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Album Review: Arkells – “Rally Cry”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –     After 2016-17 saw their blockbuster single “Knocking At The Door” reach fourteen weeks at #1 on the Canadian Alternative chart and boast North American television coverage from the Superbowl to the World Series, Arkells fans have clamored with excitement over the prospect of new music. And much to their delight, … Continue reading

Album Review: St. Lucia – “Hyperion”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –       Ranging from electronic-pop to gospel choir, St. Lucia’s latest work delivers a clear message: they aren’t in the business of staying static. While cheerful synth rhythms and charismatic sunshine melodies are non-negotiable and permanent fixtures in the quintet’s signature sound, St. Lucia’s new record flourishes with a conscious favoring of … Continue reading

Album Review: Interpol – “Marauder”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –     We may have had to wait a lengthy twenty-one years to break it out, but the phrase “someone called the cops on Interpol” will not likely get old anytime soon. For fans who’ve stuck around since the band’s formation back in 1997, this past year has held a few noteworthy … Continue reading

Album Review: Houndmouth – “Golden Age”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –       You may recognize them from their #1 hit radio single, “Sedona” or from their recent live performance on the CBS Morning Show, but the real question is, would you recognize them from one album to the next? The answer: maybe not. While it’s true that Indiana-based alt-rockers, Houndmouth, have … Continue reading

Album Review: Yungblud – “21st Century Liability”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –       As evidenced by his latest musical compilation, it’s clear that with Dominic Harrison at the artistic helm, an introductory hello can just as synonymously be linked to a parting farewell. In fact, this is so much the case that the very first track on Yungblud’s debut album, 21st Century Liability (out … Continue reading

Album Review: Jill Barber – “Metaphora”

By: Sasha Lindsay –       Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Jill Barber will release a new album titled Metaphora on June 22 via Outside Music. This solo effort explores new stylistic territory for Barber (a multiple Juno nominee) as it veers into a more contemporary pop sound. Barber is known for mellifluous vocals that merge well with … Continue reading

Album Review: Iyves – “Chromatic”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –       What’s old is new. At least, it appears that way where popular trends are concerned. However, aviator sunglasses and pixie haircuts aside, this revolving cycle can yield exciting products in unexpected areas. Expanding beyond the obvious fashion scene, modern music is yet another area in which past inspiration has … Continue reading

Album Review: Calpurnia – “Scout”

By: Sasha Lindsay –     Calpurnia will release their debut EP Scout on June 15th via Royal Mountain Records. There is vibrancy to the Vancouver-based quartet, an indie-rock band formed in 2017. Lead singer/guitarist Finn Wolfhard (who plays the character Mike Wheeler on Netflix’s hit series, Stranger Things), Ayla Tesler-Mabe (lead guitarist), Jack Anderson (bassist) and  Malcolm Craig (drums) … Continue reading

Album Review: Mazzy Star – “Still”

By: Sasha Lindsay –     The somnolent Californian, dream pop band Mazzy Star will cast their spell again. After four years, the band known for their hypnotic, ambient sound will release Still, an EP consisting of four tracks out on June 1st via Rhymes Of An Hour Records. If Mazzy Star had a musical philosophy, its … Continue reading

Album Review: CHVRCHES – “Love Is Dead”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –     Since the release of their second album nearly three years ago, Scottish synthpop band, CHVRCHES, have been busy dropping breadcrumbs of sorts to eager fans. With a steadfast determination to protect their moody-punk meets cheery-pop identity against unwanted prodding, the trio have worked as solitary musicians and enacted a somewhat … Continue reading

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