Tag: alternative

Tony Volker – Break and Reshape EP

Tony Volker – Break and Reshape EP

Yesterday, UK producer and songwriter Tony Volker released Break and Reshape.  Volker’s music is influenced by a few different forces, citing John Hopkins and Thom Yorke as inspiration.  It’s really hard to tie Volker’s music down to a specific formula, which makes Break and Reshape one of the most varied listens of the year, despite only having five tracks. The […]

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Holly Miranda – “Mark My Words”

Holly Miranda – “Mark My Words”

Detroit singer-songwriter Holly Miranda will be releasing a self-titled LP, Holly Miranda on May 19.  This week, she’s sharing “Mark My Words”, the first track off of her LP. It’s an awesome way to kick off a record. It starts off as minimal as it can, with Miranda and her guitar, being joined in by some harmonies saxophone, then drums.  […]

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Chris Batson – “A Thousand Pieces”

Chris Batson – “A Thousand Pieces”

“A Thousand Pieces” is the stirring, dreamy track from Chris Batson‘s latest album, Hello I’m Dreaming. The Orlando, Florida artist has a voice similar to David Sitek of TV on the Radio and of Maximum Balloon fame. His style, however, most closely resembles the eclectic blend of Twin Shadow, combining alternative rock, art-rock, R&B, hip hop and electronic to form […]

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A Quick Conversation with Greece’s Zebra Tracks

A Quick Conversation with Greece’s Zebra Tracks

Ten years ago, Antonis Kavvadias (guitar, vocals), former member Anestis Vlissidis (bass), Nikolas Smyrlakis (drums), and George Nikas (guitar, vocals) formed alternative-rock / indie-rock band Zebra Tracks. Vlissidis would later be replaced by Zisis Zade, and the quartet has been a fixture on the Athens, Greece music scene, creating music that touches on post-punk to shoegaze to the grunge rock […]

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Bxhxld, “Right Through”

“Right Through” is from Bxhxld (pronounced Behold), a New York-based singer-songwriter who dabbles in R&B, funk, rock, and pop. The track is an interesting and daring experiment to mix multiple genres into a single track, and it shows the tremendous potential of the young artist.  

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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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Gig Pick: Claude Munson @ Raw Sugar Cafe November 7

Gig Pick: Claude Munson @ Raw Sugar Cafe November 7

Before Claude Munson departs to Europe for a few months he’s making one last stop at Raw Sugar Cafe this Friday night. Along with Justice R.F. and Brandon Wint, Claude promises an unforgettable night! Show starts at 9pm, doors open at 8pm. Although there is no cover charge for this event, donations are greatly appreciated. RSVP to the Facebook Event […]

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Nature Of, Miss Polygamy and Das Blankout June 20 @ Pressed

Nature Of, Miss Polygamy and Das Blankout June 20 @ Pressed

Pressed located at 750 Gladstone Avenue will be hosting three indie rock bands that will get you moving on the dance floor! Nature OF (Edmonton), Miss Polygamy (Ottawa) and Das Blankout (Montreal) will be performing on Friday, June 20th. Tickets are $8.00 at the door. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUKhnQcZdME

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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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Shred Kelly and Shannon Rose & The Thorns June 14 @ Mavericks

Shred Kelly and Shannon Rose & The Thorns June 14 @ Mavericks

Shred Kelly from BC and Ottawa’s own Shannon Rose & The Thorns will be playing Mavericks on Saturday June 14. Tickets are $10 in advance at Vertigo Records and www.spectrasonic.com/event/555149 Shred Kelly is an alternative/folk/pop band based in British Columbia. They are a high energy, foot stomping fun band with an amazing banjo player. Shannon Rose & The Thorns are a folk/pop band […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: John Allaire and the Campistas

RBC Bluesfest Revue: John Allaire and the Campistas

I once heard someone say that there is nothing like the sound of a guy who’s been through it all and lived to tell the tale. John Allaire has that sound. With their contagious mixture of modern alternative and old bar room country, John Allaire and the Campistas sound like no one else you will hear at Bluesfest. Allaire’s voice […]

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RBC Bluesfest Revue: Farewell Davidson

RBC Bluesfest Revue: Farewell Davidson

Farewell Davidson could be one of the big surprises of Bluesfest 2014. With a melodic but rocky sound reminiscent of Kings of Leon or Sloan and well written, relatable lyrics, Farewell Davidson are a throwback to the kind of folky alternative music that was made popular in the 1990’s and, still, holds favor today. Live, Farewell Davidson are a fun […]

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Capital Revue: Bosveld Create Cassette Soundscapes

Capital Revue: Bosveld Create Cassette Soundscapes

My apologies to Bosveld, as I missed their album release party last week (at Pressed, which is awesome). However, you should hunt down a copy of this tape if you can. It’s an exuberant mix of acoustic songs, found sounds, and pure experimentation. Have a listen, and then go find that old Walkman.

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UnChained Reviews: ‘StillNative’ by StillNative

UnChained Reviews: ‘StillNative’ by StillNative

Certain bars have an ambiance about them. You often see these bars in movies – the air is smoky, the women are cheap but not easy and the whiskey is strong. The kind of bar where weathered men sit around and talk about their lives while a local band in the background provides the mood and the rock. Not many […]

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UnChained Reviews: ‘Diamond Rough’ by Autopilot

UnChained Reviews: ‘Diamond Rough’ by Autopilot

There’s something to be said about music that sets a certain mood. Your mind drifts away and your thoughts and logic are replaced by a rush of emotion – sometimes positive, sometimes negative, sometimes neither. It may last for only a fleeting moment but when a mood is created, it leaves an indelible mark. Diamond Rough, the new record from […]

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