Author Archives: Michael Thomas

About Michael Thomas

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

Royal Canoe w/ The Elwins & Language-Arts @ Lee’s Palace

by Michael Thomas Royal Canoe seems to be developing a habit of playing strange bills at Lee’s Palace. But unlike their bill with the Sadies last year, the combination of the Winnipeg superstars with The Elwins and Language-Arts just worked. It’s … Continue reading

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Review – “SXD_EP” – Saxsyndrum

reviewed by Michael Thomas The ever-occupied Saxsyndrum have pulled an OutKast with their new EP on Art Not Love. As the band’s name implies, saxophone and percussion are the two main instruments featured in their music, as played by David … Continue reading

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Review – “32X” – Dream Jefferson

reviewed by Michael Thomas It’s been a long while since Dream Jefferson began hinting at their full-length album. Now, finally, the time has come, and 32X has finally dropped onto the world. During a live set a while back, front … Continue reading

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Review – “dumb summer” – Prom

reviewed by Michael Thomas It’s always a delight when a band is exactly as advertised—though perhaps “delight” might not be the right word to describe Prom, a Toronto band whose description includes the phrase “bummer jams.” Prom make no attempt … Continue reading

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Review – “Legato Vipers” – Legato Vipers

reviewed by Michael Thomas Whoever’s idea it was to say “Hey, the world needs an instrumental surf-rock band” deserves some credit for bringing Legato Vipers into existence. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what makes this band so appealing—but it’s most … Continue reading

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Review – “Waterwings” – Hush Pup

reviewed by Michael Thomas While the “dream pop” label is becoming well-worn in this day and age of DIY, there truly is no band more deserving of the title than Victoria/Toronto’s Hush Pup. To hear Ida Maidstone (Triple Gangers) sing is … Continue reading

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Review – “Subourbon” – Ben Everyman

reviewed by Michael Thomas He of the one-word, punny song titles and infinitely memorable lyrics has returned to the owl’s nest once again. Vancouver’s Ben Everyman is consistent in his unpredictably humourous lyrics accompanied with folk-country instrumentation, and Subourbon, his third … Continue reading

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Review – “Amateur” – Eden the Cat

reviewed by Michael Thomas Eden the Cat’s debut album is an anomaly among recent releases. It’s a first album that was created in about a week—and people can’t stop tweeting about it. Whether this is a viral marketing campaign or just … Continue reading

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Review – “The Fabulist” – Juniperus

reviewed by Michael Thomas Juniperus is yet more proof that the Canadian music scene is an endless well of creativity. This blog has covered plenty of creative albums, sometimes inspired by poetry or other works, but this may be something … Continue reading

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Why Timber Timbre Should Win the Polaris Prize

by Michael Thomas A mere three years ago, Timber Timbre was in the running for the aptly-named Creep on Creepin’ On. It brought an expansion to the band’s previously sparse sound and may have single-handedly birthed the “creep-folk” genre. And then, … Continue reading

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