Tagged New Music

New Music: Wye Oak

By Jason Herring, March 28 2018 — The 2018 lineup for Sled Island — Calgary’s shining yearly music and arts festival and without a doubt the best week of the year — made me practically scream with excitement. High on my most-anticipated list is Baltimore’s Wye Oak. Their 2011 album, Civilian, was a personal high…

New Music: Dom Fricot

By Rachel Woodward, March 23 2018 —  Dom Fricot, a Vancouver-grown singer-songwriter, takes a giant leap forward as an artist with his third release, Deserts. Moving towards a more experimental and electronic sound, Fricot’s 2018 release is a well-rounded and emotional journey through heartache and loneliness that is bound to strike a chord with those…

New Music: Speak Low If You Speak Love

By Yasmine Amin, March 23 2018 —  Speak Low If You Speak Love is a hidden gem. The band was formed by Ryan Scott Graham, the bassist and backup vocalist for the pop-punk band State Champs. Straying far from State Champs territory, Speak Low has a completely different sound. It’s music for when you’re reading…

New Music: February Album Wrap-Up

By Thomas Johnson, March 9 2018 — Roc Marciano – RR2 – The Bitter Dose  Since releasing Marcberg in 2010, Roc Marciano has stealthily carved himself a nook among rap’s elite. He’s a pristine revivalist, one that doesn’t fall into the gimmicks and tropes that saturate the ‘golden age’ that’s looked upon with such reverence,…

New Music: Kodak Black

By Thomas Johnson, March 7 2018 — There’s a reason #FreeKodak never really took off. Kodak Black isn’t even 20 and bolsters a jaw-dropping list of criminal offences. He’s not a role model — he’s an on-again-off-again member of society. Even though his rap sheet is egregious enough to put him among a special echelon…

New Music: U.S. Girls

By Jason Herring, March 6 2018 — Anger permeates the surface of much of Meg Remy’s music, but never more explicitly than on her latest album, In A Poem Unlimited. Remy, an American-turned-Canuck who makes music under the tongue-in-cheek moniker of U.S. Girls, crafts narratives  examining the frustrations of women done wrong by men throughout…

New Music: January Album Wrap-Up

By Thomas Johnson, February 9 2018 —  Migos – Culture II Culture II feels more like a playlist than an album, making it an unfitting follow-up to last year’s instant classic. The first Culture was a precise distillation of everything Migos does well. Quavo, Offset and especially Takeoff still perform at a very high level,…

Mix some soul into your folk music with I Am The Mountain

By Thomas Johnson, February 1 2018 — Colton O’Reilly, the bandleader for Calgary’s I Am The Mountain, is curbing the frigid cold by way of beanie and Blundstones. Between sips of hot chocolate and bites of banana bread, he tells me about their upcoming EP, We’re Here For Each Other, their first project since 2015’s…

New Music: Maxo Kream

By Thomas Johnson, January 26 2018 — Maxo Kream’s lengthy birth name, Emekwanem Ibemakanam Ogugua “Sunny” Biosah, are among the first words on his debut, Punken. According to the record, ‘Emekwanem’ means, and I quote, “Don’t fuck with me.” Not that you would. Before the age most kids are old enough to inherit a rusting…

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