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Mundo – Dear Bono: “Girly Rock” is not a pejorative

Mundo – Dear Bono: “Girly Rock” is not a pejorative

The music scene has become “girly” in Bono’s opinion. The U2 frontman bemoans the lack of “rage” in rock in this month’s Rolling Stone cover story: “I think music has gotten very girly. And there are some good things about that, but hip-hop is the only place for young male anger at the moment – and that’s not good. When I was […]

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The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2017

The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2017

More than 2,500 songs shared, some 200 LPs and EPs reviewed, thousands of photos from concerts and festivals, and dozens of premieres later, we’ve arrived at our annual tradition of sharing our favorite songs of the past 52 weeks – also known as The Mega, Mega Playlist of 2017. This year’s playlist is the biggest yet. The 2015 version had […]

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Weekend Showcase 3.03

Weekend Showcase 3.03

While parts of the world are rewinding the clock some 100 years, music continues to push forward with to offer exciting new sounds and taking familiar approaches and adding a modern twist. The Weekend Showcase 3.03 edition looks back on the week that was in new music. Find 52 songs on today’s mega-playlist, featuring artists from twelve countries. The countries […]

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AUSTRA – “Future Politics”

AUSTRA – “Future Politics”

Austra have come a long way since arriving in 2010 with their debut EP, Beat and the Pulse, followed their first albums, 2011’s Feel It Break and 2013’s Olympia. There was always a thoughtfulness in the quartet’s approach, but the records were always recognized more for their style than their substance. Bombastic house vibes, blazing electronica, and catchy synth-pop typified […]

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51 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

51 Most Anticipated Albums of 2017

Choosing our Most Anticipated Albums of 2017 is an extremely difficult exercise. We considered listing 100, but that was unmanageable; 25 would have been too few. So, we settled on 51 albums, many of which have been confirmed and others are simply wishful thinking. Alice Glass (TBA) After a messy departure from Crystal Castles and former bandmate Ethan Kahl, Alice Glass has […]

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Weekend Showcase 2.49

Weekend Showcase 2.49

The Weekend Showcase 2.49 edition is the final one of 2016. It has been an exceptional year for independent music, and this final mega-playlist epitomizes everything we love about the songs we heard. Mind-altering rockers, psychedelia, and shoegaze. Thoughtful and socially conscious numbers. Hip-shaking indie pop. Masterful mosaics of sound that could not categorized. In short, there are 42 songs […]

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Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 46

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 46

Melodic Tonic ’16, vol. 46 – your mid-week serving of new music cocktails – includes a dash of holiday cheer and huge dose of heart. Proceeds from some of these singles will benefit charitable organizations. Let’s get things started with a pair of politically inspired tunes. Austra – “Future Politics” (Toronto, Canada) RIYL: Zola Jesus, Grimes, Psychic Twin Only a few weeks remain until the new […]

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Weekend Showcase 2.41

Weekend Showcase 2.41

Weekend Showcase 2.41 edition reviews the best in another great week of new music. From established stars to talented newcomers, these 52 artists have blown us away. Hear the songs in the playlist below. The music comes from 11 countries, including: Australia, Brazil, Canada, Denmark, England, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Scotland, Sweden, and the United States. The playlist and tracklisting, as […]

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The Matinee October 20th

The Matinee October 20th

The Matinee October 20th features a lucky seven pack of new music. Many of the songs sound fresh and exciting, offering new takes on genres that may have gotten a little long in the tooth. Of the seven songs, three come from the city of Melbourne. This is also the first time we have not shared anything from the USA. […]

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Arboretum Festival 2015 – Part 2

Arboretum Festival 2015 – Part 2

Saturday continued with quite an eclectic assortment of acts. Again only two of the acts on the bill had I managed to see before Austra and U.S. Girls. A couple others were on my list of acts I wanted to see (The Weather Station and Hayden), and others I had honestly never even heard of before. I love that this […]

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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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