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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 →

Guy Bélanger – Surprises In Every Part of “Traces and Scars”

Some months ago, I began seeing hints that a new album was forthcoming from Guy Bélanger, who is (rightly) considered one of the best harmonica players in Québec if not North America.  Although I was not terribly familiar with his work,… Continue Reading →

Fast Romantics – The Eagerly Awaited “American Love” Release

As a fresh, but very dedicated Canadian music blogger, one of the toughest tasks is finding that next great thing.  It is easy to rehash articles about seasoned performers, personal favorites and the like, but with the seemingly endless emergence… Continue Reading →

Take a Chance on Me: Jason Kent

The concept of this series of articles was to share our enjoyment of music found in the most obscure of places, by artists that are completely unknown to us.  With our previous reviews of both The Marrieds and The Harpoonist… Continue Reading →

Snappy Snippets: Tanika Charles, Ariane Moffatt, Tim Bastmeyer, nêhiyawak

It’s been a while since we brought you an edition of “Snappy Snippets,” but we have a pile of music awaiting our attention this month – so watch for more to come.  This time around, we bring you a variety… Continue Reading →

Find a New Favorite: Adam Baldwin

As we have mentioned several times on this blog, having access to Canadian stations on satellite radio has been instrumental in bringing hordes of new artists to our attention.  One of the most recent tracks heard was “Daylight” by ‘newcomer’… Continue Reading →

Feist: (An Absolute Listening) Pleasure

It was not too long ago when the media buzz increased surrounding the upcoming release of a new album by Leslie Feist, and it certainly prompted me to rediscover her 2011 album, ‘Metals’ (see review here).  After such a lengthy… Continue Reading →

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