The Lad Mags: now in 3D!  // Fish Griwkowsky

The Lad Mags, featuring Don Iveson

After nearly two-and-a-half months of waiting to get the records delivered, the Lad Mags can finally release its latest seventh-inch Hypnotized. “We got stuck behind a massive seven-inch box se...
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Friends of Foes passes the acoustic test

Have you ever heard of the acoustic test? It involves a band stripping down a song to its bare bones—an acoustic guitar and vocals—in order to see if it works without the power of a full band behind ...
// Fish Griwkowsky

The Secretaries rock for Christopher Zuk

Birthdays are one of those inevitable things in life that one can either choose to embrace or acknowledge with mixed feelings of disdain and dread. Regardless, the Secretaries—along with the Von Zipp...
// Matt Postal

Royal Tusk building, growing

“I would say 2014 was a building year—not like the Oilers, but a real building year,” laughs Royal Tusk vocalist and guitarist Daniel Carriere. The local alt-rock five-piece is capping of...
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Meaghan Smith juggles baby, pop music

Touring is a whole new experience for Meaghan Smith this time around. The Halifax-based songstress became a mother in August, and this will be the first time she takes her son River out on the road w...
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A new kind of twang

Jay Sparrow spent much of his childhood on the road. His father was a touring musician, so he got a taste of transient life early on and didn’t lay down roots until seventh grade, when his fami...
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Darkness from the gut

Dark, moody, emotive; the list of adjectives could go on and on when it comes to Phantogram, a duo whose commanding brand of nuanced synth- and drum-driven indie pop has been steadily gaining tractio...
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Chic Gamine keeps it Christmas

Most of us aren’t thinking about Christmas in the middle of summer, but Chic Gamine had to get in the spirit a few months early in order to record Christmas Vol 1. “We ended up recording ...
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Crooked Brothers chase the darkness

It took the Crooked Brothers seven years to write a “happy” song—the effort was there, but the Manitoba trio found it too easy for the jovial tunes to come off as trite and cheesy. One fi...