Category: Music

Mundo Musique: Aar Maanta Bringing Somali Music to the World

Mundo Musique: Aar Maanta Bringing Somali Music to the World

Whether you live in Ottawa, Barcelona, Johannesburg, Riyadh, Dhaka, Ulan Bator, Jakarta, Christchurch, Yamagata, Lima, San Francisco, or New York, there are two things that people tend to gravitate to – food and music. They are two things that cut across all cultures and bring together people of different nationalities and ethnicities and across all ages. Aar Maanta is one […]

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Mundo Musique: Lee Fields & The Expressions’ Memorable “Emma Jean”

Mundo Musique: Lee Fields & The Expressions’ Memorable “Emma Jean”

While Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Charles Bradley have been the artists most closely associated with the resurgence of Motown and soul music, Lee Fields has quietly produced outstanding soul music – not just in the past few years but for 45 years. Like Charles Bradley, Lee Fields’ voice is powerful and dynamic and his performances are lively, entertaining, […]

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Weekend Stream: Five Upcoming Albums Streaming Now

Weekend Stream: Five Upcoming Albums Streaming Now

Some great albums can be streamed now in advance of their releases on Tuesday, including Parquet Courts, Sunbathing Animal – CBC Music and NPR (look for a review on Wednesday) Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Only Run – NPR (review coming on Wednesday) F**cked Up, Glass Boys – CBC Music Hamilton Leithauser, Black Hours – CBC Music and NPR (review by Rich […]

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Mundo Musique: Johanna Samuels

Mundo Musique: Johanna Samuels

Johanna Samuels Johanna Samuels, a 25 year old singer-songwriter from New York got her start playing in some of the small clubs in downtown Manhattan.  In 2012, she released a six track EP, Giant Fantasy Life, and on July 22 will release her first full-length album, Double Bind.  Today, she shares her first single off of Double Bind, “For You […]

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Mundo Musique: Spanish Gold

Mundo Musique: Spanish Gold

Spanish Gold For fans of: Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Hacienda On Tuesday, Spanish Gold released their debut LP South of Nowhere. Spanish Gold is made up of three incredibly talented individuals, lead singer Dante Schwebel of City and Colour and Hacienda, guitarist Adrian Quesada, formerly of Grupo Fantasma, and drummer Patrick Hallahan of My Morning Jacket. From the first […]

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Mundo Musique: What Moon Things

Mundo Musique: What Moon Things

What Moon Things will release their debut self-titled LP on June 3. The New Paltz, NY band cite many influences, and their single, “Doesn’t Make Much Sense” is a mix of both punk and shoegaze influence.  Loud vocals, distortion and a lot of ambient noise, it’s a pretty interesting track and I’m intrigued to hear the whole record when it […]

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Mundo Musique: Jolie Holland’s Smoky “Wine Dark Sea”

Mundo Musique: Jolie Holland’s Smoky “Wine Dark Sea”

For Those Who Like: John Lee Hooker, Bonnie Raitt, Dr. John Dating back to co-founding Canadian folk group The Be Good Tanyas to her solo career that has spanned more than a decade, Jolie Holland has explored almost every genre of music. On her latest album, Wine Dark Sea, Holland visits the era of blues, roots, and soul music and […]

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Mundo Musique: Dark Mean, “Samuel the Phoenix”

Mundo Musique: Dark Mean, “Samuel the Phoenix”

DARK MEAN For Those Who Like: Amos the Transparent, early Death Cab for Cutie, Stars, The Uglysuit Back in February, Dark Mean from Hamilton, Ontario, released a superb four-track EP with a great name, Samuel the Phoenix. Formed in 2012, the young trio has focused on writing melodic, dreamy indie pop-folk. Similar to early Death Cab for Cutie, lead singer […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Average Times

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Average Times

Average Times…why is it only now that I’ve heard of you guys? Not since The Polymorphines have I immediately felt my punk rock muscles ache listening to a local rawk act like this. Listening to their self-titled (and brilliantly cover-photo’d) album is a pleasure. Musically inspired by equal parts Buzzcocks and Ramones, with vocals akin to Bad Cop (with the […]

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Mundo Musique: The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser goes solo with ‘Black Hours’

Mundo Musique: The Walkmen’s Hamilton Leithauser goes solo with ‘Black Hours’

The Walkmen have been one of my favorite bands since the first time I heard them many, many years ago.  I attended their last show ever, and wrote about their break up last year.  The members of The Walkmen have been keeping busy, however, and they have been releasing some great stuff. Lead singer Hamilton Leithauser has always had one […]

