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Shop Local:: Soho Ghetto

Shop Local:: Soho Ghetto

It’s almost too easy to overlook local bands with bigger expectations and accessible sounds. When you consider the lo-fi noise and punk scenes are booming and we’ve had the Celtic folk/bar room poet market cornered for years, it’s easy to see a ton of shows without ever hearing a note of music that seems destined [...]

Reviews:: Bahamas Barchords

Reviews:: Bahamas Barchords

Afie Jurvanen is a master of playing crucial notes in limited space. He’s spent years supporting bigger names and (more often than not) lesser talents, filling in space and creating mood when asked. There’s an old Jets to Brazil lyric where Blake - a power chord chugger - thanks his guitarist for making his three [...]

Reviews:: Ketamines Spaced Out

Reviews:: Ketamines Spaced Out

Considering the album title and cover art, you might think Spaced Out is a paisley colored journey into the unexplored regions of your brain. In reality, the twenty-five minutes Ketamines offer up are more about fun than experimental fungus. It’s easy to hear songs like “Midnight Dawn”, fall in love with the druggy reverb, barely [...]

Reviews:: Jack Pine and the Fire

Reviews:: Jack Pine and the Fire

People will be fooled by Jack Pine and the Fire. Mandolin and foot stomping kick drum set the tone on the opening number, hinting that the Ottawa outfit is rooted in the Appalachians, but the self-titled debut is more than traditional sounds and spirited sing-alongs. When the band moves they spit fire, but there’s just [...]

Jordan Klassen - Go To Me

Jordan Klassen – Go To Me

Wednesday night I saw Jordan Klassen, the person and the sprawling seven-piece band, take the stage at The Carleton and deliver a delightful set. The highlight was the Shins-ready “Go To Me”, the single that dominates the Kindness EP. Money back guarantee: This jam will make your day off even more enjoyable. Web:: http://www.jordanklassenmusic.com/

Reviews:: John Southworth & Andrew Downing Easterween

Reviews:: John Southworth & Andrew Downing Easterween

The passion to create has driven John Southworth for the last sixteen years, resulting in a steady collection of peculiar, quirky, fascinating and often brilliant songs. Considering that in today’s world records that would have sold 500 copies a few years ago don’t even cover production costs these day, John’s creativity is truly an exercise [...]

Reviews:: Walrus Onetwotree

Reviews:: Walrus Onetwotree

Having two sons, I see how brothers interact on a daily basis. Pushing and shoving, hugging and loving. These interactions start too early to be anything more than natural, inherited instinct. Walrus, a new experimental dream-pop act from Halifax, is the work of two brothers but those roughhouse moments are nowhere to be found. The [...]

Reviews:: Jos. Fortin Typewriter

Reviews:: Jos. Fortin Typewriter

There’s been a chill in the air these last few days so reluctantly, I’ve trudged out to the wood pile to grab logs to keep the embers burning. It’s unwelcome at this time of year, but there’s something reassuring and inviting about the crackle of twigs and the slow rise of flames as the room [...]