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Monday, March 27th, 2017

The Bug and Earth walk through Hell in “Concrete Desert”

Concept albums, like Stevie Wonder’s Secret Life of Plants or Pink Floyd’s The Wall, hold a special place in the imaginations of music lovers because they exist as something more meaningful than a collection of songs. Though each track might be more or less interesting than another, as a group they can evoke a feeling,

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

“Offers” by NE-HI: Coming of age in the community of garage rock

NE-HI recently released their second album, Offers, via Grand Jury records (which also happens to be the home of a couple more of my favorite windy city boys, Twin Peaks). This is the first release for NE-HI under a prominent...

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

Self-discovery, finding a voice, and a good cold brew coffee: An interview with NE-HI

Prior to the release of their second full-length album, Offers I was able to exchange some pleasantries with NE-HI’s guitarist Jason Balla. The boys behind NE-HI started their lengthy support tour back in Chicago on the release...

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

Interview with Magic Island, a retrospective on “Like Water”

After putting out a string of well-received EP’s Magic Island recently released her first full-length album, Like Water on the Mansions & Millions label. According to Magic Island, Like Water represents her plan to “return to a...

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

Lapping up loud layers & lyrics: LVL UP at Mississippi Studios

Mississippi Studios welcomed LVL UP into their space this past Monday. The venue is connected to Bar Bar and has the feeling of a practice space or basement complete with Persian rugs underfoot to deaden sound and...

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

No surprises here: Tennis at the Wonder ballroom

Tennis started out as dreamy pop duo writing about their romantic sailing trip together. Their first album, Cape Dory, is still hard for them to escape. During the set Alaina Moore even references it herself. The whole idea itself...

Friday, March 3rd, 2017

CMW returns to Toronto this April

Canadian Music Week returns this April for another week of stellar performances. Over the years the festival has become a staple in the local music scene and in many ways the start to the festival season. Taking...

Wednesday, March 1st, 2017

Animal Collective’s “The Painters”: Energetic, but not quite a standout

Animal Collective returns on The Painters — a companion EP to last year’s Painting With. The Painters is usual Animal Collective — experimental indie pop with energy, contrasted with introspection — but it’s unlikely to be a standout...

Sunday, February 26th, 2017

Jo Mersa Marley: Following the calling

text: Jade Newton | photography: Christopher Brown Though he bares the Marley surname and has been heavily influenced by his father, Jo Mersa does not walk in the shadows of his musical lineage – he walks beside it, guided by it...

Saturday, February 25th, 2017

Sensualizing the mundane: “Fresh Air” by Homeshake

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, Homeshake released his third album, entitled Fresh Air. Its overall sound is a sexy, smooth, electric R&B vibe – but once you take the time to digest the lyrics, you realize Homeshake (what...

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