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We Must Be Dreaming!: Harea Band Releases New Video for “Must Be a Dream”

Pinch us, Ottawa—our city’s very own Harea Band has released a video for their exceptional new single “Must Be a Dream”. If you’ve been waiting for something to tide you over until their sophomore album later this year, this is it: it’s the perfect showcase for the band’s fun-loving, funk-pop stylings, and a great way […]

Feature Friday: Shadowhand

They refer to it as “ghost-like soul”, and yes sir, indeed, Shadowhand has nailed their sound pretty succinctly.  This album feels like a soundtrack for evening encounters, and it’s pretty darn breathtaking.  Well sung, well performed, well arranged, well goodness gracious, you did it, fellas: it’s minorchorderoticscratchyvocal sexy. You know you want this kind of music […]

Feature Friday: Cast In Cadence

Even though Ottawa’s dynamic rock band Cast In Cadence’s second EP “Dead Ringer” was released in January, its four stellar tracks still have us buzzing. Clocking in at just under 15 minutes, this tightly crafted EP features four pieces of pop/rock perfection just ready and waiting for their turn on the radio charts. “Dead Ringer” […]

Feature Friday: Kelsey Hayes

With starry-eyed love songs and scorned-lover anthems saturating the airwaves, it can be easy to forget that that pop can be earnest and still be catchy as hell. It’s refreshing, then, that Ottawa-based singer-songwriter Kelsey Hayes’ new EP, In My Mind,  serves as a sterling reminder, proving that the best indie-pop can convey complexity and […]

Feature Friday: XiL

When carefully crafted and properly executed, music can be truly powerful: it can connect with you, alter your mood, and evoke deep emotions. The first EP by Ottawa’s XiL, “If I Should Live Forever, Then Know That I Am Dead Inside”, achieves all of this within the space of its six profoundly affecting tracks. It’s […]

Feature Friday: Jon Creeden and the Flying Hellfish

Let’s get two things out of the way before I talk about how Jon Creeden and the Flying Hellfish’s newest offering, “Stall”, blew me away. First: I’m not usually a fan of band names that have a “So and So and the So and So’s” format, because I always feel like the band is getting […]

Feature Friday: Empty Nesters// Soft Life

Ottawa fans of indie, neo-psychedelic, and low-fi, rejoice! Empty Nesters and Soft Life recently released Empty Life, a split EP that evokes feelings of teenage idleness, depression, and violence all vis-à-vis distortion, mellow vocals, and kaleidoscopic sound—quite a feat! Empty Nesters’ first track, cryptically named “???”, starts with an upbeat guitar rhythm that hints at […]

Feature Friday: Sophie Bijjani

If you’re looking for an eccentric and earnest musical adventure, Sophie Bijjani is the perfect guide, helping you along the path to Feu d’grand vent, her soon-to-be released debut album. Following a stint of performances in California, the Gatineau-based artist has made her way back to her hometown in order to release this eclectic collection […]

Feature Friday: Double Magnum

If the brilliantly eclectic blend of styles and genres that make up Double Magnum’s self-titled debut leaves you feeling a bit intoxicated, it’s not a coincidence: the key to this Ottawa band – made up of brothers Nic, Max, Alexis and Felix Boivin – is right there in the name. “When people hear the name […]

Feature Friday: Elementals

Isn’t it fun to have your heart wrenched? Every intense note and word of the Elementals’ second album, “Mother Nature and Her Bipolar Tendencies”, plows into your chest with mighty aplomb. With heaps of shifting time signatures, tuneful arpeggiated wonderfulness, and drums that punch like Tyson, this seven-track beast is the result of an incredible […]