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Listen Up:: Doug Hoyer To Be a River

Listen Up:: Doug Hoyer To Be a River

+1. Y.E.S. to this. RT. Look, I have no idea what the cool vernacular is these days, but hot damn kilogram, this new Doug Hoyer song smokes. “To Be a River” starts with Fela-inspired horns, but Hoyer’s goulash is also flavored with influence of David Byrne, world music and a surprising big beat. Hoyer has(…)

Listen Up:: Cold Warps Don’t Haunt Me, OK?

Listen Up:: Cold Warps Don’t Haunt Me, OK?

Subtlety is not part of the equation when it comes to Cold Warps sound. The steps are roughly the same each time out; write a two-minute sci-fi joint or a nostalgic heartbreaker, put a poppy riff behind it and make it fuzzier than Gene Wilder’s melon. Oh, and play the song like you have been(…)

Quick Hitters:: The Cannisters Another Side of this Life

Quick Hitters:: The Cannisters Another Side of this Life

The merciless cold that crippled most of Canada is finally relenting. The type of cold that cracks your skin and forces you to huddle for warmth almost instantaneously. The type of cold that burns your lungs and kills your spirit. The type of cold that makes you wonder how the homeless persevere. Live! at the(…)

Quick Hitters:: The Reference Desk Norwich Cave

Quick Hitters:: The Reference Desk Norwich Cave

Our age is starting to show. Wrinkles around the corners of our style sheet. A few more greys in the color scheme. We think it makes us look a bit more distinguished, but who knows, maybe we’re just the music blog Vahlere. “Joe lies! When he cries!” Either way, those years are probably why I’m(…)

Listen Up:: Gabriel Minnikin Parakeets with Parasouls

Listen Up:: Gabriel Minnikin Parakeets with Parasouls

The lonely road traveled by the country folk troubadour has become increasingly populated over these last few years. You can’t turn on the radio – well, CBC or your local college joint – without hearing pedal steel, and there are enough tears in the beers to make La Fin du Monde taste like Coors Light.(…)

Favorites-of ’13:: Wake Owl Wild Country

Favorites-of ’13:: Wake Owl Wild Country

To be fair, this review is fully jacked from ’11, when we bestowed the same honor on the output of Colyn Cameron. He released the Wild Country EP on his bandcamp, humbly asking people to pay what they could. Flash forward two years, and the five-song EP is getting a second release (with a demo(…)

Quick Hitters:: Fred Woods Documenta

Quick Hitters:: Fred Woods Documenta

We’re all alone; born alone, and for most, destined to die alone. Our life is a never ending search for connections, brief or lasting, that we hold onto with a savage, desperate grip. When Fred Woods sings, you hear his isolation. Words and picked guitar notes bounce off walls, hoping for – needing – collisions(…)

Favorites-of ’13:: nick everett & everybody elsethings

Favorites-of ’13:: nick everett & everybody elsethings

It’s almost too easy to fall inline when it comes to crafting a sonic tapestry in today’s folk scene. The same chords and metaphors are shared freely in the public domain, with artists afraid that any deviation is at best a risk, and more often than not, a death sentence. For Halifax based noise folker(…)