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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...

A QUEBEC MUSIC GUIDE for the Unfamiliar

There is little doubting the fact that Montréal boasts one of the finest Independent music scenes not only in Canada, but the rest of the world as well. However, the most recognized artists dating back to...
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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...
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POP MONTREAL 2017 – Jour 5 – À fleur de peau

Dimanche soir, suite et fin du marathon de découvertes au festival POP Montreal, édition 2017. Je termine mon aventure multisalles avec une découverte et une valeur sûre (que je n'avais jamais vue sur...

POP MONTREAL 2017 – Day 2: The Underdogs Won

Thursday night was a night of choices at POP. Too many great bands were playing simultaneously in different venues of Montreal and difficult sacrifices had to be made. At 9pm, probably the best hip-hop band...

POP MONTREAL 2017: A BEGINNERS GUIDE

Pop Montreal is upon us once again, and just like each passing year, the city of Montreal has been blessed with a plethora of great Independent acts to be seen across the city. Now entering its sixteenth year,...
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The Most Intriguing Bands at POP MONTREAL 2017

With over 400 bands playing in a single week at POP Montreal every year, it's hard to keep up. Especially when 392 of them are mostly unknown bands that (often) need to be discovered. In the past 15 years,...

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...
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SUMMER’S NOT OVER Playlist

August is already finished, and while the pessimist in all of us might want to drivel about how fast the last three months have passed, there are still a couple weeks left to BBQ your hearts out and crank some...

MELISSA ETHERIDGE & JOSS STONE – Shine a light

There are some certainties in life. One is that if Joss Stone and Melissa Etheridge are sharing the stage, which they did for the first time 12 years after their interpretation of the famous Janis Joplin...
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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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MYRIAD3 – It’s All in the Details

My evening started at the Club Jazz stage, near the Gésù, where Toronto trio Myriad3 were finishing a few of their own compositions and were attacking a jazz arrangement of Stravinsky's Ragtime Piano Song,...
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NEIL COWLEY TRIO – On the Edge

If The Bad Plus are the most rock of all jazz bands, English musicians in Neil Cowley's Trio probably are the most jazz of all rock bands! At the Gésù tonight, they showed who was kicking that beat the most...

JESSE MAC CORMACK is a stellar cover band

The Jazz Fest chose a new path for exploration this year with series Re:Creation, giving artists the opportunity to revisit a music repertoire and pay tribute to a musician of their choice. To impersonate...
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BRIA SKONBERG – Jazz is Fun!

Classic jazz and the repertoire from the 40s is the type of music that is fun to rediscover. That was the pop music of the avant-guerre era! Youngsters used to dance to jazz, musicians were these "rockers"...
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LOLA MARSH – The Soft Parade

There is something charming about the way Lola Marsh's music gets under your skin. At first, it may sound thin, and maybe some songs aren't memorable, but it's just an illusion. Singer Yael Shoshana Cohen’s...
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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...