An Interview with Travis Bretzer; or, How to Do the Solo Male Justice

There’s an interesting dialogue for the lone, mysterious, esoteric and (usually) profoundly male artist in the modern musical vernacular. Whether it’s Kurt Vile’s tortured lo-fi or Thom Yorke’s fragile egotism, there’s something inescapably attractive to listening audiences about a faceless youth delivering wisdom. Canadian-born Travis Bretzer offers listeners a bit of a twist on that. […]

The Wooden Sky Wraps Up Tour, Preps for New Album

The Canadian band The Wooden Sky formed during lead singer Gavin Gardiner’s college years. They started playing music in 2003 under the name Friday Morning’s Regret before changing their name in 2007 right before the release of their debut album, When Lost at Sea: an intimate acoustic record replete with stripped-down melodies and lyrics. In 2009 […]

The Young Resurgence of Hip-Hop’s Jazz Roots

Since its beginning, hip-hop has been a fusion of jazz, funk, and soul music laced with the lyrical influences of spoken word poetry and storytelling. From the raw creation of the culture to the current age, DJs have delved deep into their parent’s record collections in hopes of finding the exact sample that pays homage […]

Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Welcome Lack of Personality

When reviewing a band you feel like everyone else knows and loves–and has done for a very long time–it’s hard to find anything new to say about them. Sure, you can describe their music with a thesaurus to hand, or relay your live experience via the edgy medium of Haiku*, but you’re not really going […]

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 […]

Multitudinous Cheers for Rah Rah

It’s hard to know where to begin when describing Canada’s Rah Rah. Despite the band’s vague name, the group has handfuls of details that make them unique, like their small-town stomping grounds of Regina, Saskatchewan, or the fact that they have three lead singers commandeering their own strengths. Rah Rah is releasing its third full-length […]

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 […]

Kashka Emerges from Forest City Lovers

What once was a side project for Toronto’s Kat Burns, KASHKA is now the musician’s full-time outlet for musical expression. Ms. Burns is known for her work with her previous folk-pop band, Forest City Lovers: a project that truly made any dark moment lighter and brighter through flirtatious, charming, upbeat melodies. KASHKA, on the other […]

Berghain Shrines and Purity Rings

The following is a prose poetry narrative inspired by both Purity Ring‘s debut album, Shrines, and a trip I took to Berlin’s infamous electronic music nightclub, Berghain. It seemed apt for Berlin that Berghain was more or less in the middle of the city, yet in the middle of nowhere. The labyrinth of residential streets […]