Modest Mouse is back, and definitely not dead (Review)

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
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Album: Strangers to Ourselves Artist: Modest Mouse Label: Epic Genre: Alternative Rock Year: 2015 Grade: B+ Isaac Brock, Modest Mouse frontman and Canadian war general namesake, wants you to know he’s just sorry it took this long. Back with their first studio album since 2007, Modest Mouse bring their strongest talent as musical artists – […]

 

What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World: Decemebrists’ new album draws mixed reviews

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
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Album: What a terrible world, what a beautiful world Artist: The Decemberists Label: Capitol Year: 2015 Grade: B- The return of the hyper-literate folk rock group the Decemberists after a four-year hiatus had a number of possible incarnations. Since being signed on to Capitol records in 2006, Colin Meloy (lead vocalist and songwriter) has gone […]

 

Alan Doyle is as great as ever in latest album

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015
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Album: So Let’s Go Artist: Alan Doyle Label: Universal Music Canada Year: 2015 Grade: A+ Alan Doyle continues to show his staying power after the 2013 disbanding of Great Big Sea. His latest album, So Let’s Go, shows no sign of him slowing down just yet. The step to solo has been most notable for […]

 

Album Review: American Beauty forays back to Fall Out Boy’s roots

Friday, January 30th, 2015
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Artist: Fall Out Boy Album: American Beauty/American Psycho Genre: Pop punk/pop rock Label: Island Grade: A Ah, Fall Out Boy. What pop-punk lover in their twenties can resist screaming “Sugar, We’re Going Down” or “This Ain’t A Scene (It’s an Arms Race)” at the top of their lungs? With their second album post-hiatus, Fall Out […]

 

New album Club Meds earns your ears (Review)

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
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Album: Club Meds Artist: Dan Mangan + Blacksmith Label: Arts & Crafts Genre: Indie Folk/Indie Rock Year: 2015 Grade: B+ Club Meds is the fourth LP from Vancouver-based musician Dan Mangan, and the first in his discography to share artistic credit. The album merits its change in authorship as it marks a big departure from […]

 

Kanye’s “Only One” will move you–not that he cares (Review)

Monday, January 5th, 2015
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Single: Only One Artist: Kanye West Label: GOOD Music Genre: Hip Hop Year: 2014 Grade: A Kanye West doesn’t care what you think. He stopped caring about that a long time ago. From the time he took the mic at the Katrina benefit on NBC and declared that “George Bush doesn’t care about black people” […]

 

Foo Fighters experiment in newest album (Review)

Sunday, December 14th, 2014
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Album: Sonic Highways Artist: Foo Fighters Label: RCA/Roswell Genre: Hard Rock/Post-Grunge Year: 2014 Grade: B Since the birth of Nirvana and Grunge music, Dave Grohl has become a mainstay in the rock music scene. The Foo Fighters’ latest effort, Sonic Highways, justifies this statement. Its musical guests range from Zac Brown (Zac Brown Band) to […]

 

Pop-focused Taylor Swift better than ever (Album Review)

Monday, November 10th, 2014
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Artist: Taylor Swift Album: 1989 Label: Big Machine Records Genre: Pop Year: 2014 Score: A+ Country-pop artist Taylor Swift goes full pop with her fifth studio album 1989, released on October 27. It’s her first official pop album, marking a complete departure from country and country-pop. In August she released the first single, “Shake It […]

 

Hozier’s debut album a breath of fresh air (Album Review)

Sunday, November 2nd, 2014
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Album: Hozier Artist: Hozier Label: Columbia Genre: Alternative Rock Year: 2014 Grade: A Hozier’s self-titled debut album offers a menacing tone with songs of childhood angst, love, and adventure. From a musical aspect, it’s a relaxing breath of fresh air in the dreary Indie Pop/Indietronica noise with slick guitar riffs, thrashing drums and chilling vocals. […]

 

Album Review: No One is Lost (Stars)

Thursday, October 30th, 2014
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Artist: Stars Album: No One Is Lost Label: Soft Revolution Records Genre: Indie Pop Year: 2014 Grade: B- Stars, omnipresent mainstays of the Canadian independent scene, are back with their seventh album, a hopeful record whose thematic message is succinctly encapsulated by its title: No One Is Lost. It contains powerful thematic messages of denial […]