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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

Album Review: Frank Iero and the Future Violents – “Barriers”

By: Kirstin Bews –       Frank Iero, formerly of 2000’s emo greats My Chemical Romance, is releasing his solo project Barriers on May 31st. Akin to  namesake, barriers, considers how we set obstacles around ourselves for protection. Each song contemplates metaphorical walls that Iero has built up or knocked down, an experience most … Continue reading

Album Review: Flying Lotus – “Flamagra”

By: Kirstin Bews –     Flying Lotus is releasing his new album, Flamagra, on May 24th via Warp Records. Aptly named, this album is fire. While this album comes half a decade after his last effort, You’re Dead (2014), it feels like no time was wasted in the creating of this 27-track masterpiece.   The theme … Continue reading

Album Review: Middle Kids – “New Songs For Old Problems”

By: Kirstin Bews –       Australian indie trio, Middle Kids, are releasing their new EP, New Songs for Old Problems, on May 24th via Domino. This EP comes off the back of their very successful debut album, Lost Friends, and starts off strong with its lead single “Real Thing”, which is nothing short of anthemic. Frontwoman, Hannah Joy, … Continue reading

Album Review: The National – “I Am Easy to Find”

By: Kirstin Bews –     The National are releasing their eighth studio album, I Am Easy to Find, on May 17th via 4AD. The album comes accompanied by a short 24-minute film directed by Mike Mills that stars award winning actress, Alicia Vikander. The album isn’t a soundtrack to the film, although the title track … Continue reading

Album Review: The Head and the Heart – “Living Mirage”

By: Kirstin Bews –     The Head and The Heart are back with their fourth studio album, Living Mirage, which is set for release on May 17th via Warner Bros. Recently the band has gone through some lineup changes with co-founder Josiah Johnson leaving amicably and being replaced by Matt Gervais and keyboardist Kenny Hensley … Continue reading

Album Review: Greys – “Age Hasn’t Spoiled You”

By: Kirstin Bews –       Grey’s third album, Age Hasn’t Spoiled You, comes out on the 10th of May via Carpark records. Talking about the choice of the album name, frontman Shehzaad Jiwani expresses that Age Hasn’t Spoiled You is about rebelling against the notion that we are products of time, claiming that people cannot … Continue reading

Album Review: Vampire Weekend – “Father of the Bride”

By: Kirstin Bews –       Indie rockers Vampire Weekend are back from a five-year hiatus with their fourth studio album, Father of the Bride, which is set for release on May 3rd via Columbia Records. Known for their experimental indie soundscapes, the NYC-based trio shot to success in 2008 and have ridden a wave of … Continue reading

Album Review: Catfish & The Bottlemen – “The Balance”

By: Kirstin Bews –       Welsh indie rockers, Catfish and the Bottlemen, have just released their album The Balance via Capitol Records/Universal Music Canada. The band submerged themselves in the recording process of this album, staying in Ireland’s Grouse Lodge studios with acclaimed popular Irish mixer Jacknife Lee (U2, Weezer, The Cars, One Direction, … Continue reading

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