Category: The Revue

Conversation with Mackenzie Scott (a.k.a. TORRES)

Conversation with Mackenzie Scott (a.k.a. TORRES)

We are in the midst of an era of a great music. And while David Byrne may be correct to question whether the internet will sap the creativity of the art, it has also enabled immensely gifted songwriters and musicians to share their work. Among this emerging wave of talent is 22-year old Mackenzie Scott – a.k.a. TORRES. The Macon, […]

Read more ›
Cover of Fain by Wolf People

Mundo Musique: Wolf People, Dean Wareham, Mascott, & an all-star Fela Kuti tribute

Hello everyone, and thank you all so much for all the positive comments about last week’s Mundo Musique. This week I take a look at three great, but very different bands/artists, and a quick look at the newly-released Fela Kuti tribute. WOLF PEOPLE This past weekend, I was lucky enough to catch one of Wolf People’s first-ever shows in North […]

Read more ›
Gig Pick: Thought Beneath Film @ Avant Garde Bar on October 18

Gig Pick: Thought Beneath Film @ Avant Garde Bar on October 18

Thought Beneath Film are the next big thing out of Hamilton. They’re pop, they’re punk, and they’re kinda in your face. They borrow a lot from their pop-punk peers (Blink 182, Green Day, etc), but they have a very classy Knack-style sheen and (frankly) some really great vocals. Here’s their latest single Cartographers. Now, if that wasn’t enough coolness for […]

Read more ›
Mundo Musique: White Denim, DOE EYE, Crystal Stilts, Heavenly Beat, and Twitter Love

Mundo Musique: White Denim, DOE EYE, Crystal Stilts, Heavenly Beat, and Twitter Love

To welcome you back to work on Tuesday after a long weekend, here’s another group of five artists for you to enjoy. WHITE DENIM Two years ago, indie rockers, White Denim, released its terrific fourth album, D, which was critically acclaimed (FWIW it was in my top-10 for 2011) and helped raise the popularity of the Austin, Texas band.  They’ve […]

Read more ›
The Revue with Ana Miura

The Revue with Ana Miura

I’ve long been a fan of Ana Miura, and for about a hundred reasons. She’s an incredible guitar player and has one of those voices that could sing the phonebook and make it sound like poetry. Of course, she’s also the founder of Babes4Breasts (who have their annual concert coming up on October 24 2013). That particular project earned her […]

Read more ›
Elena Tonra of Daughter at Terminal 5 in New York

Mundo Musique: Female led trios from the UK – CHVRCHES, Daughter and The Joy Formidable

Hey everyone, my name is Rich and I will be doing Mundo Musique on Thursdays! This past weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing Daughter play their largest ever headlining show in New York. They’re a very talented three-piece group from England, and I realized there are a lot of great female-fronted three-piece bands from the British Isles. Daughter, The […]

Read more ›
Mundo Musique: Mazzy Star, The Futurebirds, 2 from Twitter, and In Retrospect

Mundo Musique: Mazzy Star, The Futurebirds, 2 from Twitter, and In Retrospect

Today, I’m introducing a new part to Mundo Musique called “Twitter Love”, which will showcase musicians and bands found on Twitter!  Well, more accurately, those who found and shared their music with me on Twitter.  And who said writing only 140 characters was a bad thing?  Finally, I’m going to show the video of an artist that was featured here […]

Read more ›
Conversation with Zachary Cale

Conversation with Zachary Cale

It’s a clear Wednesday evening in late September, and Zachary Cale and I are enjoying a few tacos and beers at Brooklyn, NY staple, Union Pool. For most of our long-hour conversation that touches on his childhood, his travels, and his latest album, Zach stares aimlessly at the sky, his mind recalling every detail and memory. From his early years […]

Read more ›
Mundo Musique: Three Acts from New York – Wet, Metal Mountains, and Doug Keith

Mundo Musique: Three Acts from New York – Wet, Metal Mountains, and Doug Keith

I was recently in New York and got a chance to squeeze in some live music in between work and other stuff going on (I’m in New York – the city that never sleeps).   This week’s Mundo Musique, therefore, is dedicated to three acts that I saw in three nights with my friend Rich Moses. ******************* Wet As one of […]

Read more ›
Mundo Musique: Jason Isbell, “Traveling Alone”

Mundo Musique: Jason Isbell, “Traveling Alone”

When I travel for work, like I am right now, I often travel alone.  After the meetings are over, it can be a lonely place.  Often, I’m just too tired to get out to see the town, or I have an early morning departure home so I’m stuck at the hotel.  The room is quiet and there isn’t the warm […]

