Category: Music

Capital Revue: Giving Kate Schroder Another Listen

Capital Revue: Giving Kate Schroder Another Listen

Kate Schroder was the final artist I wrote about for Ye Olde Version of Capital Revue in the Ottawa Citizen. At the time, I gave her a fairly positive review and basically said “it’s not perfect, but Kate’s one to watch.” She mixes pop, electronica, but not in that Kelly Clarkson Top 40 way. She’s a strong vocalist, with some […]

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Mundo Musique: Angel Olsen

Mundo Musique: Angel Olsen

On February 18, Chicago based singer-songwriter Angel Olsen will release Burn Your Fire For No Witness, the follow-up to her 2012 LP, Half Way Home. Half Way Home grabbed quite a bit of attention in 2012, due in no small part to Olsen’s unique singing style.  Olsen’s voice is unique and captivating, changing octaves and throwing her voice around almost […]

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Capital Revue: Crossroads Blues Band meets Jimi Hendrix

Capital Revue: Crossroads Blues Band meets Jimi Hendrix

You can’t play the blues without playing the standards, and that’s what Crossroads Blues Band do. I’m a casual blues fan, but I’m also a Hendrix maniac. So, I tend to judge any act that dare to cover Hendrix by the quality of that song alone. Ron Holdich’s guitar is powerful, fluid, and does a pretty sweet-and-dirty job on Red […]

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Mundo Musique: Get to Know Two Rising Musicians – Chris Ayler and Jordan Velez

Mundo Musique: Get to Know Two Rising Musicians – Chris Ayler and Jordan Velez

If you have been following The Revue, one of the things that we are trying to do is promote the music of independent artists that are still trying to develop a following or young artists who are just getting started in the business. Today’s Mundo Musique is a special feature spotlighting two young, gifted, aspiring musicians who have focused on […]

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Mundo Musique: Lionize and a tribute to Benjamin Curtis

Mundo Musique: Lionize and a tribute to Benjamin Curtis

Like Ben said yesterday, we’re back to our regular articles, but why am I posting on a Tuesday!? Well, Ben and I are going to shake it up a bit, we’ll be focusing on one or two bands each day, and post each weekday.  We’ll have some cool special features and stuff as well, and I will start writing about […]

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Capital Revue: Experimental Electronica with Racine

Capital Revue: Experimental Electronica with Racine

From Gatineau, Racine is a pretty intriguing electronic act. As with a lot of music I find on Bandcamp, the artist is pretty much anonymous, which is a shame. It’s labelled “experimental/electronic” which is true. However, this is some seriously dreamy stuff, and just calling it “electronic” doesn’t do it justice. This track, the title song from Racine’s Alan Smithee EP, […]

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Mundo Musique: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Joshua Baez

Mundo Musique: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings and Joshua Baez

Back to our regularly scheduled programming, where we highlight some new music, some upcoming music, some maybe not-so-new-but-pretty-recent music, and music from Twitter followers. We’re going to try a different approach to start the year, highlighting one or two bands each day, which will allow us to talk about albums a bit more and promote more Twitter folks. Sharon Jones […]

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Interview with Philly Moves (They play Babylon on January 9!)

Interview with Philly Moves (They play Babylon on January 9!)

I first bumped into Philly Moves when I was doing my Capital Revue blog in the Ottawa Citizen (RIP). They’re an Ottawa-based hip hop duo, and I thought they were really freaking good. I admit I’m not usually drawn to a lot of hip hop, but these guys seriously caught my interest. They’re playing a rare local gig tonight at […]

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The Walkmen

Mundo Musique: Waxahatchee, Shearwater, Birdie Busch, and a goodbye to The Walkmen

In today’s Mundo Musique, I take a look at 3 great bands, and a look back at one of my all-time favorite bands that may have played their last show ever last week. WAXAHATCHEE On Monday, Ben posted about a great band named Swearin’.  Today, I am posting about Waxahatchee, the project of Katie Crutchfield, twin sister of Allison Crutchfield, […]

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Mundo Musique Twitter Special: Kristin Hoffmann, I Am Snow Angel, Of Verona, BR1GHT PR1MATE, and Harbors

Mundo Musique Twitter Special: Kristin Hoffmann, I Am Snow Angel, Of Verona, BR1GHT PR1MATE, and Harbors

I try to include at least one follower in Twitter in my weekly contribution to Mundo Musique. However, with the number of followers growing, I decided to create a special edition focused solely on some of the emerging and talented bands that follow The Revue and me on Twitter.  For this edition, I’ve included two independent, female producers about to […]

