Category: Spotlight

Sunday afternoon with Kelly Sloan (audio)

Sunday afternoon with Kelly Sloan (audio)

As I drove up to the Old Mill at Ashton just off Highway 7 southwest of Ottawa, I didn’t know what to expect. The building is reminiscent of England’s pubs with its black and white siding. The Ashton Pub, as it’s commonly known, is actually the first original English pub in the heart of the Ottawa Valley. That afternoon, the room […]

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THE REAL HEAL

THE REAL HEAL

  Mon âme par toi guérie (One of a Kind) (France) directed by François Dupeyron Wednesday, November 19, 7pm, 395 Wellington, National Archives 29th European Union Film Festival Water, beer and Champagne: liquids of sustenance are ingested with an intensity that life fuels deserve. It’s such small nuances that make François Dupeyron’s engrossing One of a Kind a viewing gem not […]

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Mundo Musique: Wilder Maker release ‘Everyday Crimes Against Objects of Desire Vol. 1″

Mundo Musique: Wilder Maker release ‘Everyday Crimes Against Objects of Desire Vol. 1″

Brooklyn based multi-instrumentalist Gabriel Birnbaum has been on our radar for a while. Last year he released a great series of three EPs called Years of Endless Light with his project, Wilder Maker. On top of that, he’s performed with many of our favorite performers, Sharon Van Etten, Jens Lekman, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper, and DeVotchKa. Today, Wilder Maker releases Everyday Crimes […]

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Mundo Musique: Peacock Affect

Mundo Musique: Peacock Affect

English singer-songwriter George Holman goes by the pseudonym Peacock Affect. He writes some really pretty and emotionally charged music. On January 15, he’ll officially release two new singles. One single, “The Heaven Smiles” is a beautiful track that features just Holman playing guitar, with occasional harmonies and a mostly clean guitar tone until the song reaches its stunning conclusion with […]

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A Quick Conversation With……Beware of Darkness

A Quick Conversation With……Beware of Darkness

Beware of Darkness in my opinion is an underrated rock band that hasn’t quite gotten the recognition they deserve. They originally formed in Santa Barbara, CA in 2011, but they now call Los Angeles home. Beware of Darkness is fronted by Kyle Nicolaides. Last year their debut album Orthodox was released and garnered some buzz with their first single “Howl” peaking at #6 on the Billboard US Hot […]

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Mundo Musique: Lucinda Williams, “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone”

Mundo Musique: Lucinda Williams, “Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone”

About two months ago, Lucinda Williams released her 19th studio album – the double LP, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone. While the album received solid reviews, it was lost in the wave of new music coming out for various reasons. Maybe it’s because we have taken Williams for granted, as every song she has written and every album […]

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Mundo Musique: Greylag

Mundo Musique: Greylag

About a month ago, indie rock band Greylag released their self-titled debut album that went under the radar, but it’s an album that music fans should quickly familiarize themselves with immediately. Produced by Phil Ek (Modest Mouse, The Shins, Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses), Greylag have put together a fine album that pays homage to classic and modern southern rock […]

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Mundo Musique: Low Fat Getting High’s Self-titled LP

Mundo Musique: Low Fat Getting High’s Self-titled LP

One of the best New York bands of the last year, Low Fat Getting High just released a self-titled LP today.  The band consists of the duo of Michael Sincavage and Artie Tan, and the record features Kaleen Reading of Mannequin Pussy on drums. Low Fat Getting High have been ripping it up all over New York City for the […]

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Hidden Gem: Mal Blum

Hidden Gem: Mal Blum

New York singer-songwriter Mal Blum has been writing some great music for a few years now.  They released their first record in 2007, Goodnight Sugarpop in 2008, Every Time You Go Somewhere in 2010, and their latest Tempest in a Teacup in May of 2013.  It’s no surprise to learn that Blum has just signed with Don Giovanni Records, given the quality of their […]

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Mundo Musique: Max Frost –  ‘Paranoia’

Mundo Musique: Max Frost – ‘Paranoia’

Max Frost is from Austin and I’m super excited he has a new single out . Frost has a way of writing a song with serious content and turn it into a track you really want to move to. His most popular single last year was ‘White Lies‘,  and for a while I couldn’t keep it off repeat.   ‘White Lies’ is about a relationship full of […]

