The Deadline Shakes and Their New Single, “Boy”

After a relatively small amount of live appearances, Iain McKinstry (vocals/guitar), Martin McLeod (bass), Tom Booth (drums), and Greg Dingwall (lead vocals/guitar) will be working overtime, keeping up with the international interest blooming for their Glasgow-based project, The Deadline Shakes. The Deadline Shakes bring forth beautiful melodies upon a simple arrangement of acoustic instruments and playful vocal harmonies, […]

TBJ’s Favorite Records of 2012: Jack White

Blunderbuss: the vulnerable masterpiece that debuts Jack White’s singer-guitarist personality at its fullest. It’s hard to listen to the album without thinking about it in the context of his live performances. Jack White has been making a reputation for himself for over fifteen years as a blues-guitarist-gone-Appalachian-folk-punk rocker. It all started with The White Stripes, where the […]

Stories From A Canadian Musician In Germany

Traveling outside of Canada can be a bit overwhelming, especially for a Canadian musician who has never left his Continent before. But all it took was one click on the Lufthansa website and I was on my way. Oktoberfest was almost over and I was told that if I missed this Bavarian festival I would […]

An Impression from Abroad: The End Tree and The Revival Tour

As I walked through the backstage poster-ridden corridor of Beatpol in Dresden, Germany, I could hear Chuck Ragan’s growling baritone voice warming up along with tenor Jay Malinowski, who sung as he fixed his hair. To my left was the band’s work station, with computers meant for updating websites and coordinating the next half of the tour. […]

Andy Shauf’s Bearer Of Bad News

When you first hit “play” for the opening track of The Bearer Of Bad News, you might think about how the classic, lighthearted character who is being sung into existence must be real and possibly even someone Andy Shauf knows intimately, but if you’ve listened to the greater body of Shauf’s other work (like his preceding […]

Introducing A Couple Canadian Acts from PBR

Indie-powerhouse Paper Bag Records (PBR), who just recently had their ten-year anniversary, is home to some groundbreaking bands from Canada. PS I Love You and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are two great examples of this phenomenon in Toronto. Both formed over the last six years and each have been at conquest with Canada and beyond ever […]

Introducing Vancouver’s Jordan Klassen

On September 13 Vancouver radio station 102.7 The Peak held the first of five showcases at The Red Room in Vancouver, featuring Canada’s Jordan Klassen. Klassen performed before an audience of around 400 people who hushed themselves as he began to play his storm-calming song called “On Your Collarbone,” which ends with a gentle refrain […]