Category: Music

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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Weekend Stream (June 13): New Music from Willie Nelson, The Antlers, Swollen Members, and The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

Weekend Stream (June 13): New Music from Willie Nelson, The Antlers, Swollen Members, and The Harpoonist & The Axe Murderer

An oldie is coming out with a newie; a Brooklyn trio finds new landscapes; a legendary Canadian hip-hop act returns; and rocking blues from Vancouver. All this music is streaming for free in advance of the record releases on Tuesday, June 17. Willie Nelson returns with his 69th studio record – yes, 69th – with Band of Brothers.  You can […]

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Mundo Musique: Ceiling Demons’ “Amputated Spirit” Single

Mundo Musique: Ceiling Demons’ “Amputated Spirit” Single

Late in 2013, Ceiling Demons, the young group from North Yorkshire, United Kingdom, released its fascinating debut album, Dual Sides, which was reviewed here back in March. Over the past few months, Ceiling Demons have slowly been receiving increased attention in their homeland, including being featured by Tom Robinson of BBC 6. Today, they have launched a special single for […]

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Mundo Musique: New Video from Strand of Oaks, “Shut In”

Mundo Musique: New Video from Strand of Oaks, “Shut In”

The new album from Strand of Oaks, the project of Philadelphia’s Tim Showalter, will be released in a couple of weeks. As we anxiously await for HEAL‘s official release on June 24, Showalter has shared some singles from the new album, including this splendid melodic rock song, “Shut In”.  Don Henley couldn’t have written a smoother, dreamier number than this.

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Mundo Musique: New Video and Single from NY Pop Collective Gramercy Arms, “Always in Love”

Mundo Musique: New Video and Single from NY Pop Collective Gramercy Arms, “Always in Love”

On Tuesday, the New York City-based indie-pop collective, Gramercy Arms, released a new single and video, “Always in Love”. The song is unabashedly sunny pop that will put a smile on your face. It’s the type of song that will brighten your day even on the most dreariest, gray days. Gramercy Arms is a revolving group of musicians artists led by […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Kalle Mattson

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Kalle Mattson

Born in Sault Ste. Marie, but now an Ottawa resident, the young Kalle Mattson has become a critical darling over the last few years. A grad of Classical Music (guitar) from the University of Ottawa, Kalle’s pop sensibilities are seemingly innate. When he was 17, in high school, he wrote his first 10 songs as a project to test out […]

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Mundo Musique: The Fresh & Only’s “House of Spirits”

Mundo Musique: The Fresh & Only’s “House of Spirits”

The Fresh & Onlys have been mainstays of the San Francisco garage-rock scene for six years, although to characterize them in the same vein as Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, and Thee Oh Sees would be a disservice to the varied and layered sounds of the band. Instead, they’re more like pop-rock revivalists, bringing back the different sounds of the ’70s […]

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Mundo Musique: New Zealand Maestro Andrew Keoghan

Mundo Musique: New Zealand Maestro Andrew Keoghan

In 2012 while traveling through New Zealand, my wife and I were introduced to the music of Andrew Keoghan, the multi-instrumentalist who play plays the violin, guitar, synth, beats, and other instruments. In addition, Keoghan is a classically trained singer and arranger, and his growth as a musician started at a very young age. Born in Antigua and raised predominantly […]

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Mundo Musique: Craft Spells’ “Nausea”

Mundo Musique: Craft Spells’ “Nausea”

Craft Spells, the dream-pop project of Californian Justin Paul Vellestros released its latest record, Nausea today, and it’s a much awaited release. His 2011 record Idle Labor was incredible, throw in his Gallery EP, and we’ve been waiting a couple of years for new Craft Spells. Nausea knocks it out of the park. From the first notes of the title track, […]

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Mundo Musique: Dream Boat share new single ‘Way Out’

Mundo Musique: Dream Boat share new single ‘Way Out’

This week, Athens, GA band Dream Boat has shared their dreamy new single “Way Out” off of their upcoming LP The Rose Explodes, the follow up to their 2012 album Eclipsing. Dream Boat is Page Campbell and Dan Donahue. Donahue’s name may sound familiar, he’s a regular Elephant 6 collaborator, collaborating with Elf Power and of Montreal among others.  The […]

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Mundo Musique: The Transatlantic Space-Rock Orchestra, Flowers of Hell