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Mundo Musique: The Paperhead, “Africa Avenue”

Mundo Musique: The Paperhead, “Africa Avenue”

The indie scene in Nashville is arguably the fastest growing in North America, putting it just outside of New York and Austin and probably right alongside Portland and San Francisco as the most influential indie city. Musicians and artists such as TORRES (Mackenzie Scott), Christopher Wild, and more recently Joe Fletcher have moved to the “country music capital of the […]

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Mundo Musique: Coquin Migale – ‘Gold’

Mundo Musique: Coquin Migale – ‘Gold’

Coquin Migale came out with their debut EP last year which was a great starting point for this band.  If you are looking for a funny video this week – check out their home made “unofficial video” for last year’s release Forty Four. The video totally confirms my first original thought – that these lads would be super cool to hang out with. […]

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Mundo Musique: “4th and Roebling”, the New Single by The Districts

Mundo Musique: “4th and Roebling”, the New Single by The Districts

Earlier this year, The Districts released their mind-blowing debut LP, Telephone, which flew under the radar (including in this space). Having extensively toured this year, including with Temples, the band is preparing to release their second full-length album on Fat Possum Records. A Flourish and a Spoil will be launched in February 2015, which would mark the one-year anniversary of when […]

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First Impressions: Damien Rice, “My Favourite Faded Fantasy”

First Impressions: Damien Rice, “My Favourite Faded Fantasy”

Damien Rice hasn’t gotten much recognition in the USA or Canada, but the Irishman has been successful in the UK since he started his solo career in 2002. After taking a notable hiatus, My Favourite Faded Fantasy is being released next week which is his third studio album following his debut O and his sophomore release 9, which included backup vocals by then girlfriend and […]

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Mundo 10: Ode to Instrumental Songs

Mundo 10: Ode to Instrumental Songs

Today we take a look at really great instrumental tracks that are not composed by Mogwai, Tycho or Explosions in the Sky. Many of these bands are plugging away and making really great instrumental songs that fall under the alternative umbrella but often remain unknown. We realize most people don’t listen to instrumental music 100% of the time which is why we feel this talented […]

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Mundo Musique: Father John Misty shares “Bored in the USA” announces new album

Mundo Musique: Father John Misty shares “Bored in the USA” announces new album

Father John Misty’s 2014 record Fear Fun was one of the best efforts of that year. He’s following that up with I Love You, Honeybear which will be released on February 10th on Sub Pop.  This week, he shared the first track off of I Love You Honeybear, “Bored in the USA” which features J. Tillman’s distinctive voice and storytelling over a […]

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Mundo Musique: Kaki King

Mundo Musique: Kaki King

Since her last album, Glow in 2012, Brooklyn-based guitarist Kaki King has been up to some interesting things.  She’s created an incredible live experience called The Neck is a Bridge to The Body, which I wrote about quite some time ago, before it even really existed.  She also just released Everybody Glows, which is a compilation of B-sides, live and […]

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Mundo Musique: Bernaccia – “Manifest”

Mundo Musique: Bernaccia – “Manifest”

Bernaccia hail from the UK (Newcastle to be exact) and they are a great mix of rock, blues and a hint of psychedelic undertones. Their track “Manifest” has recently been released and is currently available as a free download. Bernaccia are currently supporting and touring for their latest release Light//-//Dark.  Bernaccia have recently opened up for the likes of DUMB, WOLF PEOPLE, TWISTED […]

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Mundo Musique: Five Years of Friends of Friends

Mundo Musique: Five Years of Friends of Friends

One of my favourite indie labels is Friends of Friends because of they’re willing to take risks where other labels are not while at the same time fostering a collective, communal environment among its artists and its fans. It’s one of the more engaging record labels out there, and, as a result, some of the best indie music of the […]

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49 Above:  Virginia to Vegas’ Debut EP and Tour

49 Above: Virginia to Vegas’ Debut EP and Tour

If you’re like my wife and listen to top-40 radio, you’ve likely heard of Derik Baker – a.k.a. Virginia to Vegas. The 24-year old, emerging pop star from Toronto has a story similar to Justin Beiber. Like the more famous southern Ontario native, Baker was discovered on YouTube by Wax Records in 2013 and a star was born. Not surprisingly, […]

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