Category: Music

Mundo Musique – Ryan Adams

Mundo Musique – Ryan Adams

Ryan Adam, the prolific singer songwriting, returns with his first album in almost three years. This time it is self-titled, self-produced, and self-assured. At the 39, Adams has already recorded fourteen albums both as solo artist & with his supporting band the Cardinals. That does not include his many side projects or original work with Whiskeytown. Some of these albums are […]

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Mundo Musique: Justin Townes Earle

Mundo Musique: Justin Townes Earle

Justin Townes Earle, the son of Steve Earle has been releasing some incredible music for the last seven years.  Earle has had a troubled past, his father left  his mother when he was only two years old, and it is fitting Earle named his latest album Single Mothers, an ode to his mother who raised him.  One interesting note, on […]

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Mundo Musique: Karen O’s ‘Crush Songs’

Mundo Musique: Karen O’s ‘Crush Songs’

Yeah Yeah Yeahs frontwoman Karen O. has experimented with other projects for a few years.  She’s done movie soundtracks, an opera called Stop The Virgens, and a few shows here and there as Native Korean Rock.  And with the future of Yeah Yeah Yeahs seemingly on hold for the moment, it was only a matter of time before we heard […]

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Mundo Musique: “Soft Friday”, the Debut Album by Coves

Mundo Musique: “Soft Friday”, the Debut Album by Coves

Back in March, John Ridgard and Beck Wood – aka Coves – released their debut LP Soft Friday to UK and European audiences only, and it received widespread acclaim. It was only last week that the album was made available to North American audiences by Nettwerk (although you could hear various tracks on their YouTube channel and Soundcloud), thus giving […]

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Mundo Musique: The Afro-Funk-Soul-Jazz-Rock of Sinkane

Mundo Musique: The Afro-Funk-Soul-Jazz-Rock of Sinkane

Despite starting off as a member of Brookyn indie band Yeasayer, collaborating with Caribou and Of Montreal, and being the musical director of ATOMIC BOMB! The Music of William Onyeabor, which included contributions from David Byrne, Alexis Taylor (Hot Chip), Dev Hynes (Blood Orange), and others, Ahmed Gallab remains a virtual unknown outside New York’s music scene. In many ways, […]

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49 Above: More folk from Trois Rivières with Sivell

49 Above: More folk from Trois Rivières with Sivell

There are a lot of great acts in the smallish town of Trois Rivières, Quebec. As I was hunting for some acts to feature, I stumbled upon Sivell, who have a brand new EP out this week. Based in the folk tradition, this EP has a soft side and a pretty great blues side. Check out the amazing licks on […]

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Weekend Stream (September 5) – Robert Plant, Ryan Adams, Justin Townes Earle, Tennis, Avi Buffalo, Alt-J

Weekend Stream (September 5) – Robert Plant, Ryan Adams, Justin Townes Earle, Tennis, Avi Buffalo, Alt-J

There is a lot of great stuff coming out on Tuesday, that means this weekend’s Weekend Stream is stacked! Justin Townes Earle’s Single Mothers is streaming on NPR. Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant’s Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar is streaming on CBC (Canada) and NPR (US) Hiss Golden Messenger’s Lateness of Dancers, which Rich reviewed on Thursday, is streaming via […]

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49 Above: Trois-Rivières is overrun with Bears of Legend

49 Above: Trois-Rivières is overrun with Bears of Legend

My first exposure to Trois-Rivières happened when I was a kid, and my brother’s hockey team hosted another team from Trois-Rivières. We lived in Sarnia, and I was about 10, and spoke roughly five words of French. The kid who stayed with us (all the families billeted these kids for a few nights) spoke less English than I spoke French, so […]

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Mundo Musique: Hiss Golden Messenger

Mundo Musique: Hiss Golden Messenger

This is an album I’ve been anticipating all year, Hiss Golden Messenger’s Lateness of Dancers. The North Carolina based duo of singer/songwriter M.C. Taylor and Scott Hirsch have been releasing records as Hiss Golden Messenger for a little over five years, but have played music together for much, much longer. Their blend of folk, rock, country and pretty much everything […]

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Mundo Musique: Interpol – El Pintor

Mundo Musique: Interpol – El Pintor

NYC’s Interpol has had a winning formula since their first album Turn On The Bright Lights.  Driving bass lines, Paul Banks’ unique voice and guitars cutting through all of it.  Though since their last record, Interpol, the band lost one of its most distinctive features, the bass playing of Carlos D. After Carlos left the band, they had a few […]

