Tag Archives: Halifax

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 – “Rippling Waters” EP – Ostrea Lake

reviewed by Chris Matei Some albums evoke a particular time period. Others give the impression of a certain mood. Rippling Waters, the soon-to-be-released EP from Halifax, NS trio Ostria Lake, seems to be most strongly influenced by a place. This … Continue reading

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Review – “The Tempest of Old” – Gabrielle Papillon

reviewed by Laura Stanley  There’s something incredibly striking about Gabrielle Papillon’s familiarity. Her music is a mix between Jenn Grant, a bit of Kathleen Edwards, and a dash of The Weepies. And yet, Papillon is not like them at all. … Continue reading

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Review – “My Cold Home” – The Reference Desk

reviewed by Anna Alger Indulge your love of 90s indie rock with the throwback feel of The Reference Desk’s My Cold Home. This is the third release from the Halifax band, who coin themselves as the makers of “crunchy hooks … Continue reading

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Review – “Paisley Days” – Trees Speak Breeze

reviewed by Michael Thomas Paisley Days is an album of transition. Despite the fact that Josh Horner now has a full band backing his Trees Speak Breeze (a minor tongue twister) project, this particular album was the product of 20 different … Continue reading

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Review – “Mauka” – Vogue Dots

reviewed by Eleni Armenakis  The buzz around East Coast duo Vogue Dots is almost palpable with Ryan Hemsworth already enlisting an upcoming song from them for his Secret Song series. Which is why it might come as a surprise to … Continue reading

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Review – “TIMES” – Brian Askew

reviewed by Anna Alger Blending elements of classic rock, blues, and pop, Brian Askew is carving out a continuously surprising and inventive niche within a genre known for stagnation on his new album, TIMES. Continuously releasing music for the last … Continue reading

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Review – “Die & Carry On” – The Devil’s Half Acre

by Eleni Armenakis  The Devil’s Half Acre couldn’t have chosen a more suitable theme for their third and final album than Die & Carry On. As an album “inspired by beginnings and endings and beginnings again,” there’s a near-morbid finality … 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 – “Highway” – Hey Mother Death

Reviewed by Jack Derricourt It’s really no surprise that the text for Highway was mostly written in the wintertime. Hey Mother Death’s Paris/ Halifax death grooves are like wolves skulking through the snow: vicious and mysterious. Spoken word pieces in French and … Continue reading

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