Album review: Kat Boelskov – Divided

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April 14, 2014
Kat Boelskov - Divided

Title: Divided Artist: Kat Boelskov Record Label: Unsigned/Indepedent Release date:  March 2014 In One Word: Raw The first time I listened to Danish artist Kat Boelskov’s EP, I was ready to dismiss her as a wannabe throw back to Alanis Morrissette. The opening of her song “Movies,” reminded me so much of “You Oughta Know” –...
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Rootstock at Elgin and Winter Garden, Toronto — Gig review and photos

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April 4, 2014
Alan Doyle and Lindi Ortega at Rootstock

Alan Doyle and Lindi Ortega performing at Rootstock Who: Alan Doyle, Lindi Ortega, Steven Page When: Saturday, 29 March 2014 Where: Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre, Toronto In One Word: Nostalgic Recreated from the intimate setting usually found at the Jackson-Triggs Niagara Estate Amphitheatre, the wine conglomerate hosted ROOTSTOCK, a songwriter’s circle featuring...
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Album Review: Howler – World of Joy

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March 24, 2014
Howler - World of Joy

Title: World of Joy Artist: Howler Record Label: Rough Trade Date: 25 March 2014 In One Word: Tributary As stated in the press release for Howler’s upcoming album, World of Joy, “…the record is supposed to be almost like a jukebox at some sloppy bar in Minneapolis playing things like: Thin Lizzy, The Replacements,...
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Album Review: Hands & Teeth – Before The Light

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March 4, 2014
Hands & Teeth - Before The Light

Title: Before The Light Artist: Hands & Teeth Record Label: Underground Operations  Date: 11 March 2014 In One Word: Reinvention  March 11th sees the release of the new EP, Before the Light by Toronto quartet, Hands & Teeth. Progressing from their previous independent releases, 2010’s Enjoy Your Lifestyle and 2012’s Hunting Season, Before the...
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Ginger Ale and the Monowhales at Baltic Avenue, Toronto – Review and photos

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March 2, 2014
Ginger Ale and the Monowhales at Baltic Avenue, Toronto  – Review and photos

Who: Ginger Ale & the Monowhales When: Thursday, 27 February 2014 Where: Baltic Avenue, Toronto In One Word: Bouncy While the club was empty, Toronto band Ginger Ale and the Monowhales packed enough energy to make up for it. The five-piece outfit played a tight set, infusing rock riffs with psychedelic synth to keep things...
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Double review, sketches and photos: NXNE teaser show with Army Girls, Fresh Snow, Michael Rault and Wish

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February 26, 2014
Army Girls sketch drawing by Natascha Malta, Music Vice

Who: Army Girls, Fresh Snow, Michael Rault, Wish – NXNE show When: Tuesday, 25 February 2014 Where: The Garrison, Toronto In One Word: Norrrrrth-by! Way to whet our appetite, NXNE! NXNE 2014 is four months away but on Tuesday night in Toronto fans at the Garrison were treated to a taster of things to come....
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Album Review: Matterhorn – Volume 2: …And It Will Resolve Itself Without Him

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February 21, 2014
Album Review: Matterhorn – Volume 2: …And It Will Resolve Itself Without Him

Title: Vol. 2 …And It Will Resolve Itself Without Him Artist: Matterhorn Record Label: Thinker Thought Records Date: February 2014 In One Word: Apocalyptic Picking up where Vol. 1: The World Began without Man… left off, this Colorado trio of heavy rockers take listeners on a journey through what they’ve conceptualized as the end...
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Current Sessions at The Central, Toronto – Gig review and photos

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January 28, 2014
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Who: Emma Hewson, Kenisha Humber, Birds of Bellwoods, Rory Taillon with Current Sessions Productions When: Friday, January 24th, 2014 Where: The Central, Toronto In One Word: Variety Toronto-based production company, Current Sessions (spearheaded by Marco Carboni and Nicholas Posthumus), kicked off their first concert of the year at The Central with friends – and...
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Pixies at Massey Hall, Toronto – Gig review and photos

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January 16, 2014
Pixies at Massey Hall, Toronto - photo by Brian Banks, Music Vice Magazine

Who: Pixies When: 15 January 2014 Where: Massey Hall, Toronto In One Word: Chemistry What greater stage for the Pixies to kick-off the North America jaunt of an extensive 2014 tour schedule, than Massey Hall in Toronto? In terms of its grandiosity and history, and the aural and visual experience, it stands tall as...
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Holiday Special EP Review: Alanna Matty – Chestnuts Snow and Mistletoe

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December 24, 2013
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Title: Chestnuts Snow and Mistletoe Artist: Alanna Matty Record Label: Independent Date: December 2013 In One Word: Festivus I once read something along the lines of “It’s nearly Christmas – time for not a single artist to put out an original album”. To an extent, this is the truth when it comes to the holidays....
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PUP interview — We chat with the band during their last crazy night in Toronto before their UK tour

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February 3, 2014
Pup at The Garrison, Toronto, January 2014 - photo by Megan Rach, Music Vice

There are few bands that could muster energy to play two shows in one night. Even fewer could do it two nights in a row. Toronto punk outfit PUP are not most bands. Two days shy of setting off for a European tour, Pup played two sold out shows and lived...
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Ryan Star interview – Music without a label

