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Exclusive Premiere: "Unlucky" EP by Smokes

Posted by Greg / November 12, 2013

SmokesListening to Smokes is like watching kids play with fireworks inside of a gunpowder plant - you never know when it's gonna go from controlled chaos to a raging inferno. The trio of Nick Maas, Patrick Cruellier, and Jeremy MacCuish have been around town for a while, playing in Montreal institutions Banafish, Parlovr, and Cobra & Vulture before meeting up in 2012. Their music is gritty and punchy, and, with their lineup of guitar, violin, and drums, a wild and unpredictable take on the traditional rock power trio.

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Jessie Ware At the W Hotel: Review

Posted by Pamela D. / November 11, 2013

It's a Tuesday night at the W Hotel, and the downstairs bar is buzzing with a typical assembly of the well-heeled and chic. Brandishing fifteen dollar cocktails and swaning leisurely around the small corner stage, the only unexpected element in my evening so far is the total absence of any conversation whatsoever about the exclusive performance everyone is apparently gathered here to see: an intimate and acoustic sample from the debut album of the U.K.'s up and coming Jessie Ware.

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Checking in with Karneef on the release of his debut album, "Love Between Us"

Posted by Greg / November 11, 2013

KarneefYou've definitely seen Karneef around, even if you don't realize it. The tall drink of water with big red hair is impossible to miss. This is, in part, because he has been DJing and hitting the stage with Montreal bands for years, but also because he's one of the city's most charismatic showmen. His long-awaited debut solo LP, Love Between Us, comes out today. Its rich, occasionally chaotic, and always fresh funky sounds inspired Noisey to name Karneef "Montreal's answer to David Byrne." We caught up with him recently to talk about what's going on, what he did on this album, and what's coming up next.

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Bravery, repetition and (a bit less) noise: Wooden Shjips @ Casa Del Popolo tonight

Posted by Shawn / November 11, 2013

Wooden Shjips









How to explain Wooden
Shjips
'
sound to someone who has never heard them? You
could give a clichéd "greater than the sum of its parts": Can
meets Neil Young meets Velvet Underdround meets etc...",
or you could say, "Well, there's this long bearded wizard-like
lookin' dude called Ripley who plays these ridiculously
trippy guitar solos over the same groove for something like 7 minutes
a song". Both work. It's a very specific, unique sound that
somehow can only be described in broad strokes.

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Psych It Up: Night Beats Play Il Motore this Thursday

Posted by Greg / November 5, 2013

Night BeatsHailing from Seattle, Washington and signed to Christian Bland's (The Black Angels) Reverberation Appreciation Society record label, Night Beats have made quite a name for themselves in recent years. Touring with bands such as The Black Lips, and playing the ever-dependable Austin Psych Fest, the band's real charm is its ability to write great pop songs drenched in feedback, reverb, echo and general psychedelic madness. No style over substance here: their new LP, Sonic Bloom, completely fine-tunes any shortcomings its first album had by finding the three-piece completely at ease in its sonic experimentations and songwriting. For 50 minutes, you can remember the 60's without ever having been there. Far out.

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This Phèdre music video playlist will alter your reality

Posted by Greg / November 4, 2013

PhedreWhen they perform in Montreal on November 9th, the Toronto psych-dance duo Phèdre will hit the stage the same way they always do: with masks, sparking outfits, face paint, choreographed dancers. Phèdre are as much fun to look at as their songs are damn catchy. That's why I chose the music video for "In Decay," from their self-titled debut EP, as my #1 pick for the 2012 Prism Prize. There's no better way to honour their impending arrival with a playlist of their mind-bending, reality-altering, honey-soaked videos, including brand new ones from their recently-released album, Golden Age.

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