In just four songs, brothers Daniel and Sean Guezen deliver more grit and dirt than a lot of bands do in a whole career.
I'm not sure why these two local albums, which exist fine on their own, are delivered here on one disc, but it's okay because it's economical and it all really works together.
This four-song EP from New Brunswick chillwave duo Vogue Dots delivers the sad.
The debut EP from Winnipeg quintet FINN delivers five ultra-clean pop rockers that live somewhere between late-period Death Cab and early Teenage Fanclub. "Father's Chair" and "River's Shore" both have a bit of an edge while playing it safe, blending acoustic guitars with light distortion.
Over the last decade, Toronto alt-country trio Elliott Brood has delivered a collection of stirring, dark and layered EPs and LPs that showcase a unique twist on the brand Wilco helped to define in the mid-90s. This, the band’s fourth, is easily the Brood’s catchiest full length.
Western Canadian Music Award nominees Fish & Bird deliver that baroque pop meets M. Ward meets nothing special sound on the BC quintet’s latest LP.
Kingston, Ontario singer/songwriter Tom Savage delivers some heart-on-his-sleeve acoustic goodness with his latest solo effort.
This five song debut from local sextet Ozconscious is a bit of a mixed bag.
If you’re in the mood for Basia Bulat with a more folked-out twang, or Ohbijou without the oh, then Frazey Ford’s (Be Good Tanyas) latest solo LP will win you over.
Layered yet dense, danceable yet trance-like, haunting yet playful - “Earth and Sky,” the nearly nine-minute opener of Winnipeg electronic musician Ken Trudeau’s new EP is epic.
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?