By Taylor Price Russian Circles, a three-piece post-metal band from Chicago, released their fifth full-length album titled Memorial. The album dropped on October 29. These new songs fit nicely with the rest of the band’s repertoire. In particular, Memorial strikes a balance between dark distorted metal riffs and wispy acoustic ones. The wide-ranging sonic qualities [...]
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God is an Astronaut’s Origins Taylor Price On September 16, God is an Astronaut released Origins. This band, hailing from Ireland, have sustained their creative drive and steadily refined their multi-layered arrangements. This is their seventh full-length album since their formation in 2002. This album was released by Rocket Girl Records who worked with the [...]
By Stephanie Raycroft The Argus “Perfection takes time.” Four years in the making, Jean-Paul De Roover’s fourth studio album, Complexity in Simplicity, is certainly a prime example of that age-old adage. Produced by Juno-nominated producer Ben Leggett and De Roover, the album was recorded and mixed at Dining Room Studios here in Thunder Bay! Using [...]
By Stephanie Raycroft The Argus Some say that change is inevitable and resistance is futile… Star Trek references aside, Edmonton-born synth power-pop band Christian Hansen are no strangers to change. Following the release of their debut full-length album, C’mon Arizona, it’s obvious that the changes in their lives have been nothing but beneficial. Recent alterations [...]
By Stephanie Raycroft The Argus 2011 Juno nominated “Best New Artist” Hollerado recently released their second full-length album White Paint. The foursome, originally from a suburb of Ottawa, have performed with the likes of the Flaming Lips, Weezer, and Jack White’s The Dead Weather. The band has traveled across the globe on tours in China [...]
By Stephanie Raycroft The Argus Well, it’s winter and that means that most of us are looking for an escape from the cold, snow, slush and ice. Funnily enough, that is just what I recently got. I was momentarily taken away to another time. I imagined myself as a princess in a Medieval castle, doing [...]
Saltwater by Ghost Lights, a.k.a. Noah Cebuliak By Stephanie Raycroft The Argus Ghost Lights is the stage name of Alberta-born musician Noah Cebuliak, a talented, musical poet and storyteller who has already been named a “visionary.” Born and raised in Southern Alberta, writing and making music made up a large part of Cebuliak’s life from [...]
By Stephanie Raycroft The Argus When I hear Flamenco music I am taken back to summers of my childhood spent by the pool at my grandparents’ house. They were big fans of a band called the Gipsy Kings, have you heard of them? However, I’m a little embarrassed to say that this, until a few [...]
By Stephanie Raycroft The Argus I absolutely, completely, unequivocally love Christmastime. I’m that annoying person who’s decorated the house and listening to Christmas music on November 12th every year, no exceptions. I love the smells, the twinkling of Christmas lights, and most of all, the music! It’s no surprise that when I found out I [...]
“Star Crossed Lovers” Strike Again By Stephanie Raycroft The Argus The story of how the members of July Talk met is an interesting one. Slightly intoxicated, Peter Dreimanis sat in a candlelit basement bar, when he saw Leah Fay. It took him mere seconds of listening to her sing for him to know he’d found [...]
By Stephanie Raycroft The Argus This week,I gave Coheed& Cambria’s sixth album, The Afterman: Ascension, a listen. Produced by the band with Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner, and written by lead singer Claudio Sanchez, Ascensionis part one of a two-part offering. The second half, Descension, will be released in 2013. The Afterman’s concept is the [...]
By Mike St. Jean Editor-in-Chief The words “hardcore” and “satire” are rarely used in the same sentence for describing the style of a band. Enter local group TAPOUT, whose debut album Hit Machine combines elements familiar to the hardcore genre with satirical lyrics, creating a curious oxymoron. Formed in 2010, TAPOUT is comprised of members [...]
By Stephanie Raycroft The Argus After a six-year hibernation, Natasha Thirsk’s alter-ego, Catlow, offers up her long- awaited follow up to Kiss the World, Pinkly Things. Recorded at the Factory in Vancouver, Pinkly Things was produced by Marcel Rambo and Hayz Fischer. Thirsk, former signer of the Dirtmitts, co-wrote all of the tracks with the [...]
By Stephanie Raycroft Since its birth in the late 1980s, the indie-pop genre has been regaled as a “revolt into childhood.”British Columbia singer-songwriter Lily Frost takes this literally on her refreshing, optimistic offering, Do What You Love, her eighth studio album. Serving as a “guide to life” for the daughter she was about to have,Do [...]
Ontario based band releases EP Detours By Stephanie Simko Staff Writer While cookie-cutter music currently dominates the airwaves, Thought Beneath Film hopes to make a lasting impression with their debut EP Detours, a five-track collection that will engross listeners. The Hamilton five-piece has made a name for itself with their “textured, layered, hook-driven guitar pop.”As [...]
By John Coleman Copy Editor Boy howdy, am I happier than a possum in the corncrib with the dog tied up whenever a hardcore band worthy of busting my speakers crawls out of New York City, which so much legendary talent has done over the years. This time it’s Brain Slug that has me all giddy, [...]
I didn’t know what to expect when I put an unknown CD by an unknown artist into my stereo for the first time. I didn’t know if it was going to be senseless noise, cheesy ballads, or music that I could really sink my teeth into.
Chinoiseries Pt. 2 is the fourth release by Parisian beat maker Onra. It is the second in the Chinoiseries series, which relies on old Chinese and Vietnamese records collected from shops in the respective countries.
Lisa Hannigan’s vocals spellbind listeners the moment they turn on her new album, Passenger. This is one entrancement from which listeners will never seek release.
A collaborative effort by two of today’s biggest names in hip-hop, Watch the Throne was originally intended as a five-track EP but evolved into a full studio album under the collective creative gaze of Jay-Z and Kanye West.