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Under The Radar review
29.09.14

The Rural Alberta Advantage are best seen live, where their acoustic crescendos and Nils Edenloff's Jeff Mangum-esque vocal acrobatics impress most. More

The Quietus review
25.09.14

Dan Snaith's multi-monikered career, not to mention the Ph.D. in mathematics and a Polaris prize for Caribou's Andorra album along the way, is the type of thing that almost seems...

Spotinews recomendation
22.09.14

Howdy. For the first time in many months my top choice is available* on a Monday. And yes, the new album by veteran singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen is a pretty good one. Enjoy...

NME review
26.09.14

The legendary singer might be nearly 80 but he's not done writing carnal and witty records just yet

Spotinews recomendation
21.09.14

Hi. I was busy yesterday, but I will try to add some extra updates today to make up for it. Here is the latest EP by Moonface. Genre: pop/singer-songwriter. Good stuff. Enjoy...

NME review
08.09.14

After a decade away, the noisy Toronto duo are back to give modern technology a glorious kicking

The Quietus review
yesterday

Since its release in 2004, fans of Death From Above 1979 have been hoping the duo would get back in the studio to follow-up their acclaimed debut, You're A Woman, I'm A Machine...

Under The Radar review
09.09.14

Death From Above 1979 pick up right where they left off...uh, holy shit, 10 years ago. More

Under The Radar review
22.08.14

It can't be easy for a band like The New Pornographers. Where prog-rock musicians need to create new vistas and compositions to describe them, and comedians need to be funny, when...

Clash review
01.09.14

An almost perfect soundtrack to what’s left of the summer...

NME review
29.08.14

Canadian filth merchants return with an obscenely enjoyable sixth album

Insound review
25.08.14

Brill Bruisers is the first new release in four years from the acclaimed supergroup the New Pornographers, who NPR called “virtually peerless in the world of power-pop and indie...

Insound review
19.08.14

Brushfire Records is set to release the third full-length album from Afie Jurvanen, who performs as Bahamas. The new release, Bahamas Is Afie , is the first self-produced album...

Punk News review
06.08.14

Recently signed by "Bird Attack Records" and "Bells on Records", Torches to Triggers is a melodic hardcore band comprised of five of Calgary's best local talent. Justin, Phil and...

Insound review
05.08.14

Arkells will release their third full-length album through Dine Alone Records on August 5, 2014. Named after a street in their native Hamilton, Ontario, the juno award winning...

NME review
21.07.14

Powerful Canadian two-piece return gallant and ambitious on their third album

Spotinews recomendation
23.07.14

Evening. I just got back. Here is a quick update. I’ll be back tomorrow with more updates. Enjoy PS I Love You! (Genre: pop/rock.) (UK version here.) PS I Love You – For Those Who...

NME review
23.06.14

Fugazi loving noise punks show the potential to lead a new generation

Punk News review
26.08.14

Genres are imperfect, and the label of "post-hardcore" betrays Toronto punk quartet Greys more than it helps them. The term implies too many post-Refused quirks that went sour in...

NME review
17.06.14

Katie Stelmanis continues her streak of dark, danceable releases

Punk News review
03.06.14

Here is a list of just some of the things that Fucked Up has achieved in its mere 13 year existence: released a double concept album, won the Solaris Music prize, played on stage...

Clash review
12.06.14

A gloriously savage return…

NME review
09.06.14

Navel-gazing rarely gets as exciting as the Toronto punks' fourth

Under The Radar review
03.06.14

While Fucked Up may be referred to most often as a punk band, even a hardcore punk band, each of their last few albums poked a few holes in that envelope. Sure, Damian Abraham...

Punk News review
03.06.14

I don't usually like breaking the fourth wall and writing in the first person, but I'm going to give a small peek behind the looking glass. There's a super-secret, private group...

Under The Radar review
27.05.14

Owen Pallett has had a good year—he helped Arcade Fire compose the score to the film Her, and he's embarked with the band on a globe-trotting arena tour for Reflektor. That output...

The Quietus review
30.05.14

With In Conflict Owen Pallett cements his name as one of a select few contemporary solo artists who reconcile technical ability with a non-purist approach to pop songwriting and...

