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Rob Caldwell

Rob Caldwell is a writer and librarian living near Toronto. He has written for various online publications, including The Allmusic Guide and No Depression music magazine, and has a music blog called Music To Eat.


Features

Tuesday, September 23 2014

A Soundtrack for Me and You: An Interview with Swan Dive

It's been a life-changing five years for Bill DeMain and Molly Felder since the last Swan Dive album, but their new music is still warm and enveloping, often wistful and nostalgic, and always memorable.


Wednesday, August 13 2014

Bruce Cockburn's 1968: Electrocution to Revolution

Being in the orbit of a group of eccentric artists helped to create a transformative year for Cockburn that would further his path toward becoming a world renowned solo artist.


Sunday, June 1 2014

Spindizzy Jangle: The Reivers' "In Your Eyes"

Over 25 years after its release, the band and the video’s director reflect back on a song full of promise.


Sunday, March 2 2014

The Slow Samba Escapism of Michael Franks' "Tiger in the Rain"

There’s something to be said for escapism, for the armchair-travelling Michael Franks’ music offers.


Monday, November 18 2013

The Heavenly Reverberations of the Church's "Under the Milky Way"

Into 1988's pop music climate came “Under the Milky Way”, a moody, jangly song that didn’t fit in. Its closest contemporaries were R.E.M. and the local “paisley underground” scene of Los Angeles, which included bands like the Bangles and Rain Parade.


Reviews

Saturday, December 6 2014

'Pressed for Time' Shows That Technology's Not All That Bad

Pressed for Time suggests new ways of looking at how we fit in as individuals with the rapid evolution of time and technology.


Sunday, October 26 2014

The Church: Further/Deeper

An album that moves the band onward and upward, further and deeper – a journey begun a long time ago in a 1980s galaxy far, far away.


Tuesday, October 7 2014

Jackson Browne: Standing in the Breach

A strong, balanced album that finds the veteran singer/songwriter still fighting and still searching.


Sunday, September 14 2014

Stefano Bollani: Joy in Spite of Everything

There are different ways to experience and to express joy. It can be celebratory, or quiet and introspective. Joy in Spite of Everything balances those poles of sound and style on what is one of the most successful jazz releases of the year.


Wednesday, August 20 2014

Chris Smither: Still on the Levee

It all comes down to the songs, and that weathered 'n' warm voice and guitar.


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