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Reut Avisar, a resident of the BOLT program of the Chicago Artists Coalition, explains...

Zefrey Throwell’s work is a synthesis of the dialectical war being fought for humanity....

  • There’s an odd contradiction at the heart of Sky Swimming, the unusually strong debut album by UK duo Elephant. Half the songs strongly recall the heart-on-your-sleeve romanticism of classic late 50s/early 60s pop while others sound like a better example of more or less standard indie shoegaze pop. Both work for singer Amelia Rivas’s ethereal […]

  • Language Arts make the kind of music that could go one of two ways in a live setting: it could either be stripped back to its singer-songwriter roots or presented with a band big and ornate enough to capture all the sonic details of their new album, Wonderkind, released April 1st on Maple Music Recordings.  […]

  • La Femme is one of the sincerest ironic bands to come from France. Mixing in equal parts surf and cold wave with a dash of ye-ye pop and Goosebumps spirit, La Femme sound as good live as they do on record.  The band is a reaction against the seriousness with which many bands take themselves […]

  • Don’t be fooled by the title of Chet Faker’s latest album, Built On Glass, because unlike a glass floor, these 12 songs are solid. The mood music is established from the first track, where he invites the listener to literally “Release [their] Problems”, before laying down his trademark sleepy and seductive vocals. Backed by off-tempo […]

  • Language Arts, led by guitarist/vocalist Kristen Cudmore, is back with Wonderkind, the band’s first release with Maple Music Records.  The new album shows the Toronto-based band building on their eclectic sound, a distinctive blend of off-kilter folk, jazz, and classical grafted to a more immediate indie rock template. Which isn’t to say that Wonderkind is […]

  • On Elliphant’s new Look Like You Love It EP, the young Swedish songstress channels the aggressive Riot Grrrl movement; alternating between in your face shouting with slowed down sweet moments. Throughout the EP the beats are interrupted by loud klaxons, foot stomping, and the myriad noises of revolution. Look Like You Love It is gritty and […]

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  • It was the British Columbia Boy’s Choir that brought The Zolas together some 15 years ago. Since then, Zachary Gray and Tom Dobrzanski carried their vocal talents to Lotus Child until 2009, when the duo released the heavily praised Tic...

  • My conversation with Mr. Mac Demarco was everything you hope for in a musician but usually don’t get. He was intelligent, sincere and down to earth. Salad Days is an introspective album that he’s put out for his fans....

  • “I am a record collector. I think though that there are a lot of record collectors who are constantly out there buying new stuff, and that just isn’t me anymore,” Eli Reed on his obsession with music.  When you...

  • Scott Reitherman’s work in Throw Me the Statue (his previous band) and Pillar Point (his current project) is a discourse between melancholy lyrics and jubilant instrumentation. Out recently, the new project and new album, self-titled for easier digestion, is...

  • When most people see the name of this band they might automatically think of The Decemberists, which honestly kind of sucks for The Crane Wives, but the group of folk musicians from Grand Rapids seem to be oblivious to...

  • You’d be hard pressed to find a more enigmatic, come-from-nowhere artist than Lowell. From her collaborations with Apparatjik to splitting her songwriting time between Toronto and London to a live debut in front of 60,000 people, Lowell is not...

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