Category: The Revue

Album Revue: Sleater-Kinney – ‘No Cities To Love’

Album Revue: Sleater-Kinney – ‘No Cities To Love’

I can’t quite believe I’m writing a review of a new Sleater-Kinney record in 2015.  When they called it quits and went their separate ways, It didn’t seem like it was permanent, but the reality of the end set in after a while.  I remember hearing “Jumpers” on the radio followed up by the DJ saying something like “I’m going […]

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Waxahatchee – Air

Waxahatchee – Air

Yesterday, Katie Crutchfield, the creative force behind Waxahatchee officially announced details about her upcoming record, Ivy Tripp. Ivy Tripp will be released on April 7th of this year. Crutchfield also shared “Air” the first single off Ivy Tripp. Judging only by that one song, it seems like Ivy Tripp may sound quite a bit different than 2013’s Cerulean Salt. There’s […]

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Robin Bacior, Water Dreams

Robin Bacior, Water Dreams

There was a time when almost any song that was piano-based was considered to be “classical”, “lounge”, or performed by Elton John. It was music that only appealed to a select audience. Over the past decade, though, we’ve seen a wide-range of musicians embrace the piano as the focal instrument, maintaining its dramatic quality but using it in ways that […]

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49 Above: Elza, “Glories”

49 Above: Elza, “Glories”

Born in Russia, her talent fostered in Tel Aviv, and now residing in Vancouver, Elza is an emerging singer-songwriter in the mold of Natalie Merchant, My Brightest Diamond, and Tori Amos. Her five-track, debut EP, Glories, is a haunting yet stunning album. It’s highlighted by “Pace“, which starts off subtly before builds and builds to its climax just as the protagonist […]

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A Conversation with Julia Catherine Parr of Black City Lights

A Conversation with Julia Catherine Parr of Black City Lights

There are musicians around the world whose sole goal is to make you want to dance. There are those who want to challenge how you perceive sound. Then there are those that want to entrap your mind and take you to places, sometimes to an unknown landscape, sometimes above the clouds, or sometimes even to dark places that you did […]

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Weekend Showcase: Nine New Tracks from the Past Week

Weekend Showcase: Nine New Tracks from the Past Week

Our weekend showcase includes nine new tracks from the past week, including tracks from bands and musicians in Norway, Sweden, Greece, the UK, and the USA: “Not to Offend”, an indie-rock tune from New York City’s WOOF. “Primrose Green”, the first single from Ryley Walker‘s forthcoming album by the same name. It’s out March 31 on Dead Oceans. “Picking Words”, […]

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Darlings – ‘Feel Better’

Darlings – ‘Feel Better’

Darlings can be very loosely described indie-pop band from Brooklyn. However, categorizing them in any genre does them a huge disservice, as they channel many different influences and achieve many different sounds. Their upcoming record Feel Better, due out January 20th is a great example of that.  Feel Better was self-recorded and features four very talented and creative musicians. The […]

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The New Southern Electrikk – “Brown Eyes”

The New Southern Electrikk – “Brown Eyes”

“Brown Eyes” is the debut single from The New Southern Electrikk, and is is a fitting track to feature on a Throwback Thursday.  “Brown Eyes” was written by Rikki Turner, formerly of Paris Angels about fourteen years ago. It’s a beautiful, soulful, heartbreaking track, reminiscent of 60’s female led rock and roll, thanks to the incredible voice of Monica Ward. The New […]

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Little Donkey, “Real Woman”

Little Donkey, “Real Woman”

Originating from Chelmsford in Essex of the UK is indie outfit Little Donkey. Late in 2014, they released their third EP, Real Woman, a compilation of foot-stomping, roots-rock tracks. The quartet’s sound resembles the great roots-rock coming out of Australia from such acts like Ash Grunwald, Jeff Lang, and Xavier Rudd (sans the didgeridoo). While each of the EP’s five […]

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Clockwork Orchestra, “A Fish for a Heart”

Clockwork Orchestra, “A Fish for a Heart”

It’s probably not a coincidence that Dublin’s Paul Mangan took on the moniker Clockwork Orchestra. With an approach that crosses between Stanley Kubrick’s brilliant yet maniacal A Clockwork Orange, the bravado of Ariel Pink and Richard Swift, and the punching electronica of Devo, Mangan has created an equally bizarre yet fun, whimsical, and zany album with A Fish for a […]

