Feature Friday: Al Wood and the Woodsmen

Hailing from the other side of the “coniferous curtain,” Sault Ste. Marie born blues wanderer Al Wood has put his time into the Ottawa music scene. In 2010, Al Wood and the Woodsmen took the Ottawa Blues Society’s “Road to Memphis” challenge, and advanced to the semi-finals at International Blues Challenge in Memphis. They’ve also […]

Reviewed, Rewound ‘n Revisited: The Tragically Hip – Trouble At the Henhouse

The Tragically Hip: Trouble at the Henhouse Format: CD Purchased: The Hock Shop Key Tracks: Flamenco, Springtime in Vienna, Ahead by a Century, 700 Ft. Ceiling, Apartment Song, Sherpa, Put it Off Last summer, we Canehjins collectively watched the final performance by the Tragically Hip, a band as Canadian as poutine drizzled in maple syrup […]

Feature Friday: Lucila Al Mar

Lucila Al Mar: Nothing Is Forever Key Tracks: Love and Let Go, Protest, 24, Butterfly Duality is a tough cookie. Here one moment, gone the next; one person one moment, another person the next; love ‘n hate…Lucila Al Mar’s debut album “Nothing Is Forever” is an extended meditation on the nature of duality. It is a well-produced, […]

Reviewed, Rewound ‘n Revisited: Kylie Minogue – Body Language

Kylie Minogue: Body Language Format: CD Purchased: Play Copy M/W/RIP Key Tracks: Slow, Promises, Chocolate, After Dark, Someday, I Feel For You “I want my records back”. With one slyly wryly whispered lyric, Kylie Minogue seals the deal marvellously on this kaleidoscopic work of production chops, colorful musical interplay and a strict adherence to sophisticated […]

Feature Friday: Jazz MicroFest at GigSpace

GigSpace, an intimate venue just off Preston Street, has been Ottawa’s hub for great jazz music since its launch in 2011. Operated by the owners of Alcorn Music Studios, Marilee Townsend-Alcorn and Mark Alcorn, this venue inspires a wonderful community feel, and is dedicated to providing a creative space for cultivating local music. There’s nothing […]

Reviewed, Rewound ‘N Revisited: The Who – Live at Leeds

The Who – Live At Leeds (Original Edition) Format: CD Purchased: Hock Shop (2 dollars) Key Tracks: Not a note wasted on this bastid The vaunted “greatest live album of all time”, Live at Leeds serves as testament to one of, if not the most dynamic live acts in rock history. The key to The […]

Feature Friday: Cold Capital

When you spend multiple days on end listening to a great band for a review, I must tell you: it’s hard not to get personally invested and attached to the music. This is especially true when it’s as layered and listenable as Cold Capital’s newly released debut LP “Frozen Assets”, and even more so when the […]

Reviewed, Rewound ‘N Revisited: Mac Demarco – Salad Days

Mac Demarco – Salad Days (2014) Format: CD Purchased: HMV (R.I.P) Key Tracks: Salad Days, Let Her Go, Let My Baby Stay Mac DeMarco is somethin’ else. Something else entirely. No one sounds like Mac, but Mac seems to sound like everything and nothing all at the same time. A blenderfull of Steely Dan, the […]

Feature Friday: The Lionyls

Updated April 16, 2017. *Pete Sounds is a new contributor to Bytown Sound’s music review team* The Lionyls, a self described Rock and Soul band hailing from Ottawa, bring the noize with their Chili Peppers influenced funk rock on three tracks available at their bandcamp website. While the Chili Peppers influence is somewhat sleeveworn, singer Zach […]

Feature Friday: An Interview with Andrew Waines

Andrew Waines is one of Ottawa’s hottest up and coming pop musicians. As a student, guitar teacher, and popular musical social media presence, Waines has a lot going on and a lot going for him. This crazy talented musician just released his first single, “Loving Carefully”, recorded in Nashville with producer Maks Gabriel, and we’re […]