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Mundo Musique: Julian Taylor Band’s Groovy “Tech Noir”

Mundo Musique: Julian Taylor Band’s Groovy “Tech Noir”

Funk, soul, and roots music are slowly creeping back into the mainstream mindset, thanks in large part to veteran musicians like Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Lee Fields (more on him next week), Gary Clark, Jr., and a wave of Australian musicians such as Johnny Lang, The John Butler Trio, Kim Churchill, and Ash Grunwald. Canada, too, has […]

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Mundo Musique: Sharon Van Etten’s Ambitious “Are We There”

Mundo Musique: Sharon Van Etten’s Ambitious “Are We There”

In her first three albums – Because I Was in Love, Epic, and the remarkable Tramp – the beauty in the music lied in the sheer, emotive power of Sharon Van Etten‘s voice and the subtlety of her arrangements that would soar as each song progressed. Her music, too, was personal yet familiar to many of us, often speaking about […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gems: U2’s “Take Today”

Mundo Musique Hidden Gems: U2’s “Take Today”

We’re going to start a new feature on Mundo Musique called “Hidden Gems”. Basically, these are outtakes or deep cuts from more popular bands or albums released before 2014 by obscure or lesser known bands that deserve much more attention. To kick it off, let’s revisit U2 at the height of their musicianship. Now, I am unabashedly a big U2 […]

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Mundo Musique: Conor Oberst releases ‘Upside Down Mountain’

Mundo Musique: Conor Oberst releases ‘Upside Down Mountain’

I’ve really liked most things Conor Oberst has been involved with. Bright Eyes have released some fantastic albums, and his collaboration with Monsters of Folk may be one of my all time favorite records. I’ve even dug Desaparecidos. This week, Oberst released his latest solo effort, Upside Down Mountain, and it’s really, really good. The opening track, “Time Forgot”, feels […]

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Mundo Musique: STACEY Self-Titled Debut EP and Video for “Sleep Alone”

Mundo Musique: STACEY Self-Titled Debut EP and Video for “Sleep Alone”

For Those Who Like: Sarah McLachlan, The Bright Smoke, Marissa Nadler On her debut EP, young Toronto singer-songwriter STACEY has released an extremely intimate and honest album. In each of the five tracks, there is a sense of loss, whether it is someone close or one’s innocence. The minimalist feel of the album, which involves just STACEY’s vocals and her […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amanda Rheaume

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amanda Rheaume

Our first featured artist for the RBC Bluesfest Revue series is local legend, Amanda Rheaume. Few artists are as passionate, articulate, and dedicated to their craft as Amanda. Her 2013 album, Keep a Fire, was not only spellbinding in its songcraft, it was critically acclaimed and nominated for  Juno Award. Of Métis heritage, Amanda’s most recent album was full of wonderful […]

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Mundo Musique: Weatherbox

Mundo Musique: Weatherbox

For Those Who Like: Sum 41, Diarrhea Planet Is it possible for post-punk rock to be harmony laden? In the case of San Diego band Weatherbox, the project of Brian Warren, they have just done that. On the 13-track, Flies in All Directions is an apt description for Weatherbox’s third LP, as the San Diego band has written mostly post-punk tracks, […]

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Mundo Musique: Stream Sharon Van Etten’s upcoming record ‘Are We There’

Mundo Musique: Stream Sharon Van Etten’s upcoming record ‘Are We There’

Named as one of our most anticipated albums of 2014,  Are We There is the fourth album from New York based singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten. Are We There is set to be released next week, on May 27 in North America and May 26 in Europe.  Her first three albums are some of my all-time favorites, so I immediately pre-ordered the […]

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Mundo Musique: Stream Lee Fields’ New Album “Emma Jean”

Mundo Musique: Stream Lee Fields’ New Album “Emma Jean”

Lee Fields, the 63-year old legendary soul singer, returns with The Expressions to release his umpteenth album (his 11th studio album and he’s released countless others), Emma Jean. The album, which is named after his mother, will be officially released on June 3. If you want a sneak peak, the album is being streamed on NPR.

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Mundo Musique: Cloud Caverns

Mundo Musique: Cloud Caverns

Cloud Caverns Long Island, New York based experimental and acoustic band Cloud Caverns are a bit of a mix of everything.  Their first full length album, Gypsy Loft was released on May 4, and is a great folk rock record.  The project of Brandon Peterson and Dan Bouza, Cloud Caverns feel a bit like what would happen if M. Ward […]

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