Category: Hidden Gems

Mundo Musique: Beau Austin, a Folk Singer for the “Common People”

Mundo Musique: Beau Austin, a Folk Singer for the “Common People”

With a musical style like Eddie Vedder’s solo material, a groveling approach like Dylan, and songs about the everyday struggles by ordinary people that would make Tom Morello proud, Cincinnati/LA singer-songwriter Beau Austin can be considered a folk singer for the “common people” – the men and women who toil everyday in occupations that get little recognition but are the bedrock […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Ola Podrida

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Ola Podrida

David Wingo produces beautiful sweeping folk music under the moniker Ola Podrida. Like a lot of modern singer song writers, Ola Podrida was originally a bedroom project started in 2005 in Texas. Wingo’s music career up to this point had included him scoring a handful of movies for his friend David Gordon Green. After recording tracks that would later become […]

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Hidden Gem: Fox and The Law

Hidden Gem: Fox and The Law

Seattle rockers Fox And The Law bring a bit of a throwback rock feel to their music, recalling bands like T-Rex and Black Sabbath. Killer guitar riffs, heavy hitting drums, oohs and ahhs, it’s all there and it’s all awesome.  Fox and The Law are the brainchild of founder Guy Keltner, and he’s put together a group of fine musicians, […]

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Hidden Gem: Elijah Ocean

Hidden Gem: Elijah Ocean

Check out if you dig: Drive-By Truckers, Hiss Golden Messenger, Gregory Alan Isakov, Dawes, The Band Elijah Ocean is releasing a new LP in October of this year, titled Bring It All In. Ocean has released some beautiful folk music in the past, his 2012 record Tumble & Fall (stream that here) was just stunning, and I’ve been eagerly awaiting something […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Cariad Harmon

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Cariad Harmon

Five years ago, Cariad Harmon released her debut album, Four Letters, a tender, vulnerable album of love and lost. It’s an album that echos of Norah Jones and Holly Cole with its melodic undertones and gorgeous harmonies. The opener “Let It Go” and the stunning “Four Letters” best reflect the blue-eyed soul and adult contemporary of the two aforementioned songstresses. […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Gilmore Boys

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Gilmore Boys

Upstate New York folk group, Gilmore Boys released a gorgeous EP Future Unlike Any Past earlier this year.  Today’s hidden gem is the title track from that EP.  It’s a beautiful folk track full of acoustic guitar, and fiddle and emotionally charged vocals. http://gilmoreboys.bandcamp.com/ https://www.facebook.com/gilmoreboys https://twitter.com/MarcianoTerence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiLKoA3OiXw

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Mundo Musique: Introducing Vibrissae

Mundo Musique: Introducing Vibrissae

Vibrissae by Vibrissae Earlier this year, Portland trio Vibrissae released its self-titled LP. The nine-track album can be best described as minimalist but ethereal, synth-pop-rock. Think of Blonde Redhead meets Little Dragon with the occasional splashes of Depeche Mode and even Dream Theater – yes, Dream Theater. The combination of Imber Lingard’s haunting vocals and the melodic guitars and synths performed by […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Janet Noguera  – Aventuras Misteriosas

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Janet Noguera – Aventuras Misteriosas

Californian guitarist Janet Noguera is one of those incredibly talented, yet undiscovered composers and guitar players. Her style of percussive guitar playing is reminiscent of artists like Kaki King and Andy McKee, whom Noguera cites as influences.  In January of this year, she was invited to open for Andy McKee in San Francisco, which was a dream gig for Noguera, […]

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Mundo Musique: Cole Washburn

Mundo Musique: Cole Washburn

For Those Who Like:Ryan Adams, Whiskeytown, Justin Townes Earle, The Civil Wars Just yesterday, Tennessee’s Cole Washburn was nominated for three Independent Music and Entertainment Association (IMEA) Awards, including Americana Artist of the Year. This is the second annual IMEA Awards, which recognizes some of the best independent and rising artists in the US and allows fans to vote. With […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Mt. Royal

