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King Nun – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

King Nun – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

This week, I counted how many bands I’ve photographed so far in 2017. King Nun came in at 203rd place. I’ve been a busy boy! I mention this because it means I have spent a lot of time listening to dozens of bands that are new to me. King Nun are one of those – pretty much all I knew about […]

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The Darts – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

The Darts – Finsbury Pub, London (photo essay)

The Darts made a rare appearance in London on 24 May at the small Finsbury Pub venue in North London – the perfect place to warm up for a European tour. On this night, they were supported by The Priscillas and Suicide Generation, who are both on London’s Dirty Water Records, who’s motto is the appropriate “Taking Music Backwards into Tomorrow”. […]

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Newport Folkfest Saturday Picks: An 8-Pack of Great Music

Newport Folkfest Saturday Picks: An 8-Pack of Great Music

Today’s lineup is full of conflicts. There are at least 8 artists I would like to see today, and this doesn’t include tonight’s headliner Jack White. Ah, what the heck, I’ll list all 8 recommended acts, although those with videos in their profiles could be considered my Pick-3. The Haden Triplets – 11:05 to 11:55 on the Quad Stage – […]

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Mundo 5: Five Memorable Videos with Celebrity Guest Stars

Mundo 5: Five Memorable Videos with Celebrity Guest Stars

Inspired by Jenny Lewis’ video for “Just One of the Guys”, which included Hollywood stars Anne Hathaway, Kristen Stewart, and Brie Larson, we have listed five great videos involving film or television stars and other famous people. Butch Walker and The Black Widows, “Synthesizers” In 2011, Butch Walker and The Black Widows released Spade, which was a really good album. Unfortunately, he […]

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Newport Folkfest Day 1 Pick-3: Phox, Reignwolf, and Lake Street Dive

Newport Folkfest Day 1 Pick-3: Phox, Reignwolf, and Lake Street Dive

Since 2012, my wife and I have made the annual trek to the Newport Folkfest – the historic and terrific 3-day music gathering held at Fort Adams State Park and one of the few truly green festivals around the world (it operates on solar panel, resulting in the final performance finishing at 7:30). Approximately 10,000 people from around North America […]

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Mundo Musique: Alvvays

Mundo Musique: Alvvays

For Those Who Like: Best Coast, Blouse, and ’90s Soundtracks Born and bred on Canada’s Atlantic provinces (Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island to be precise) but now based in Canada’s burgeoning indie music centre of Toronto (Broken Social Scene, Fucked Up, July Talk, Austra), Alvvays (pronounced like Always) is creating music known back in the ’90s and on the shores […]

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Mundo Musique: Stockholm’s Vulkano

Mundo Musique: Stockholm’s Vulkano

For those who like: Savages, The Pack A.D., Nico Two years ago, Stockholm’s Vulkano released its debut album, Live Wild Die Free, to critical acclaim in Europe. Their album, however, was not shared overseas until three weeks ago, where audiences in North America can now enjoy this fantastic duo. Comprised of Cissi Efraimsson (standing drums and vocals) and Lisa Pyk […]

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Mundo 5: Five of Our Favourite Weird Al Tracks

Mundo 5: Five of Our Favourite Weird Al Tracks

In honour of the 14th studio album released by Alfred Matthew Yankovic – better known as “Weird Al” Yankovic – we are listing five of our favourite tracks from this great man of parody, humour, and… human observation. Yes, the man is one of the finest sociologists around. While his songs are intended to poke fun at people, Weird Al […]

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Capital Revue: The Hilotrons’ “My Number”

Capital Revue: The Hilotrons’ “My Number”

We’re rewinding back a bit and showing a great video that The Hilotrons released back in December.  The song and video for “My Number” are clever and great takes about today’s society, where the sense of self-identity resides in how one conforms to the mainstream. Enjoy the song and video by this underrated local band.  

