Allen Tate – Being Alone

Known as the co-lead vocalist of Brooklyn-based indie baroque rock group San Fermin, Allen Tate is  branching off on his own. Set to release his debut solo album Sleepwalker on October 28th, Tate has shared the first single from his eponymous record “Being Alone”. Although fans are used to hearing Tate’s voice over a dense and complex musical arrangements, his solo work is much more focused on the musician and what he has to offer. Produced with San Fermin founder Ellis Ludwig-Leone, the lead single “Being Alone” came to be during a tour stop in…

RBC Bluesfest – July 10, 2016

The sun finally decided to make an appearance at Bluesfest on Sunday, making for a beautiful afternoon and evening before heading into the two-day break from the festival. With shows starting early on in the afternoon, Day 4 of Bluesfest was packed tight with exciting and talented acts – three of which made our Top 10 Must-See Non-Headliner Performances. From country pop star Jordan McIntosh, to a surprise visit during Belly’s performance, there was no shortage of action Sunday, and Ottawa photographer Kamara Morozuk was there to capture it. As you…

Festival Guide: RBC Bluesfest 2016 – July 10

Good news: the forecast is clear of rain. After two wet days at RBC Bluesfest, Sunday is expected be on the sunny side of things, and should hopefully serve as better conditions to enjoy the collection of performances before heading into the two day break tomorrow. As per weekend scheduling, the shows start at 1pm this afternoon, and with space for a few extra bands in the lineup, Sunday is set to be a fairly busy and fully loaded Day 4. Browse through our festival guide for our favourite picks of the…

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,…

Top 50 of 2015: Part 5

10. Husky  – Ruckers Hill Husky Gawenda is an Australian-kept secret. His organic folk songwriting charms its way on the singer-songwriter’s second album Ruckers Hill, drawing from the best aspects of the genre. Rich in storytelling, captivating melodies, Ruckers Hill is a worthwhile listening experience, and will be years to come. (Read the review) 9. Foals – What Went Down Mercury Prize winning alternative rock group Foals have a done it again – their fourth album What Went Down can be seamlessly added to their list of intense, artistic alternative discography. The music takes…

San Fermin – Jackrabbit

5/5 Brooklyn composer and Yale graduate Ellis Ludwig-Leone is the musical and creative genius behind indie baroque-pop ensemble San Fermin; lyricist, composer, arranger, songwriter, Ludwig-Leone is San Fermin. For the debut, self-titled album, the musician relied on the help of his friends in the studio, but now with the sophomore release of Jackrabbit, Ludwig-Leone has turned the one-man show & friends into a fully-function, touring 8-piece troupe. A controlled frenzy of horns, strings, percussion, and complimenting vocals, Jackrabbit is an intense musical venture: unpredictable, melodramatic, and exhilarating with every note. The compositional style of Ludwig-Leone exaggerates the…