Whitehorse

Whitehorse’s The Northern South Vol. 2: Whitehorse sings the post-holiday blues

January has barely passed, but it’s already been a busy year for Canada’s favourite Americana-obsessed band Whitehorse. In mid-January they released an EP titled The Northern South Vol. 2, and in late January their Christmas album, A Whitehorse Christmas Classic, was nominated for a Juno Award. While A Whitehorse Christmas …

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Aasiva captivates listeners in debut album, but fall short of greatness

Aasiva’s debut album straddles the genres of singer-songwriter, and pop. The album is meant to showcase Indigenous culture and more importantly northern Indigenous culture. The songs flow fairly well from one to the other, but run up against a creative roadblock midway through the album, where Nakashuk seems to have …

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Album Review: The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit

Dune Rats The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit Ratbag Records (2016) The Dune Rats’ new sophomore album, The Kids Will Know It’s Bullshit, sounds exactly what one would imagine a scorching Australian sun to sound like. Bright and heavy, but not to the point of excess. The band hails from …

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Album Review: Making Matters Worse

Le Trouble Making Matters Worse Indica Records (2017) Le Trouble, a Montreal-based indie band, makes music that feels like it came straight out of a ‘90s teen movie in their debut full-length album. Making Matters Worse starts off as upbeat with lively guitar playing and dreamy singing, the type of …

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Album Review: Pink Seasons

Pink Guy  Pink Season Pink Records (2017) Pink Guy pushes the envelope with enough force to plaster somebody’s brains against the ceiling while still maintaining enough momentum to push their new album into the top of iTunes charts.  Pink Season, released Jan 4, 2017, is the second album from Pink …

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Dub Kartel sets the mood

Dub Kartel is an unconventional group, and their debut album of the same name only reinforces their image. The Halifax-based reggae, hip-hop and dancehall music group consists of seven tightly knit friends who have spent the last five years touring Canadian music festivals perfecting their vibrant and energetic sound. The …

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Album Review: Beatitudes

Rykka  Beatitudes Cordova Bay Records (2016) Beatitudes is the sophomore studio effort from Swiss-Canadian, Vancouver-based musician Rykka.  Beatitudes departs from the alt-rock sound of Rykka’s previous album, Kodiak, to a more Euro-pop flavour.  The album’s opening song, “Movies,” does the job of easing listeners into the ‘80s pop and ‘90s …

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Album Review: New Occupation

Duotang  New Occupation  Stomp Records (2016) Hopping on the nostalgia bandwagon, Winnipeg mod-rockers, Duotang, are readying for their first cross-Canada tour in years in support of their latest record, New Occupation, a catchy, energetic album 15 years in the making. The duo, as legend has it, were discovered at a …

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Album Review: Meet the Seams

The Seams  Meet The Seams  Hand Drawn Dracula Records (2016) The Seams are putting out straight to the point, guitar-centered music that could come right out of the ‘70s. Consisting of former members of WISH, Fake Palms, Elsa and U.S. Girls, main songwriters Kyle Connolly and Jonathan Rogers intended The …

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The rebound record

Break-up sparks new sound They say work relationships are a bad idea, so what’s the best cure for a broken heart? For Dragonette’s Martina Sorbara and Dan Kurtz, it was getting back to work on a new album—together. The electro-pop band’s new album, Royal Blues, was three years in the …

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Album Review: Wild

Streets of Laredo Wild Dine Alone Records (2016) The New Zealand folk group, based in Brooklyn’s Bushwick neighbourhood, have released their awe-inspiring and groove-packed second studio album, Wild.  Founded in 2012 by brothers David and Daniel Gibson, Streets of Laredo has been rising steadily in success after releasing their critically …

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Album Review: Isolation Culture

His Clancyness Isolation Culture Hand Drawn Dracula/Maple Death Records (2016) Isolation Culture, the newest album from the Italian-Canadian band, His Clancyness, is a masterful blend of both acoustic and synthesized sound.  His Clancyness was originally formed by Canadian musician Johnathan Clancy as a solo project, but has since evolved into …

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Album Review: Summerland

Coleman Hell Summerland 604 Records (2016) Thunder Bay native Coleman Hell’s full-length debut album tells of an afterlife where everyone gets a second chance, “where the sinners and the saints go to the heaven of second chances, where everyone can start again.” Hell broke out onto the EDM scene last …

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Album Review: Let The Silence Stay Where It Was

Sparrows Let The Silence Stay Where It Was New Damage Records (2016) Sparrows, a Toronto-based rock band, self-described as “spacey, punk post-whatever,” released their latest album, Let The Silence Stay Where It Was, earlier this month. They don’t seem to put much effort into being included or excluded from any …

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Album Review: WRONG

We Are Wolves WRONG Fantôme Records (2016) Montreal’s multilingual dance punk, indie-rock trio, We Are Wolves, has unleashed to the world their fifth studio album, WRONG, and it amounts to a 40-minute hit-and-miss ride through 1980s nostalgia. We Are Wolves’ sound has always been defined by heavy use of synthesizers, …

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Album Review: Retribution

Tanya Tagaq Retribution Six Shooter Records (2016) Retribution, Tanya Tagaq’s follow-up to her Polaris Prize-winning album, Animism, packs a bigger punch than its predecessor on all fronts, from its message, to its visceral, compelling sound. Tagaq, an Inuk throat singer from Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, has assembled a diverse and talented …

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Album Review: Scenic Route to Alaska

Scenic Route to Alaska Long Walk Home Independent (2016) Scenic Route to Alaska’s newest album, Long Walk Home, is a polished indie-rock album that shows how much the band has grown since their last release. The Edmonton band’s sound has switched from the grungier guitars of their 2014 release, Warrington, …

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Album Review: Tokyo Police Club

  Tokyo Police Club Melon Collie and the Infinite Radness, Parts One & Two Dine Alone Records (2016) Divided geographically, Canadian pop-rockers, Tokyo Police Club, decided to forgo the lengthy recording process required to produce a full-length album, and instead opted to release two new five-song EPs in 2016. Melon …

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Album Review: We Move

James Vincent McMorrow We Move (2016) Dine Alone Records Irish singer-songwriter, James Vincent McMorrow, has released a third installment of striking lyrics, symphonic tones and exhilarating beats with his new album, We Move. The new album, released Sept. 2, contains 10 full, rich songs, which make up a story that …

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Album Review: Flatbush ZOMBiES

Flatbush ZOMBiES 3001: A Laced Odyssey (2016) The Glorious Dead Records For the Flatbush ZOMBiES, March 11, marked the release of their much-anticipated debut album, 3001: A Laced Odyssey. Meechy Darko, Zombie Juice and Eric “The Architect” Elliot make up the Flatbush ZOMBiES, hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y. Successful in the …

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