Tag: pop

Work Drugs – “Louisa”

Work Drugs – “Louisa”

A favorite of the indie-pop scene (including mine), Work Drugs have touched nearly every pop genre and era in their short career. They’ve reinterpreted the lush pop of the ’70s, such as with “Predictable Miracles”, to creating melodic, surf-pop of the West Coast, which was evidenced by their most successful single to date, “West Coast Slide”. On their latest album, Louisa, […]

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Pesky – “Smells Like Tween Spirit”

Pesky – “Smells Like Tween Spirit”

Do you remember what you were doing during your pre-adolescent years? If you were playing music, you were probably in the school band, daydreaming one day of playing for an orchestra or forming your own band with friends one day. You probably didn’t envision releasing an EP let alone a single at that age. For the members of Pesky, all […]

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Huxlee – “Teammate”

Huxlee – “Teammate”

Caitlyn Notey describes her band Huxlee as “if Alabama Shakes, Bonnie Raitt, and Fiona Apple had a little sister with an undying love for N*SYNC”. That’s one way to describe it, but her and her band’s music reaches much farther than that. On Huxlee’s new EP, Teammate, is a touch of pop and a plenty of alt-country. The highlight of […]

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Ofelia K – “White T-Shirt”

Ofelia K – “White T-Shirt”

Location: Los Angeles, California Members: Ofelia K is, well, we’re not exactly sure. For those who like: Lana Del Rey Our take: With the smokiness of Lana Del Rey’s early work but without the extra dramatics, Ofelia K has created a sultry, smooth single in “White T-Shirt”. With her soft, lush vocals, the song enraptures you like, well, your favorite t-shirt. […]

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Oh Pep! – “The Race”

Oh Pep! – “The Race”

Location: Melbourne, Australia Members: Oh Pep! are Olivia ‘Liv’ Hally and Pepita ‘Pep’ Emmerichs, who are in their early twenties. For those who like: Lake Street Dive, Teenage Love, Lucius Our take: Obviously, if a song makes it on the Weekend Showcase, we’re really digging it. Some songs more than others. “The Race” by Melbourne duo Oh Pep! is one that has […]

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Wesley Fuller – a hidden gem from Melbourne

Wesley Fuller – a hidden gem from Melbourne

Do you ever hear a song and say to yourself, “What the heck is that?”  This is then followed by, “How come I haven’t heard such and such before?” This was my reaction when hearing Wesley Fuller‘s new single, “Shock Me”, which he released a month ago. So who is Wesley Fuller? I wish I could tell you more about […]

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Bentcousin with Guiville – “Solid”

Bentcousin with Guiville – “Solid”

  For a few months now, London/Brighton-based band Bentcousin has teamed up with Paris-based producer Guiville on a few songs, such as “Golden”. Their latest collaboration sees them release a ’70s-inspired pop tune, “Solid”. It’s a cheery and even romantic song. And unlike many collaborations involving a producer, the song respects the poppy and shimmering melodies of the original song. […]

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Sillyboy – “On and On”

Sillyboy – “On and On”

  We don’t typically cut-and-paste information from a press kit or what can be found on an artist’s various social media sites, but the backgrounder for Sillyboy is too good to pass up. Sillyboy lives in an old detached house in a workin​g-class suburb of Athens next to the national railway. This urban landscape feeds the aesthetic of his music. Temper​amental lyrics, […]

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Sing House Studios: A passion for singing

Sing House Studios: A passion for singing

Chantal Hackett is well-known in the Ottawa music community. As a singer-songwriter, Hackett has two albums and she is currently putting the final touches on a new CD, which she hopes to release this summer. But while she is well-known as a singer-songwriter and performer, she has been gaining attention and accolades as a voice and performance teacher. She founded Sing House Studios in […]

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NEKOKAT – “Gimme A Break”

NEKOKAT – “Gimme A Break”

It’s no surprise the new single from NEKOKAT is getting quite a few listens on Soundcloud with only being released a few days ago. NEKOKAT is comprised of Jordan W from The Ready Set and Jess Bowen from The Summer Set along with Cameron Walker (collaborator on The Ready Set). The Los Angeles based trio are ready to invade your summer playlist […]