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The Commute is Over: Farewell to Two Hours Traffic

The Commute is Over: Farewell to Two Hours Traffic

The story is very common in musical circles, and it goes something like this: Band forms. Band gets really good really fast. Band tours a lot, makes a great first album. Band does not make a lot of money. Band hooks up with cool producer, releases more records, goes on more tours. Band still does not make a lot of […]

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Mundo Musique: Oblivians, The Cave Singers, Swearin’, Jesse Woods, and Kendall Patrick

Mundo Musique: Oblivians, The Cave Singers, Swearin’, Jesse Woods, and Kendall Patrick

Something old, some things new, a little bit of punk and a bit of country, folk, and pop. The last Mundo Musique Monday of the year provides plenty of variety. OBLIVIANS After a decade away and nearly 15 years between albums, Memphis band Oblivians returned in 2013 with Desperation – a 14-song album filled with garage punk and rock songs. […]

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Review: King Cobb Steelie Return (Finally!)

Review: King Cobb Steelie Return (Finally!)

Today I got an email from Kevin Lynn, who has played bass in King Cobb Steelie in all of its incarnations over the past 20 odd years. It was a one-liner: “Here’s a streaming link to the new KCS EP due out next week. Enjoy!” I’ve been in touch with Kevin a few times over the years. I interviewed him […]

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Mundo Musique: The Sword, Red Fang, A Place To Bury Strangers, Slothrust & Optic

Mundo Musique: The Sword, Red Fang, A Place To Bury Strangers, Slothrust & Optic

Today, I take a look at some awesome headbangin’ music from two great metal bands, indie noise rock band A Place to Bury Strangers, grungers Slothrust, and a small up and coming prog metal band from Long Island called Optic. THE SWORD Austin, Texas based heavy metal band The Sword released their latest album, Apocryphon late last year, and it […]

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Mundo Musique: Widowspeak, Connections, Parquet Courts, Hebronix, and Chris Robinson

Mundo Musique: Widowspeak, Connections, Parquet Courts, Hebronix, and Chris Robinson

When my wife and I travel, I often make playlists for us to listen to while we drive to our various destinations.  I put on an older playlist the other day, and I was reminded of four great bands. The fifth, of course, is always dedicated to someone on Twitter. WIDOWSPEAK Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas are the fantastic, […]

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Interview with Kingston’s Greg Ball

Interview with Kingston’s Greg Ball

Greg Ball is an upcoming singer-songwriter from Kingston (currently on tour with Paul Langlois and Pete Murray). Just before their Ottawa gig, I got in touch with Greg to hear about what makes him tick. He’s an interesting fellow, who’s worked as a bartender and spent a lifetime watching people around him. He’s a storyteller, and songwriter from the Lightfoot […]

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Interview with Lindi Ortega (audio)

Interview with Lindi Ortega (audio)

Toronto’s Lindi Ortega has been gigging non-stop for the last few years, and her infinite tour is coming to Ottawa this week for two shows at the NAC (Nov 28 and 29). This time she’s supporting her third record, Tin Star, which was recorded in her new hometown of Nashville. I got Lindi on the phone as she was driving […]

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Mundo Musique: Har Mar Superstar, Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays, The Julian Taylor Band, Lily & Madeleine, and The Jitterbug Vipers

Mundo Musique: Har Mar Superstar, Slim Moore and the Mar-Kays, The Julian Taylor Band, Lily & Madeleine, and The Jitterbug Vipers

This week’s Mundo Musique has a focus on bands that will have you recalling music of the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s.  Some will have you getting up and dancing while others may make you recall your early years or the music your parents listened to when you were younger. So let’s kick off this thing off with a guy who […]

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Mundo Musique: Haim, Eleanor Friedberger, Xenia Rubinos

Mundo Musique: Haim, Eleanor Friedberger, Xenia Rubinos

In today’s Mundo Musique, we take a look at some great pop music from indie-pop standouts Haim and Eleanor Friedberger, and the eccentric Xenia Rubinos. HAIM Haim is a band that has burst onto the scene in 2013 with a huge debut LP, Days Are Gone which was released on September 30. Haim are a band of three sisters, Alana, […]

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Discovering Roxy Roca

Discovering Roxy Roca

Once upon a time on the internet… All of us at The Revue are obsessive music/arts addicts, always on the hunt for new stuff. I honestly can’t tell you the Google loop that led me to Roxy Roca, but I found them through a series of web searches and links while hunting down some new music. Roxy Roca are the […]

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