Author Archives: Michael Thomas

About Michael Thomas

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

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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Review – “Ephemeral” – Rich Aucoin

reviewed by Michael Thomas There is only one logical conclusion to make about Rich Aucoin—he must be a being of pure happiness. How else to explain the “high on life” feeling of his live shows? How else to explain the … Continue reading

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Review – “The Three Poisons” – Elephant Stone

reviewed by Michael Thomas It’s hard to believe that Elephant Stone’s self-titled sophomore album only came out at the beginning of last year. Just about a year-and-a-half later, the Montreal “hindie-rock” band has returned with The Three Poisons, which sees the … Continue reading

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Review – “Neuroplasticity” – Cold Specks

reviewed by Michael Thomas On July 31, Cold Specks played an intimate show in Toronto to preview her new tunes, and also gave the audience a window into her thoughts. Seems her soul-laid-bare “doom soul” isn’t something she wants to … Continue reading

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Review – “Reply 1994″ – Korean Drama

reviewed by Michael Thomas The idea of Toronto as a punk hub becomes more viable as the scene expands. The city has already produced top-notch acts like METZ and Pup, but there’s also a growing number of punk bands that … Continue reading

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Review – “High Noon” – Arkells

reviewed by Michael Thomas Despite living about an hour away from Hamilton for my entire life, it wasn’t until last year that I finally visited the city. Until then, all I thought about when I thought of Hamilton was factories, … Continue reading

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Review – “Flagellation Honey” – Expwy

reviewed by Michael Thomas Well, shit. This is it. This is the last Expwy album ever. Whether Matt LeGroulx is going to focus on Galaxius Mons or do something is unknown, but either way, as Expwy he’s done a hell … Continue reading

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Review – “Who Knows Where to Begin?” – Prairie Cat

reviewed by Michael Thomas Sometimes you look for a complex and challenging album, but sometimes one that doesn’t act like something it’s not is equally as nice to hear. Prairie Cat is definitely the latter, and has released a playful … Continue reading

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Cold Specks @ the Drake

by Michael Thomas Whenever you can see an act of Cold Specks’ stature at a venue like the Drake, jump at the chance to attend. At a Cold Specks show, the question is not “will I get chills?” It’s actually … Continue reading

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