Tag: Hidden Gem

Hidden Gem: Fran Minney

Hidden Gem: Fran Minney

To say we have a soft spot in our hearts for aspiring singer-songwriters would be an understatement. Tiny Ruins, Nadia Reid, Keeva., Nora Konstanse, Ezequiel de Lima, and many more. A new one to add is Leeds, UK artist Fran Minney. Known for her wild, electric blue hair, Minney’s music is the complete opposite – humble, endearing alt-folk music matched […]

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Hidden Gem: Gabrielle Papillon

Hidden Gem: Gabrielle Papillon

While several Canadian artists have become international sensations, especially in the pop, rock, and hip hop realms, many continue to fly under the radar, especially with the folk community. Yet, Canada’s folk scene is vibrant and healthy, arguably at its most innovative and daring point. This year along, for instance, saw hidden gems Dana Sipos take us on an escapade […]

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Prinze George, Maryland’s Hidden Gem

Prinze George, Maryland’s Hidden Gem

A year ago, Maryland trio Prinze George burst on the music scene with their single “Victor”. While it received some buzz on this side of the Atlantic, the song was a hit with European audiences as it was featured on the soundtrack for Honig Im Kopf, a summer hit in Germany and other parts of Europe. The swell of support helped catapult […]

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Dust Turns to Ash: Alternate futures and The Secret Machines

Not long after writing this recent feature on Cosmicide, I resolved to come up with a sequel (or rather prequel) discussing the previous band of guiding hand Brandon Curtis. And, apropos of Amazon’s adaptation of Philip K. Dick’s Man in the High Castle, I got to thinking about alternate histories. See, both The Secret Machines and Arcade Fire released their […]

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Ezequiel de Lima, the Argentinian Hidden Gem

Ezequiel de Lima, the Argentinian Hidden Gem

“Space, the final frontier.” It’s a quote that many of us, especially those who grew up with the original Star Trek series, are familiar with and have likely uttered numerous times. In music, America is the final frontier. It is the country that most artists, whether they are from the US or another country, want to achieve success. It’s not […]

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Wesley Fuller – a hidden gem from Melbourne

Wesley Fuller – a hidden gem from Melbourne

Do you ever hear a song and say to yourself, “What the heck is that?”  This is then followed by, “How come I haven’t heard such and such before?” This was my reaction when hearing Wesley Fuller‘s new single, “Shock Me”, which he released a month ago. So who is Wesley Fuller? I wish I could tell you more about […]

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Hidden Gem – psychedelic pop of Gulp

Hidden Gem – psychedelic pop of Gulp

How does a band that includes Super Furry Animals’ bassist Guto Pryce be considered a hidden gem? Gulp is just that, as the quartet has been around for three years yet has been a relative unknown. Formed in 2012, Pryce teamed up with his partner, singer and keyboardist Lindsey Leven, drummer Gwion Llewelyn, and guitarist Gid Goundrey, and the foursome […]

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Hidden Gem: Mauro Remiddi – a.k.a. Porcelain Raft

Hidden Gem: Mauro Remiddi – a.k.a. Porcelain Raft

Is it fair to call Porcelain Raft a hidden gem? On the one hand, Mauro Remiddi, who is the man behind Porcelain Raft, has gathered a fairly loyal following, although interspersed across the globe. On the other hand, he hasn’t achieved the same level of popularity of similar synth-electronic acts that emerged around the same time, most notably Phantogram. However, […]

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Tony Volker – Break and Reshape EP

Tony Volker – Break and Reshape EP

Yesterday, UK producer and songwriter Tony Volker released Break and Reshape.  Volker’s music is influenced by a few different forces, citing John Hopkins and Thom Yorke as inspiration.  It’s really hard to tie Volker’s music down to a specific formula, which makes Break and Reshape one of the most varied listens of the year, despite only having five tracks. The […]

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Hidden Gem – indie-rock chameleons, Fleabite

Hidden Gem – indie-rock chameleons, Fleabite

I know some people prefer Spotify, Google Play, or even streaming stuff through YouTube, but SoundCloud is my choice because of the variety of music that’s available and the algorithm that site uses to suggest new music is usually spot on. Exhibit A is today’s Hidden Gem – Fleabite. Fleabite was originally created by three young women – Ali, Vicky, […]

