Reviews of music: live and recorded

Twin Kennedy It’s a Love Thing Twin Kennedy Entertainment $9.99 Reviewed by Emmett Robinson Smith Twin Kennedy have a lot to say. The UVic School of Music twin sister graduates have been touring extensively throughout Canada in support of their new country album It’s a Love Thing, an album that tackles universal topics such as […]

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House of Many Rooms By Laila Biali and The Radiance Project $9.99-$12.99 By Emmett Robinson Smith Laila Biali took a risk. The Vancouver-born, Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter has received many accolades and awards for her work as a jazz pianist and singer. Her album Live in Concert was recorded at the renowned Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto […]

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Victoria-based blues pianist David Vest has been touring Canada and parts of the U.S. in support of his acclaimed new album Roadhouse Revelation (Cordova Bay Records). The Alabama-born Vest won Canada’s Maple Blues Award for Piano/Keyboard Player of the Year, and his album reached No.1 in Canada on the Roots Music Chart. Known as a […]

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Red Bird  By Jesse Roper  $15 Reviewed by Emmett Robinson Smith Jesse Roper can shred. That much was obvious to me while listening to Red Bird, the Metchosin-raised musician’s new album, which encompasses an array of music styles, from blues-rock to reggae to pop-flavoured tracks, all of which showcase Roper’s impressive guitar skills. Red Bird […]

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This Old Heart By Abraham Produced by Sam Weber Reviewed by Chris Ho The soft strum of a ukulele is a fitting introduction to the delicate and powerful sound of Abraham’s debut EP, This Old Heart. Victoria songstress Sydney Batters describes her solo project, Abraham, as “a rebirth,” and this could be part of the reason why […]

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Day 3 of Rifflandia 2014, Royal Athletic Park, Reviewed by Chris Ho The hot sun beat down as swarms of  people waited in a massive line that  veered down Cook Street. Luckily, I  wasn’t wearing my banana-suit costume  like the brave men in front of me, but part  of me wished I had. I already […]

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Jeff Andrew, Tunnels, Treehouses & Trainsmoke Produced by Jeff Andrew, Tyrone Shoe and Corwin Fox http://jeffandrew.bandcamp.com/ ($7 Digital) Reviewed by Noah Cebuliak  Jeff Andrew’s sandpaper drawl is the first thing that draws the ear on his newest release, Tunnels, Treehouses & Trainsmoke. He really doesn’t sound like many other singers, but he isn’t really singing […]

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Current Swell Ulysses, 2014  Review by Emmett Robinson Smith Current Swell is looking for something. The Victoria band’s fourth album, Ulysses, is jam-packed with ideas of desire, some attainable, some not. On the album-opening title track, Scott Stanton sings, “I want to go / where every man’s gone”. In contrast, on the following track, “Keys to […]

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Real Ponchos, Since I Let You Go (May 6th, 2014) Produced by Jesse Gander and Real Ponchos Catch Real Ponchos at Logan’s Pub on June 13th. Reviewed by Noah Cebuliak Real Ponchos’ debut full-length, Since I Let You Go, is refreshingly honest, optimistic and devoid of the clichés that often muddle country and roots music. […]

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Review by Mark Anthony Brennan Victoria’s Zoey Ockenden (a.k.a. lavallee) recently released her debut EP. ‘above the treeline’ comes with minimal musical accompaniment, placing Ockenden’s singing and lyrics front and centre. This is a brave move, given the wealth of strong female singer-songwriters out there today. But if Ockenden is at all daunted by the […]

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