Puna), a garage-rock band from Tokyo (the moools), […]

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Mundo Musique: Sophie Jamieson

Mundo Musique: Sophie Jamieson

Sophie Jamieson For those who like: Daughter, Polica, TORRES Singer-songwriter Sophie Jamieson has been working out of London, England and has grown notorious for her engaging live shows.  She recently released a double-single, Stain/Other, in May.  Both songs are gorgeous and melancholy feeling, just the way I like it.  The sound is very reminiscent of fellow Londoners Daughter, but it’s […]

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ELEPHANT SAX BUT NO HAT

ELEPHANT SAX BUT NO HAT

  HAMID DRAKE with COLIN STETSON THE OTTAWA JAZZ FESTIVAL NAC 4th Stage, June 23 Night two of Colin Stetson’s brief Jazz Fest residency, and he still has enough breath to blow for a solid hour. It’s a feast for both ears and eyes, especially when he moves the very large volume of air in the dwarfing bass saxophone. Circular breathing […]

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Mundo Musique: Tiny Ruins

Mundo Musique: Tiny Ruins

For Those Who Like: First Aid Kit, Ben Sollee, Sharon Van Etten Keeping the theme of our international posts for the World Cup, today I’m going to introduce you all to New Zealand’s Tiny Ruins.  Even though sadly New Zealand’s national team, the All Whites, aren’t part of this year’s World Cup tournament.  Based out of New Zealand, Tiny Ruins […]

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FRENETIC FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEWS

FRENETIC FRINGE FESTIVAL REVIEWS

THE OTTAWA FRINGE FESTIVAL June 19 – 29 http://ottawafringe.com/   RUBY KNOCKERS, 1 JADED DICK: A DIRK DARROW INVESTIGATION by Tim Motley – Melbourne, Australia The one liners and double entendres come fast and furious, so pay attention. Tim Motley is Australian, pulling off a wise-guy accent in an echo chamber (the unfortunate St. Paul’s Church); so strict attention must […]

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Mundo Musique: Strand of Oaks’ Resounding “Heal”

Mundo Musique: Strand of Oaks’ Resounding “Heal”

Even with the advanced press about Timothy Showalter’s  – a.k.a. Strand of Oaks – fourth full-length album, Heal, that listed J. Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. as a guest musician and images posted on Facebook that showed Showalter rocking hard, it was still a surprise, and a pleasant one, to hear an album inspired by 70s, 80s, and 90s rock. On his […]

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Mundo Musique: moools, Japanese Garage Rock

Mundo Musique: moools, Japanese Garage Rock

One of the great things about going to a festival or a concert early is that you never know who you will discover. Back in 2010 when Wolf Parade was in the midst of their final tour, the Montreal-based band stopped to play a hometown show to a soldout crowd. Opening for them was a band called moools, who were […]

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Mundo Musique: Puna

Mundo Musique: Puna

Since it’s World Cup time, Ben and I want to feature more bands from outside North America, and today I’m featuring the dreamy and hypnotic Puna from Lima, Peru.  Their instrumental shoegaze is ambient, experimental, and truly captivating. And since it’s mostly instrumental, you won’t miss out on anything because of a language difference. They released a single in 2013 […]

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Mundo 5: Five Non-Jazz Acts at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, June 20-July 1

Mundo 5: Five Non-Jazz Acts at the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, June 20-July 1

Today kicks off another year of the TD Ottawa Jazz Festival, which began way back in 1980 as, like with many festivals, a small, niche gathering of musicians and artists. Entering its 34th year, the Jazzfest has grown in duration, scope (it focuses primarily on jazz but also includes non-jazz performers), and ambition. This year’s lineup is once again a […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Stefan Obermaier’s “Beethoven Reloaded”

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Stefan Obermaier’s “Beethoven Reloaded”

Stefan Obermaier is a celebrated DJ in his hometown of Vienna and across Austria and the region. For over decade, he has been playing at some of the leading clubs in Europe, spinning popular tracks and putting his own touches on remixes. Obermaier, however, has not limited himself to just top-40, house, and electronica, but he’s also remixed the compositions […]

