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SHILPA RAY – The Rebel

Shilpa Ray is a strange animal. Some folks classify her in "punk" but it's not too much because her music but more for her rebel attitude. On her latest album, "Door Girl", she does let out some character on a...
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DAVID FRIESEN – Double Bass Masterclass

In the 70s, there weren't that many double bass players that could rivet an audience to their seat with a solo performance. Tacoma-born David Friesen was one of them. His solo playing at the Monterey remains...

MELANIE DE BIASIO – The Black Soul

Melanie De Biasio has this aura around her. Her soft voice feels haunted when on top of the mysterious folk rock her musicians produce for her. It was the case for her second album "No Deal" from 2013, and...

THE BARR BROTHERS – Constant Craving

The Montreal band keeps on growing, musically and crowd-size speaking, as they release albums that are always better and stronger than the previous one. 10 years ago, they were a friendly indie folk combo in...
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SANDVEISS or How to Rock Today

Hard rock band Sandveiss are the answer to the seminal question: "Nobody rocks like Led Zep or Sabbath today." Hell yeah there is. Montreal rockers take their references in the 70s as we hear Jimmy Page...
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BRUCE COCKBURN – The Great Friend

Bruce Cockburn is a legend in Canada. Successful singer-songwriter who started his career back in 1970, his body of work comprises of 25 albums which were consistent in their quality and durability. Cockburn...
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The Soft Parade of ANGELO DE AUGUSTINE

What first strikes the ear when the music of Angelo De Augustine starts playing is how soft his voice is. The California-born singer-songwriter gently strums on his acoustic guitar while he whispers his...
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BING & RUTH – Escape

Bing & Ruth is a musical and conceptual project led by pianist David Moore. As a former student of The New School of Jazz in NYC, Moore wishes to bring his academic skills in the street. He formed Bing...
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HA HA TONKA – The New Model

Formerly known as Amsterband up until 2007, Ha Ha Tonka is a band originally formed in West Plains, Missouri in 2005. They renamed themselves after the Ha Ha Tonka State Park in Camdenton, Missouri. Led by...

The Soft Panache of GRIZZLY BEAR

It's been a little while since the hype years of Grizzly Bear. I remember, back in 2005 or 2006, when the Brooklyn-based band were filling the city's mid-size venues with excited indie rock fans who...
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COMMON HOLLY – Confidence and Vulnerability

Brigitte Naggar, a.k.a. Common Holly, is part of this new generation of female singer-songwriters that are strong and sensible at the same time. Bare-it-all folk and modern electro beat at the same time. Very...
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JAMES BLONDE – Only Love Can Break Your Heart

Love stories gone wrong, heart aches and other reflections on entangled relationships occupy Steph Mercier's brain, as he writes songs with the Niagara Falls trio James Blonde. To his own admission on one of...
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THE WAR ON DRUGS – Continuity

The long-awaited follow-up to The War on Drugs' breakthrough album "Lost in the Dream" finally arrived on August 25, 2017, after intensive touring around the world. "A Deeper Understanding" isn't very...
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LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – Living the Dream

Wow, now here's a great album! And what a great comeback for LCD Soundsystem, who went on hiatus in April 2014! There are lots of Bowie and Byrne influences all through the 4th album by James Murphy and his...

HOMESHAKE – A Breath of Fresh Air

Smooth grooves, minimalist beats, layers of melodies on the keyboards and a lazy and softly singing voice are the ingredients found on the aptly titled new album by Homeshake, "Fresh Air". With a...
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The Cool Life of LONDON O’CONNOR

Great lo-fi synths and a cool lazy voice welcome you on "O∆" (pronounce “Circle Triangle”), the latest release from NYC via San Diego-based artist London O'Connor. What was initially a demo on SoundCloud...

