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49 Above: The Strumbellas, who Play Mavericks on December 12

49 Above: The Strumbellas, who Play Mavericks on December 12

  The award-winning, Toronto indie band, The Strumbellas, are set to play Mavericks on Friday, December 12. I spoke with lead singer Simon Ward to get some insight on how 2014 was for them and on what we can expect in 2015. KSP: Simon, you just won a Canadian Folk Music Award for contemporary album of the year and earlier this year […]

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Mundo 5: Five Great Covers by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Band, Talking Heads, and Johnny Cash

Mundo 5: Five Great Covers by Jimi Hendrix, The Who, The Band, Talking Heads, and Johnny Cash

In honour of the recent tributes to The Who and Bear Mountain’s cover of Tears for Fears’ ’80s classic, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”, this week’s list focused on five great covers. There are a lot to choose from and we know missed quite a few great ones, but here are our five favourites.   Jimi Hendrix, “All Along […]

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Mundo Musique: The Wild Reeds – “Blind and Brave”

Mundo Musique: The Wild Reeds – “Blind and Brave”

For Those Who Like: The Great Lake Swimmers, PHOX, Lily & Madeleine This Saturday, The Wild Reeds will be releasing Blind and Brave. Last month, the title track was shared widely, and the gorgeous, dreamy tune has raised expectations of the California indie-folk quintet’s forthcoming album. Let’s be honest – often times when a band releases a single, it’s usually the […]

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Mundo Musique: Bear In Heaven’s Epic “Time Is Over One Day Old”

Mundo Musique: Bear In Heaven’s Epic “Time Is Over One Day Old”

If Jon Philpot, Jason Nazary, Adam Wills are reading this, hopefully they will not be offended when their band, Bear in Heaven, is being compared to New Order and Pet Shop Boys. While there are similarities in terms of musical styles, the comparisons are more with respect to their innovative and forward-looking approaches, which have successfully merged different musical eras, […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Mt. Royal

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Mt. Royal

For Those Who Like: Celebration, Beach House, Porcelain Raft, Heavenly Beat In two weeks, Baltimore’s Celebration will be releasing their long awaited new album. To prepare for that launch, I’m reflecting back on a terrific EP that was released earlier this year by another Baltimore band and that has links to Celebration. Mt. Royal is a five-piece indie indie band […]

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Mundo 5: A List Dedicated to Rolling Stone Magazine’s Newport Folkfest Coverage

Mundo 5: A List Dedicated to Rolling Stone Magazine’s Newport Folkfest Coverage

  Earlier this week, Rolling Stone Magazine listed the 15 best things they saw at Newport Folkfest, which you can find here. This was the third year Rolling Stone has been covering the landmark festival. It only took 53 years, but who’s counting? Some of the categories were, to be honest, unusual, and some of the information was incorrect (Jordan […]

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New Single & Video: Bear Mountain Covers “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”

New Single & Video: Bear Mountain Covers “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”

Bear Mountain, the electronic-pop foursome out of Vancouver, officially released yesterday their cover and video of Tears for Fears’ classic, “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” (they played this on their tour last year). The melodies stay true to the ’80s hit, but they add their own personal touches by adding more synth, electronic beats, and a more noticeable guitar […]

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Mundo Musique Throwback Thursday: The Who – Quadrophenia Live in London

Mundo Musique Throwback Thursday: The Who – Quadrophenia Live in London

Today I’m going to take a look at the Blu-Ray version of a concert I was lucky enough to see five times in person, The Who’s 2013 Quadrophenia tour.  Quadrophenia is one of the all-time greatest records, and my personal favorite.  It’s an important coming of age story that The Who revived for their 2013 tour and really added to the experience […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: The M’s “Big Baby Bottoms”

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: The M’s “Big Baby Bottoms”

When I wrote about my favorite video game soundtracks, I wrote a little bit about Chicago indie band The M’s.  Citing bands like T.Rex as major influences, they really created a great psychedelic indie rock sound.  Sadly, they’ve been mostly inactive since 2009, but their short run produced some great music. Today’s hidden gem is a song off of their […]

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Mundo Musique: Brazilian band Farol Cego

Mundo Musique: Brazilian band Farol Cego

Brazilian Band Farol Cego (english: Blind Lighthouse) are an indie rock band from Curitiba, Brazil.  Recently, they released an EP, Zênite, (English: Zenith), which is really good.  I wish I was a bit more familiar with the language, but you can really feel the emotion and passion behind the music.  The ambient instrumental “Catatonia” opens up the EP with a […]

