After having released three critically acclaimed EPs in the past few years, Australian indie sensations The Jezabels have done it again! This time, backing themselves up with a full-length album entitled Prisoner. One of our writers got to spend some time listening to the new release that will be available in Canada this coming Tuesday, November 8th (thanks to Dine Alone Records), and wrote up a little review on it. Read more to see what you can expect from the album. Read more…
The second day of Pop Montreal takes place this year on Thursday, September 30th. While day one offered us some really interesting shows we are going to go out on a limb and say day 2 at Pop Montreal this year will be the best day of the festival. One after another, we’ve got a stacked lineup on day 2 which will obviously lead to some very tough decisions on your part. We would like to try and make those decisions a little easier by giving you our picks for a busy day 2 at Pop Montreal 2010.
Day 1 of Osheaga 2010 is in the books and I think we can all safely say that it was a huge success. Great music, perfect weather, good food, lots of free stuff and a grand finale of Arcade Fire is enough to make anyone giddy, but this day was much more than a long wait for Arcade Fire to play. The day boasted a lineup of some of the hottest names in the music world today and we were there to document it all for you. Keep reading to find out how it all went down.
One of the biggest surprises of the last year for us was The Wooden Sky’s performance last November at Il Motore. We went into the show not really knowing what to expect and were pleasantly surprised by not only a great set, but an overall really fun show. Fast forward a few months and the now Polaris Prize nominated Toronto band have just announced that they will be hitting the road for five weeks this fall with fellow Polaris nominees, Vancouver’s Yukon Blonde. The best news of all is that the two band’s will be making a stop in Montreal on October 26th at La Sala Rossa, making this one of our most anticipated shows of the fall.
Ever since Rishi Dhir left the High Dials a few years back we have keeping an ear to the ground for any news of his doings. When we heard that he had formed a new musical project called Elephant Stone we were more than excited. The new band’s first LP, entitled The Seven Seas, was released in 2009 and it was everything we could hope for and more; good old fashioned indie rock music with a traditional indian twist, provided by Dhir’s masterful sitar playing. The album was so good in fact that it was long-listed for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize. Next week, Elephant Stone will release The Glass Box EP, their second studio recording. But why wait until then when you can hear it streaming online right now.
No matter what day of the week, there will always be traffic on Boulevard Saint-Laurent in Montreal. Last night as I made my way over to Petit Campus (avoiding j-walkers and idling taxi cabs along the way), power-pop fans joined together to pay homage to another kind of kind of traffic; Prince Edward Island’s Two Hours Traffic. While Two Hours Traffic thought they had come a long way to play this show after SXSW in Austin, the night’s opening act, Dead Letter Chorus beat them with a three-plane long trek from down under.
Montreal’s own The Besnard Lakes have come out with their follow up to their 2007 Polaris Music Prize nominated album, The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse. This time around The Besnard Lakes are The Roaring Night tells the story of spies and double agents as they fight against one another in a potentially false war. It is a dreamy, fuzzy yet romantic trip to a surreal world worth all of the repeated listens that it will get.