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Leif Vollebekk – The Media Club, Vancouver. October 6th, 2013

Leif Vollebekk has quickly become on of my favourite new musicians. This process occurred immediately upon exposure with great ease. Vollbekk, is a young man who currently resides in Montreal. He recently released his second album “North Americana” after his 2010 debut “Inland” . North Americana is a heart wrenching, soul stirring and mind modifying storm. It is a marvellous piece of work that does mysterious things to me. I was eager to sit down with Vollebekk and pick his brain about the process of creating an opus. He explained…

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The Boom Booms live in Victoria

This previous Saturday I was lucky enough to sit down with the fellas from the boom booms followed by their concert at Sugar Nightclub in Victoria. Prior to the interview and concert I was excited as The Boom Booms are an up and coming band who seem to be perpetually expanding in song choices and career moves. Their success grew further recently as they were awarded the high up in the Peak’s “Top 20 BC Bands of 2011”. The boys have remained humble and focused during the process of further…

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The Darcys – The House Built Around Your Voice review

Toronto based sexy shoe gaze four piece release their sweltering and gracefully textured second album The House Built around your voice. This follows their debut titled Endless Water which was released in 2007. Both albums are stylized, fresh, yet completely independent from one another. These are each qualities to be applauded with a young band that carry the weight of ancient men. The title track on The House Built around Your Voice is the only other example of music that resembles the legendary Antony. However the Darcy’s, (made up of…

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Lights – Siberia review

Lights-a.k.a- Valerie Anne Poxleitner, releases her second album Siberia. I feel like I have heard this album several times in the form of some other brainwashed puppet. The only redeemable qualities are this: Lights is on her own personal label and she makes the electronic backing of her horrific voice-that is it. Lights has collected Juno awards and is relatively “critically acclaimed” however besides her two redeemable qualities there is nothing special or significant about her music. Unfortunately Lights isn’t contributing anything to the world of dirty bubblegum pop. Her…

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Brett Anderson-Black Rainbows.

Groaning and moaning Brett Anderson releases black rainbows. This is Former vocalist of Suede and the Tears fourth solo album. I wish I could say I am impressed due to my appreciation for Suede and Anderson’s ability to sing androgynously and pain fueled. However this style is much better suited for the groundbreaking Antony or PJ Harvey. Black Rainbows is more or less perpetually uninteresting. Anderson’s voice range has reached the point of unlistenable and doesn’t invite listeners in with anything particularly interesting. Despite the at times respectable and heartfelt…

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Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman – World Wide Rebel Songs review

To put it simply Tom Morello is awesome. Here’s why: Mr. Morello, the Grammy award winning guitar player, songwriter and singer has been with Rage (yes I abbreviate in deep hopes to connect with my inner youth), Audioslave (no abbreviation necessary) and the Street Sweeper Special (no urge to abbreviate). His solo work is otherwise known as the Nightwatchmen with specific reference made on World Wide Rebel Songs. Morello’s activist roots are omni-present throughout the album. Each song is more brave than the last while remaining completely non pretentious and…

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Opeth – Heritage review

Oh opeth, the cross way point between astringent epic- fantasy metal and guttural moaning “alt-rock.” Unfortunately with the first couple of tunes into this album I feel more of the latter. With redundant and uninspired lyrics such as, “God is dead”, which lead singer Mikael Akerfeldt (yes, they’re Swedish) sings with great distain with over-stylized guitar licks in the backburner, I find myself disappointed. Until, the remainder of the second song reveals itself to listeners, reminding us that Opeth is special in that they experiment, take their time and provide…

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Blizten Trapper – American Goldwing review

Blizten Trapper release their sixth album American Goldwing. The Portland based six piece have never struck me beyond anything but pretty good, however their previous album “Furr” gathered some deserved success and put them on the main charts and headliners for impressive musical festivals. One thing that makes them noticeable is both their ability and inability to always sound the same. This is a strong aspect as a band as it exposes a sense of dignified style and recognizable qualities. This is hindering for a band as it supports fear…

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Rifflandia 2011

Rifflandia is an eccentric festival that turned four this year which takes place throughout my hometown of Victoria, BC. This year’s lineup included De La soul, Broken Social Scene, Mother Mother, The Cave Singers, Besnard Lakes, The Pack AD, Sage Francis, Lyrics Born and a whole other overabundance of gorgeous and diverse talent. The festival is special for the local focus and the sense of community created when the event occurs and the audacity of how many venues are involved that open their doors to the intimate abyss at night….

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Case Studies – The World Is Just a Shape To Fill the Night review

Seattle based dark as midnight oil apocalyptic folk singer releases his first solo work. With pockets of remorse, doom and honesty the album offers a bit of everything. Jesse Lortze welcomes listeners to his waltzing baritone voice. He is no stranger to the dark side of the forest as he used to sing with recently de-banded duo “The Dutchess and the Duke”. It is at times hard to believe the Night is the work mostly one man as it is rich and thick. His lyrics are usually haunting and shocking…

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