Listen Up:: Robert Loveless explains his Halifax

Listen Up:: Robert Loveless explains his Halifax

I know this is corny as hell, even before I type the words. It’s such a schlubby, 1970s, rock writer thing to say before diving in on the greatness of like, Warren Zevon or Jackson Browne. But… it’s true. I’m a lyrics guy. People scan massive torrents of songs looking for the immediate connection of(…)

Basia Bulat – It Can’t Be You

Pardon me for a moment while I get into my television-singing-show-judge guise, but this is a fact: lots of people have voices, but some people just have voices. Basia Bulat is most certainly in that latter category. Pure, and effortlessly emotive, Bulat’s voice seems designed to cut you to the quick every time you hear(…)

Listen Up:: Old Haunt Ghost Town

Listen Up:: Old Haunt Ghost Town

A few days ago, I attempted to dissect the new Provincial Archives song. Craig Schram sings of fleeting hope and mediocrity in a small town, and I mentioned that these are far from universal. Case in point, the new single from the Gertrudes offshoot, Old Haunt. “Ghost Town” is a folk song at heart; gentle(…)

Polaris Video:: METZ

We’re pushing on with the latest instalment in our series of posts featuring each act on the Polaris Prize short list. Today sees us featuring perhaps the weirdest video of the bunch, from what has to be the loudest act on the list: Get Off from Toronto noise-punk (maybe? Is that a real description? I(…)

Listen up:: Tariq Moonwalker

Listen up:: Tariq Moonwalker

The intricate compositions that Brasstronaut creates are a truly collaborative affair. Each note is vital to the melody, each player’s contribution as fundamental as water, food and housing. Of all the basic human needs, it’s clean air that marks the biggest difference in guitarist Tariq Hussain solo work. These songs are given open space, room(…)

Listen Up:: Lucas Hicks & Paper Lions

Listen Up:: Lucas Hicks & Paper Lions

Almost fifteen years ago, I literally and figuratively walked away from Nova Scotia’s welcoming shores. Without much thought, I left behind family, friends, a lifetime of memories that I somehow wouldn’t trade for the world, but didn’t really want to share with anyone that inhabited it. A few days before I left, I walked the(…)

Listen Up:: Esther Grey Buttermilk

Listen Up:: Esther Grey Buttermilk

Can you spare three minutes? One hundred and seventy-five seconds of your day. I know you spent more time than that reading about explosive Cronut sickness and 40-year-old dudes that have been playing tag for twenty odd years yesterday alone. Three-minutes. That’s all Guelph’s Esther Grey will need to convert you. In that truncated time(…)

Polaris Video:: Metric

Yep, we’re back with the latest installment in our series of posts featuring each act on the Polaris Prize. short list. This happens to be a very timely post as there was plenty of Polaris buzz yesterday, when both the list of performers for the gala and the members of the Grand Jury that will(…)

Listen Up:: The Provincial Archive Common Cards

Listen Up:: The Provincial Archive Common Cards

What a banner week for Edmonton music news. First, Mark Davis sneaks a new song onto the internet and now, longtime hill favorites The Provincial Archive drop a single for the masses. “Common Cards” start with an ominous mix of instrumentation; dark and brooding the song is only somewhat softened by keys and Craig Schram’s(…)