Category: The Revue

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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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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Ottawa Race Weekend Concert Series

Ottawa Race Weekend Concert Series

Ottawa Race Weekend is  the biggest multi-distance race event in Canada and has the largest marathon in Canada. 48,000 people will run to help generate fundraising dollars for participating charities such as The Ottawa Hospital Foundation, Canadian Diabetes Association and The Isaac Foundation Hope. Whether you’re a runner or part of a cheer squad, make sure to check out the […]

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Phil Motion & Blakdenim at Black Sheep Inn May 24th

Phil Motion & Blakdenim at Black Sheep Inn May 24th

Up & Up Music Presents Phil Motion and BlakDenim at the Blacksheep Inn on May 24th at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10 at the door. Phil Motion & The Easy LO-Fi take what’s old and make it new again. Their inspiration comes from one-offs and one-hit-wonders that many of us have never even heard of until now. Their energy is contagious and they […]

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Mundo 5: Five Bands We Want to Come Back

Mundo 5: Five Bands We Want to Come Back

With Americans about to commence the Memorial Day long weekend, we thought it would be fitting to list five bands that we would like to see reunite, make a kick ass album, and then go on a prolonged tour. We’re not talking about bands whose members are eligible for Old Age Security or Social Security and want to make one […]

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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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Gig Pick: Kalle Mattson with The Strain and The Wind and The Wild – Tonight at The Blacksheep Inn

Gig Pick: Kalle Mattson with The Strain and The Wind and The Wild – Tonight at The Blacksheep Inn

There is a lot of great music happening in the city and surrounds tonight. One such gig is Ottawa resident Kalle Mattson, who will play at The Blacksheep Inn tonight. Mattson was one of our first Revue sessions, joining us prior to the release of his critically acclaimed debut LP, Someday, the Moon Will Be Gold – an album dedicated […]

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Mundo Musique: Cassandra Jenkins’ “Perfect Day”

Mundo Musique: Cassandra Jenkins’ “Perfect Day”

One of my absolute favorite music websites (besides The Revue, of course) is Weathervane Music, especially their “Shaking Through” series. Recently, they had Torres collaborate with Sharon Van Etten for an incredible session, and this week they featured someone I’ve wanted to write about for a while, New York based singer-songwriter Cassandra Jenkins. In 2013, she released a great EP, […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amos the Transparent

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Amos the Transparent

Like with anything in life, the more time you invest into something, the better you become at it and the more you are able to master your craft. Such is the case with Amos the Transparent, the brainchild of Jonathan Chandler and one of Ottawa’s most beloved bands. In the eight years since the band was formed, Amos the Transparent […]

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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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Capital Revue: Arboretum Arts + Music Festival Announces Lineup

Capital Revue: Arboretum Arts + Music Festival Announces Lineup

The latest festival to hit the National Capital Region announced its lineup today, and it is quite spectacular. Some of the acts playing at the Arboretum Arts + Music Festival are Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, Constantines,  Chad VanGaalen, Ought, and wtchs. Ottawa-area acts include the exotic electronic-dance of The Hilotrons, the fresh synth-pop of Pony Girl, the psych-folk melodies […]

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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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