After a release or two under his proper name, local singer/songwriter Grant Davidson gave himself the Slow Leaves moniker to take things up a notch.
A new Sloan disc is usually met with excitement, then puzzlement, then after a few years, enjoyment.
Skits can make or break a hip-hop record. Think of the excellence of Method Man on 36 Chambers to the cheesiness of Ras Baraka on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. NehuvianDOOM - a collaboration between the enigmatic legend MF Doom and up-and-coming emcee Bishop Nehru - falls into the latter category, but with less of the charm.
You can’t just listen to Rich Aucoin, you have to experience Rich Aucoin.
This whimsical concept album from members of Destroyer and Belle & Sebastian is super atmospheric, lush and beautiful.
Bookended by the infectious team of “Our Love…” and “…On the Run,” this third LP finds Nils, Amy and Paul in superfine form.
Man, this thing is a trip. I haven’t ever properly digested a Caribou record before, just the odd free download here and there, so hi.
This one plays at my love of ‘90s noise-pop (think anything Lou Barlow did or Sub Pop released) and comes from local longhairs David Dobbs (vox/guitar) and Matthew Powers (drums).
How The Physical World is approached should be prefaced by the notion that it’s hard to pinpoint whether interest in this album is fuelled by nostalgia, or relevance for the first new DFA 1979 songs since the release of the Toronto duo’s lone LP, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine.
How do you nail down some diversity on a three-song EP without mixing things up musically too much?
It’s a daring move to open a record with an epic - Matt Good’s done it a few times, as has Wilco and LCD Soundsystem.
After 25 years as the sole constant member of Toronto indie band By Divine Right, José Contreras embarks on a solo adventure with this self-titled album.
Kitchen Knife is a fun bluesy record from country rock outfit The Devin Cuddy Band and a strong follow-up to the Juno nominated debut, Vol 1.
On the debut LP from Vancouver’s Young Liars, the band delivers a conceptual album of synth creeps that venture into even slower pop tracks.
The second album from Winnipeg-based band The Sturgeons follows up 2012 debut Wood Shop, which we then said was “fresh and unique”.
It's taken five years for The Other Brothers to produce a second album and it was well worth the wait.
After the mammoth assault of 2011's perfect David Comes to Life rock opera, genre-defying Toronto punks Fucked Up return with the summer record you never knew you needed but always hoped you'd get.
The 10 deliciously lo-fi songs that make up Halifax duo Cousins' new LP are so infectious that you'll be singing along to them on the first listen, especially "Alone".
The second in a series of EPs from 23-year-old Edmonton singer/songwriter Eamon McGrath finds his Tom Waits-growl in full form on guitar-heavy opener "Canadian Shield".
Not opening with Radiohead's "High and Dry", the second record from Ontario singer/songwriter Melissa Payne is filled with nine bubbly and pining country popsters in the vein of Blue Rodeo, Amy Millan or Whitehorse - lots of reverb-soaked twang and pedal steel, decorated with oohs and aahs. She also ventures into southern-fried baroque pop balladry ("Call Me a Fool") and her raspy warble is welcome on each and every track, no matter the style (the girl can do diversity).