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Hidden Gem: The Districts

Hidden Gem: The Districts

I’m not writing about The Districts because they played two fantastic shows at the Ottawa Bluesfest or that we had a fun interview (o.k., maybe those played minor roles), but rather this is an opportunity to revisit some great music produced by a young, emerging band over the past year. Established in 2009 when they were in their mid-teens, Rob […]

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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 Musique: The Electro-Disco of LA’s MOTORFIGHTR

Mundo Musique: The Electro-Disco of LA’s MOTORFIGHTR

When I saw the words MOTORFIGHTR in my inbox, my immediate reaction was that, with such a name, the band must be a hardcore, heavy metal band . When listening to it the first time, my reaction was, “This is really good.” Upon second listen, “This is awesome.” On third listen, I didn’t utter a single word but instead danced […]

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Mundo Musique: Luluc

Mundo Musique: Luluc

For those who like: Tiny Ruins, Gregory Alan Isakov, Mutual Benefit, Phosphorescent Luluc, the indie-folk duo of Zoe Randell and Steve Hassett from Melbourne, Australia will release their second album, Passerby tomorrow on SubPop.  Their debut, Dear Hamlyn, was a beautiful indie folk record, and Passerby builds on it, thanks to help from Aaron Dessner of The National, who co-produced […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 13 – The Sam Roberts Band, Lord Huron, and Said the Whale

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 13 – The Sam Roberts Band, Lord Huron, and Said the Whale

It’s the last day with another eclectic array of music. Be sure to catch some of the aspiring young artists at the Black Sheep Stage during Be in the Band and get any last-minute t-shirts, posters, and other memorabilia at the merch tent. The Sam Roberts Band – 8:00 on the Claridge Homes Stage There was a period where Sam […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 13 – Farewell Davidson, Still Winter Hills, and The Red Rails

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 13 – Farewell Davidson, Still Winter Hills, and The Red Rails

It’s the last day, and, if you’re like us, depression might be setting in since it will be another 364 days before Bluesfest returns. But, let’s make the most of it and what a better way to start than to see some emerging, young artists perform. You can commence the day at the Black Sheep Stage to see elementary, junior […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 12 – Thornetta Davis, Nostalghia, and Deltron 3030

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 12 – Thornetta Davis, Nostalghia, and Deltron 3030

The folks at Bluesfest are offering a wide range of music today – hip hop, rap, blues, blues-rockk, electronic, rock, punk, you name it. With so much diversity, what do you see and where do you go? Well, hopefully we can assist you with your decisions. Thornetta Davis – 8:00 on the Black Sheep Stage Long-time and celebrated singer-songwriter, Thornetta […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 12 – Sound of Lions, Atherton, Wicked Grin, John Allaire & The Campistas, Jonathan Becker & The North Fields, and Catriona Sturton

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 12 – Sound of Lions, Atherton, Wicked Grin, John Allaire & The Campistas, Jonathan Becker & The North Fields, and Catriona Sturton

Two more days left, and there’s a 6-pack of local performers to check out. As usual, they are listed in chronological order. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller description. You can also check out the full list of Ottawa artists here. 1:30 Sound of Lions have the privilege of opening the final Saturday of Bluesfest. Their trip-hop/pop sound is riveting, and […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 11 – July Talk, Yung Lean, and BadBadNotGood

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 11 – July Talk, Yung Lean, and BadBadNotGood

It’s the last weekend of Bluesfest, and Mark Monahan and friends have put together a stellar lineup to get the weekend off to a rollicking start. July Talk – 9:30 on the River Stage The RBC Bluesfest has a long history of bringing in some of the emerging Canadian indie bands just as they are about to hit their peaks, […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 11 – Amanda Rheaume and Keturah Johnson

RBC Bluesfest Revue, July 11 – Amanda Rheaume and Keturah Johnson

Just two Ottawa-area performers on the slate for Bluesfest today. It’s an interesting pairing as one is a veteran singer-songwriter who has been recognized among the best in the region and Canada and the other is a young singer-songwriter who is well on her way to becoming a star. Both perform at 6:00 tonight. Click on the performers’ name to get a fuller […]

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Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 10 – Royal Canoe, The Districts, and Gogol Bordello

Pick-3 for RBC Bluesfest, July 10 – Royal Canoe, The Districts, and Gogol Bordello

Today, the pick-3 focuses on three bands that have earlier time slots – none are headlining any of the stages. So get to the festival grounds early (and you’ll want to get there early) to hear some fantastic music Royal Canoe – 8:15 on the River Stage Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe is difficult to describe. They’re not exactly a rock band, […]

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