Tag Archives: Indie

Review – “Key Change” – Mocky

reviewed by Anna Alger The Lumsden, Saskatchewan born shapeshifter known as Mocky continues to diversify his storytelling with the part instrumental, orchestral, acoustic, and catchy vocal-led songs of Key Change. There are songs in the realm of jazz here too, … Continue reading

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The Belle Game w/ David Vertesi @ The Biltmore Cabaret

by Chris Matei For bands, the process of metamorphosis is always an interesting one. It can come from fragmentation, dissolution, reformation, from shocks of insight or gradual retooling of ideas and ideologies. The night of June 4 at the Biltmore Cabaret featured … 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 – “Dark Glasses” – Dark Glasses

reviewed by Jack Derricourt “Poetry is an unnatural act.” – Elizabeth Bishop When I was younger, I thought musicians came from the clouds. Now that I’m 28, I’ve lived among musicians for years, and seen the world fall apart and … Continue reading

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Review – “Winters” – The Never Surprise

reviewed by Chris Matei Collaboration, experimentation: these factors are the stuff of vital energy for any musician looking to expand their creative powers. For Vancouver’s Dave Gaudet, The Never Surprise has been a vehicle for both. Gaudet has refocused the … Continue reading

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Review – “Rooms” – Heat

Reviewed by Jack Derricourt Pop is about giving the people what they want. Now, that can sound condescending, to assume that some people and a room can read a culture at face value and deliver a product of some interest … Continue reading

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Review – “Constellations” – Zaac Pick

reviewed by Chris Matei Vancouverite-by-way-of-Medicine Hat Zaac Pick has been hard at work putting together his debut LP, Constellations. The album, coming on the heels of a pair of EPs released in 2009 and 2011, is being released independently and … Continue reading

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Review – “Some Kind of Family” – Les Jupes

reviewed by Chris Matei When people talk about the Canadian music scene, Manitoba might not come up as often as some other provinces located to the more extreme west or east of the country. However, Michael P. Falk is aiming to change … Continue reading

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Review – “Happy Home (what I thought of while I was drowning” – The Ruby Plumes

reviewed by Jack Derricourt I didn’t expect a Lethbridge band to remind me of the MC5. Then I started to think a little more. Is there anywhere in Canada that better fulfils the desolate, industrialized husk of Detroit, the particular … Continue reading

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Review – “Hot Slaw” – The Faps

reviewed by Jack Derricourt The Canadian wilderness welcomes the Faps — that’d be a band name, as well as one of the funniest terms bred by 21st century internet fiends. The road-tried two-piece of a band makes music that can … Continue reading

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