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PARQUET COURTS on Colbert Show

Two nights ago, Parquet Courts performed the song "Captive of the Sun" on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Naturally, the guys had a surprise in store. Austin Brown, who both wrote and sings "Captive,"...
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The 2016 POLARIS Music Prize Short List Revealed

News Release from Polaris, Toronto, ON – Thursday, July 14, 2016 - The Polaris Music Prize, presented by CBC Music and produced by Blue Ant Media, announced its 2016 Short List of Canadian albums...
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ALA.NI – Time-travelling enchantement

Some of us knew it already: it is extremely difficult not to fall under the charm of the the London-based new sensation. A number who those who did were present in the packed venue after discovering her at the...

BILAL: Synthesizing Authenticity and influences

For now over decade, Bilal has been prominent figure of the R&B scene, a genre that is significantly less celebrated here than among our southern neighbors. If the american artist gained so recent exposure...
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VOLCAN TRIO – Pure Freedom!

The supergroup formed by pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba, bassist Armando Gola and drummer Horacio “el Negro” Hernandez delivered high-voltage free jazz at Theatre Maisonneuve tonight! Hard to follow as all...
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JAY-JAY JOHANSON – Same ol’ blues again

A concert by Jay-Jay Johanson is always kind of the same... and it's a good thing for his fans. I saw three times live and it's pretty much the same mood every time. The Swedish crooner lingers in melancholy,...
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HEYMOONSHAKER – Making our lives better

Human beatbox Dave Crowe and fellow guitarist and singer Andy Balcon wanted to make our lives better at the Heineken Place tonight at the Montreal Jazz Fest, and they succeeded, based on the warm reception...
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MARTIN LIZOTTE: Flying Solo with Pianolitudes

Keyboardist Martin Lizotte calls himself a musical mercenary from his prolific active years which generated collaborations with the likes of likes of Jean Leloup, Daniel Bélanger, Loco Locass, Karkwa,...

JOHN JACOB MAGISTERY: How To Cast A Spell

Since its relatively recent inception, Montreal-based band John Jacob Magistery has certainly been enjoying a steady impulse. A debut EP, "Narcissism Unto Loneliness" was released in 2014, collecting rave...
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MISC – What is great jazz?

What is great jazz? This question can have lots of different answers, depending on whom you ask it to. There are different tastes, different currents of thoughts. Some like their jazz pretty classical and keep...
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LIIMA – The Merge

Liima with two i's. Album title is two i's. Not sure what this means, but these ten songs are very interesting. The four-piece European band can blend electronica flavour to rock feelings (Your Heart). Liima...
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BIG THIEF – Stealing the show

Striking guitars (on the fiery Real Love), great melodies (the lovely Masterpiece) and an efficient mix of male / female energy (on Paul) makes the debut album of Brooklyn-based band Big Thief one of the most...
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RJD2 – History Repeating #Not

Back in the early to mid 2000s, many musicians had great success by blending cool new beats with key loops, often from old blues or soul, to create new music. It started with hits such as History Repeating in...
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The Truth About Being a Successful BEATMAKER

As part of the Francofolies's industry workshops series, one particularly stood out on the subject of Beatmaking. The workshop was lead by an impressive panel including Poirier, Pierre-Luc Rioux,...
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30 years of NUITS D’AFRIQUE in Montreal!

News Release from the Festival - Montréal, May 25, 2016 – It’s been 30 years already! This year, Montréal’s Festival International Nuits d’Afrique is celebrating its 30th birthday – a historic...
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PLANTS & ANIMALS – That Montreal Summer Feel…

The Montreal trio has gained a lot of experience since their fantastic debut, "Parc Avenue", back in 2008. On top of the 4 albums and 2 EP they made together, each member of Plants & Animals became an...
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13th Edition of the Montreal REGGAE Festival

News Release from the Festival - Montreal, June 6, 2016 - On August 26, 27 and 28, the Montreal International Reggae Festival (MIRF) will roll out its 13th edition at the Old Port of Montreal – maintaining...
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ISLANDS – Too Darn Easy

Everything seems too easy for the talented musicians that form Islands. In 2016, Nicholas Thorburn, Evan and Geordie Gordon and Adam Halferty launched not one but two albums simultaneously. Both include great...
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METHYL ETHEL – Perfect Balance

It is tough to find the balance between catchy music and solid artistic direction. Some fall into the more pop side of things (e.g. LaRoux) while others are more on the art side (e.g. Blonde Redhead's "23"...
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LAURA SAUVAGE – Extraordinormal Indeed!

