Category: Mundo Musique

Conversation with Tony Dekker of The Great Lake Swimmers

Conversation with Tony Dekker of The Great Lake Swimmers

Whether as a solo performer or fronting the terrific Canadian indie-folk/roots band, The Great Lake Swimmers, Tony Dekker writes thoughtful and moving music.  In every song, there’s a story to be heard, an adventure to imagine, or an experience to which we can all relate.  The music is personal and personable, and they are reasons why Dekker and his fellow […]

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Mundo Musique: Portugal. The Man, Bosnian Rainbows, Pyyramids, Juana Molina, and Yves Jean

Mundo Musique: Portugal. The Man, Bosnian Rainbows, Pyyramids, Juana Molina, and Yves Jean

Before we get into the music, today we remember and celebrate the contributions of our veterans and current members of our armed forces. For those who have served or are currently serving our country here and abroad, thank you for your sacrifice, dedication, and courage. With the opening of borders and the freer exchange of information, we’ve been able to […]

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Gregory Alan Isakov

Mundo Musique: Gregory Alan Isakov, Bear’s Den and Lights That Change

Back to our regularly scheduled programming! Today I take a look at a phenomenal folk artist, Gregory Alan Isakov, a great folk group from England, Bear’s Den and a new EP from a Welsh two-piece called Lights That Change. I also want to let you all know that the Nicole Atkins fundraiser I posted about a couple of weeks ago […]

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Conversation with Krewella

Conversation with Krewella

Sisters Jahan and Yasmine Yousaf and Kris “Rain Man” Trindl have come a long way since their formation as Krewella six years ago. Long gone are the days of producing music out of Kris’ closet, doing small club shows, and traveling from gig-to-gig in a van.  Today, Krewella have emerged as one of EDM’s top-selling groups. While their music is […]

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Mundo Musique: TNAF, Shelby Earl, Julia Vero, Lina Fouro, and Brian Hazard

Mundo Musique: TNAF, Shelby Earl, Julia Vero, Lina Fouro, and Brian Hazard

With Mundo Musique, Rich and I try to feature as many independent bands and musicians from around the globe, many of whom are personal favourites.  We also attempt to showcase artists who are DIY-ers and have decided to follow The Revue and us on Twitter.  Today’s Mundo Musique, though, starts off with a band that is making waves internationally followed […]

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Interview with VEARA (gig at Luneta Cafe on Nov. 6)

Interview with VEARA (gig at Luneta Cafe on Nov. 6)

VEARA is coming to Ottawa for a gig on November 6 at the Luneta Café. I recently connected with Brittany Harrell (their kick ass drummer) for a little chat about life with the band, and what it’s like to be on a label like Epitaph. First of all….holy shit, you’re on Epitaph Records. What did you do when you got […]

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Lou Reed, 2013

Mundo Musique: A Tribute to Lou Reed

I know I usually write about multiple artists each week, and try to keep you up to date on some great new music, but this week has been all about remembering Lou Reed for me.  This week, I pay tribute to a music and New York icon. Here’s a look back at Lou Reed’s career, featuring quotes from Lou himself […]

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Gig Pick: Wildlife @ Zaphods on November 1

Gig Pick: Wildlife @ Zaphods on November 1

Toronto’s Wildlife are rolling their bus into town on Friday night. Sonically speaking, they live somewhere between Family of the Year and Arcade Fire (which happen to be two of my favourite bands). However, they have something those two bands don’t really have (or emote, anyway): An unabashed vibe of fun and joy. Their latest release “On The Heart” is […]

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Conversation with Luke Rathborne

Conversation with Luke Rathborne

If Luke Rathborne is going to achieve stardom, he’s going to do it on his terms. The 25-year old native from tiny The Forks, Maine, which has a population of 35, has been involved with music since he was 12 years old, including playing with punk bands and organizing small concerts since his teens. Now living in New York, Luke […]

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Mundo Musique: Frankie Rose, The Dig, Cotton Wine, Helen Austin, and Remembering Lou Reed

Mundo Musique: Frankie Rose, The Dig, Cotton Wine, Helen Austin, and Remembering Lou Reed

This Monday’s Mundo Musique features two New York-based musical acts making fantastic groovy, synth-pop songs; a newly formed indie duo from Nashville; a critically-acclaimed, Canadian singer-songwriter; and a nod to a legend. FRANKIE ROSE After a diverse career that included playing with the Vivian Girls, Crystal Stilts, and The Dum Dum Girls as well as starting her own band project, […]

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Mundo Musique: Ben Sollee, Julia Holter, Natureboy and Nicole Atkins