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Someone To Ride The River With – ‘Valley Songs’

Someone To Ride The River With – ‘Valley Songs’

The Winchester, Virginia based duo Someone To Ride The River With perform lovely folk tunes. The duo consists of banjo player and singer Jamie Blum and guitar player and singer Terence Marciano.  We wrote about one of Marciano’s other projects, Gilmore Boys in the past, and if you listened to that, you can expect something a bit similar to that.  […]

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Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

Most Anticipated Albums of 2015

For the past few weeks, we’ve taken a look back at the year that was in music for 2014. Now it’s time to look ahead to some of the albums that we are highly anticipating for 2015. Some of these are guesses (and educated ones at that), and ones we will be monitoring closely. Here’s the list in alphabetical order […]

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The Spatial Symphony of Bella Gaia

The Spatial Symphony of Bella Gaia

Under the guidance of founder, director, and composer Kenji Williams, New York’s Bella Gaia is a multi-instrumental ensemble that makes music that can be simply be described as inspiring and mesmerizing. It’s music that combines the alluring fantasy of Enya with the spiritual dreaminess of Enigma. Like these artists, Bella Gaia attempts to demonstrate how nature and humanity are interconnected, […]

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The Year In Music – Remembering 2014, the Final Playlist

The Year In Music – Remembering 2014, the Final Playlist

This is our last post of the year, and what a better way to celebrate this fantastic year with a final playlist. Here are songs from our 50 Favourite Albums of 2014, our Favourite Hidden Gems, and tracks from other outstanding albums. The tracklisting – 102 songs in total, but not all are the original unfortunately – is below, and […]

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Our Favorite Hidden Gems of 2014

Our Favorite Hidden Gems of 2014

We’re always looking for those small and emerging artists and bands to feature. Throughout the year, we’ve profiled musicians we’ve followed in the past and new ones that came to our attention by chance or good fortune. This list is dedicated to our Favourite Hidden Gems of 2014, so artists that we discovered this year – or who discovered us. […]

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2014 In Revue: The Retro Revival

2014 In Revue: The Retro Revival

As we continue our look back at 2014, there were two characteristics or trends that really stood out. First, there were a large number of bands who reinvented themselves. Some of them made our Favourite 50 Albums of 2014 list, including Parquet Courts, Wye Oak, and Strand of Oaks. The other big trend was the retro vibe emanating from so many […]

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Liu Bei, London’s Dreamy Romantics

Liu Bei, London’s Dreamy Romantics

Earlier this year, Dream Boat produced one of the dreamiest albums with their otherwordly space-folk album, The Rose Explodes. Following suit with their own expansive, dream-pop sound is Liu Bei. With a handful of singles released this year, the London quintet’s music is one that belongs on film and could be the soundtrack of any love story. Their approach and […]

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50 Favourite Albums of 2014 – The Full List In Revue

50 Favourite Albums of 2014 – The Full List In Revue

In case you missed or just wanted a summary or was waiting for this final list instead of reading each of the 10 pieces, here is a run down of our 50 Favourite Albums of 2014. Our list, as always, is in alphabetical order, as to rank them is nearly an impossible exercise with the thousands of albums that were […]

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Our Christmas Playlist

Our Christmas Playlist

As we sit back and enjoy time with our families this week, what better way to celebrate the spirit of the season than with music. We have an eclectic mix of classics and the not-so-conventional holiday songs to brighten your mood. We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing holiday. We hope you enjoy the playlist, which you can stream […]

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50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Warpaint, Wye Oak, and Young Fathers

50 Favourite Albums of 2014: Ty Segall, The War on Drugs, Warpaint, Wye Oak, and Young Fathers

And we’ve made it to the end. But first, a quick recap: Day 1 – Alvvays, Angel Olsen, The Antlers, Beck, and Benjamin Booker. Day 2 – Chad VanGaalen, Conor Oberst, Coves, Damien Jurado, and Doug Keith. Day 3 – Dream Boat, Eagulls, First Aid Kit, Future Islands, and Hamilton Leithauser. Day 4 – Hiss Golden Messenger, Hospitality, Hurray for […]

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