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January 26, 2014
© Meredith Truax

The beginning of a new year usually involves reflecting on the past and finding hope in the future. Ryan Star released his long-awaited new album, A N G E L S + A N I M A L S, through PledgeMusic at the most ideal time. It tells a...
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Zane Carney interview – John Mayer’s guitarist talks in-depth about his debut EP

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November 18, 2013
Zane Carney - Music Vice interview

Back in September, Zane Carney released his much anticipated solo debut, Confluence. It combines his influences as a world class jazz guitarist and the dark, mysterious sound that he created with his brother, Reeve, for their bluesy rock band, Carney. Confluence not only introduces Zane as a captivating lead...
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Say Hello To… Tim Watson – Durham Region artist is one to watch

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July 12, 2013
Photograph by Mike Peleshok

Photo by Mike Peleshok Tim Watson has been making a name for himself within the Durham Region music scene. He is often being praised and remembered for his wide, soaring vocal range and his diverse musical talents. Watson possesses that rare ability to always connect with the audience through...
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Say Hello To… Little Creatures – a Toronto band looking to channel some Billie Jean King spirit in their music

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June 28, 2013
Little Creatures

Jessica Paiva of Music Vice Magazine had the privilege of catching up with award-winning songwriter and drummer Alison MacLean and singer/guitarist Chris Ioannou of Toronto band Little Creatures before hitting The Painted Lady’s stage during North by Northeast festival (NXNE). Why do you choose to be a part of these festivals?...
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Jimmy Gnecco interview – Canadian exclusive: OURS lead singer on crowdfunding their new album

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May 28, 2013
OURS - Press_Shot 2013

The sold-out crowd’s clothes in Lee’s Palace were definitely dry from the rain once OURS blazed through their fierce 40-minute set on May 10, 2013. The band came to Toronto as support for Peter Murphy. They played songs from their new album, Ballet The Boxer 1, which was just...
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Say Hello To… Capital Cities

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May 14, 2013
Capital Cities - photo credit Eliot Lee Hazel

Capital Cities —  photo credit Eliot Lee Hazel It’s catchy, upbeat, electrifying collaborative magic, and all created by the magical minds of Capital Cities. The group who are causing a wave of dance and awesome alternative sound throughout the world, stopped in Toronto last night to play the Virgin Mobile...
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Industry Insider: Brett O’Brien – Viddy iOS app co-founder interviewed

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July 24, 2012
Industry Insider: Brett O’Brien – Viddy iOS app co-founder interviewed

“The best advice I can give is to fail quickly and often! It is the fastest way to learn and to figure out what does not work!” – Brett O’Brien. The latest Insider in our series is the highly successful Brett O’Brien, Chairman and Co-founder of “Viddy”, a mobile...
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Kid Koala Exclusive Interview

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July 13, 2012
Kid Koala at Trafalgar-Square, London - photo Nic Marsden, Music Vice

“I originally was called DJ SHREDMASTER EVIL but the record label thought I should change it to something a little more cuddly!” – Kid Koala. How did the stage name ‘Kid Koala’ come about? I originally was called DJ SHREDMASTER EVIL but the record label thought I should change it...
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Industry Insider: Don Grubbs – PR President at Absolute Publicity

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June 27, 2012
Don Grubbs

INDUSTRY INSIDER: DON MURRY GRUBBS ( Publicist/ Company President. Absolute Publicity, Nashville.) Don Murry Grubbs is the President of the well reputed Public Relations Firm, ‘Absolute Publicity’, in Nashville, Tennessee. The company has a talent roster that spans from seasoned music veterans to some of Country Music’s rising stars;...
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Interviews

Pup at The Garrison, Toronto, January 2014 - photo by Megan Rach, Music Vice

PUP interview — We chat with the band during their last crazy night in Toronto before their UK tour

There are few bands that could muster energy to play two shows in one night. Even fewer could do it two nights in a row. Toronto punk outfit PUP are not most bands. Two days shy of setting off for a European tour, Pup played two sold out shows and lived to tell the tale. Megan Rach was...

© Meredith Truax

Ryan Star interview – Music without a label

The beginning of a new year usually involves reflecting on the past and finding hope in the future. Ryan Star released his long-awaited new album, A N G E L S + A N I M A L S, through PledgeMusic at the most ideal time. It tells a story from start to end...

Zane Carney - Music Vice interview

Zane Carney interview – John Mayer’s guitarist talks in-depth about his debut EP

Back in September, Zane Carney released his much anticipated solo debut, Confluence. It combines his influences as a world class jazz guitarist and the dark, mysterious sound that he created with his brother, Reeve, for their bluesy rock band, Carney. Confluence not only introduces Zane as a captivating lead singer, but also a diverse...

Podcasts

Aereogramme - photo Brian Banks, Music Vice

Download: Radio Wunderbar Episode 33 [AAC podcast. 1 hours 32 minutes (87.9 MB. Right-click...

The Walking Dead - screen shot courtesy AMC

Download: Radio Wunderbar Episode 32 [AAC podcast. 1 hours 54 minutes (106 MB. Right-click...

Radio Wunderbar

Download: Radio Wunderbar Episode 27 [AAC podcast. 1 hours 20 minutes (72 MB. Right-click...