Bears With Guns are a five piece from the country NSW town of Parkes – famously known for its Radio Telescope affectionately known as ‘The Dish’. Being picked up by Highway 125 (INXS, Midnight Oil, The Divinyls), the band are currently in the midst of their first national tour, celebrating the release of their EP […]
One night in February, I attended a little musical gathering at the SuperMarket in Toronto. This is when I first heard the Handsome Fix and their remarkably fresh new sound. New album dropping Spring of this year.
Daughter is 21 year-old Elena Tonra, an experimental folk singer-songwriter from London. She really brings something refreshing and interesting to the table. I found myself lost in her stories, induced into thought by the awesome ambient production on her Wild Youth EP.
East London-based Australian/German indie pop/folk artist Christa Vi combines folky songwriting with electronic elements and emotive vocals. Inspired by life’s hard knocks, long plane journeys, London’s noise pollution, the inner pain and beauty of others, overheard snippets of conversation and a slight fear of losing that feeling, the EP includes remixes by NuDisco producer Show […]
Illustrator and multi-instrumentalist Adam McElreath has been making D.I.Y. records in his room for the past six years under the moniker Big Big Buildings. After a string of EPs, Big Big Buildings released the first full-length album, Be Not Aglow, on October 13. It’s for you to stream at Soundcloud.
As the story goes, Yuzima’s new EP Glasnost was inspired by the fall of the Berlin Wall as well as U2’s legendary album, Achtung Baby. In the final hour, Yuzima turned in this fiery remake of Mysterious Ways to honor the connection of the two albums.
Although performing on stage with the likes of Nicole Atkins, A.C. Newman (the New Pornographers), Parlor Mob, and Craig Wedren (Shudder to Think), Stephen Warwick is a musician most of us haven’t heard of. He hails from Charlotte, NC, one of the largest banking cities in the southeastern United States. Not the most likely of places for a musician to grow creatively.
There is a few things we all seem to know about Finland: it is in the cold North, people are depressed, and their music is heavy. Just look at Nightwish, Children of Bodom or HIM. But if you dig deeper, you’ll find that at least the latter is not the only truth. Historic traditions, Russian influence and a captivating melancholy. Or simple beauty. That’s what Jalava embodies, with haunting folk melodies and heart-breaking lyrics. In Finnish, of course.
Do folk artists usually call themselves folk artists? Seattle-based Stacey Rozich does, but there’s not a hint of irony in her work. Her images look like illustrations from a forgotten Eastern European tribe that intermarried with the Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest.
Toronto-based Timber Timbre’s third self-titled studio release keeps a soft and moody vibe with eight simply structured songs that seem meant for listening to in the dark. Taylor Kirk, the man behind the project, has a singing voice that’s both folky and restrained. He calls on other artists to fill in strings, banjo and accompanying […]
I may not have a drop of Viking blood in me, but when I hear bands like Wardruna, I feel like lighting a fire and breaking out the cask of mead. A side project of occasional Gorgoroth drummer Kvitrafn and featuring Gorgoroth frontman Gaahl on vocals, the band attempts to capture the lost sounds of […]
Micah P. Hinson is like every rustic, broken down, and pieced back together country great that’s ever been. Only hipper and slightly less sombre. This track, Diggin’ A Grave, is a button-up hoe down with a classic pop chorus and a jangly banjo accompaniment. Yup, some folk have all the fun.