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Wednesday, October 1 2014

Joe Bonamassa: Different Shades of Blue

The veteran guitarist and singer returns with a strong release that pairs him with Nashville writers, studio greats, and longtime producer Kevin Shirley.

Davey Suicide: Worldwide Suicide

The album is enjoyable musically despite the lack of sonic deviation, but Suicide’s attempts to truly shock leave something to be desired.

Dusted Lux: Neverended

Dusted Lux, aka Lee Camfield, blends the acoustic and the electronic to a quietly stunning degree.

Tuesday, September 30 2014

Ruby Fray: Grackle

Beguiling vocals, stylistic shifts and atypical song structures make Grackle one of the more compelling releases to come down the pipe this year.

Ugly Kids Club: Head Games EP

The songs are slickly produced, so you know that radio is exactly where this group is destined to be played.

Terry Malts: Insides EP

Terry Malts has been honing its sound for some time now, and in the eight minutes of this EP you get a potent dose of fully realized pop sensibilities and ambitious rock muscle.

Lily Taylor: The Ride

Soothing minimalist pop meditations and layered, vocals-heavy soundscapes from the San Francisco-based songstress.

Monday, September 29 2014

Hudson Mohawke: Chimes EP

Ross Birchard is back with another EP, but it's not enough to fully satiate the hunger for more HudMo material.

Dive Index: Lost in the Pressure

There is elegant beauty and grace on display, and some very pleasant pieces of music.

Friday, September 26 2014

Saukrates: Amani EP

The Armani EP is at the very least interesting, with a blissed-out vibe.

The Bunny Gang: Thrive

Say what you will about being a copycat, the Bunny Gang does a startling Clash impersonation.

Ennui: Telepathic Beat

Slightly retro, electronics-heavy indie dance pop plays into nostalgia and, in the process, manages to come out slightly ahead of similar-minded contemporaries currently exploring similar sonic terrain.

Rivergazer: Random Nostalgia

This record tries so hard to be relatable that it's unlikely to alienate anyone. Of course, it's not likely to draw anyone in, either.

Thursday, September 25 2014

The Lovers Key: Here Today Gone Tomorrow (Deluxe Edition)

If you dig the music from The Commitments soundtrack, then the Lovers Key is gonna be right up your wheelhouse.

Foxes in Fiction: Ontario Gothic

The half-hour of music on Ontario Gothic would seem like a slight return, but Warren Hildebrand's hushed tunes are as generous in sound and scope as ever.

Zongo Junction: No Discount

It's not surprising to see free jazz credited alongside Fela Kuti as one of the group's inspirations.

Wednesday, September 24 2014

Nicholas Krgovich: On Sunset

This is music of the highest calibre and it speaks plain universal truths.

Tuesday, September 23 2014

The Crooked Brothers: Thank You I’m Sorry

Thank You I’m Sorry doesn’t need to apologize: this is a bonafide full-proof beverage that goes down easy, and it's one of the finest slices of Canadiana you’ll hear this year.

Friday, September 19 2014

Black Moth: Condemned to Hope

For headbangers who like to bash their heads really slowly, Condemned to Hope will do the trick.

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