OH CANADA – I COULD DRINK CASES OF YOU

DIVERSE TRIUMVIRATE PERFECTLY ILLUSTRATE CANADA’S MUSICAL DEPTH AND BREADTH HARRY MANX – FAITH LIFT EVERYBODY WANTS TO BE A CAT Harry’s back and like a cat that’s got the cream he’s...
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LOCAL NATIVES – Gems of Silver Lake

The music scene of Los Angeles has nearly as vibrant a history as it's film industry. The endless list of musicians embody all sounds imaginable and only continue to grow as the city remains at the center of...
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BUCKINGHAM-McVIE – On with the show

There are a couple of points that need to be cleared up, right off the bat, before going any further with this review of the much anticipated Buckingham/McVie album. First off, this is not a duets album....
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WE ARE MONROE – Zone Out

We Are Monroe represent a part of that unique indie rock sound that has been a part of Montreal before Arcade Fire amassed critical success and what undoubtedly makes the city stand out on an international...
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DESTROY BABYLON – Killer Character

This 5-song EP from the Boston band Destroy Babylon offers very cool roots reggae, horns heavy, on top of the usual rhythm section. On Bad Draw, the saxophone brings in a ska feel, although the tempo stays...
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JENN GRANT – Soothing the moment

Jenn Grant is the type of singer-songwriter that can surprise her audience with different types of songs. She can take a soft folk approach, like she did on a few songs on her previous album (see here), or...
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SPOON – Life’s Surprises!

2014's "They Want My Soul" was supposed to be the last Spoon album ever. The Austin, Texas-based band's leader Britt Daniel had announced it, and Spoon was to call it quits at the height of their indie rock...

BRIDGET KEARNEY – Groovy baby

Accomplished bass player and backing vocalist for Boston’s acclaimed soul-pop outfit Lake Street Drive; Bridget Kearney steps out on her own for the first time with a collection of 60’s rooted pop songs...
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ELISE TROUW – Young & Gifted

YouTube sensation and 18 year-old talent from San Diego Elise Trouw has made a name for herself as an emerging star online with homemade videos that highlight her skills on the drums. In 2015, she made the...

Pieta Brown – Wait a minute Mr.Postman

  Written primarily in hotel rooms and then sent around the world as a series of sonic postcards for others to stamp their personalities on, could have resulted in Pieta Brown’s latest album...
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MUDCRUTCH – Back to the Future

Mudcrutch is the most famous band you never heard of. Mudcrutch is also a strong testament of how a rock'n'roll legend is true to his friends. Mudcrutch was Tom Petty's first band, in which he played bass and...
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PRIESTS – Veni, vidi, vici.

Imagine a band fronted by Chrissie and Siouxsie sharing vocals, Hooky on bass and a supporting cast capable of delivering surf-punk-jazz-funk-agit-pop-a-roll. Now listen to Priests debut album ‘NOTHING...

MOON DUO – The Devil’s in the Details

The first of two albums dealing with all things arcane and esoteric, on their fourth album together Ripley Johnson (guitars) and Sanae Yamada (keys) as Moon Duo present a consistently entertaining collection...

ALEX IZENBERG – A True Original Voice

One can find original music if he or she puts his or her mind to it. Reading RREVERB regularly is one good habit to take. ;) This week, we dive into Alex Izenberg's latest album "Harlequin", published mid...

LOST IN MUSIC – 2017 – SHERBERT LEMONS?

MENACE BEACH – LEMON MEMORY I missed this Leeds duo’s debut album ‘RATWORLD’ so came to this free from the baggage of expectation. This ‘difficult sophomore album’ kicks off in promising...
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JOSHUA REDMAN & BRAD MEHLDAU – Friends Reunion

One thing I appreciate with jazz is the meeting of two great artists who mix their skills and musical landscapes to create new music together. You don't see this as often in rock nor pop. Duets combine voices,...

THE CAIRO GANG – Wrapped in Velvet

California-born musician Emmett Kelly plays with a lot of people. From Ty Segall to Bonnie “Prince” Billy to Joan of Arc and Japanese musician Takuma Watanabe, he is everywhere! His main focus is his band...

TIFT MERRITT – HEARTACHES AND LULLABY’S

Tift Merritt  serves up a feast fit for a King with her latest offering “Stitch of the World”. With an opening four song appetizer, a 3 song main course, and 3 sweet ballads topping things off, Tift...
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THE ROLLING STONES – The Blues Masters

Keith Richards' solo album "Crosseyed Heart" from 2015 must have shaken Mick Jagger's deeply hidden blues pride. Could rock's oldest millionnaires be the blues band they once were 50 years ago? Or would...
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STING Sees The Light

Sting is a great musician. It's easy to be impressed by his amazing career, from his days in The Police (1977-1984), which hailed itself as one of the world's best bands of the early 80s, to his solo...

JIM JAMES – Hiding in Plain Sight

Waves of ominous, swirling keys and treated guitars welcome you aboard Jim James second solo album “Eternally Even” and it takes a minute before you sit back and sigh with pleasure as his singular voice...