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by Jonathan Frahm

5 Sep 2017

Photo: David Angel (Courtesy of artist)

Brushes with modernity have evolved the folk movement in a multitude of ways both commercialized and utterly unexpected. It’s safe to say that Jon Boden‘s work falls into the latter category. In this case? It’s not a bad thing.

by Cole Waterman

1 Sep 2017

Photo: Evan Zott

A few months shy of a year since they released their debut full-length, sensory intoxicating pop duo Valley Hush have released a new single. The very title, “Goodbye, Sweet Mango”, is quintessential Valley Hush, conveying the marble cake of winsomeness and sweetness defining their sound.

by Jonathan Frahm

1 Sep 2017

Lenore. is a female-fronted folk band that possesses a stellar blend of harmonic perfection and driving instrumentation in their music.

Describing themselves as “witch-folk”, the band was created after a chance meeting between singer-songwriters Rebecca Marie Miller (ex-Mynabirds) and Joy Pearson culminated into instant friendship. The group’s central theme is to challenge the patriarchal norms of the music industry, fueled by the challenges both of its founders had personally encountered throughout their journeys as artists up until now.

by Jonathan Frahm

31 Aug 2017

The National Parks come out swinging with their latest single, “Lights in the City”. The track is bursting in positive energy right from its opening moments.

It’s easy to see that the band is reaching for more ambitious horizons with their newest output. From the naturally uplifting sway of its arrangement to its melding with newfound layers of pop sensibility, one could argue that they’re achieving those goals.

by Jedd Beaudoin

31 Aug 2017

Photo: Mark Hanson

Some songs capture the spirit and spit of the moment, embracing both the frustration of our heartache/heartbreak/angst without knowing all the particulars. Such is “Back to Life”, the lead single from the upcoming Holy Wars LP Mother Father. Bathed in bass tones equally informed by desire and resignation plus a viscera-shredding vocal take from Kat Leon, the song seeks to elevate the soul while never forgetting the depth of pain from which said soul has emerged.

//Mixed media

TIFF 2017: 'The Shape of Water'

// Notes from the Road

"The Shape of Water comes off as uninformed political correctness, which is more detrimental to its cause than it is progressive.

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