Top 50 of 2016: Part 4 (20-11)

20. Childish Gambino – Awaken, My Love! Release date: December 2, 2016  Awaken, My Love! is an experimentation from Donald Glover as he explores the ’70s, and their legacy of funk and psychedelic music. And for many Gambino fans, it is an extremely polarizing release. Some find it bland and disorientating, others creative and progressive. I personally find it refreshing, especially since there has been this sudden surge in the last few years of rebranding of ’70s and ’80s funk, and Glover does his part to do something different. With enough wah-wah…

RBC Bluesfest – July 16, 2016

Although Saturday was slow to start, it wasn’t long before the entire festival was packed full with fans young and old (mostly young) for the day’s top headliners. Massive crowds made it nearly impossible to maneuver with ease around Lebreton Flats, but the weaving in and out of clusters was all worth it once you reached the stage. Day 8 was exciting nonetheless, and most importantly: it didn’t rain! Photographer Kamara Morozuk braved the crowds and captured all the excitement from Saturday night. Check out the concert galleries below featuring…

Festival Guide: RBC Bluesfest 2016 – July 16

With the final shows of RBC Bluesfest slowly creeping closer, Saturday will be the perfect distraction to the impending conclusion on Sunday. With a full grid of performances for Day 8, including a large number of local musicians, festival goers will be treated to some of the best in hip-hop, rock, and more – just as long as they know where to look. Check out our top picks for Saturday night, and head to the official Bluesfest website for more information. Noushka Claridge Stage: 1:00 – 2:00 Gatineau-based pop singer…

Top 10: Must-See Non-Headline Performances at RBC Bluesfest 2016

With almost 200 performances over the span of 9 days, figuring out who to catch at Bluesfest can be a bit of a challenge. This year’s festival boasts some phenomenal headliners including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Future, Billy Idol, Brad Paisley, and The Lumineers, amongst many others, and with so much to offer from the top of the heap, blink and you just might miss some hidden indie gems. So to help, I looked through the full line-up, crossed off some names, added a few back, lost sleep, grew a few grey hairs,…

In No Particular Order: May 27, 2016

One of the best feelings in life? Finding a new album that you know you’ll be listening to and enjoying for years. That first spark, ignited from the mysterious and nervously excited first listen, is not lost over time; if anything you become more and more attached, as the album becomes apart of your life and you debate naming your future children after the band’s lead singer… Honestly, if you could, you’d probably marry it. …or maybe that’s just me? This week saw some of the best releases in 2016…

Holy Fuck – Tom Tom (Official Music Video)

Toronto electronic act Holy Fuck announced earlier this year they would be returning as a unit with the May release of their upcoming full-length Congratulations, the latest since their 2010 release Latin. From the new album, Holy Fuck shared their latest single “Tom Tom” back in February, and have just shared the track’s dramatic visual accompaniment. Thumping bass lines and dust-clearing rhythms drive the single forward, as the video takes a twisted turn in tandem with the electronic instrumentation’s droning, yet captivating pattern. Shot in Romania, the video’s director Michael Leblanc shared a…

Holy Fuck – Tom Tom

(If you like: Battles, Errors, Fuck Buttons)  Toronto experimental electronic-rock troupe Holy Fuck vanished as a whole from the music world after their 2010 album Latin – although the members went on to produce albums and work on their respective side projects. Fortunately, fans of the acoustic-electronic four-piece can sit back and wait for the May release of the band’s latest album Congrats by enjoying the lead single “Tom Tom”. Known for their ability to create electronic music without using any of the generic tools, such as loops, programmers, and splicing, Holy Fuck instead…

Cryptorips – Glenwood G.G. + Hau Kea

Slamming together members from North of America, Holy Fuck, and Long Weekends, Dartmouth, Nova Scotia’s Cryptotrips is the newly formed indie rock project. Bringing forward influences from each former band, the garage-rock four piece have shared two new singles available as a pay-as-you-will download. “Glenwood G.G.” and “Hau Kea” are the early stages of what sounds to be an exciting, prosperous ensemble that channels old school punk, lo-fi rock, and brings it into a contemporary setting, similar to the likes of Viet Cong, METZ, and chastity. Vigorous guitar riffs are met with hard-hitting drum rhythms and…