There has been a trend in the last few years of strong-minded heavy-guitar female musicians that have gathered respect for both their playing and rock attitude. PJ Harvey, St. Vincent, and Corin Tucker and...
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Viking Metal band AMON AMARTH came to conquer NYC

Sweden’s Amon Amarth shook the stage at The Playstation Theater in Times Square in New York City Friday night, delivering an unrelenting blast of punishing heavy metal before a sold-out crowd of 2100...
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DAN SAN – Close to me

Now, this is an interesting album. I found it a bit by accident as I always throw all new albums we receive at RREVERB into a random mix in my cell to listen to when I commute to work (Yes, I do work. Can’t...
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TRAVIS – This guy’s got soul

Back in late 90s, rock music was reinventing itself (as it is constantly doing), somewhere between lounge music, electronic experiments as grunge days we're close to be over. Morcheeba, Amon Tobin and...
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GODSPEED YOU! BLACK EMPEROR – What is Art?

What is art? What is a great performance? What is an opus? What should you feel during an artistic performance? What should you feel after? You know when you've seen art when you've lived something during a...
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GREYHOUNDS – Heart and Soul

This album is unique. Every song on this album is unique. Greyhounds could be compared as a rock and soul mix of TV on The Radio, The Black Keys with Danger Mouse-type of production. Two middle-age (white)...
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NAP EYES’ Lazy Rock

I got at the Casa just in time to catch the last two songs of the second band playing tonight, Cian Nugent and his two musicians. The place was packed. Got stuck completely in the back. Fortunately, this...
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THE CULT Live – Like the world was on fire!

The Cult made a triumphant return to The Paramount in Huntington, Long Island on Wednesday. The evening marked its third appearance in three years at the former vaudeville theater (originally opened in 1927)...
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CAT POWER narrates JANIS’s letters

News Release from MVD Entertainment Group, March 24, 2016 - The critically acclaimed, box office smash Janis: Little Girl Blue is coming to DVD on May 6th via Brooklyn-based film and TV distributor FilmRise....
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AIR paved the way

Before Daft Punk took the pop world by storm with Get Lucky, the most prominent French band outside of France was Air. At the turn of the century their dreamy lounge music traveled efficiently in international...
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ASHLEY RILEY – Pursuing Dreams

Ashley Riley is a singer songwriter in the true meaning of the word: her own voice, her own music, her own path. On "All the Pretty Things", she displays her talent in various styles: Made of Dreams is a pure...
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GIRLS IN HAWAII – The Missed One

There aren't many albums that are focused on the death of a loved one that are fun to listen to. Belgian indie rock band Girls in Hawaii have released a beautiful and thoughtful album in 2013, entitled...

JON COHEN – Smooth Talking, Groove Dancing

I had noticed Jon Cohen's musical project in 2006 when his “Self-titled” album landed in my Inbox, when I was writing for the indie rock magazine emoragei, back in the day. I was pleased by his mix of rich...
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CROSS RECORD – Not Every Musician is an Artist…

…and not all artists are musicians. Every musician is an artist, but not necessarily at the same level. The ones that target the charts as a goal in their career, or dumb beer drinking rockers have a way...

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...
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TRSTSS – LoFi Garage Panache

Indie hard punk rockers TRSTSS have put out a solid 4-song EP last autumn where we sense influences from power alt-rock à la Strokes (Problems) and deeper Velvet Underground lofi garage art style. On...