Mundo Musique: Ben Sollee, Julia Holter, Natureboy and Nicole Atkins

In Monday’s Mundo Musique, Ben wrote about some amazing head banging music.  I figured I should slow it down a little bit!  This week I take a look at Ben Sollee, a cellist from Kentucky, Julia Holter, an incredibly multi-talented musician from California, the dreamy Natureboy from New York, and New Jersey’s Nicole Atkins. BEN SOLLEE Over the last few […]

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Conversation with Mackenzie Scott (a.k.a. TORRES)

Conversation with Mackenzie Scott (a.k.a. TORRES)

We are in the midst of an era of a great music. And while David Byrne may be correct to question whether the internet will sap the creativity of the art, it has also enabled immensely gifted songwriters and musicians to share their work. Among this emerging wave of talent is 22-year old Mackenzie Scott – a.k.a. TORRES. The Macon, […]

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Interview with Mad Anthony (check ’em out at Zaphods on October 23)

Interview with Mad Anthony (check ’em out at Zaphods on October 23)

I had the opportunity to chat with Marc Sherlock from Mad Anthony, in anticipation of their upcoming Zaphod’s gig (October 24). This is a trio that lives on the road about 90% of the time, cranking out the big rock noise to the good folks smart enough to check out their shows. They’ve had some great successes, like a lot […]

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Mundo Musique: Canadian Meltdown – Japandroids, METZ, PS I Love You, and One from Twitter

Mundo Musique: Canadian Meltdown – Japandroids, METZ, PS I Love You, and One from Twitter

It’s a great time for Canadian music, in particular the last five years with Canadians artists scattered across both the mainstream and independent scenes.  And the Canadian music industry is still growing.  Take for example two of the most celebrated post-punk, rock bands are from Canada and another one, while still finding its footing, has produced critically acclaimed albums.  All […]

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Cover of Fain by Wolf People

Mundo Musique: Wolf People, Dean Wareham, Mascott, & an all-star Fela Kuti tribute

Hello everyone, and thank you all so much for all the positive comments about last week’s Mundo Musique. This week I take a look at three great, but very different bands/artists, and a quick look at the newly-released Fela Kuti tribute. WOLF PEOPLE This past weekend, I was lucky enough to catch one of Wolf People’s first-ever shows in North […]

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Gig Pick: Thought Beneath Film @ Avant Garde Bar on October 18

Gig Pick: Thought Beneath Film @ Avant Garde Bar on October 18

Thought Beneath Film are the next big thing out of Hamilton. They’re pop, they’re punk, and they’re kinda in your face. They borrow a lot from their pop-punk peers (Blink 182, Green Day, etc), but they have a very classy Knack-style sheen and (frankly) some really great vocals. Here’s their latest single Cartographers. Now, if that wasn’t enough coolness for […]

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Mundo Musique: White Denim, DOE EYE, Crystal Stilts, Heavenly Beat, and Twitter Love

Mundo Musique: White Denim, DOE EYE, Crystal Stilts, Heavenly Beat, and Twitter Love

To welcome you back to work on Tuesday after a long weekend, here’s another group of five artists for you to enjoy. WHITE DENIM Two years ago, indie rockers, White Denim, released its terrific fourth album, D, which was critically acclaimed (FWIW it was in my top-10 for 2011) and helped raise the popularity of the Austin, Texas band.  They’ve […]

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Elena Tonra of Daughter at Terminal 5 in New York

Mundo Musique: Female led trios from the UK – CHVRCHES, Daughter and The Joy Formidable

Hey everyone, my name is Rich and I will be doing Mundo Musique on Thursdays! This past weekend, I had the pleasure of seeing Daughter play their largest ever headlining show in New York. They’re a very talented three-piece group from England, and I realized there are a lot of great female-fronted three-piece bands from the British Isles. Daughter, The […]

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Mundo Musique: Mazzy Star, The Futurebirds, 2 from Twitter, and In Retrospect

Mundo Musique: Mazzy Star, The Futurebirds, 2 from Twitter, and In Retrospect

Today, I’m introducing a new part to Mundo Musique called “Twitter Love”, which will showcase musicians and bands found on Twitter!  Well, more accurately, those who found and shared their music with me on Twitter.  And who said writing only 140 characters was a bad thing?  Finally, I’m going to show the video of an artist that was featured here […]

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Conversation with Zachary Cale

Conversation with Zachary Cale

It’s a clear Wednesday evening in late September, and Zachary Cale and I are enjoying a few tacos and beers at Brooklyn, NY staple, Union Pool. For most of our long-hour conversation that touches on his childhood, his travels, and his latest album, Zach stares aimlessly at the sky, his mind recalling every detail and memory. From his early years […]

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