Read more ›
The Revue with Kalle Mattson

The Revue with Kalle Mattson

Where do you begin with Kalle Mattson? Regarded as the “next big thing” in many critical circles, Kalle is a very easy-going guy who grew up in Sault Ste. Marie, and quite honestly has no trace of ego. A recent graduate from the University of Ottawa’s music program, Kalle is a classical guitarist working in a pop oeuvre. His first […]

Read more ›
Mundo Musique: Washed Out, Porcelain Raft, and Pure X

Mundo Musique: Washed Out, Porcelain Raft, and Pure X

I’m a stickler for atmospheric, chillwave, synth-pop, which I like to simply call “escapism” – music that just makes you close your eyes and think of a world that doesn’t exist, lifts you up, and at the end puts a smile on your face.  Ok, maybe that’s just me. To put you in my frame of mind, we commence the […]

Read more ›
Mundo Musique: Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), “Chamakay”

Mundo Musique: Dev Hynes (aka Blood Orange), “Chamakay”

There’s the old adage that behind every great woman/man there is a great person.  This often holds true for musicians and bands, where a producer can make a good album great and a songwriter can make the music uplifting and the lyrics mesmerizing.  Such is true with Devonté Hynes.  He’s collaborated with notable bands like The Chemical Brothers and written […]

Read more ›
Mundo Musique: Courtney Barnett, Hydrothermal Vents, and a Super-Indie Group from Montreal

Mundo Musique: Courtney Barnett, Hydrothermal Vents, and a Super-Indie Group from Montreal

We’re going to kick off the week with songs from three acts: a young, Australian, singer-songwriter; a two-person Montreal band; and arguably the biggest indie band in the world today, who also hail from Montreal. —————- We’re going back Down Under to kick off your Monday. This one is by young Australian, singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett. Her indie-folk sound resembles early Bob Dylan, […]

Read more ›
The Revue with Swollen Members

The Revue with Swollen Members

Note: This photo is of Prevail and Kevin McGowan from The Revue, but it’s the only pic we got at this session. You just never know what’s going to happen when you ask a question. I received some PR stuff about Swollen Members coming to town earlier this year, and figured “what the hell?” and fired off an email requesting […]

Read more ›
Mundo Musique: Australia’s Boy & Bear, “Southern Sun”

Mundo Musique: Australia’s Boy & Bear, “Southern Sun”

Whether you are a highly invested music fanatic (like we are) or a casual fan, you’ve probably been exposed to artists from Down Under, where the music scene has exploded the past decade.  No longer can Australia be associated with Midnight Oil, INXS, or AC/DC, there’s a new generation of talented musicians making waves around the world (even Russell Crowe […]

Read more ›
Preview of Rachel Sermanni

Preview of Rachel Sermanni

Today, Steve and I headed over to Arc The Hotel on Slater Street in Ottawa (not our usual hangout, but sometimes you gotta accommodate other schedules) to meet with Scottish acoustic singer/songwriter Rachel Sermanni. She just spent the weekend playing the Ottawa Folk Festival, and chilled out with The Revue around lunchtime. We spent 30 minutes with her, chatting and listening […]

Read more ›
Mundo Musique: Max Frost, “White Lies”

Mundo Musique: Max Frost, “White Lies”

I stumbled upon this song by Austin-based Max Frost while searching for music earlier this year. This track, “White Lies”, is one of my favourites of the year, easily in my top-10. There are hints of Beck (when he goes electric – I’m borrowing this phrase from my friend Jon in Virginia) and Danger Mouse. It’s a groovy track that […]

Read more ›
The Revue with Gerry Griffin

The Revue with Gerry Griffin

Gerry Griffin (to quote myself) has the kind of life story that would keep many Hollywood screenwriters quite busy for a long time. He has been playing in bands around Ottawa since the mid-1960s, and in that time has watched the scene change, moving from trend to trend. He hasn’t change much, really. He’s a bluesman, through and through. In […]

Read more ›
Album Review: Fevers burn it up on their full-length debut

Album Review: Fevers burn it up on their full-length debut

My love for Fevers is true. After an uber-promising debut EP last year (Passion is Dead), they have grown into a full-fledged album act. Their debut full-length, No Room For Light is classic synth-pop. A tight mix of live instruments and electronics (not to mention hella groovy vocals), Fevers are going to turn your iPod into a dancefloor. The songs drift […]

Read more ›