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Hidden Gem – Annie Sumi

Hidden Gem – Annie Sumi

Can an artist be considered a Hidden Gem if the likes of George Stroumboulopoulos features her music on his show? Even with coverage by a well-known radio personality, success doesn’t always follows an artist, no matter how talented s/he may be. Case in point Annie Sumi, a 21-year old musician from Whitby, Ontario, whose songwriter exceeds her youth and who, […]

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Hidden Gem: Tiger High

Hidden Gem: Tiger High

Since their formation in 2010, Tiger High have been creating some scintillating rock music. In their five years together, the Memphis quartet have released two albums and several singles, mostly on local label Trashy Creatures Records. Their approach mixes various rock genres – classic, folk, garage, and psychedelic rock. Regardless of the rock genre, there is a common trait across […]

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Hidden Gem: Television Rd

Hidden Gem: Television Rd

This week, we have a lot of content from our (well half of us) home country of Canada. It shows that the music scene is flourishing in the Great White North, and it’s still white in many parts of the country as we await Spring’s arrival. Maybe that explains the large number of Canadian artists and bands emerging. One such […]

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Hidden Gem — Half Waif

Hidden Gem — Half Waif

Call me if you can, tell me I’m the operator Lit flares in my hands and I’m set to explode I’m a minefield you marvel at, but don’t get too close Thus begins Half Waif‘s most recent album, 2014’s Kotekan. The lines have proven to be prophetic, as over the eight months since its release, Half Waif has begun to collect […]

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Hidden Gem – Molly Sullivan

Hidden Gem – Molly Sullivan

Molly Sullivan is one of those artists who seem to have an endless well of talent. Some people shoot to stardom with a few instant classics and fade fast. Their wells might be rich but are never very deep. Others never stop creating, producing excellent music during both fruitful and sparse times. They might disappear from the spotlight for a time, but when […]

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Hidden Gem – The Brilliance of Esther Joy Lane

Hidden Gem – The Brilliance of Esther Joy Lane

Sometimes it takes years for someone to find their calling. For others, they know from the start what they are suppose to do, but are not able to succeed on the first, second, or even third attempts. For Oxford, UK musician Esther Joy Lane, she long knew music was her path. However, that path didn’t always lead to the expected […]

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Hidden Gem – Pinegrove

Hidden Gem – Pinegrove

Montclair, NJ’s Pinegrove has been a favorite band of mine since their first release, Mixtape One, in 2010. It was a collection of home recordings that vibrated with crystalline, jangly guitar playing and were backed up by confessional, image-laden songwriting. I couldn’t stop listening. Fast-forward to 2015, and Pinegrove, a Hidden Gem, is not so hidden anymore. Hall has been […]

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Hidden Gem: Monuments and Statues

Hidden Gem: Monuments and Statues

The city of Kingston, Ontario (population approximately 125,000) is known for a few things (some of which may be new for you) – was the original capital of Canada from 1841 to 1844; it has the largest concentration of penitentiaries in Canada (9 by last count); it is home to a large post-secondary population (Queen’s University, the Royal Military College, […]

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Hidden Gem: Liverpool’s Deliah

Hidden Gem: Liverpool’s Deliah

Liverpool contemporary R&B duo Deliah released their first single, “Any Last Words” in September. Since then, people have taken notice of their authentic, soulful music, thanks to the powerful voice of singer Michelle Harris and the fantastic grooves of Alex Dopierala. “Any Last Words” is a stunner with a fantastic, infectious chorus. In addition to “Any Last Words”, they released […]

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Video Premiere from Our Hidden Gem: VIOLENT MAE

Video Premiere from Our Hidden Gem: VIOLENT MAE

With a new album around the corner, Connecticut-based duo VIOLENT MAE are preparing to re-launch their self-titled debut album. Released in 2013, Violent Mae is a mix of brooding indie folk-rock akin to New York duos She Keeps Bees, The Bright Smoke, and Belle Mare; the atmospheric sounds of Daughter; and the southern rock of Heartless Bastards. The first song […]

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