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Up Close and Personal with JORDAN OFFICER

Have you ever gone "wow, now that is great guitar playing!" when listening to a blues record? You know, that feeling when everything's perfect: not just the guitar solos, but the guitar tones, the sound, the...
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MELODY GARDOT – Soul Woman

Jazz singer Melody Gardot signed one of the most interesting albums of the year. Her unique blend of pure jazz ballads (Morning Sun), cool soul funk songs (It Gonna Come) and haunted pop songs (the brilliant...
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FEIST’s Silver Metal Shining

Canadian singer songwriter Leslie Feist is the perfect example of a musicians who find success as she digs deeper in her personal feelings, while showcasing her huge talent. As part of Noah’s Arkweld, By...

ZZ WARD – Less Guitar More Legs

Talented Southern singer songwriter and guitarist ZZ Ward is back with a 4-song EP in which she shows a more danceable angle of her music. Her first album, the excellent "Til The Casket Drops", featured her...
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MAMSELLE RUIZ Hits Hard for Halloween

Mamselle Ruiz is starting to be well known on the Montreal Music Scene. With this video, you would think it could be hit or miss for a musician to follow a Holiday Theme. But no, She hits hard with a beautiful...
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DABY TOURÉ, Unleashed and Tireless!

It wouldn't seem corny to qualify last night's show at the Fairmount Theater in Montreal as bright and fiery, full of colours and smiles. It wouldn't be corny because if you do something for yourself...
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HOT MODELS and Actresses That Can REALLY SING

In this world where genres and jobs aren’t defined anymore – we call this the “Slash Generation” – a talented person can be seen modeling / acting / singing / hosting shows and so on. And why not?...
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BELLE & SEBASTIAN The Golden Era

Scottish band Belle & Sebastian are the quintessential indie pop band. Throughout their 19 year career, they've always stayed outside the mainstream currents, while still producing quality music and often...
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THE CURE – Three Minimalist Chords

In the first half of the 80s, The Cure were a game changer band in the music world. Led by Robert Smith's songwriting skills and unique voice, the band brought an underground rock attitude and Gothic looks in...
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BALTHAZAR and the mystery of Belgian water

Balthazar is another of these great Belgian bands that emerge, singing in English. I don't know what's in the water* in Liège, Brussels, Antwerp, Kortrijk or Ghent but there's a unique mood that comes out of...
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DARLINGSIDE – All for One, One For All

Cambridge, Massachusetts band Darlingside have a beautiful mix of vocal harmonies, folk and electric guitars in their music. Auyon Mukharji, David Senft, Harris Paseltiner and Don Mitchell can bring energy or...
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DURAN DURAN’s SynthPop Disco Vibe

DURAN DURAN came out with yet another album. I'll be honest with you, I hadn't even payed attention to them since the early 2000's. And even then, it was in quick passing, because I was imprinted with their...
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HEYMOONSHAKER’s Noir Wears its Name right

Noir. The title explains it all. HEYMOONSHAKER's new album is dark, angry, and oh so blues-y. The duo redefines blues as it were. By mixing the raw voice with beatbox and blues arrangements, Andrew Balcon...
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IBEYI, The Electro-Soul Twins’ Epic Debut

Ibeyi’s self-titled debut album has been on constant rotation on my player since it came out. The impact a couple of twenty year-olds have on me is… annoying! Yes, it is! What business do these two kids...
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FOALS Gets Predictable

Foals is slowly but surely taking the vacant place of power alt-rock bands like The Strokes and Muse, who either are absent or less efficient in grabbing every rock fan's attention in recent years. Foals'...
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LANE 8 – A Groove That Takes You by the Hips

You can hear it when pop music is great. It isn't overly repetitive. It has great melodies (Loving You), some very cool grooves (Diamonds) and sound that is flawless. ABBA, Duran Duran and Daft Punk are...
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LOW – Stunned by Magnificent Beauty

The beautiful songs, minimalist execution, sonic explosion of Low left me speechless last night. I knew this concert, at the Ritz PDB on Jean-Talon Street, would be a good one. It was even better than great....
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TAMI NEILSON: The Past Becomes the Future

