Album Reviews


Monday, February 12th, 2018

Saya drops “Cheap Thrills” EP

Is Saya her real name? A shout out to the dance-music aesthetic from Bolivia? No one really knows. And that’s part of the appeal of this 21-year dashing scarlet from Toronto and LA. Her image is subtractive, only appearing exactly how she wants. Her Instagram is rightfully popping and her Twitter is golden. But for

Saturday, February 10th, 2018

Cadence Weapon swims in an infinity pool of fearlessness

If versatility is what you’re looking for in your hip-hop, then Cadence Weapon has just the right amount of it. The Edmonton MC has returned after a five-year hiatus to release his self-titled, fourth studio album. As he...

Saturday, January 20th, 2018

Jono McCleery returns with “Seeds of a Dandelion”

I’ve always had a soft spot for cover songs. Not the kind done by old ‘80s rockers trying to reinvent their glory days – that kind that are reinvented by talented artists. The artists who find twists...

Tuesday, January 2nd, 2018

Blush releases a self-titled record

Blush is the bedroom spawn of ex Darlings member Maura Lynch. During her eight year stint with the band, she forged these songs in her bedroom and kept them under the moniker Blush. Once the Darlings ended...

Wednesday, December 27th, 2017

Year-end roundup: Rose’s top albums of 2017

This list is by no means comprehensive or a superlative. I definitely slept on some albums this year. There is also no emphasis in the numerology of these albums. I loved them all equally and for different...

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

Slow Magic’s “Float” is just what the doctor ordered

Slow Magic‘s newest 13-track EP, Float, is exactly what I need to get through a long day of work where I’m staring at my computer aimlessly.  If you are not familiar with Slow Magic, he is known...

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

Latest Output by Whitney: “Light Upon the Lake: The Demos”

I like Whitney. I really do. I bet they’d like me if we met. I went to their latest concert in Toronto and thoroughly enjoyed their solid, albeit slight, output. By now you may be waiting for...

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

Thee Conductor “Cotton Tornado”

Cotton Tornado may be my new favorite name for an album, ever. It is the newest creative venture from Jason Butler and the founder of Thee Conductor. The album is a self-professed art project of this debut...

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

Larre de Kat “Un Olandese a Milano”

Dutch artist Larry de Kat put together an interesting six-track album, Un Olandese a Milano. The album has so many different genres of music in one place that I am not sure if it is confusing or memorizing. De...

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

Son Little’s sophomore album “New Magic” – simpler & more upbeat than his last

I was really looking forward to seeing what Son Little would do with his new album. His first full length self-titled release established him as someone looking to rework the blues and R&B canon in a new...

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