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Review: Walrus, “Family Hangover”

Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, the indie-fuzz band Walrus recently released their new album “Family Hangover.”  Liking the retro nineties indie vibe of their opening track “Later Days,” I received a very harsh wake-up call around the sixty second mark… Continue Reading →

Review: Terra Lightfoot, “New Mistakes”

I have often mentioned that given the seemingly endless supply of new Canadian music, an artist has to offer up something special to separate themselves from the pack and grab my attention.  Prior to her 2014 release “Every Time My… Continue Reading →

Finding God in Everything: Annie Sumi, “In the Unknown”

Way back in another lifetime, I wrote a paper for a theology course in which I intimated that God is present and visible in all things – and was roundly roasted by my professor for borderline heretical thinking.  So hearing… Continue Reading →

Snappy Snippets: Aron D’Alesio, Corridor, Maxim Cormier, Dennis Ellsworth & Kinley Dowling

Now that our festival season has ended, we can start diving into the pile of music that gathered dust over the summer.  You’ll be seeing a fair number of reviews coming from us in the next weeks and months as… Continue Reading →

Take a Chance On Me: The Dead South, “Good Company”

Taking time once again to sift through a collection of ‘unheard’ CDs that have accumulated over the last year or so, my eyes were drawn to “Good Company” by The Dead South.  With their recently publicized (mis)adventures attempting to cross… Continue Reading →

Random Record Revival: Sam Cash and the Romantic Dogs – Stand Together Fall Together

Before I launch into this article, I feel that a disclaimer must be announced to eliminate a very awkward ‘elephant in the room’.  The concept behind the ‘Random Record Revival’ series was all about revisiting an old album from our… Continue Reading →

Review: Matthew Byrne, “Horizon Lines”

If you are looking for an exquisite album of music, perhaps to provide just the right accompaniment for that last summer drive, look no further than Matthew Byrne’s “Horizon Lines,” out just today. It must be said at the outset… Continue Reading →

The Gary Cain Band Offers Some “Twangadelic Bluesophunk”

Had I not read in his bio that this is a debut album, I would not have guessed that the Gary Cain Band’s recent project “Twangadelic Bluesophunk” was a first album.  This collection of blues tunes – which occasionally wanders… Continue Reading →

Cameron: Debut Album Incites Fond Memories of My Musical Past

It is a pretty established fact that while we will always find new music and fresh artists, ultimately, as an entity, popular music itself remains cyclical.  Musical sounds, fads and fashions will always come and go, and the influences from… Continue Reading →

Declan O’Donovan’s “Broken Sky” – A Gift That Keeps On Giving

A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to interview Declan O’Donovan about his new album, “Broken Sky.”  Even on a first (and second, and third) listen, I knew I loved the album, but as I’ve listened to it again… Continue Reading →

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