Best of 2016

In my humble opinion, 2016 has been a shitty music year. Primo: he deaths of Prince, Bowie, Cohen, Sharon Jones and so many other I cannot recall this very moment. Deuxio: popular the charts are dominated with...

HEARTSTREETS: Montreal Girls Crawling South

A few years ago, two girls from Montreal started posting some great tunes on YouTube and a lot of people paid attention. I definitely felt they would get snapped up by a label, do an album and go big. It...

BEACH HOUSE at Rialto, with love

The atmosphere was electric at Montreal's Theatre Rialto for this sold our gig of the Baltimore duo. For one, the grandiose and slightly faded theater seemed like a perfect foil for their show - wishing there...

JULIE’s top 25 albums and songs of 2015

About a year ago I was writing my first article on RREVERB, it was the same "best of 2015" formula as you are getting now: 25 of my favourite albums of the year, (see my 2014 list here) along with a Spotify...

EL VY – Up Close at Théatre Fairmount

Before beginning this review, one has to put up a disclaimer. I was seduced into going to this gig by a friend, who is a massive Matt Berninger fan. I didn't know much about EL VY, outside a Google search and...
Seoul

SEOUL – I Become A Shade

Formed by Julian Flavin, Dexter Garcia, and Nigel Ward, Seoul is a this trio of synth-loving perfectionists - they are doing their album launch party in their home town of Montreal tonight (26th...
Spoon

SPOON – We Want More Of Their Soul

On this 22nd June, Spoon made their first appearance in Montreal since opening for Arcade Fire last August at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Being the main act this time around allowed them to apologize for not playing...

BRONCHO – Just Enough Hip To Play Divan Orange

This 10th May, the cool kids in town stayed home with their mums it seems. BRONCHO, the Oklahoma indie songsters who wrote one of last year's catchiest songs, Class Historian, were the only people standing...

CHOCOLAT: l’art du débridé à La Sala Rossa

Si je devais résumer un spectacle de Chocolat en un mot, ce serait : débridé. J'avais vu Jimmy Hunt et sa bande au lancement de leur 2ème album "Tss Tss" à la Vitrola en Novembre dernier, un joyeux...

MILK & BONE – To New York, and beyond!

While I have been pretty quiet on the blogging front lately, there has been one standout album on my Last.fm most listened stats. Milk & Bone is an electro-pop duo from Montreal, they have been much...

NAVERT, groove noir pour un temps bipolaire

Cette semaine, en naviguant à travers les nouveautés, j'ai fait une belle découverte quand je me suis laissée tenter par un album à la pochette intriguante: Temps Bipolaire du duo Navert. Monsieur...
Laurent Thomas

LAURENT THOMAS : Franco folk franc

L'auteur-compositeur-interprète, Laurent Thomas a commencé à faire de la musique dans le sous-sol lavallois de ses parents en 2009. Son parcours entêté (c'est lui qui le dit) l'a mené sur...

ARIEL PINK – We Are All Weird

- Hi A hesitant hand comes to meet my handshake... "Hi" - So I heard you had a tough journey - Yup - Are you up for the gig? - I'll do it. - Great - looking forward to it. - Do you have a cigarette? -...

BE MY VALENTINE – a romantic playlist

Looking for some music to play for your most romantic night of the year? Well, I just happened to have an eclectic Valentines playlist with love songs, new and old, from Billie Holiday to the Beach Boys, from...

FATHER JOHN MISTY – I Love You, Honeybear

Father John Misty is the alter ego of Joshua Tillman, a prolific songwriter and musician: at 33 years old, he has 10 albums under his belt and has also toured as a drummer with the folk bands Fleet Foxes and...

MARK RONSON – Uptown (Not So) Special

I really wanted to like this album. I really did, because the first single, Uptown Funk, got us all up and dancing at the beginning of winter, when we needed it most. I really liked Mark Ronson's TED talk...

KRAFTWERK – Music for the Digital Age

I stumbled upon a great great great BBC documentary about a month ago, on Kraftwerk and their influence across all branches of electronic music. A digital rights dispute made the video disappear a couple of...

VIET CONG… a step up from Women

Last week, I missed Viet Cong playing at Montreal's Ritz PDB to a sold out crowd. I wish I hadn't. That day, I had just started listening to their new self-titled album, and I haven't stopped since then....

Julie’s best albums and songs of 2014

Before I start being a regular contributor to RREVERB, thought i'd share with you a blog post I did a while back on my Last.fm account, as an introduction to myself and my musical tastes. I hope you will enjoy...