Tag: New album

Miss World – ‘Keeping Up With Miss World’ (album review)

Miss World – ‘Keeping Up With Miss World’ (album review)

Keeping Up With Miss World [LP] by MISS WORLD Whether performing with Red Blood Shoes’ Laura May-Carter as Shit Girlfriend or in the various punk outfits from her youth, Natalie Chahal has always mixed sugary sass with observant and often biting commentary about the world. Her past efforts were more direct in their message, but through her solo project Miss […]

Read more ›
Woods – ‘Love is Love’ (album review)

Woods – ‘Love is Love’ (album review)

Since becoming a band in 2005, Woods have been a voice of optimism amid weary times. Based in Brooklyn, they have built a national fanbase with consistent sound and ideals all the way through. With their new project, Love is Love,  Jeremy Earl and his bandmates propose that we forget about the negative vibrations for a while… And it works. […]

Read more ›
First Impressions: Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

First Impressions: Ryan Adams – “Prisoner”

Love is Hell. The sentiment that Ryan Adams put forth over a decade ago seems downright prophetic now. His newest LP, Prisoner, is out today via PaxAm, and it finds the Heartbreaker assessing the damages of his battered heart following his divorce last year. The 12 tracks on his 15th album of new material are introspective but not mournful. He’s admitting that he’s […]

Read more ›
Mandolin Orange – “Blindfaller”

Mandolin Orange – “Blindfaller”

It is hard to believe that it has been six years since Emily Frantz and Andrew Marlin – a.k.a. Mandolin Orange – released their debut album, Quiet Little Room. In that time, they have graced the stages of some of the most prestigious festivals on the planet, including the incomparable Newport Folk Festival. They have also averaged nearly a record a year, which […]

Read more ›
Hiss Golden Messenger – “Heart Like A Levee”

Hiss Golden Messenger – “Heart Like A Levee”

Every new path taken in life brings a set of challenges. The joy, guilt, and soul searching can hit anyone hard in the gut. After the rise from his last record, Lateness of Dancer, M.C. Taylor – the genius behind Hiss Golden Messenger – had to contemplate the choice between being a full-time musician and an exciting job in Ethnography, where […]

Read more ›
Rose Paradise – “Bloom” (album premiere)

Rose Paradise – “Bloom” (album premiere)

The lyrics of “California One/Youth and Beauty Brigade” from The Decemberists’ debut album set the scene for our introduction to this new artist. “Take a long drive with me / on California One / from Golden Gate to roaring cliff-side” calls to mind picturesque vistas while driving on that famed stretch along the California coastline. The highway cuts through the small […]

Read more ›
Show Revue: Lindi Ortega at NAC Fourth Stage

Show Revue: Lindi Ortega at NAC Fourth Stage

Canadian-born and Nashville-based country singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega played to an almost sold-out crowd at the NAC Fourth Stage. The evening began with Toronto artist Sam Cash. The roots-rocker, whose style resembles that of Elvis Costello and Joel Plaskett and two artists he admires, played songs from his debut album, 2011’s Teenage Hunger  and his most recent album, 2013’s Stand Together, Fall Together. For those […]

Read more ›
James Leclaire to release new album ‘These Weights’

James Leclaire to release new album ‘These Weights’

    “These Weights” is James Leclaire’s fourth album in four years. “I have a busy mind,” he says. A storyteller at heart, Leclaire is constantly making up stories and turning them into distinct songs. His latest album consists of a collection of stories about the weights each of us carry on our journey through life. “In life we have so much on our backs, […]

Read more ›
One-on-One with Blue Blue Satellite

One-on-One with Blue Blue Satellite

Come Together Boys, the newest single by indie artist Blue Blue Satellite is not only beautifully haunting, but very engaging both musically and lyrically. Come together boys! Join the battle boys! Horses saddled boys! Hear the battle noise! We’re defined by the way the way that we stand and we fall Compromise catches up to the best of us all Twist […]

Read more ›
Yukon Calling: interview with Kate Weekes (audio)

Yukon Calling: interview with Kate Weekes (audio)

I first met Kate Weekes in mid-October. It was still dark outside as I pulled up to her parents’ house in Ottawa around 6:45 am. She needed a ride to Toronto to attend a music conference and since I was driving down, I offered a lift. She had just come back from the Yukon where she’d been living for more than a decade. […]

Read more ›
Interview with Ottawa songwriter Lynne Hanson (audio)

Interview with Ottawa songwriter Lynne Hanson (audio)

It’s been several years since Lynne Hanson‘s last album. Four years to be exact. Going that length of time without releasing a new record can be daunting for an artist, especially in today’s industry. But Hanson had no other choice. An alcohol addiction had taken over her life. Hanson is now back refreshed and stronger than ever. River of Sand, her […]

Read more ›
Photo Credit: Mauricio Ortiz

Gold & Marrow Talks New Name and Album (audio)

Gold & Marrow, formerly known as Shannon Rose and The Thorns, released their new album Forever in early fall. The ten-song album proposes a new departure for the band, with captivating melodies, luscious instrumentation and a new-found emotional strength in Rose’s voice. I met up with Rose and Steve Matylewicz on a sunny Sunday afternoon in late September to talk about their new name and record.   Check the […]

Read more ›