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Mt. Royal

For Those Who Like: Celebration, Beach House, Porcelain Raft, Heavenly Beat In two weeks, Baltimore’s Celebration will be releasing their long awaited new album. To prepare for that launch, I’m reflecting back on a terrific EP that was released earlier this year by another Baltimore band and that has links to Celebration. Mt. Royal is a five-piece indie indie band […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: The M’s “Big Baby Bottoms”

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: The M’s “Big Baby Bottoms”

When I wrote about my favorite video game soundtracks, I wrote a little bit about Chicago indie band The M’s.  Citing bands like T.Rex as major influences, they really created a great psychedelic indie rock sound.  Sadly, they’ve been mostly inactive since 2009, but their short run produced some great music. Today’s hidden gem is a song off of their […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Jeen

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Jeen

Even with some help from CBC Music, namely for the first single “Buena Vista”, Jeen O’Brien’s Tourist hasn’t received the attention it deserves. So while it came out earlier this month, Tourist is a hidden gem until otherwise proven wrong. O’Brien isn’t exactly a newcomer to the music industry even though Tourist is her debut LP. For years, O’Brien has […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Sumeau

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Sumeau

It’s always difficult for a band to get noticed. One of the best ways to get your music heard is on Soundcloud, which is where I discovered Sumeau – the indie, dream-pop band from Los Angeles. The main members are Chris Sousa and Kat Primeau, but in recording their first album – a 7″ inch single with “Next Day” and […]

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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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Mundo Musique: moools, Japanese Garage Rock

Mundo Musique: moools, Japanese Garage Rock

One of the great things about going to a festival or a concert early is that you never know who you will discover. Back in 2010 when Wolf Parade was in the midst of their final tour, the Montreal-based band stopped to play a hometown show to a soldout crowd. Opening for them was a band called moools, who were […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Stefan Obermaier’s “Beethoven Reloaded”

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Stefan Obermaier’s “Beethoven Reloaded”

Stefan Obermaier is a celebrated DJ in his hometown of Vienna and across Austria and the region. For over decade, he has been playing at some of the leading clubs in Europe, spinning popular tracks and putting his own touches on remixes. Obermaier, however, has not limited himself to just top-40, house, and electronica, but he’s also remixed the compositions […]

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Mundo Musique: Moonetz, Electronic Pop from Colombia

Mundo Musique: Moonetz, Electronic Pop from Colombia

In the ’80s, there were numerous bands who could be characterized as synth-pop bands, such as New Order, Pet Shop Boys, and even Depeche Mode had several tracks that dabbled in this genre. In the ’90s, synth-pop gave way to the rising electronica movement, which gave way to house and club music, which gave way to today’s electronic dance music […]

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Mundo Musique: Turtle Giant, the Indie Rock Band from Macau/Sao Paolo

Mundo Musique: Turtle Giant, the Indie Rock Band from Macau/Sao Paolo

The World Cup of Football is well underway, so we’ll be focusing a bit more on bands outside of North America, although we’ll still look at some of the new indie albums that will be released in the coming weeks. To kick it off, we begin with Turtle Giant. And yes, you read the title correctly – Turtle Giant is […]

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Hidden Gem: Dirty Lungs

Hidden Gem: Dirty Lungs

Birmingham Alabama’s Dirty Lungs formed back in 2006. Founding members Carson Mitchell and Ra-Jaan Parmley have been kicking all kinds of ass with a discography of an LP and two EP’s, and this year they’ll be releasing a self-titled LP on July 15th on Communicating Vessels. Dirty Lungs obviously draw influence from all over, from contemporaries Thee Oh Sees, and […]

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Mundo Musique: Rediscovering the Phenomenal Ruthie Foster

Mundo Musique: Rediscovering the Phenomenal Ruthie Foster

For many festival goers, the highlights usually involve seeing their favourite bands and artists performing outdoors, rain or shine. But for me, the best shows are the ones that you weren’t planning to see, where you are wandering the festival grounds, especially early in the day, and hear something that captures your attention. This was the case when Ruthie Foster […]

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