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New music: Destroyer

By Jason Herring, October 31 2017 — Dan Bejar’s music has never sounded at ease. Whether through instrumentation or subject matter, every one of his songs carries an anxious undercurrent. Even during his best work from the 2011 smooth jazz/indie rock hybrid Kaputt, Bejar struggles through dense, cryptic lyrics atop the most lush, dreamy instrumentals this…

Calgary’s Raleigh dives into new sonic territory with Powerhouse Bloom

By Matt Hume, October 26 2017 —  A sound exists within the wave of psychedelic indie rock, somewhere in between Unknown Mortal Orchestra and Tame Impala, personified by Calgary quartet Raleigh. On Sept. 29, the group released their third full-length record, Powerhouse Bloom — an album developed during the band’s residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and…

New Music: Neil Young

By Stephen Lee, October 12 2017 — Neil Young has never been one to chase a synthetic sound. Hitchhiker resonates with raw, unnerving and subtle energy beneath a simple sound that perfectly encapsulates Young’s songwriting. Young’s lyrics don’t need to be dissected for meaning. There’s something powerful about the way he tells a story —…

New Music: Open Mike Eagle

By Thomas Johnson, October 10 2017 — Los Angeles artist Open Mike Eagle once coined the genre ‘art rap,’ a loose term used to classify the avant-garde, often challenging brand of hip-hop stemming from fringe beat scenes. The music generally revolves around eclectic and unorthodox production and dense lyricism. Eagle’s fifth effort, Brick Body Kids Still…

New Music: Valiska

By Miriam Johnston, October 9 2017 —  Calgary-based Polish musician Valiska has called his new album, On Pause, his most personal work. Valiska describes the eight-track ambient album as “charting a journey of loss and upheaval.” This album appears to be easy listening at first, but unlike some ambient music, each song demands your attention….

New Music: Metz

By Matt Hume, October 9 2017 —  Very few Canadian artists are able to claim a spot on the Polaris Music Prize shortlist with their debut album. In 2012, Toronto-based post-hardcore trio Metz became one of those few. While their 2015 follow-up, II, didn’t collect accolades in the same capacity, it solidified their place as…

New Music: JJ Shiplett

By Rachel Woodward, February 14 2017 — As somebody who has trouble appreciating country music, I am hesitant to give new albums of the genre a try. But as someone who also supports local music, I was eager to give Calgary-born JJ Shiplett’s new album Something to Believe In my best shot.  The country-rock up-and-comer…

Windigo to bring new music before end of 2017

By Rachel Woodward, January 24 2017 — During the late months of 2011, Anthony Kameka and four fellow Calgary musicians formed Windigo, an indie-pop and rock group. Almost five years later, Kameka now leads three new bandmates — Del Coburn, Tory Rosso and Mitch Cooper — as the band sets out to release their latest…

New Music: Emeli Sande

By Julie Park, November 26 2016 —  Coming nearly five years after the release of her wildly successful debut album, Our Version of Events, Emeli Sandé’s second studio album, Long Live the Angels, presents a compelling collection of tracks showcasing the Scottish singer’s striking talent. In contrast to Sandé’s debut album, which perhaps held a…

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