Tag: rock

Against Me!

Against Me! rock the Bronson Centre (photo essay)

A couple years ago, the Bronson Centre was renovated, removing many rows of seats to make room for a “standing” area in front of the stage. This is exactly the kind of show this change was made for, as one does not go see Against Me! and sit through the performance. Sure enough, when the band hit the stage and […]

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Saturday Sampler February 25th

Saturday Sampler February 25th

Saturday Sampler February 25th edition is a mosaic of new music. It’s not just the countries represented – Australia, England, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, and USA – but the music. You’ll find an eclectic and diverse batch of music that will have your auditory senses screaming in delight.   Analogue Wave – “Hope” (Dublin, Ireland) RIYL: Aphex Twin, Leftfield, Massive Attack, Depeche […]

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The Matinee February 23rd

The Matinee February 23rd

Another day and another mini-playlist, and The Matinee February 23rd edition features nine stirring singles. We expand the countries covered today because, well, why not?   Aadae – “River Of Tears” (London, England) RIYL: Erykah Badu, D’Angelo, Mary J. Blige To kick off today’s mini-playlist is a young artist who personifies what music ought to be and what we strive […]

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First Impressions: Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

First Impressions: Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

Love is Hell. The sentiment that Ryan Adams put forth over a decade ago seems downright prophetic now. His newest LP, Prisoner, is out today via PaxAm, and it finds the Heartbreaker assessing the damages of his battered heart following his divorce last year. The 12 tracks on his 15th album of new material are introspective but not mournful. He’s admitting that he’s […]

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Raphael Doyle – “Never Closer”

Raphael Doyle – “Never Closer”

The build-up for Never Closer has been intense, in part because of UK Somgwriter and Broadcaster Tom Robinson’s introduction and updates on the album’s Pledge Music site, but also through the impact of Raphael’s intensely confessional poem “I Come From Ireland”, released as an early single and reviewed in our Saturday Sampler here. Would the album live up to expectations? […]

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The Matinee January 10th

The Matinee January 10th

The Matinee January 10th features nine stellar songs to jump start your Tuesday. There are some breathtaking electronic / ambient numbers, a couple of fierce rockers, and a few tunes that will take you back in time.   Doombird – “Sheer” (Sacramento, USA) RIYL: Maribou State, Phoria, Lane 8 At the tail end of 2016, Doombird released their debut album with […]

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The Black Leaders – “Take It Easy”

The Black Leaders – “Take It Easy”

Rock and Roll may be a universal language, but there is a distinctly French flavour to The Black Leaders. Formed in Rennes in 2014, the band released their first album My Best Friend in 2015. Their follow-up, Take It Easy, reflects a journey between France and the UK with vocalist Marie Guyottot delivering tones of a chanteuse against raw rock […]

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The Matinee November 9th

The Matinee November 9th

As we all recover from the US Election aftermath, The Matinee November 9th is inspired by something completely different. Last week, Norwegian band Sløtface released “Empire Records”, a tribute to the 1995 movie that helped define a generation with its ensemble cast of characters. Today’s mini-playlist offers nine songs that together could comprise the soundtrack to those coming-of-age movies of […]

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The Matinee October 7th

The Matinee October 7th

In this October 7th issue of The Matinee we bring you 6 bands all in different stages of their careers, all putting out superb music. One with new music for the first time in close to 20 years, a brilliant yet relatively unknown band, a well-loved band heading out on their farewell tour, and a couple of bands right in the thick of […]

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The Bedlam Six – “Down Down Down”

The Bedlam Six – “Down Down Down”

If it’s better to be late to the party than not arrive at all, the opportunity to discover a band through their final album is as sweet as being in from the beginning. Conceived in grief and rum, the band has been around since 2006, starting out as a duo. An incarnation as The Black Velvet Band transformed into The […]

