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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...
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TY SEGALL – The Strange Animal

Indie art-rock freak Ty Segall could have been the persona Gowan was referring to when he sang "You're a Strange Animal, I've got to follow" in 1985 (click here if you really have to). Segall wasn't even born...
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The Art of Songwriting: 10 Rare Gems by LOU REED

Great rock musicians have left us in recent years. Two years before David Bowie’s passing, his long-time friend Lou Reed, founder and leader of the legendary band The Velvet Underground, left us. While most...
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10 Deeper-hidden Gems by PAUL McCARTNEY

I could’ve never predicted the success of my Paul McCartney Hidden Gems piece but then again, Paul is still selling out arenas and stadiums around the world, still recording critically-acclaimed and relevant...
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DONOVAN WOODS – The Woodman’s Vulnerability

I first became aware of Ontario-born singer-songwriter Donovan Woods through an UNCUT Magazine Cd Sampler that featured his song, No Time Has Passed from his 2011 album, "The Widowmaker". It was love at first...
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THE BESNARD LAKES – Makes You Wander

Masters of sound Jace Lasek and his band The Besnard Lakes strike again. The Montreal crew that handles the Breaking Glass studio where Jace Lasek recorded some of their best work creates an awesome opus of...
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MEN I TRUST – Perfect Beauty

For guys and gals who miss the cool loungy feel of the late 90s that bands like Morcheeba used to infiltrate in our bodies, here's Men I Trust. This Quebec City band nails the soft lazy sexy and spleen-esque...
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10 Hidden Gems by PAUL McCARTNEY

This will be the first installment of a series that, I hope, will help you discover songs you weren’t familiar with, from artists you’re probably very familiar with. I will list the songs in the form of a...
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HEYMOONSHAKER Live in Montreal Shook Up the Place

Don't be fooled by their small amount of gear and their minimal set up, the duo behind HEYMOONSHAKER sounds as big as a roaring monster truck! I jumped at the opportunity to be at their show in Theatre...
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BASIA BULAT – Pop Goes The World

Singer songwriter Basia Bulat, 31, isn't a newcomer anymore. We have been seeing her on every Montreal and Toronto stage since her 1st EP came out in 2005. She played everywhere in Canada and the US since...
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LORDE – Beauty in Boredom

Lorde's rise to fame late 2013, was a refreshing one. The young lady made a few statements right off the bat refusing her pictures to be photoshopped, and her dark kind-of-gothic look changed. By doing so, she...
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THE HIGH DIALS bring back the good part of the 80s

This Montreal band (previously called The Datsons) is making a name for itself, since 2003. More and more, their Smiths-influenced new wave rock is finding its own route, thanks to strong music riffs (Echoes...
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Afghan Whigs’ GREG DULLI covers Bowie

News Release from Sub Pop Seattle, WA, January 19, 2016 – Beginning next month, Greg Dulli will embark on an intimate solo tour, which will see him make stops in twelve different countries for a total of 37...
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CROSS RECORD specialize in creeping rock

Pitch Perfect News Release- January 22, 2016 - “Cross Record specialize in creeping rock songs that blow in and out like storms.” — Stereogum With praise from the likes of MOJO, Uncut, Paste...
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CASS MC COMBS is all about contrasts

Cass McCombs is an indie-rock artist that combines garage art rock with strong Velvet Underground influence. You can hear the VU through his chord progression and guitar distortion (A.Y.D., which stands for At...
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30 years live of BAD RELIGION

On February 26th, Bad Religion will release 30 Years Live, a limited edition vinyl document of the band’s now historic 2010 live shows commemorating their 30 years as the world’s preeminent punk band. Four...
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DRALMS – Dark and Hypnotic Explorations

Imagine you're in a dream. It's nice, not freaky, but you kind of feel that something isn't normal. You are not scared but you aren't 100% comfortable either. Vancouver-based band Dralms's new album "Shook" is...
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Unheard track featuring LHASA DE SELA resurfaces

Throughout their two-decade career, Tindersticks have become known as masters of restraint and human emotion, led by the sophistication and rich baritone of Stuart Staples. On January 22nd via City Slang,...
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CALEXICO – Welcome to Broken Heart Country

In the late 90s and early years of this century, the Tucson, Arizona-based band Calexico was one of the most interesting ones of the indie rock world. Their unique Mexican music tainted folk rock was one that...
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DUSTED: Far away, dirty and beautiful

Brian Borcherdt is a genius. He has all the skills. This guy can get pure melodic gems out of lo-fi garage rock. Like Cobain could. Like Corgan could. He considers guitar like Neil Young does. He can play...

Remember the pre-weird BJÖRK?

To many ears, the Icelandic elf always has been weirder than your average rocker, but in the early days of her solo career, she still created pop songs that were way more melodic and danceable than her later...
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The 147 BEST SONGS of 2015

2015 was a great year in music! If you feel lost with the endless list of albums and singles that come out every week, this playlist is for you! After listening to these songs (hang in there, you have a few...
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DAVID BOWIE nails the perfect pop album

If this album would have been recorded by anybody else but David Bowie, we would all be in awe. “Let’s Dance” is one of the best albums of the 80s decade, one of the best pop albums of all times. But,...
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PLAYLIST D’HIVER

C'est l'hiver. Ou plutôt, ça devrait l'être. Mais il n'a pas encore véritablement neigé en ce 26 décembre à Montréal et nous n'avons pas eu de Noël blanc. Cela ne nous empêche pas d'avoir le goût de...
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THUS OWLS – A deep dive into a new landscape

At RREVERB, we think quality music lasts. That it can be listened to for years. This series of interviews with musicians takes the time to focus on the art of making music, on mastering an instrument, owning...
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What’s hot in JAZZ in 2015?

A top 10 list is very hard to do as there is so much more out there to enjoy. I tried to keep it as local as possible, because here in Montreal and the Quebec area we have so many talents and wonderful jazz...