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SHOW: SHOULDER SEASON AT RADSTORM

Show review: Shoulder Season at Radstorm Saturday, March 16 with Yuma County, Lachie MacDonald and Prevailing Winds It might seem unfair to review a band’s very first show—nerves are more likely to get in the way, levels might need tinkering, songs may change entirely by the next set. If this was any other band, sure,…

PREMIERE: LO SIENTO’S “BRUJAS”

Sometimes isolation and social withdrawal isn't conducive to healing from our cumulated hardships. Building up communities that share pain, frustrations, and disappointments is an act of reslience. The latest release from Lo Siento, Brujas (translation: witches), is a narrative of finding strength and solidarity through femme friendship during times of distress. Based in St. John's,…

FESTIVAL LINEUP: FLOURISH

Announced this morning, Flourish Fest released their full 2019 festival line-up happening the weekend of April 25th to 28th. Held in Fredericton, NB, Flourish is a music & arts festival with inclusive programming that promotes and embraces community-building, the DIY and emerging, and works that challenge and engage. With intentionally diverse programming, there is something…

DEMO REVIEW: “BURY ME/IMPOSTER” BY COY

Coy’s two song demo “Bury Me/Imposter” (released December 14) has elements of pop, elements of punk, and most immediately, a perfect 90s grunge vibe with mellow harmonies that remind me of That Dog. It’s a well blended good music smoothie. Story Sheidow (guitar and lead vocals) and Jesara Sinclair Friesen (bass and backing vocals) bring…

VIDEO PREMIERE: “DON’T GET MY HAIR WET” BY VENEER

Veneer (WPG) is the vulnerable pop project of friends Talula Schlegel (guitar, saxophone, vocals), Sam Sarty (bass, casio, trombone, vocals), and Claire Bones (drums, vocals). Photo by Chelsea Neufeld Talula and Sam have been playing, making, and performing music together over the last decade - even posting covers on YouTube that they filmed in their…

ALBUM REVIEW: “ABSENTEE” BY MARY DEAR

Mary Dear’s Absentee is 10 tracks packed with diaphanous harmonies floating over mellow and severely locked in grooves. The band delivers complex lyrics that seem to touch on themes of being fed the fuck up, dreamy narratives and (sometimes painful) realizations. Recorded in St. John’s in January 2017 with Jake Nicoll, keyboardist and vocalist Esmée…

SHOW: BLEEP IN THE DARK (11/16)

Take a nice deep breath, hold it close to your heart and let it go, quietly, as if it were a whisper. Gently let your eyelids fall over your eyes and with each deep breath shift your intentions and focus to your ears. Listen hard and inquisitively to your surroundings, these noises are a symphony.…