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The Matinee September 27th

The Matinee September 27th

Another ten cool, new tunes occupy The Matinee September 27th edition. Scroll down for the latest single by one of 2014’s top bands, who announced a new album. But first, The Matinee commences with a song by one of the most mysterious artists in the industry.   Aloric – “Fate” (London, England) RIYL: really incomparable but if pressed Keaton Henson, […]

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The Matinee August 2nd

The Matinee August 2nd

The Matinee August 2nd features eight cool, new tunes. There are some familiar names (i.e., artists previously covered on The Matinee) but several new arrivals. Take a moment and listen to new music by some of indie music’s hidden gems.   Arbitraire – “Dandelions” (Denmark) RIYL: Aloric, Purity Ring, Phoria Eight months ago, electronic trio Arbitraire tickled our ears with […]

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The Matinee July 12th

The Matinee July 12th

We have an 8-pack of great new music on The Matinee July 12th edition that includes one unbelievable cover; an unpretentious and clever teenager who is redefining alt hip hop; a handful of rockers; and a couple of sultry numbers that will spice things up.   Aloric – “When Doves Cry” (Prince cover) (London, England) RIYL: Phoria, Mt. Wolf, The […]

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The Matinee July 5th

The Matinee July 5th

To aid you in your recovery from the long weekend, The Matinee July 5th features a combination of melodic tunes and some anthemic tracks. So whether you just need something to soothe the soul or a blast of energy, take a spin at these 7 songs by artists in England, Australia, and USA. Astronauts. – “Skeleton” (London, England) RIYL: Elliott […]

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Twisted Sister

Amnesia Rockfest delivers the rock! – Part I

I had the great pleasure of attending this year’s Amnesia Rockfest. It was the 11th edition of the festival that focuses on heavy metal and punk rock. This festival transforms the small getaway destination of Montebello, Quebec into a rock n’ roll party lasting the entire weekend. There were so many great bands playing that I cannot write about all […]

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Preview of Amnesia Rockfest 2016

Preview of Amnesia Rockfest 2016

Montebello is mostly known as a summer getaway destination for those living in Ottawa and Montreal as well as for its world-famous Chateau Montebello, the largest log structure ever built. Once a year, however, this sleepy town of 1039 permanent residents hosts Canada’s largest rock festival and the entire community is taken over by tens of thousands of fans and […]

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Photo Essay: Adam Baldwin at Mavericks

Photo Essay: Adam Baldwin at Mavericks

I first saw Adam Baldwin perform as a solo artist in the Fall of 2013, opening for and then playing with Matt Mays at the Wakefield institution, Blacksheep Inn. Now several years since, I was pleased as punch to see he made his way back here on June 16th with a new album in hand. Though officially available as of June 24th, fans were […]

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The Pack A.D. rock the House of Targ (photo essay)

The Pack A.D. rock the House of Targ (photo essay)

Vancouver rock duo The Pack A.D. is one of those bands you must see live! Although certainly their recordings are excellent, it is the energy and power of their live performances that will convert new fans. Similar to The Black Keys, they manage to create a sonic offering that is hard to imagine coming from just two people. Their reputation […]

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Van Damsel perform at Zaphod Beeblebrox (Photo Essay)

Van Damsel perform at Zaphod Beeblebrox (Photo Essay)

On the heels of a pair of performances at CMW, Van Damsel made a stop at Zaphod Beeblebrox in Ottawa to hold an all ages show. The BC hailing band recently (April 22nd) launched their first self-titled album, which proceeded a couple of EP releases including Say Hello To Your Mother and The Sunshine, Girl.  The intimate but enthusiastic group in […]

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Islands play Ritual (photo essay)

Islands play Ritual (photo essay)

Two weeks ago, indie quartet Islands released two new albums, Should I Remain Here, At Sea? and Taste. This ambitious project showcased the two sides of the Montreal now Los Angeles-based group – the guitar-driven, indie-rock and art-rock sound we have grown accustomed to and a new more electronic-oriented approach. The beginning of the show focused primarily on material from […]

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