Feature Friday: Tara Shannon

Tara Shannon is using her music as a vehicle for positive change in the world, seeking to help as many people she can while on her musical journey. The indie pop country artist recently released her album Unfinished, and there’s a good story behind that title… In 1997 Shannon debuted her very first album Me […]

Feature Friday: Bonnie Doon

Expectations. Expectations…one of the most consistently thrilling things about discovering new music is the defying of expectations. Pressing play and thinking you’ll be hearing sea shanties with lilting harmonies, and then sitting back and watching as your speakers emit delicious noise…what a rush. Bonnie Doon’s newest release “Dooner Nooner” is just such an album. This […]

Reviewed, Rewound ‘n Revisited: Chris Cornell

Cornell… When magic goes out of the world, it’s tough. When magic goes out of the world of its own accord it’s even more difficult; especially when that magic has entranced you personally, and for such a long time. “Chris Cornell died” (text 1) “Right offstage, apparently” (text 2) Finding out later on that the […]

Feature Friday: Kaleigh Watts

Heartbreak, regret and loneliness: we’ve all experienced it, but rarely is it expressed as eloquently and coherently as it is on Kaleigh Watts’ new EP “Hung Me Dry”. These themes run deep and clear throughout the five tracks as Watts opens up and allows herself to be vulnerable and emotional with the listener, making them […]

Reviewed, Rewound ‘n Revisited: White Denim – Fits

White Denim: Fits Format: Vinyl Purchased: Sonic Boom Key Tracks: Radio Milk, Say What You Want, All of Side 2 in its entire heavenly glory   Magicians! Wizards! Spellbinders! Four Horsemen! Well, at the time of this release, three! White Denim are a musical experience unlike any other. I have had the pleasure of seeing […]

Feature Friday: Moonfruits

Welcome to Ste-Quequepart: Moonfruits duo Kaitlin Milroy and Alex Millaire guide us through a tour of this imagined town through the perspective of its inhabitants over the course of its ten songs. Cleverly marrying enthralling musical storytelling with the political, Moonfruits become a conduit for the villagers’ struggle with the all-too-common realities of small town […]

Feature Friday: Chris Landry and the Seasick Mommas

Chris Landry and the Seasick Mommas Album: One fifty five Stand Out Tracks: Writing to Explain, Yukon Nights, Time Stands, Laura It may seem obvious to say, but country music has a long tradition of bringing music to heartbreak. No other genre brings home the feelings of loneliness, despair and ache quite like country – especially […]

Reviewed, Rewound ‘n Revisited: Genesis …And Then There Were Three…

Genesis: …And Then There Were Three… Format: Originally on CD Purchased: Minnow Lake Hock Shop circa 1999/2000 Key Tracks: Down and Out, Follow You Follow Me, Snowbound, Ballad of Big, Deep in the Motherlode I dig an album whose art work somehow reflects something deeper about the work in question. Certain albums by certain bands […]

Feature Friday: The Ramblin’ Valley Band

The Ramblin’ Valley Band have heard you, Ottawa, and they have listened: their eagerly anticipated first full-length album is now available for you to dance, sing and groove along to. Snoozegrass is loaded with nine stellar tracks that initially hint at a bluegrass album, but it’s a mistake to assume these guys are that cut and […]

Reviewed, Rewound ‘n Revisited: War – Why Can’t We Be Friends?

War: Why Can’t We Be Friends Format: CD Purchased: Music World Key Tracks: Lotus Blossom, Leroy’s Latin Lament, Smile Happy, So, Low Rider, Why Can’t We Be Friends Creating happy music that can be taken seriously is truly an art form. As incredible as bands such as Pink Floyd, Nirvana and the Rolling Stones are, […]