Category: The Revue

Mundo Musique: Arkells

Mundo Musique: Arkells

Mundo Musique: Arkells Last week, Hamilton, ON band Arkells shared “Come To Light” off of their upcoming record High Noon, which will be released August 5.  The band, which consists of Nick Dika, Mike DeAngelis, Tom Oxford, Max Kerman, and Anthony Carone, have been getting more and more popular since the release of Michigan Left, their 2011 LP.  They are […]

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Mundo Musique: The Antlers Find New Landscapes with “Familiars”

Mundo Musique: The Antlers Find New Landscapes with “Familiars”

Listening to The Antlers isn’t for the faint of heart. Their music is heavy sometimes, their lyrics are dense and even dark. The focus is creating sonic masterpieces, not mainstream chart toppers. On their 2009 breakthrough, Hospice, the Brooklyn trio created a dark, personal album that revolved around the events of the death of singer Peter Silberman’s friend and his […]

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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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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Keturah Johnson

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Keturah Johnson

While there are plenty of excellent songwriters and bands in the Ottawa area, Keturah Johnson may be the one who will emerge to the top of this growing talent. In watching her perform live and listening to her music, she has the potential to be the National Capital Region’s answer to P.J. Harvey – her music is raw, gritty, spirited, […]

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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 5: Five Great Video Game Soundtracks

Mundo 5: Five Great Video Game Soundtracks

This week is E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, the world’s most famous video game expo. There’s a lot of excitement among gamers this time of year, as a bunch of new info is released by all the developers ragarding what they’re working on for the future.  So today, I figured I’d list some of my favorite video game soundtracks today, in […]

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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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Mundo Musique: A Look Back on Governors Ball 2014

Mundo Musique: A Look Back on Governors Ball 2014

Much like I did with Shaky Knees, today I’m going to talk about Governors Ball, which I attended this weekend.  It was an interesting festival, with a lot of unique acts, some of whom I suggested last week.  This was the fourth Governors Ball, and last years was a total rainy mess, this year was nothing but blue skies and […]

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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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RBC Bluesfest Revue: James Leclaire

RBC Bluesfest Revue: James Leclaire

Originally from nearby Renfrew, Ontario, James Leclaire has established himself as one of Ottawa’s rising country-folk singers. However, Leclaire isn’t some teenager that is just making his mark. On the contrary, he’s been involved music for several years, having been part of a two punk bands who released several LPs. But as those bands separated as the members got older, […]

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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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Mundo 5: Five Songs That Make Us Smile

Mundo 5: Five Songs That Make Us Smile

Music is an incredibly powerful art form, as it can make us feel a whole range of emotions. Music can be heart-wrenching; it can be beautiful, silly, serious, politically fueled, or just for fun; but the best music is music that makes the listener feel something.  A lot of the music I write about and listen to tends to be […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Fiftymen

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Fiftymen

“OH HELL YES” – My first reaction when I hit play on their self-titled LP Fiftymen. This Ottawa five-piece band play some badass hardcore country music.  The first track, “Wedding Band” is a bluesy, gritty, swingin’ track that’s just freakin’ awesome.  It’s followed up by some great country ballads, “Laureen” and “Don’t Cry” before we get back to pure rockin’ […]

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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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