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Mundo Musique: The Toothe

Mundo Musique: The Toothe

Self-described as Apocalyptic Americana music, Asheville, NC folk band, The Toothe, released a strange but great 25-minute EP, Talons, on June 10.  Great because this EP is made up of six really interesting folk songs, ranging from folky sing-alongs to slow ballads. Strange because lyrically, there’s stuff like “now you’re passing through me like a kidney stone” in the song […]

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Mundo Musique: Moonetz, Electronic Pop from Colombia

Mundo Musique: Moonetz, Electronic Pop from Colombia

In the ’80s, there were numerous bands who could be characterized as synth-pop bands, such as New Order, Pet Shop Boys, and even Depeche Mode had several tracks that dabbled in this genre. In the ’90s, synth-pop gave way to the rising electronica movement, which gave way to house and club music, which gave way to today’s electronic dance music […]

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Mundo Musique: Turtle Giant, the Indie Rock Band from Macau/Sao Paolo

Mundo Musique: Turtle Giant, the Indie Rock Band from Macau/Sao Paolo

The World Cup of Football is well underway, so we’ll be focusing a bit more on bands outside of North America, although we’ll still look at some of the new indie albums that will be released in the coming weeks. To kick it off, we begin with Turtle Giant. And yes, you read the title correctly – Turtle Giant is […]

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Hidden Gem: Dirty Lungs

Hidden Gem: Dirty Lungs

Birmingham Alabama’s Dirty Lungs formed back in 2006. Founding members Carson Mitchell and Ra-Jaan Parmley have been kicking all kinds of ass with a discography of an LP and two EP’s, and this year they’ll be releasing a self-titled LP on July 15th on Communicating Vessels. Dirty Lungs obviously draw influence from all over, from contemporaries Thee Oh Sees, and […]

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Mundo Musique: Arkells

Mundo Musique: Arkells

Mundo Musique: Arkells Last week, Hamilton, ON band Arkells shared “Come To Light” off of their upcoming record High Noon, which will be released August 5.  The band, which consists of Nick Dika, Mike DeAngelis, Tom Oxford, Max Kerman, and Anthony Carone, have been getting more and more popular since the release of Michigan Left, their 2011 LP.  They are […]

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Mundo Musique: The Antlers Find New Landscapes with “Familiars”

Mundo Musique: The Antlers Find New Landscapes with “Familiars”

Listening to The Antlers isn’t for the faint of heart. Their music is heavy sometimes, their lyrics are dense and even dark. The focus is creating sonic masterpieces, not mainstream chart toppers. On their 2009 breakthrough, Hospice, the Brooklyn trio created a dark, personal album that revolved around the events of the death of singer Peter Silberman’s friend and his […]

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Mundo Musique: Rediscovering the Phenomenal Ruthie Foster

Mundo Musique: Rediscovering the Phenomenal Ruthie Foster

For many festival goers, the highlights usually involve seeing their favourite bands and artists performing outdoors, rain or shine. But for me, the best shows are the ones that you weren’t planning to see, where you are wandering the festival grounds, especially early in the day, and hear something that captures your attention. This was the case when Ruthie Foster […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Keturah Johnson

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Keturah Johnson

While there are plenty of excellent songwriters and bands in the Ottawa area, Keturah Johnson may be the one who will emerge to the top of this growing talent. In watching her perform live and listening to her music, she has the potential to be the National Capital Region’s answer to P.J. Harvey – her music is raw, gritty, spirited, […]

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Mundo Musique: Ceiling Demons’ “Amputated Spirit” Single

Mundo Musique: Ceiling Demons’ “Amputated Spirit” Single

Late in 2013, Ceiling Demons, the young group from North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, released its fascinating debut album, Dual Sides, which was reviewed here back in March. Over the past few months, Ceiling Demons have slowly been receiving increased attention in their homeland, including being featured by Tom Robinson of BBC 6. Today, they have launched a special single for […]

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