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Reviews:: Zachary Lucky Saskatchewan

Reviews:: Zachary Lucky Saskatchewan

There’s a loneliness that dominates Zachary Lucky‘s arrangements. Zachary’s latest EP, Saskatchewan, offers the contented sadness that develops on days where you are left with nothing to do except watch the odometer turn. Sure, these songs might be a love letter to the province he calls home, but there’s more at play here. Lucky uses [...]

Shop Local:: Virgil’s Girls

Shop Local:: Virgil’s Girls

A few weeks ago, I casually mentioned that the sound that blasts across the Bay of Fundy has slowing changed from post-Sloan anthems and fiddle jams to swampy, garage riffs and distorted pop. When you consider bands like Outtacontroller, Cousins, Dog Day, and Long Weekends you realize it’s an embarrassment of skuzzy, scrappy riches down [...]

Reviews:: A. David MacKinnon The Past is a Foreign Country

Reviews:: A. David MacKinnon The Past is a Foreign Country

David MacKinnon spent previous years constructing songs in a much more literal method than most artists. His melodies bellowed from instruments that had been soldered, hammered, fused and taped. They clanked and rattled with with raw energy that was only contained by the boundaries of plastic and vinyl hosts. Now, MacKinnon uses a more conventional [...]

Reviews:: Hermetic Civilized City

Reviews:: Hermetic Civilized City

If we’re being honest, most of the ’90s should be stricken from the record with one of those Men In Black memory removal devices… including Men in Black. Cross Colors, Hypercolor, Chumbawamba and the Bronson Pinchot/Jonathon Lipnicki vehicle, Meego? Just a few of the endless cultural failures we were forced to endure. What we can [...]

Free Mark Berube

Free Mark Berube

Not quite as t-shirt worthy as “Free Weezy”, but for nomadic poet Mark Berube, years of hard work is starting to pay dividends. Berube toes the line between spoken word artist, world musician and indie rock icon with remarkable humility. He crosses borders and rides trains, soaking in the culture and experiences in foreign lands [...]

Reviews:: Leeroy Stagger Radiant Land

Reviews:: Leeroy Stagger Radiant Land

Love doesn’t just leave scars, it takes hostages. The demons, heartache and pain don’t simply become a part of us we eventually forget about until asked, they make demands. If we could grow fibrous tissue to protect the wounds, we’d all be better off, but each sudden move leaves us exposed again and make us [...]

The Strumbellas - The Sheriff

The Strumbellas – The Sheriff

Patience. More than any of the descriptors saddled upon The Strumbellas, a Toronto based septet, patience will be the most overlooked. The band turned heads with an engaging video performance of “Underneath a Mountain” on Southern Souls and fine tuned their songs with several Cameron House residencies. They could have easily rushed into a studio [...]

Reviews:: Yukon Blonde Tiger Talk

Reviews:: Yukon Blonde Tiger Talk

During this year’s Super Bowl I ate a donair eggroll (I KNOW, RIGHT!?). Initially, the sweet sauce and unexpected taste of spiced meat confused my palette and I’m sure the hosts saw the disappointment all over my face. I mean, it’s an egg roll chief, why fuck it up? The thing is, once I processed [...]

Matthew J Thomson - What A Long Night

Matthew J Thomson – What A Long Night

In theory, it’s not surprising to stumble upon a folkie from Newfoundland. That stereotype runs as deep as the alleged ’90s era Sloan aquifer that nourishes every band in the Halifax scene, but Matthew J Thomson challenges the limitation of that descriptor. Open Fields songwriter Matthew J Thomson is now solo artist, but his songs [...]

Deeper into Music:: Agnostic Phibes Rhythm & Blood Conspiracy Campfire Tales

Deeper into Music:: Agnostic Phibes Rhythm & Blood Conspiracy Campfire Tales

This record is special. A collaboration between members of the Agnostic Mountain Gospel Choir and legendary, underground swamp blues/garage man Jackson Phibes (Tom Bagley). These songs pay tribute to the chilling tales that have been shared for generations, but they go past “the killer was in the backseat” and “the call was coming from inside [...]