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Album Review: City and Colour – “A Pill For Loneliness”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –     If the most frightening epidemic facing the world today isn’t a foreign enemy, but solitude itself, then music is Dallas Green’s prescription for feeling alone. And luckily for fans, a refill is just what the doctor ordered.  Making a return after four long years of intermission between his last chart-topping … Continue reading

Album Review: Chelsea Wolfe – “Birth of Violence”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –       Whether it be referenced alongside terms such as hostility and harm, or used to address some of the gloomiest moments in human history, the word violence often has a rather unpleasant connotation. Yet, if one glances just below the dreary dictionary definition, a secondary description can be found. “Strength … Continue reading

Album Review: Bon Iver – “i,i”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –       You walk down the halls of an art gallery, stopping every so often to gaze closely at the fine intricacies of thelifelike works of art. But upon entering the Impressionist wing, you pause. For it’s only upon taking a step back that the seemingly random swirls and painted textures … Continue reading

Album Review: The Regrettes – “How Do You Love?”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –       From the climatic heartbreak of a Shakespearean tragedy to the fairytale ending of a Disney film, it’s clear that legendary love stories often thrive in the presence of extreme highs and lows. And while an idyllic Cinderella tale is often enough to prompt a carefree daydream, when it comes … Continue reading

Album Review: Mini Mansions – “Guy Walks Into A Bar…”

By: Kirstin Bews –     Dynamic LA-based trio, Mini Mansions are releasing their richest album to date, Guy Walks Into A Bar…on July 26th via Fiction Records. Partners in crime and musical harmony, Michael Shuman, Zach Dawes, and Tyler Parkford have reflected their personalities into this work by playing on their individual idiosyncrasies. Each … Continue reading

Album Review: Miles Davis – “The Complete Birth of the Cool”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –     As common lore dictates, in order to change the world, you simply must own a garage. And from the etch-a-sketch to the search engine now known as Google, it’s hard to argue with the “facts”. Yet, years before even Steve Jobs’ break through invention of the first preassembled computer, it … Continue reading

Album Review: Calexico and Iron & Wine – “Years to Burn”

By: Jessica Nakamoto –       “Musical anthropologists”. This is the term Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) used to describe friends and fellow musicians, Joey Burns and John Convertino (Calexico), while reflecting on the two groups’ longstanding history. And as it turns out, his word choice couldn’t have been more spot on, especially when it … Continue reading

Album Review: Mattiel – “Satis Factory”

By: Kirstin Bews –     Mattiel are releasing their second album, Satis Factory, on June 14th via ATO Records. Recorded and produced in their native Atlanta, Mattiel brings a different, punchier sound with this album. Their previous effort, 2017’s Mattiel, is full of dusty, cinematic, garage rock, whereas Satis Factory is much cleaner and … Continue reading

Album Review: Justin Rutledge – “Passages”

By: Kirstin Bews –       Justin Rutledge is back with a new band, but the same ambient and rhythmic textures fill his new album, Passages, that is set for release on May 31st via Outside Music. Many Canadians will remember one of the new band members, Rob Baker, from the Tragically Hip. The friendship … Continue reading

Album Review: Jenn Grant – “Love, Inevitable”

By: Kirstin Bews –     Acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter Jenn Grant is back with her new album, Love, Inevitable (out May 31st). Hailing from Halifax, Grant wrote the songs from her home city, before flying out to Portland to record with Tucker Martine. This marks a change in her production pattern, as her last four albums were … Continue reading