Category: The Revue

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Boyhood

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Boyhood

Ottawa’s Caylie Runciman, also known as Boyhood plays some awesome, experimental rock and roll and pop music.  They have an LP, I’m Hungry, which has a bit of a psychedelic garage feel to it, with a little bit of shoegaze goodness thrown in. They’ve also released a self-titled EP that is a little more lo-fi and experimental.  They also have recently released […]

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Mundo 5: Five Great “Foodie” Songs

Mundo 5: Five Great “Foodie” Songs

Summertime in North America and Europe means two things – the availability of fresh, local food and music festivals, and plenty of both. So for our list this week, we decided to bring together two of our favourite things, focusing on songs with food in their titles.   “PEACHES” by the PRESIDENTS OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA No list […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Berlin’s Major Pins 2013 “Roundabout”

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Berlin’s Major Pins 2013 “Roundabout”

Known more within the Berlin music scene for their indie-folk sound, Major Pins released an under-appreciated, under-reported indie pop-rock album, Roundabout early in 2013. The album contains a little bit of everything – rousing indie-pop anthems, gritty indie rock ballads, haunting synth numbers, and chillwave tunes. At times, the album has the flair of Florence + The Machine, a bit of PJ […]

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Mundo Musique: Johanna Samuels

Mundo Musique: Johanna Samuels

Johanna Samuels Johanna Samuels, a 25 year old singer-songwriter from New York got her start playing in some of the small clubs in downtown Manhattan.  In 2012, she released a six track EP, Giant Fantasy Life, and on July 22 will release her first full-length album, Double Bind.  Today, she shares her first single off of Double Bind, “For You […]

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Mundo Musique: Spanish Gold

Mundo Musique: Spanish Gold

Spanish Gold For fans of: Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Hacienda On Tuesday, Spanish Gold released their debut LP South of Nowhere. Spanish Gold is made up of three incredibly talented individuals, lead singer Dante Schwebel of City and Colour and Hacienda, guitarist Adrian Quesada, formerly of Grupo Fantasma, and drummer Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket. From the first […]

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Mundo Musique: What Moon Things

Mundo Musique: What Moon Things

What Moon Things will release their debut self-titled LP on June 3. The New Paltz, NY band cite many influences, and their single, “Doesn’t Make Much Sense” is a mix of both punk and shoegaze influence.  Loud vocals, distortion and a lot of ambient noise, it’s a pretty interesting track and I’m intrigued to hear the whole record when it […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Bella Cat

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Bella Cat

Bella Cat arguably has the most enthralling, soulful voice in the area. Belting lyrics reminiscent of the great soul-blues singers of the past, the young woman from Old Chelsea, Quebec – which is about 15-minutes north of Ottawa – released a terrific debut EP this year entitled, Corrupted, which was reviewed earlier this year. While the blues, soul, and jazz […]

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Mundo Musique: Jolie Holland’s Smoky “Wine Dark Sea”

Mundo Musique: Jolie Holland’s Smoky “Wine Dark Sea”

For Those Who Like: John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John Dating back to co-founding Canadian folk group The Be Good Tanyas to her solo career that has spanned more than a decade, Jolie Holland has explored almost every genre of music. On her latest album, Wine Dark Sea, Holland visits the era of blues, roots, and soul music and […]

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Mundo Musique: Dark Mean, “Samuel the Phoenix”

Mundo Musique: Dark Mean, “Samuel the Phoenix”

DARK MEAN For Those Who Like: Amos the Transparent, early Death Cab for Cutie, Stars, The Uglysuit Back in February, Dark Mean from Hamilton, Ontario, released a superb four-track EP with a great name, Samuel the Phoenix. Formed in 2012, the young trio has focused on writing melodic, dreamy indie pop-folk. Similar to early Death Cab for Cutie, lead singer […]

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Mundo Musique: The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser goes solo with ‘Black Hours’

Mundo Musique: The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser goes solo with ‘Black Hours’

The Walkmen have been one of my favorite bands since the first time I heard them many, many years ago.  I attended their last show ever, and wrote about their break up last year.  The members of The Walkmen have been keeping busy, however, and they have been releasing some great stuff. Lead singer Hamilton Leithauser has always had one […]

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Mundo Musique: Julian Taylor Band’s Groovy “Tech Noir”