Tough not to think about Amy Winehouse when listening to Tami Neilson's new album, "Dynamite!". The tone of her voice on the two opening tracks, the retro feel she brings to her music, the soul that's all over...
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The grey, brown and passé atmosphere of LOU DOILLON

Produced by Etienne Daho (80's French pop music icon), Lou Doillon's first album came out on September 3rd, 2012. Daughter to Jane Birkin and Jacques Doillon (music and cinema legends), and half-sister to...
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FINE POINTS : Finesse in a Rugged World

For all those who love spleen in their music, in the likes of Travis, early Coldplay or Real Estate, the soft indie pop rock of San Francisco band Fine Points is a must. Airy vocals by Matt Holliman and...
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The future sounds VUNDABAR

Strong guitars, cool riffs and a high-pitched voice are the ingredients that Boston band Vundabar put their money on to stand out in the crowded indie rock arena, and it works! The band developed on "Gawk" a...
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SMOKEY – The Resurrection of Rock’s Gay Icon

This is a puzzling album. One could ask "How Far Will They Go?" in blending genres. Smokey can create pretty funky beats - like on I'll Always Love You - on which a very versatile singer, John "Smokey" Condon,...
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On MICHAEL BROWN’s Death and Pretty Ballerina

Michael Brown passed away March 19, 2015. He was sixty five years old and his musical career had spanned for almost half a century. He recorded some seven or eight albums all along his musical life and his...

What happened to TAME IMPALA ?

Australian youngsters forming Tame Impala have finally launched their long-awaited follow-up album to their successful “Innerspeaker” and "Lonerlism" records. These opuses made them instant favorites of...

AEDHON/APSARAS in the Smoky Mountains Way

I've had the greatest experience with the music of Josh Newton, who goes by the name Aedhon/Apsaras when recording music. He masters a unique instrument called the hang, or hang drum, also called handpan,...
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The BEST COAST is always under the sun

The LA band Best Coast just scored a pretty good hit in the indie pop world with "California Nights". Its 12 songs are all catchy, full of cool songs that make one bounce up and down. Tested on a teenager, she...
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ROCKERS AND BALLAST

The growing trend of theme cruises is aimed at drawing a young crowd in order to dispel the stereotype of nursing homes at sea (no one wants to sail on the assisted-living Poseidon Adventure). There are now...
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Fierce Detroit City rockers WILSON at HEAVY MONTREAL

(News release from the band) - Detroit rockers Wilson have just released their sophomore album, "Right To Rise" last month on Razor and Tie Records.  They are proud to be on the Heavy Montreal bill on August...
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DOE PAORO: New Album due Sept. 25

(News release from Anti-Records) - “The best of what humans and machines can bring out in each other” is how NPR Music described Doe Paoro’s single “The Wind,” a meditation on urban isolation in the...
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JOHN JACOB MAGISTERY Just in Time for Osheaga

(News release from the band) - The Montreal band John Jacob Magistery has had an exciting debut year. After forming in 2014, the group immediately began turning heads. Several CHOM radio DJs quickly backed the...
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RATBOYS are getting serious

You'd think a band called Ratboys would be some sort of punk band with young males with sketchy Mohawk hair and Liquid Paper writings on their black leather coats yelling their life away. But you'd be wrong....
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THE ORB: “Back” With a Vengeance

Whenever I write, whether it's a review or a story, I make a conscious effort to not take for granted that readers know what I'm talking about. However, in the case of The Orb, trying to explain their...
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BEARS OF LEGEND – Legendary Hearts

Bears of Legend has got soul. The Trois-Rivières-based band produces fine folk pop songs that are full of emotions, full of spleen. Right from the start, with Be Mine, All Mine, we think of Travis' greatest...
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MOCKY: In the Footsteps of a Giant

Mocky, aka Dominique Salole, isn't the most well-known musician around, despite the fact that this Canadian just released his 5th solo album. Mocky is one of those collaborators that is often there to make his...