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Marissa Nadler Covers Father John Misty’s “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”

Marissa Nadler Covers Father John Misty’s “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”

The fantastic Marissa Nadler released a cover of another fantastic artist, Father John Misty’s “Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings”, adding her haunting, brooding touches to the indie hit. The cover is part of a split 7″ that includes Nadler’s cover and Father John Misty returning the favour with his version of Nadler’s “Drive”. The record will be released by Bella Union […]

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In Revue: 2014 Newport Folk Festival

In Revue: 2014 Newport Folk Festival

Fifty-five years since it started, the Newport Folk Festival has expanded in more ways than one. As for 2011 when it had a special Friday night addition with Wilco, the Festival has become a three-day event. The music is more diverse as Jay Sweet, the Festival’s producer, and his management team try to appeal to younger audiences without compromising the […]

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Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Jeen

Mundo Musique Hidden Gem: Jeen

Even with some help from CBC Music, namely for the first single “Buena Vista”, Jeen O’Brien’s Tourist hasn’t received the attention it deserves. So while it came out earlier this month, Tourist is a hidden gem until otherwise proven wrong. O’Brien isn’t exactly a newcomer to the music industry even though Tourist is her debut LP. For years, O’Brien has […]

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Mundo Musique: The Black Angels Release “Clear Lake Forest”

Mundo Musique: The Black Angels Release “Clear Lake Forest”

When The Black Angels released their debut LP in 2006, they were envisioned by some as forerunners of the psychedelic rock revival, and they cemented that status with 2010’s Phosphene Dream, which heightened their popularity among indie and mainstream music listeners. However, in the past four years, in particular the last two, the landscape has changed significantly with the emergence […]

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New Video: Beck “Heart is a Drum”

New Video: Beck “Heart is a Drum”

Today, Beck released the new video for “Heart is a Drum”. Like the song, the video is stunningly beautiful, filmed in black and white, grainy footage to give it a classic but personal quality. The video was recorded by Sophie Mueller and produced by Grant Jue. “Heart is a Drum” is from the great Morning Phase, which can be purchased […]

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New Single: “BFFs” by Beach Day

New Single: “BFFs” by Beach Day

Hollywood, Florida duo Beach Day have released “BFFs”, the new single from their upcoming album Native Echoes, which will be publicly available on August 19 on Kanine Records (pre-order here). “BFFs” is a summery tune that is somewhere between The Dum Dum Girls’ “Jail La La” days and the surf, beach-pop sound of Best Coast. And for good measure, below […]

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Mundo Musique: Natalie Prass – “Bird of Prey”

Mundo Musique: Natalie Prass – “Bird of Prey”

As you can tell, we’ve been digging Jenny Lewis’ latest record, and one of Lewis’ band members, Natalie Prass, just released a great single “Bird of Prey”.  “Bird of Prey” will be off of her upcoming record which is due for release later this year. “Bird of Prey” is a great track with a slick groove, gorgeous harmonies and a […]

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New Single: Karen O releases “Rapt” from upcoming solo album

New Single: Karen O releases “Rapt” from upcoming solo album

Yesterday, Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer Karen O released a video for “Rapt”, the first track she’s shared from her upcoming solo debut Crush Songs. If the rest of the album is like “Rapt”, Crush Songs is a very fitting title. “Rapt” lyrically really does capture the feeling of a crush. It’s a lo-fi sounding song, but not in the way […]

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Mundo Musique: Gramercy Arms’ “The Seasons of Love”

Mundo Musique: Gramercy Arms’ “The Seasons of Love”

The Seasons of Love could be considered a “labour of love” for Gramercy Arms, the NYC-based collective of revolving musicians and artists, as the album took five years to write and record. The end product, though, is a journey across the musical spectrum of the last 40 years, making the album well worth the wait. Like vinyls of the past, […]

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Newport Folkfest Sunday’s Pick: Ten Suggestions

Newport Folkfest Sunday’s Pick: Ten Suggestions

It’s the third and final day of the Newport Folkfest. Like with yesterday, here is a quick summary of some of the acts to see and three that are given more of a marquee spot. Granted, they are all worth seeing. I probably should have written summaries for all of them. I digress.   Ages and Ages – 11:30 to […]

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