Mundo Musique: Julian Taylor Band’s Groovy “Tech Noir”

Funk, soul, and roots music are slowly creeping back into the mainstream mindset, thanks in large part to veteran musicians like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields (more on him next week), Gary Clark, Jr., and a wave of Australian musicians such as Johnny Lang, The John Butler Trio, Kim Churchill, and Ash Grunwald. Canada, too, has […]

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Mundo Musique: Sharon Van Etten’s Ambitious “Are We There”

Mundo Musique: Sharon Van Etten’s Ambitious “Are We There”

In her first three albums – Because I Was in Love, Epic, and the remarkable Tramp – the beauty in the music lied in the sheer, emotive power of Sharon Van Etten‘s voice and the subtlety of her arrangements that would soar as each song progressed. Her music, too, was personal yet familiar to many of us, often speaking about […]

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Ottawa Race Weekend Concert Series

Ottawa Race Weekend Concert Series

Ottawa Race Weekend is  the biggest multi-distance race event in Canada and has the largest marathon in Canada. 48,000 people will run to help generate fundraising dollars for participating charities such as The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association and The Isaac Foundation Hope. Whether you’re a runner or part of a cheer squad, make sure to check out the […]

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Phil Motion & Blakdenim at Black Sheep Inn May 24th

Phil Motion & Blakdenim at Black Sheep Inn May 24th

Up & Up Music Presents Phil Motion and BlakDenim at the Blacksheep Inn on May 24th at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Phil Motion & The Easy LO-Fi take what’s old and make it new again. Their inspiration comes from one-offs and one-hit-wonders that many of us have never even heard of until now. Their energy is contagious and they […]

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Mundo 5: Five Bands We Want to Come Back

Mundo 5: Five Bands We Want to Come Back

With Americans about to commence the Memorial Day long weekend, we thought it would be fitting to list five bands that we would like to see reunite, make a kick ass album, and then go on a prolonged tour. We’re not talking about bands whose members are eligible for Old Age Security or Social Security and want to make one […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gems: U2’s “Take Today”

Mundo Musique Hidden Gems: U2’s “Take Today”

We’re going to start a new feature on Mundo Musique called “Hidden Gems”. Basically, these are outtakes or deep cuts from more popular bands or albums released before 2014 by obscure or lesser known bands that deserve much more attention. To kick it off, let’s revisit U2 at the height of their musicianship. Now, I am unabashedly a big U2 […]

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Gig Pick: Kalle Mattson with The Strain and The Wind and The Wild – Tonight at The Blacksheep Inn

Gig Pick: Kalle Mattson with The Strain and The Wind and The Wild – Tonight at The Blacksheep Inn

There is a lot of great music happening in the city and surrounds tonight. One such gig is Ottawa resident Kalle Mattson, who will play at The Blacksheep Inn tonight. Mattson was one of our first Revue sessions, joining us prior to the release of his critically acclaimed debut LP, Someday, the Moon Will Be Gold – an album dedicated […]

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Mundo Musique: Cassandra Jenkins’ “Perfect Day”

Mundo Musique: Cassandra Jenkins’ “Perfect Day”

One of my absolute favorite music websites (besides The Revue, of course) is Weathervane Music, especially their “Shaking Through” series. Recently, they had Torres collaborate with Sharon Van Etten for an incredible session, and this week they featured someone I’ve wanted to write about for a while, New York based singer-songwriter Cassandra Jenkins. In 2013, she released a great EP, […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amos the Transparent

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amos the Transparent

Like with anything in life, the more time you invest into something, the better you become at it and the more you are able to master your craft. Such is the case with Amos the Transparent, the brainchild of Jonathan Chandler and one of Ottawa’s most beloved bands. In the eight years since the band was formed, Amos the Transparent […]

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Mundo Musique: Conor Oberst releases ‘Upside Down Mountain’

Mundo Musique: Conor Oberst releases ‘Upside Down Mountain’

I’ve really liked most things Conor Oberst has been involved with. Bright Eyes have released some fantastic albums, and his collaboration with Monsters of Folk may be one of my all time favorite records. I’ve even dug Desaparecidos. This week, Oberst released his latest solo effort, Upside Down Mountain, and it’s really, really good. The opening track, “Time Forgot”, feels […]

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