Author Archives: Michael Thomas

About Michael Thomas

Hey, I'm Michael Thomas and I am the founder of Grayowl Point.

Review – “We Are Not Here OST” – Clara Engel

reviewed by Michael Thomas Toronto’s Clara Engel is a highly prolific musician, and her dark, dramatic music is a wonder to take in. For her latest project, however, she’s gone a little simpler—but no less haunting. She provided the soundtrack … Continue reading

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Review – “2015” – Everything is Geometry

reviewed by Michael Thomas Long distances can be tough on bands, especially in Canada, but it seems to have worked out swimmingly for Everything is Geometry. Kristjanne Vosper lives in Vancouver and Ken Holiday lives in New Brunswick, but that … Continue reading

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One-on-One with Walrus

by Michael Thomas As I meet up with Walrus a few hours before their NXNE set, Jordan Murphy says “We drove from Rivière-du-Loup.” The previous day they drove from Halifax. He is not saying this as an excuse; this is just … Continue reading

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Review – “I Get the Feeling Central” – Tough Age

reviewed by Michael Thomas What angle is there to start this review on other than “this is awesome”? It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what Tough Age are going for on their latest album, but that’s fine—most listeners will be too … Continue reading

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NXNE: Jennifer Castle, JOOJ, Michael Rault, Animalia

by Michael Thomas On Saturday, I realized 8/15 of the bands I saw during NXNE were from Toronto. But who cares, Toronto is awesome. Animalia at the Painted Lady began my night. Jill Krasnicki’s music is fairly simple, but she … Continue reading

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NXNE: Doldrums, Fresh Snow, Foxes in Fiction

by Michael Thomas On Friday, Atlas Sound was the big draw to Lee’s Palace, but as you can probably guess, what drew me to the venue were the Canadian acts who preceded him. Starting the night off was Ontario-born, Brooklyn-based … Continue reading

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NXNE: Vogue Dots, Mardeen, Glory Glory, Walrus

by Michael Thomas On Thursday at NXNE, it was nearly impossible to find a showcase that WASN’T stacked with talent. For the night, I decided to cast my lot on Halifax, specifically the Halifax Pop Explosion showcase at Handlebar. I … Continue reading

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NXNE: DIANA, Prince Innocence, Bernice, Ginla

by Michael Thomas While the first night of many multi-day festivals can be light on worthwhile choices, NXNE had a surprising array of options Wednesday night. One involved plenty of Toronto power with a dash of Montreal and took over … Continue reading

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Review – “II” – Flow My Tears

reviewed by Michael Thomas It’s nearly impossible to talk about Logan Turner without talking about how prolific he is. He’s released several albums, EPs and singles over the last four years both with his band Cygnets and by himself. As … Continue reading

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Premiere: Tiny Rhymes – “Arrows”

There’s something about simple indie-folk that makes our hearts swell, and the latest from the Canadian-American group Tiny Rhymes is just such a thing we can get behind. “Arrows” will appear on the band’s upcoming A Kinder History EP (out June 23rd) … Continue reading

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