(revised January 2020)
Who Are We? The “Thoughtful” Music Blog
The Revue was launched in Ottawa, Ontario on August 1st, 2013, with no budget and no fanfare. Six-plus years later, we still have no budget but a bit more fanfare. Over time, we’ve developed a reputation for discovering music’s hidden gems and for writing reviews that are “thoughtful” and “considerate” (seriously, those two words are how artists, publicists, and labels have described us). We cover festivals such as Austin City Limits, South by Southwest (SXSW), Newport Folk Festival, Shaky Knees Festival, Pickathon, Ottawa Bluesfest, Ottawa City Folk, Auckland City Limits, and scores more concerts. (We’ve kept all the ticket stubs, too!)
We have profiled thousands of indie artists in their earliest days – from Courtney Barnett, Daughter, and Sharon Van Etten to Natalie Prass, Lucius, and more. We love supporting the newcomers we write about today who will become tomorrow’s stars. We champion their careers from their tiny dive bar days to their eventual slots headlining festivals. It’s hard to believe this has happened in such a short time, as it seems like only yesterday it started with two guys (Kevin McGowan and Steven Fouchard), a fewvideo cameras, and an idea.
While Kevin and Steven have retired, the site continues to grow thanks to its dedicated crew of music junkies (our friends and families call us geeks). The Revue is now led by Ben Yung, Wendy Redden-Thornton, Rich Moses, and Hollie Daugherty. In addition, we have a diverse group of individuals, including writer/singer/musician and actor Nick Lerangis to talented photographers in Darren Boucher, Dina MacLeod, Gabe Guevara, Paul Lyme, and Marcus Jamieson. In addition to Ottawa, our family is now based globally: London, UK; the USA (New York, Austin, Chattanooga); and Wellington, New Zealand.
Sending Us Stuff
We receive tons of requests each week. We try to listen to everything, but life often gets in the way. Because of the high volume, we simply cannot reply to all emails. As such, we apologize in advance if you send us something and haven’t heard from us. We do read every email and listen to as much material as sanely possible.
If you are introducing yourselves to us for the first time, please send us only 1 or 2 singles. Please do not send full albums. Due to the high volume of submissions, we likely will not listen to an entire album from an artist with whom we are not familiar.
Please include the following information when sending material:
- Some background on you / your band (e.g., location, band members);
- A link to your music, preferably on SoundCloud, Bandcamp, Spotify, or YouTube, as well as purchase links;
- A date when your single or album will be released (as we all have day jobs, we need some lead time so please don’t send us something that says, “We’d love you post our new single that drops tomorrow”); and
- Social media (we cannot underscore the importance to have a Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram account in this modern age).
Alternatively, you can submit your music via SubmitHub.
We do our best to listen to the material and write our own original thoughts. You won’t find us copying and pasting press releases. Oh, and one key thing: we only post what we like. No negative reviews here. Email us at email@example.com.
a) The Writers
Ben Yung (@BenjamenYung)
Ben is our lead writer and is the engine of The Revue. An obsessive music fan, he is full of energy and great ideas. He’s a killer interviewer, loves to eat, and hopes to one day see The Revue host its own Showcase or even Festival! Ben now resides in Wellington, NZ, with his wife and two cats, but he’ll be back in North America for the summer festivals.
Wendy Redden-Thornton (@waaltmusic)
Wendy lives in Austin, TX, and anytime she has a free night or weekend and a few extra bucks, she is at a live show or begging bands to answer a few questions. An avid South by Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City Limits Festival goer, when she’s not blogging, going to a concert or a festival, she is working at her day job in advertising.
Richard Moses (@therichardmoses)
Rich lives in New York, and he’s one of the main engines that drive The Revue. He’s a music junkie – attending dozens of concerts each year and constantly on the search for new music, which he loves sharing. When he’s not at a show, he’s at a record store, working his day job as an IT guy, or jamming with his friends.
Hollie Daugherty (IG: ripe_aplomb)
Hollie is a public radio employee in Chattanooga by day, live music junkie by night, and music festival addict three seasons out of the year. She is addicted to coffee and music, and is always on the hunt for the tastiest of both. Around these parts, she’s known as the Queen of Alliteration who never met a metaphor she didn’t like. She once spilled wine on the carpet during a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR and quickly learned that tote bags aren’t particularly absorbent.
Nick Lerangis (@lerangis)
Nick began his musical career as a boy soprano, recording parts for the first IMAX movies at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center For Earth and Space. He began his literary career reading his dad Peter’s drafts and offering scathing edits. Since then, he’s written songs and played guitar with Walk the Moon, toured with his band Evening Darling, written blog posts for The Good Men Project, Hypervocal, and The Revue. He lives somewhere on the USA’s east coast and sings a lot.
b) The Photographers
Darren Boucher (TW: @ / IG: @ottmusicaddict)
Darren is a live music addict, spending around 80 nights out a year at events. He is also a photography enthusiast and tries to combine these two loves as much as possible. He also likes dogs and has a pretty great dog, if we say so ourselves.
Dina MacLeod (@alwayscuteshoes)
Though not her day job, Dina often prowls the Ottawa music scene, camera in hand. Other notable attributes include: she’s a typical Cancerian, fluent in sarcasm, a particularly terrible speller, and once sang Men at Work’s ’80s hit “Down Under” at a karaoke bar when it wasn’t even a dare.
Gabe Guevara (TW: @gabeguevara / IG: @gabethephotgrapher)
Gabe is a photographer based in Austin, Texas, and (with or without his camera) he attends most of the big concerts that come through his hometown. He spends his spare time reading, writing fictional short stories, and hiking the hill country in central Texas.
Stella Gardiner (IG: @stellagardinerphoto)
Stella is one of only a handful of female live music photographers based in Wellington, New Zealand. She is often seen taking photos at one of the city’s many boutique venues or dive bars during the weekend. With a passion for punk, alt-rock, noise performances, and Nick Cave, Stella regally takes on assignments that are challenging so she can test her limits and develop her skill set. But that’s not to say she doesn’t enjoy shooting other music genres whenever the opportunity arises. Stella is always keen to try something new.
Paul Lyme (TW: @_Paulio / IG: @paulio1985)
Paul is from Stevenage, England, and can usually be found battling his way to the front of an empty folk club. His love for live music stems from the fact he can’t play any instruments. Or sing. When he’s not out with his camera shooting gigs, he’s running a warehouse for a children’s hospice charity. Talented and caring. What more can you ask for?
Marcus Jamieson-Pond (TW: @jampond / IG: @jampondphotography)
Marcus Jamieson-Pond was born before Hendrix died, but didn’t get to see him. He has, however, been gig going since the mid-80s and continues to frequent the many venues that survive in London. He was, and remains, an indie-kid at heart and continues to build an oversized CD and LP collection.
RETIRED: Kevin McGowan, Steve Fouchard, Phil Dukarsky, Christina Speziale, John Sekera, Michael Jacobe, Stewart Wiseman, Kristine St.-Pierre, Jasper Rain, Jeanette Sangston, Flo Bannigan, Zac Brydges, Landon Murray, and Arcadio Falcon.
Want to Join The Team?
We’re looking for contributors who want to write, do audio or video….whatever interests you. If you have an idea, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, we cannot pay for people’s contributions because we are a non-profit organization. (Literally, we have zero profit.)