Mundo Musique: The Transatlantic Space-Rock Orchestra, Flowers of Hell

Most people are familiar with the ROCKABYE BABY! series, where famous rock, pop, and hip hop songs are re-interpreted into symphonic lullabies. Bands and artists, such as David Bowie, Radiohead, Metallica, Jay-Z, U2, The Clash, Pink, Elton John, AC/DC, and many others, have all been covered. (If you’re looking for a baby gift, I highly recommend these.) The trans-Atlantic space-rock […]

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Mundo Musique: Malajube’s Julien Mineau Releases the Theatrical “Fontarabie”

Mundo Musique: Malajube’s Julien Mineau Releases the Theatrical “Fontarabie”

When Malajube formed in the early 2000s and released their debut album, Le Complet complet, they were among a handful of young, indie bands that helped transform the Montreal music scene and brought greater attention francophone music. Over the next eight years, they would record 4 other LPs, an EP, and a handful of singles. However, in 2012, the band, […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Sharon Van Etten – “Carry On”

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Sharon Van Etten – “Carry On”

I spent a while thinking about which deep cut/hidden gem I would toss at you all today.  I figured there wouldn’t be a better time for a Sharon Van Etten hidden gem than right now, after the release of her absolutely fantastic record Are We There last week. Van Etten has been playing and writing music for quite some time and […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Firebelly

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Firebelly

These guys know what’s what. They play the blues, but they play it like jazz. Each song features a healthy dose of improvisation and each member gets room to stretch out and keep things interesting. Fredy Carriere (guitar and vocals), Mathieu Gagnon (harmonica and vocals), Daniel Grewal (bass), and Mike McNeill (drums) are musicians’ musicians, inspired by traditional soul and blues styles, and […]

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Weekend Stream (June 6): New Music from Mary Gauthier, First Aid Kit, Craft Spells, The Fresh & Onlys, and Julien Mineau

Weekend Stream (June 6): New Music from Mary Gauthier, First Aid Kit, Craft Spells, The Fresh & Onlys, and Julien Mineau

If you’re lazying around on the weekend and excited to hear new albums before their official release dates next week, here are some you might wish to check out. The great Americana, folk, blues singer-songwriter, Mary Gauthier, is releasing her 10th studio album, Trouble & Love. You can listen to it on CBC Music and NPR. First Aid Kit, the […]

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Mundo Musique: First Aid Kit’s ‘Stay Gold’

Mundo Musique: First Aid Kit’s ‘Stay Gold’

First Aid Kit, the pair of sisters from Sweden, Johanna and Klara Söderberg released their second album, the stunning The Lion’s Roar in 2012 which was received quite well by critics and music fans alike, and was a pretty bug hit. They’re back this year with Stay Gold, which will be released tomorrow, June 6 in Europe, and next week in […]

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Mundo Musique: Pearl And The Beard

Mundo Musique: Pearl And The Beard

Indie folk-pop band Pearl And The Beard are working on releasing their next album, and they need your help! Right now they’re raising money for their upcoming LP, Beast, on PledgeMusic.  Why should you pre-order Beast? Keep reading, and you’ll see. Pearl and The Beard are a trio from Brooklyn, consisting of Jocelyn Mackenzie (percussion, vocals), Emily Hope Price (cello, […]

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Mundo Musique: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Drifting “Only Run”

Mundo Musique: Clap Your Hands Say Yeah’s Drifting “Only Run”

Never the one to rest on his laurels, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah‘s frontman Alec Ounsworth and collaborator Sean Greenhalgh have been constantly searching for ways to expand the sounds of the Philadelphia band. In their ten years together, CYHSY’s sound has constantly evolved, starting with the indie pop songs of their excellent, self-titled, debut album and 2007’s follow up […]

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Mundo Musique: Parquet Courts’ Rocking “Sunbathing Animal”

Mundo Musique: Parquet Courts’ Rocking “Sunbathing Animal”

Sure, Parquet Courts can rip through punk songs with some of the best indie bands of today with Andrew Savage and Austin Brown raucously hammering away at their guitars, Sean Yeaton strumming echos off his bass, and Max Savage intensely pummeling his drum kit. On their previous albums, including the splendid 2012 Light Up Gold, their compact songs – often […]

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Mundo Musique: PRIESTS

Mundo Musique: PRIESTS

Washington DC band PRIESTS put one some of the most fun live shows. Their latest EP, Bodies and Control and Money and Power, is out today on their new label, Don Giovanni Records.  Their music is fueled by political and social issues.  The single they released ahead of Bodies and Control and Money and Power, “Modern Love/No Weapon”, does continue […]

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