Tag: Arts & Crafts

Broken Social Scene – ‘Hug Of Thunder’ (album review)

Broken Social Scene – ‘Hug Of Thunder’ (album review)

“It is the blessing of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson In their nearly 20 years of existence, Broken Social Scene have established the benchmark for indie rock in the 21st century. They have also become the ideal for what it means to be a super-collective, as each member has achieved […]

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Saturday Sampler May 27th

Saturday Sampler May 27th

Saturday Sampler May 27th once again goes global for some fine, new music delicacies. There are some familiar names on the list, and a handful of newcomers that blew us away. Hopefully, they will do the same for you and expanding your musical palette in the process.   DBFC – “Disco Coco” (Paris, France & Manchester, England) RIYL: Daft Punk, […]

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Saturday Sampler April 15th

Saturday Sampler April 15th

The Saturday Sampler April 15th edition has plenty of sweet treats for your holiday weekend. These 9 songs from artists in England, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, and the US offer a variety of genres from indie folk to rap- and R&B-infused synthpop. Check back tomorrow when our Weekend Showcase playlist will include every song we’ve covered this week.   BNQT – “Unlikely […]

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Japandroids – “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life”

Japandroids – “Near To The Wild Heart Of Life”

Following the end of their Celebration Rock tour that finished in November 2013 and lasted 20 months spanning 40 countries, Japandroids stated they would be taking a well-deserved break. Since that message was shared, Brian King and David Prowse said very little publicly. There weren’t any hints nor rumors that they were working on new material. Then almost four years to the day […]

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Brendan Canning

Zaphod’s Welcomes Brendan Canning (photo essay)

On November 19th, Brendan Canning headlined a Saturday night show at Ottawa’s infamous nightclub Zaphod Beeblebrox. Recently releasing his album Home Wrecking Years, this third solo offering of the founding member of Broken Social Scene hit all the right notes with the crowd. Despite a broken guitar string at one point, the tunes flowed, rocked and, at times, got sweet and jammy. […]

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The Matinee November 3rd

The Matinee November 3rd

We’re going across the globe for new music on The Matinee November 3rd edition. There are several hidden gems, three returnees, and one band who make their long-awaited return.   Bam Spacey – “Avstånd Och Skog” (Malmö, Sweden) RIYL: Moonbabies, POSTILJONEN, Electric Youth What a better way to start the day than with some gorgeous dream pop and from the […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 29

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 29

Welcome to your Monday serving of new music cocktails! This week we’ve got a full plate of audio delights with a slight concentration on Pacific Northwest artists. Feast your ears upon new indie folk and garage rock from Seattle, some uptempo singer/songwriter fare from Vancouver, a bit of Portland indie supergroup action, as well as some chill shoegaze from Colorado […]

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The Matinee August 9th

The Matinee August 9th

The Matinee August 9th has a selection of eight sumptuous tunes. You might recognition a few of the names on the list while many will be brand new. The songs range from dark and mysterious to fun and whimsical. So whatever your mood is today, this mini-playlist likely has it. Andrew Judah – “Blue” (Kelowna, BC, Canada) RIYL: Why We […]

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The Matinee July 28th

The Matinee July 28th

The Matinee July 28th takes stops in Australia and New Zealand, Canada and the USA, before arriving in England for some new music. Hear eight “new” songs by some of the best and brightest artists from around the planet.   Aldous Harding – “Stop Your Tears” (Lyttleton, New Zealand) RIYL: Nadia Reid, Gillian Welch, Aoife O’Donovan For a few years, […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 25

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 25

Welcome to a fresh serving of new music cocktails on the Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 25. This week we’re going to take you on an emotional rollercoaster ride with these five new singles. We’ll start with the upbeat energy of Canadian indie pop-rock before easing into some Australian dream pop and heartfelt British indie singer/songwriter earnestness. That segues perfectly into a […]

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The Matinee April 21st

The Matinee April 21st

On The Matinee April 21st edition, we have songs from familiar names and a few artists who have released their debut singles, which are just awesome. And as always, several countries are represented, namely Australia, Canada, Denmark, England, The Netherlands, and the United States.   Andy Shauf – “The Worst in You” (Regina, SK, Canada) Andy Shauf is one of […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 11

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 11

Welcome to the year’s first serving of SPRINGTIME new music cocktails! This is the time of year when there are as many new music releases as blooming flowers, so we’re excited about hot tunes and warmer temps. Let’s get started with some indie folk duet action before exploring a variety of genres from Canada to Sweden.   Sam Beam & Jesca […]

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Concert Revue: Lowell all fun and games at House of Targ

Concert Revue: Lowell all fun and games at House of Targ

Rising Canadian talent Lowell brought her combination of performance art and music to the House of TARG on Jan 29th. She performed with the confidence of a seasoned performer in front of a sold out crowd. We even managed to meet up with her before the show for a few photos of her enjoying The House of TARG’s other speciality […]

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49 Above: Dan Mangan & Blacksmith, “Club Meds”

49 Above: Dan Mangan & Blacksmith, “Club Meds”

Vancouver based singer songwriter Dan Mangan’s music has been evolving sense his debut acoustic based self titled EP and first full-length LP, Postcards and Daydreaming.  Gone is the straight acoustic singer songwriter replaced with a more nuanced approach with true collaboration with his excellent backing band, Blacksmith. Dan has said that Club Meds is a team album with the band and that is exactly […]

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