Tag: Album Premiere

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Blake Berglund – ‘Realms’ (album premiere)

Making music is tough. Selling music is even tougher, so when you hear of an artist who pounded the streets to sell his CDs door-to-door, you know you’ve found someone with a passion to share their sounds. Blake Berglund is just such an artist, using the opportunity to talk with people about music while bringing in money to move his […]

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Phenomenal Creature – ‘Vettenvalvoja’ (album premiere)

Phenomenal Creature – ‘Vettenvalvoja’ (album premiere)

Hailing from Helsinki, Finland, Phenomenal Creature claim a modern folk genre, but deliver well beyond its traditional boundaries.There’s a touch of rock, a snippet of classical, a moment of punk and even a sprinkling of electro, delivered through strings of all sizes. Yet the sound they offer on Vettenvalvoja has an almost-live quality, achieved through the old-school expedient of recording […]

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Jesse and The Dandelions – “True Blue” (album premiere)

Jesse and The Dandelions – “True Blue” (album premiere)

Edmonton, Alberta does not register on most people’s “must-see travel” destinations. Most only know about the city because of West Edmonton Mall, which at one time was the largest mall on earth (that distinction now belongs to Mall of America in Minnesota). It is also the city whose hockey team had the audacity to trade Wayne Gretzky. Topping that was […]

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John Alcabean – “Real Time Fiction” (EP premiere)

John Alcabean – “Real Time Fiction” (EP premiere)

John Alcabean is not a person. Well, may be it is someone’s name, but we know John Alcabean as Denmark’s next great rock band. With premiere spots on Clash Music and Upset Magazine plus coverage across multiple platforms, they might already be the little Scandinavian country’s best outfit. Given the positive reviews of their first few releases, it is of […]

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POLSKY – “My Own Company” (album premiere)

POLSKY – “My Own Company” (album premiere)

It only takes one, as the old adage goes. A single pebble tossed into a lake can create an endless ripple. A slight noise can cause an avalanche. A single idea could start a revolution. For the band POLSKY, it all started with one man, one idea, and a laptop in his bedroom that manifested itself into what it is […]

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Alexandria Maillot – “Time” (album premiere)

Alexandria Maillot – “Time” (album premiere)

Since the turn of the Century, Canada has produced some of the finest female singer-songwriters in the business with many achieving success worldwide acclaim. Feist, Basia Bulat, Kathleen Edwards, Hannah Georgas, Coeur de Pirate, and Alessia Cara are just some of the names. This week, when Alexandria Maillot releases her debut album, Time, she will be mentioned alongside some of […]

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The eponymous debut LP by Loud Forest (album premiere)

The eponymous debut LP by Loud Forest (album premiere)

Over the past three months, we have become enamored with the music of Rachel and Bernard Chadwick. Through their project Loud Forest, the wife-and-husband duo are – to borrow a phrase from Forest Gump – like a box of chocolates, where you never know what you are going to get. Despite their varied sound, the Chadwicks dazzled us with their […]

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Vienna Ditto – “Ticks” (album premiere)

Vienna Ditto – “Ticks” (album premiere)

There are bands that describe their music as cinematic and perfect for a movie. Then there are bands who are creating entire albums that could make up the soundtrack to an entire movie or be the score to a complete theatrical production. London / Oxford duo Vienna Ditto is one of those bands. The project of Hatty Taylor and Nigel […]

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Rose Paradise – “Bloom” (album premiere)

Rose Paradise – “Bloom” (album premiere)

The lyrics of “California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade” from The Decemberists’ debut album set the scene for our introduction to this new artist. “Take a long drive with me / on California One / from Golden Gate to roaring cliff-side” calls to mind picturesque vistas while driving on that famed stretch along the California coastline. The highway cuts through the small […]

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Froomador – “Can’t This Wait” (album premiere)

Froomador – “Can’t This Wait” (album premiere)

The drama around modern music is like a great book, where multiple sides of the story are being told and people end up taking up different sides. There’s neither a right nor wrong answer, just personal preferences. On the one side is mainstream music, where three-chord progressions, catchy beats and rhythms, pop melodies, and sing-a-long lyrics dominate the airwaves and […]

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The Verigolds – “For Margaret” (album premiere)

The Verigolds – “For Margaret” (album premiere)

Watching the evolution of a band is always a fascinating exercise. In what direction they will go musically and how will their songwriting develop over time are some of the questions we often ponder here, particularly when it relates to one of the our favorite discoveries. The Verigolds are one such band, who originally caught our attention back in October […]

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Lexi Strate – “Waves” (album premiere and exclusive stream)

Lexi Strate – “Waves” (album premiere and exclusive stream)

It’s easy to add the label “emerging pop star” to a new artist. Any individual making pop music could be deemed that, especially given the direction the genre has been heading for the past five years and possibly longer. But with competition extremely fierce within this genre, trying to make one stand out is critical. For some, that might be […]

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Sophia Danai – “Love Royale” (album premiere)

Sophia Danai – “Love Royale” (album premiere)

Canada’s music scene is bursting at the seams with great artists. The country is home to many of the industry’s biggest and brightest stars as well as its most innovative. Drake’s ear-popping hip hop; The Weeknd’s creative brilliance that blends R&B, pop, and electronic; and Arcade Fire’s symphonic, indie-rock escapades are just some of the examples. We haven’t even touched […]

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Album Premiere: Helen McCreary – “The Lovely Days”

Album Premiere: Helen McCreary – “The Lovely Days”

Inspiration could be found in many places. Love and heartbreak are the most common themes, as musicians fondly remember the “one” or attempt to recover from the end of a relationship. Music is also often used as a means to express oneself, whether it’s a proclamation of one’s independence or coping with depressions, anxiety, or isolation. Then there are the […]

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Album Premiere: Dstnce – “EP1”

Album Premiere: Dstnce – “EP1”

Fate. Serendipity. Karma. Luck. Whatever you may call it, music is full of bands and duos who formed as a result of a chance encounter. It is during these occasions where some of the best music has been created because the instantchemistry often results in something unexpectedly remarkable. Something that is instant, organic, and sometimes even primal in its soul. […]

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EP Premiere – Evelyn Cools, “Calming Storm”

EP Premiere – Evelyn Cools, “Calming Storm”

Evelyn Cools‘ biography reads like one from a person who is about to enter her fifth or sixth decade on the planet. Cools, though, is in her early twenties, yet her experiences are vast, and she truly is a global citizen. Born to globe-trotting parents, the world-traveling musician took her first breath in Sint-Niklass, Belgium before moving to Los Angeles, […]

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EP Premiere: Stream Captain Kidd’s “Good Life”

EP Premiere: Stream Captain Kidd’s “Good Life”

When it comes to music, Cleveland, Ohio is most associated with being the home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. It does, however, a pretty cool music history, being the hometown of artists like Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails), Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Cloud Nothings, and The Lighthouse and The Whaler. A band readying themselves to stand alongside these […]

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DIV I DED – “Born to Sleep” Premiere

DIV I DED – “Born to Sleep” Premiere

Last month, we were first introduced to DIV I DED when they released “Late Awakening”. This young band from the Czech Republic only formed late in 2013, and here they are today releasing their debut full-length Born to Sleep. Created by multi-instrumentalist Filip Helštýn and frontwoman Viktorie Marksová, the five-piece create shimmering, shoegaze-y indie rock and psychedelic pop. Born to Sleep echoes […]

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