Spotinews recomendation
28.05.14

Hi. From a very recent Spotify update: the well-received new album by singer-songwriter Owen Pallett. Enjoy! Owen Pallett – In ConflictFiled under: 2014, Singer-songwriter

NME review
27.05.14

US indie's violinist-for-hire adds hints of sci-fi to the gothic aura of his fourth solo record

Insound review
20.05.14

Less than a year after releasing Birthmarks , their fourth studio album, Toronto’s Born Ruffians are set to release it as a deluxe edition. The two-disc set includes the original...

Punk News review
02.05.14

It seems like 2014 is shaping up to be an amazing year for ska with an abundance of stellar new releases properly representing the genre. Bands new and old are delivering some...

Spotinews recomendation
02.05.14

Morning. The new album by Pink Mountaintops is a good one. Genre: rock. Enjoy! Pink Mountaintops – Get BackFiled under: 2014, Rock

Insound review
29.04.14

Shrink Dust is the fifth album by Calgary, Alberta's Chad VanGaalen. The album is, in Chad's view, a country record. It is also partially a score to Chad's soon-to-be released...

Under The Radar review
22.05.14

At this stage in the game, we sort of know what to expect when Calgary homebody Chad VanGaalen puts out a new album: woozy, spacious, acoustic-based tracks that cut beautiful...

NME review
03.05.14

Disturbing melancholic freak-folk from the Canadian musician

Punk News review
29.04.14

Chad VanGaalen is a family man, but artistically seems to be haunted by inner demons. He has two bands with his kids. A hardcore band called Crocodile Teeth & The Snugglers and a...

Punk News review
04.04.14

The Bare Minimum is a four-piece punk band that has been playing shows around the Ontario area for a few years now. I firmly and staunchly believe Ontario is one of the current...

The Line of Best Fit review
25.03.14

An immensely strong record and an alternate sonic dimension you can spend a lifetime exploring.

Spotinews recomendation
01.04.14

Morning. The new album by Timber Timbre was a wonderful surprise. Genre: folk/rock. Read some positive reviews and enjoy! (US version and version for users in AT, CH and DE should...

NME review
31.03.14

Taylor Kirk goes film noir on abrasive new effort

NME review
24.03.14

The quartet find it hard to shake the "Canadian Strokes" tag on their fourth album

Under The Radar review
02.04.14

Take a time machine back 10 years. Tokyo Police Club's Forcefield would have fit right in. Pop music fiends would stick the lead single, "Hot Tonight," on their mix CDs, right...

The Line of Best Fit review
17.03.14

Broken Social Scene's de facto frontman steps out on his own with an admirable confidence.

Under The Radar review
14.05.14

Kevin Drew has always operated as the leader of the pack, governing a large group of friends he also called bandmates for the past decade. His band, Broken Social Scene...

Clash review
02.04.14

A concrete mixer full of ideas…

NME review
24.03.14

Broken Social Scene's founder finds new life in this second solo venture

The Line of Best Fit review
17.03.14

The Toronto band's third album finds them intricately crafting their larger-than-life sound to illustrate internal conflict in a means that, while a tad monosyllabic, is nothing...

Punk News review
10.03.14

The acoustic punk movement has been running strong for quite some time now. Front runners such as Chuck Ragan and Tim Barry have been expanding the musical horizons of fans from...

Punk News review
04.03.14

I feel that in writing a review for a new Comeback Kid album, it is paramount to address the obvious. Sometimes when people feel your first offering is always your best one, it...

Punk News review
27.02.14

When I think of Canadian music, songs by Sum 41, Silverstein, Alexisonfire and J-Biebs storm and congest my mind. Although I know north of the border is capable of conceiving acts...

The Line of Best Fit review
09.02.14

Alan Davey journeys into the strange, beautiful and sometimes menacing otherworld of Picastro.

NME review
19.02.14

The Toronto group's latest effort is one for wonky indie afficionados only

Punk News review
30.01.14

Pop-punk done right. Not often is that formula well executed. I'll vouch though that 2013 broke this trend with some kickass records. State Lines and Stickup Kid pop to mind. Now...