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Mundo Musique: Blonde Redhead’s “Barragán”

Mundo Musique: Blonde Redhead’s “Barragán”

I remember being asked by a friend how I would describe Blonde Redhead. My reply was, “Unconventional.” Since their formation twenty years ago and now through nine albums, the legendary New York City trio have never been ones to follow trends. Instead, they’re constantly pushing boundaries, taking the listener to places never before imagined or heard. Every note and every […]

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Mundo Musique: The New Basement Tapes – A Collaborative Album Project of Undiscovered Dylan Lyrics

Mundo Musique: The New Basement Tapes – A Collaborative Album Project of Undiscovered Dylan Lyrics

A few months ago, a new project was launched involving some of the biggest names in indie rock, Americana, blues, and blues rock. The New Basement Tapes is a collaboration between Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket),  Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), and T Bone Burnett. Together they have recorded two […]

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Mundo Musique: Ruthie Foster, “Promise of a Brand New Day”

Mundo Musique: Ruthie Foster, “Promise of a Brand New Day”

Ruthie Foster has been a favourite of mine for a while now. As I wrote back in June, I first “discovered” Ruthie Foster back in 2007 when she performed at Ottawa Bluesfest. She performed two shows at the festival – a mid-summer’s day set that had the audience of some 2,000 people completely captivated and more showed up to find […]

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Album Review: Brenda Earle Stokes “Right About Now”

Album Review: Brenda Earle Stokes “Right About Now”

I’ve been a fan of Brenda Earle Stokes since her days as Brenda Earle (ie, back in high school in Sarnia, Ontario). She was (and remains) a few years younger than me, but we ran in similar circles during our teen years. She was recognized as a talented kid at the time, one you would be wise to watch and […]

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Mundo Musique: Brian Lopez

Mundo Musique: Brian Lopez

Tucson, Arizona based Singer-songwriter Brian Lopez made some waves with his debut LP Ultra. He’ll be back for his follow-up Static Noise which will be out September 23.  Ultra was a great album, that many people, including Lopez pegged as “eclectic” but Lopez has decidedly attempted to make Static Noise a more focused effort, and from what I’ve heard so […]

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Mundo Musique: Grammar

Mundo Musique: Grammar

24 Year old Barrie Lindsay of Boston is also known as Grammar.  This week, she’s sharing “New World” which will be on her upcoming five track Grammar EP which will be released next month. It’s a beautiful electronic-driven track with gorgeous, lush harmonies and a real laid-back and dreamy vibe, despite the lyrics “I’m getting reckless”.  Take a listen below! […]

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Mundo Musique: J Mascis, “Tied to a Star”

Mundo Musique: J Mascis, “Tied to a Star”

It’s easy to forget how great of a songwriter J Mascis is. Due to his association with the distortion, punk-infused, grunge rock of Dinosaur Jr., which he founded in 1984 with Lou Barlow and Murph, Mascis is acknowledged as being one of the leading contributors to the rise of alternative rock and grunge and for his superb guitar skills. Not […]

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Mundo Musique: New Singles from Rachel Thomasin and Chris Ayler

Mundo Musique: New Singles from Rachel Thomasin and Chris Ayler

As today is the one-year anniversary of Mundo Musique, I thought I would take the time to check in with a couple of young artists that were focused in this space. Both have new singles out that are worth checking out.   Rachel Thomasin, “Amber Light” and “Métamorphe” I first wrote about Boston’s Rachel Thomasin in February of this year, […]

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Mundo Musique: Misun’s Dreamy New Single, “Goodbye Summer”

Mundo Musique: Misun’s Dreamy New Single, “Goodbye Summer”

As we celebrate our one-year anniversary, we’ll be revisiting some of the bands and artists that we have profiled in this space. One such band is Baltimore’s Misun, who has been highly underappreciated and overlooked for way too long. Until recently – really the last 3 or 4 months – music blogs have ignored Misun, but their recent mini-tour to […]

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49 Above: Hamilton’s Terra Lightfoot, where have you been all our lives?

49 Above: Hamilton’s Terra Lightfoot, where have you been all our lives?

This is our second stop in Hamilton (check out yesterday’s article here). Terra Lightfoot is a roots/folk singer songwriter who stands above the seemingly infinite number of folks working in the genre. She can do that whispery folky thing beautifully, but in a second her voice can dive into deep loud bombastic blues. It’s rare to see an artist work their voice […]

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