Tag: Ben Yung

In Revue: RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2014

In Revue: RBC Ottawa Bluesfest 2014

It’s been three days since the RBC Ottawa Bluesfest ended, and like many festival goers withdrawal is in full force. There’s a part of me that wishes the festival would be re-starting tonight, which is quite the opposite of what I was feeling on Sunday night when exhaustion had overcome me. This was my 11th Bluesfest, and every year I […]

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Mundo 5: Five + Five

Mundo 5: Five + Five

We’ve only entered the third month of the year, but we’ve been bombarded with a lot of great music. Today, Rich and I are going to each list five songs that we are currently digging. Some of the artists listed are ones that either of us or another Revue contributor has already featured, but these artists are well worth a […]

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Mundo Musique: Phantogram and Bleeding Rainbow

Mundo Musique: Phantogram and Bleeding Rainbow

PHANTOGRAM For Those Who Like: Porcelain Raft, The Naked and Famous, Blonde Redhead Phantogram was probably the first synth-pop band that got me hooked on the genre over five years ago with their superb self-titled EP and first full-length, Eyelid Moves in 2009. At the time, they were an unknown duo from somewhere in northern New York state, who drew […]

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Mundo Musique: Temples and Misun

Mundo Musique: Temples and Misun

TEMPLES For Those Who Like: Tame Impala, The Byrds, Foxygen, The Verve With music becoming more accessible, we’re seeing musicians experiment with new sounds while some are looking to the past. It’s not a surprise, therefore, to see a surge of bands reviving ’60s and ’70s rock and psychedelic rock, and Temples is the latest band to come along with […]

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Mundo Musique: Beck

Mundo Musique: Beck

For those who like: Beck (there’s no comparable) I think this is going to be my shortest Mundo Musique feature since starting this 6 months ago because there isn’t much to say — it’s friggin’ Beck! Beck returns with his first, proper studio album since 2008’s Modern Guilt, unless you count the “play-it-yourself” Beck Hansen’s Song Reader that was released […]

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Mundo Musique: Ash Grunwald and Richard Perso

Mundo Musique: Ash Grunwald and Richard Perso

In North America, blues-roots music is making a strong comeback, thanks in large part to the work of Gary Clark, Jr., whose interpretation of this great genre has captivated audiences young and old. However, in the “land down under”, Australians have long embraced the music that B.B. King, Taj Mahal, and Buddy Guy made popular decades ago. Over the past […]

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Mundo Musique: Five Fun and Cool Indie Names

Mundo Musique: Five Fun and Cool Indie Names

We’ve been toying with the idea of writing “lists” every once in a while. One idea was to identify some fun indie band names. After some procrastinating, we have to thank Artemis Thomas-Hansard of The Village Voice, who wrote this entertaining ramble titled, “The History of Terrible Band Names”. Yes, some of his arguments are irrational and contradictory (e.g., animal-based […]

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Mundo Musique: Comeback Queens – Neneh Cherry and Rachel Ries

Mundo Musique: Comeback Queens – Neneh Cherry and Rachel Ries

Today, we celebrate albums coming out by two great musicians, who are releasing their first solo albums in years. NENEH CHERRY For Those Who Like: Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, St. Vincent In 1989, acid-wash jeans and denim jackets were in style, Converse shoes were trendy, and my beloved Calgary Flames won their first and only Stanley Cup. It was […]

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Mundo Musique – Young Fathers and Ephrata

Mundo Musique – Young Fathers and Ephrata

YOUNG FATHERS For Those Who Like: K-os, Shabazz Palaces, Massive Attack, TV on the Radio Young Fathers is a self-described “psychedelic hip hop band” by Edinburgh, Scotland. I guess that’s one way to describe this young band, whose music combines many genres – hip hop, R&B, rock and pop with heavy percussion and staggered melodies. While melding together so many […]

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Mundo Musique: Vamos and Rachel Thomasin

Mundo Musique: Vamos and Rachel Thomasin

Today, the focus is on two, young, emerging acts on different sides of the musical spectrum, but both are poised for breakouts in 2014. VAMOS For Those Who Like: METZ, Japandroids, The Misfits, The Black Keys, P.S. I Love You I remember hearing Vamos for the first time early last year when they released Heatwave, which had a much more […]

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Mundo Musique: Dum Dum Girls, Bombay Bicycle Club, and some Sound Bites

