PREVIEW: THE SHEEPDOGS at 3RD & LINDSLEY on 7/22/18

Fourteen years ago, newly graduated friends in Saskatchewan were trying to figure out what to do with their lives; none had ever formally played in a band before, but they decided to play music together. “We lived in the middle of nowhere and we wanted to break things off and experience new things,” says Ryan…

“POWERFUL OWL” – NEW ALBUM from BELLE MINERS

Canadian/Australian trio Belle Miners released their debut album Powerful Owl on November 3rd and announced a string of tour dates in Australia in January 2018. The album was made while travelling and performing in Australia, and produced by JUNO award-winner Joby Baker at Baker Studios in British Columbia, Canada. Life-long friends, Canadian musicians Felicia Harding and…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with SC MIRA

“Never been to hell and back, I can’t imagine it’s pretty,” coos Sc Mira’s Sadye Cage in the band’s recent single, “Mexico.” Lead by a voice like a White Rabbit in Wonderland that lures listeners into an unpredictable adventure, this Canadian band has the corner on cool. “A few years back. we recorded and released…

EAST OF 8TH PRESENTS: JADEA KELLY

Today begins East of 8th’s official “Jadea Kelly Week,” as we celebrate the Canada-bred, Nashville-based indie folk artist’s upcoming release of her new album, Love & Lust. East of 8th will present her release show at Nashville venue The High Watt on April 6th, and every day this week, beloved readers, you will have the chance to get…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with MOTHER MOTHER

“Silence can be loud,” recalls Mother Mother frontman Ryan Guldemond, of time spent alone in a home studio he built in the woods of Quadra Island off the Eastern coast of Vancouver Island, where he and his sister and bandmate Molly were raised. He was under pressure to follow up the band’s acclaimed album, 2014’s Very Good…

PREVIEW: THE DIRTY NIL at THE HIGH WATT on 10/9/16

Punk-infused Canadian rock trio The Dirty Nil started making music together ten years ago as high school students; the band began recording EPs in 2011 and released their first full-length LP, Higher Power, on Dine Alone Records in February of this year. The Dirty Nil’s music is enticingly aggressive and deliciously raucous; “It’s never been…

AN EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with PAPER LIONS

Canadian pop-rock outfit Paper Lions is currently maintaining their sanity in the midst of a “record release storm”, says lead vocalist John MacPhee. The band, which has been together for over a decade, unleashed their latest album, Full Colour, on September 16th. The band had a unique opportunity when recording this time, a process that…

REVIEW: METRIC at BRIDGESTONE ARENA

It was a steamy night in the Music City on July 8th, and I was drenched with sweat by the time I found my seat at Bridgestone Arena; I didn’t care though, because Canandian veteran indie-rockers Metric were opening for Imagine Dragons, and yours truly was there to cover the show.  HOLY BUCKETS. The temperature inside the arena rose when Metric…

8 QUESTIONS with JESSICA MAROS of KUZIN

 Kuzin (pronounced “cousin”) is the name chosen by Jessica Maros, one half of the dreamy and critically acclaimed folk-rock duo Escondido, for her brand new solo project; her debut album, CAVITY, was released in February, via Kill Canyon Records.  The first single (title track “Cavity”) transported me back to my formative years when I was listening to 90s…

8 QUESTIONS with THE BELLE GAME

I recently stumbled across music by Adam Nanji, Andrea Lo, Alex Andrew, Katrina Jones, Rob Chursinoff of Vancouver, B.C., otherwise known as The Belle Game; I couldn’t stop listening to their 2012 LP Ritual Tradition Habit, and I noticed that they reminded me of another band I used to love (R.I.P. The Royalty.  You are missed).…