Author Archives: Michael Thomas

About Michael Thomas

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

Review – “6 Possible Illusions Prior to Death” – Formalists

reviewed by Michael Thomas Last week I wrote about the type of band that is great at what they do. This week, as luck would have it, there comes a band who is the second type of good band—a band … Continue reading

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Why Arcade Fire should win the Polaris Prize

by Michael Thomas But they already won the Polaris Prize! – Jaded Polaris Fan #1 This is their weakest album so far, it doesn’t deserve it. – Jaded Polaris Fan #2 These are just two of many (transparently imagined) responses … Continue reading

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Review – “Niizhwaaswo” – WHOOP-Szo

reviewed by Michael Thomas The noisy mountain has gone on quite a journey, musically and geographically. WHOOP-Szo has always been a band of two sides—on the one, a gentle folk-oriented band, while on the other, a noisy psych-rock band. Geographically, … Continue reading

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Visual/Audible Hoots: Holy Hum, Illitry, Dirty Frigs, Coronado

Holy Hom – The Unknown This year, Andrew Lee of In Media Res formed a new creation, Holy Hum. Much like his previous work, Holy Hum appears to go for eerie, haunting material as showcased in a rather unusual form—rather … Continue reading

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Review – “Lonesome Ghosts” – Blue Moon Marquee

reviewed by Michael Thomas There are two ways a band can be considered “good.” They can either be great at what they do (read: a particular genre, like chamber folk or psychedelic rock) or they can be a band that … Continue reading

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Review – “Sheer Luxury” – The Lonely Parade

reviewed by Michael Thomas Last month, the results of apparently eight months of work with four bands led to the release of several albums. Not only was this a great idea for releasing music, but it also pulled the spotlight … Continue reading

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Review – “Mary” – Ivory Hours

reviewed by Michael Thomas As a disgusting heat wave settles into Toronto, it seems once again the right time to pull out the old music-writing cliché of the “summer album.” A young band out of London, Ontario deliver summer in … Continue reading

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Review – “Bottom of the Blue” – The Ruffled Feathers

reviewed by Michael Thomas What is it about Vancouver that seems to breed sunny pop acts? Most major music cities have some kind of musical component that defines it: in Montreal, for example, you can expect to find a lot … Continue reading

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NXNE: Mexican Slang, Invasions, Sing Leaf & Cousins

by Michael Thomas Sunday is always the day of NXNE where everything winds down. There’s always a solid hip-hop show at Yonge & Dundas, but little else. This year there still wasn’t a lot of choice, but a few venues … Continue reading

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NXNE: Joel Plaskett, Wilderness of Manitoba, Mo Kenney and more

by Michael Thomas Day four. Over the halfway mark. Who needs sleep, right? When three straight nights of music have you tired, what do you do? Cram in some day shows too. Chickening out of the Bruise Cruise, I opted … Continue reading

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