Mundo Musique: Dum Dum Girls, Bombay Bicycle Club, and some Sound Bites

Starting today, I’ve added a new section called Sound Bites, which will just be tracks that artists have randomly released or have released as a teaser for an upcoming album. But first, let’s get started with a couple of bands with new albums out. Dum Dum Girls For Those Who Like: Frankie Rose, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Go-Gos For […]

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Mundo Musique: Damien Jurado and Axxa/Abraxas

Mundo Musique: Damien Jurado and Axxa/Abraxas

DAMIEN JURADO For Those Who Like: Neil Young, Nick Drake, Bon Iver, Over time, I’ve begun to truly appreciate the masterful work of Damien Jurado, the Seattle-based singer-songwriter who last week released his 11th album, Brothers and Sisters of the Eternal Son. For the last three albums, including Brothers and Sisters, Jurado has teamed with Richard Swift (an accomplished singer-songwriter himself) […]

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Mundo Musique: The Pack A.D. and Morgan Delt

Mundo Musique: The Pack A.D. and Morgan Delt

Today’s Mundo Musique is dedicated to two musical acts coming out with albums tomorrow – albums that should be part of anyone’s collection. THE PACK A.D. For Those Who Like: The Black Keys, The White Stripes, Joan Jett, Savages Back in September, I had a chance to speak with The Pack A.D. following their performance at the Ottawa Folkfest, at […]

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A “Date” with Shelby Earl

A “Date” with Shelby Earl

On the weekend, I caught up with Shelby Earl, the charismatic singer-songwriter from Seattle who released one of the best albums of 2013. Her sophomore album, Swift Arrows, was included in many year-end “Best of” lists, including The Seattle Times, Indie-Music.com, Amazon, and the ultra-cool Seattle-based radio station, KEXP. Earl also caught our attention here at The Revue. She was […]

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Mundo Musique: Blank Realm and Solander

Mundo Musique: Blank Realm and Solander

We’re going across both the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans for today’s Mundo Musique. BLANK REALM For those who like: Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, Kurt Vile, Pond I have to admit that when psychedelic rockers, Blank Realm, released its debut album, Go Easy, in 2012, I wasn’t all that thrilled with the album. However, with their sophomore effort, Grassed Inn, the […]

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Mundo Musique: GEMS and Blank Paper

Mundo Musique: GEMS and Blank Paper

Today’s feature focuses on two stylish, synth-dream-pop bands to keep an eye on in 2014.  Both dabble a bit on the darker side of the genre, but in a way that is accessible and atmospheric. GEMS Lindsay Pitts and Clifford John Usher form the duo GEMS, the Washington, D.C.-based band that has been receiving a lot of buzz among music […]

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Mundo Musique: Elizabeth & The Catapult and Minor Alps

Mundo Musique: Elizabeth & The Catapult and Minor Alps

Elizabeth & the Catapult Elizabeth & The Catapult are back with the 11-track compilation, Like It Never Happened, which is its first since 2010’s The Other Side of Zero.  On Like It Never Happened, Elizabeth Ziman and company continue to produce piano-infused pop music and ballads.  However, for long-time fans of the Brooklyn-based band, the third LP also sees the […]

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Mundo Musique: Get to Know Two Rising Musicians – Chris Ayler and Jordan Velez

Mundo Musique: Get to Know Two Rising Musicians – Chris Ayler and Jordan Velez

If you have been following The Revue, one of the things that we are trying to do is promote the music of independent artists that are still trying to develop a following or young artists who are just getting started in the business. Today’s Mundo Musique is a special feature spotlighting two young, gifted, aspiring musicians who have focused on […]

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Mundo Musique: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Joshua Baez

Mundo Musique: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Joshua Baez

Back to our regularly scheduled programming, where we highlight some new music, some upcoming music, some maybe not-so-new-but-pretty-recent music, and music from Twitter followers. We’re going to try a different approach to start the year, highlighting one or two bands each day, which will allow us to talk about albums a bit more and promote more Twitter folks. Sharon Jones […]

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Mundo Musique: Remembering 2013

Mundo Musique: Remembering 2013

Last week, we counted down our 25 favourite albums of 2013. It was a tough process, and we left a lot of deserving artists and their albums off the list.  But to somewhat make amends, we’ve created a playlist of 81 songs from albums that we have enjoyed this year. Some of the songs were included in our countdown. Others […]

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