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Pavo Pavo

Pavo Pavo

Last week, Brooklyn based experimental pop band Pavo Pavo released a double single, “Ran Ran Run”, and “Annie Hall”.  “Ran Ran Run” is an infectious pop track with some really great female led vocals and harmonies with synths and a really great bass groove.  “Annie Hall” is a piano led track with great harmonies as well, and a really unique […]

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The Sun Harmonic – “After We Fly”

The Sun Harmonic – “After We Fly”

Kaleb Hikele is tough to nail down. A classicially-trained pianist, multifaceted musician, and a burgeoning producer, Kaleb is moving in all directions, at all times, constantly exploring his musical interests and finding new ways to express himself. He has been part of many projects, some under his own name, and other configurations with his friends performing folk, blues-rock, and other earthier sounds. I’ve been […]

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Myzica – “Wait Just A Minute”

Myzica – “Wait Just A Minute”

“Wait Just a Minute” is the jivey, poppy new single from Nashville duo Myzica. The tracks echoes of Swedish pop sensation Robyn with its combination of a rousing chorus and electronic beats. This single officially drops April 21 on Peptalk Records and Tone Tree Music. Myzica are producer Micah Tawlks and singer Isaaca Byrd, who formed last year after experimenting […]

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Young Fathers – “White Men Are Black Men Too”

Young Fathers – “White Men Are Black Men Too”

Last year, Edinburgh’s Young Fathers surprised people with their Mercury Prize victory, beating out the likes of FKA Twigs, Royal Blood, Anna Calvi, and Damon Albarn. It was surprising mostly because their masterful Dead went under the radar with so many critics within the print and online media and blogosphere. However, a few places, including ourselves, acknowledged the album as one of the […]

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Concert Revue: Introducing Aqua Alta at Zaphods

Concert Revue: Introducing Aqua Alta at Zaphods

Aqua Alta is a new band made up of Jenn Grant, Graeme Campbell (Buck 65) and Charles Austin (Superfriendz). They recently released their first album and kicked off their tour with Ottawa being the second gig of their national show. Taking place at Ottawa institution Zaphod Beeblebrox on March 5th, the show was well attended and, like me, many were […]

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Chris de Burgh – “The Hands of Man”

Chris de Burgh – “The Hands of Man”

To generations of FM-radio listeners, Chris de Burgh has exactly one song. His 1986 hit (#3 in the USA) “Lady in Red” is one of those songs that is so ubiquitous, so romantic, and dare I say, so schmaltzy, it has endeared itself to millions of young (and old) couples since its initial release. Go to any wedding or prom […]

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The Acorn – “Influence”

The Acorn – “Influence”

The Acorn is back! Rolf Klausener has released a new track from his band’s forthcoming Vieux Loup album. A little more heavy on the electronica than some earlier Acorn work, this track has that same melancholic vibe as their best songs, and Rolf is in fine voice. No other album details quite yet, but let’s hope more info comes soon.   […]

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First Impressions – of Montreal’s “Aureate Gloom”

First Impressions – of Montreal’s “Aureate Gloom”

On Tuesday, of Montreal – who are actually from Athens, Georgia and not Montreal, Quebec – will release their 13th album – Aureate Gloom. It’s an expansive album that spans from rock to pop to punk to punk-rock and takes the sounds of so many great artists from the ’70s and ’80s. In some ways, it’s like of Montreal has […]

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A Quick Conversation with…Mike Dignam

A Quick Conversation with…Mike Dignam

A few weeks ago, we posted one of the newer tracks from up-and-coming UK artist Mike Dignam. In terms of talent and potential, he has all the elements needed to achieve the magical occurrence in music when an overseas band or artist can break through in the USA and Canada and gain worldwide success. Sam Smith and Royal Blood are […]

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Sarah MacDougall – “Grand Canyon”

Sarah MacDougall – “Grand Canyon”

Sarah MacDougall has quietly made her name for herself for her indie folk-pop. Born in Sweden and now residing in beautiful Whitehorse, Yukon, MacDougall has received accolades in the UK and has had songs played commercially in Europe. With the arrival of her third album on Tuesday, MacDougall will be seeking to translate her success overseas to her new homeland […]

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