Monthly Roundup: July 2014

1 Aug
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Alysha Brilla, one of Canadian Content Machine’s featured artists of July.

Another month of music has come and gone! We’ve had lots to talk about in July (not fittingly, July Talk was featured two months ago). Let’s look at them again!

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New Album Reviews!

Dreams of Summer: Coronado’s new EP, Give Up Nothing Vol. 1, reviewed.

Carlos Coronado of Coronado. Photo Credit: Tania Cannarella.

Carlos Coronado of Coronado. Photo Credit: Tania Cannarella.

Coronado continues to have a very prolific, and very good, 2014. The Toronto fivesome released their EP Remain Calm last year (reviewed by one of our writers here), and since then they have kept it coming via live shows, live shows, and more live shows. It all comes to this: Give Up Nothing Vol 1their latest, just-released EP.  This forms Coronado’s most complete sound yet, including the should-be-hit “A Line We Never Drew”. Give Coronado a chance and check out out review of Give Up Nothing Vol 1 here.

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Band Spotlights!

The Shanks: Minimalist Musicians, Maximum Rockers

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The Shanks.

The Shanks aren’t a new band per se; they’ve been in the game for years, and their classic hard rock sound doesn’t lend them any favours as something new and stylin’. What The Shanks do well though, is use up the full potential of a two-piece guitar-and-drums combo and then some, creating a gigantic, ferocious sound that definitely speaks in rock n’ roll. Check out our full piece on The Shanks here.

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Concert Reviews!

Jumple: The Gypsy Gods Of Inspiring Dance and Jiggy Bums – Live & Interviewed @ The Rasputin Vodka Bar June 22, 2014

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Eugene of Jumple.

There is “Slavic Gypsy Foll”, and then there is the kind that Jumple serves. Hopped up on booze and in the state of “Jigy-Jigy” (no, that is not the title of Will Smith’s comeback song), this band absolutely took it to the aptly-named Russian Vodka Bar on June 24th, 2014. With most of its members being born in the Ukraine, there is no question of inauthenticity in these guys’ performances. Read the full appraisal of their performance here.

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Second Spins: Older Albums Reviewed Again!

Alysha Brilla’s Guide to Getting Over Breakups

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Alysha Brilla.

Every now and then an album will come along just at the right time, making a huge impact in your life and giving you a good reminder why music exists. For our writer Julie Gossart, that album was Alysha Brilla’s In My Head. Released last year, this album turned out to be a pretty significant experience for Julie–but you don’t have to read this to believe it, just check out the review for yourself!

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Special Event Coverage – Osheaga 2014!

OSHEAGA 2014: All The Canadian Bands (Full and Final Preview)

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Earlier in the year, we produced a series on all the Canadian bands playing at Osheaga in Montreal. Well, the festival has now finally arrived, so what better way to prepare yourself than to read our final preview the details the when and whereabouts of each band, as well as links to our earlier articles. Check that out here!


That is all for July!

OSHEAGA 2014: All The Canadian Bands (Full and Final Preview)

31 Jul

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Osheaga 2014: so near it is practically here! Here are a couple quick facts for those still unsure of the festival’s worth:

  • The festival runs for three days, from August 1st to August 3rd.
  • The festival is situated in Montreal, though more specifically the festival is set in Parc Jean-Drapeau, which itself is comprised of two islands,  Ile Sainte-Helene and Ile Notre-Dame. These islands were also the site for Montreal’s famous Expo 67.
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Parc Jean-Drapeau and the Montreal skyline.

  • The name of the festival actually comes from a miscommuncation between the native Mohawk and one of the first European settlers of the region, Jacques Cartier. The Mohawk found Cartier and his way of greeting unusual, and dubbed his kind as “O she ha ga” (literally, people of shaking hands). Cartier mistook the words as “Osheaga” and thought it as the name for the local area that would later become known as Montreal.
  • Due to overwhelming ticket sales in recent years, Parc Jean-Drapeau had to be expanded in order to accommodate all the festival-goers, of which more than 70% are coming from outside of Quebec.

Facts are facts, but Osheaga just may be the no.1 music festival in Canada right now, attracting international superstars such as Jack White, Outkast, and the Arctic Monkeys as headliners. And it is all happening, starting tomorrow. For those looking for the Canadian content at Osheaga, look no further than our earlier previews, which detail each and every Canadian act as well as where they’re hailing from. Just click on each part to get a full description of each act.

Part 1: Montreal

Chromeo.

Beat Market

Day: Saturday
Time: 1:35 PM – 2:25 PM
Stage: SCÈNE PIKNIC ÉLECTRONIK HONDA

Chromeo

Day: Friday
Time: 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Stage: SCÈNE VERTE GARNIER FRUCTIS PROPULSÉE PAR SENNHEISER

Dear Frederic

Day: Friday
Time: 1:40 PM – 2:20 PM
Stage: SCÈNE DE LA VALLÉE COCA-COLA

Foxtrott

Day: Sunday
Time: 1:40 PM – 2:20 PM
Stage: SCÈNE DES ARBRES GALAXIE

Half Moon Run

Day: Friday
Time: 6:30 PM – 7:20 PM
Stage: SCÈNE PIKNIC ÉLECTRONIK HONDA

 

Part 2: Montreal Redux

Le Trouble

Le Trouble.

Kaytranada

Day: Saturday
Time: 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
Stage: SCÈNE PIKNIC ÉLECTRONIK HONDA

Le Trouble

Day: Friday
Time: 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM
Stage: SCÈNE DES ARBRES GALAXIE

Mac DeMarco

Day: Friday
Time: 9:50 PM – 10:50 PM
Stage: SCÈNE DES ARBRES GALAXIE

Sam Roberts Band

Day: Friday
Time: 4:35 PM – 5:35 PM
Stage: SCÈNE DE LA RIVIÈRE VIRGIN MOBILE

Tiga

Day: Sunday
Time: 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM
Stage: SCÈNE PIKNIC ÉLECTRONIK HONDA

Part 3: Toronto

July Talk

July Talk.

Basia Bulat

Day: Saturday
Time: 6:20 PM – 7:20 PM
Stage: SCÈNE VERTE GARNIER FRUCTIS PROPULSÉE PAR SENNHEISER

The Beaches

Day: Friday
Time: 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM
Stage: SCÈNE DE LA VALLÉE COCA-COLA

Grandtheft

*SET CANCELLED*

July Talk

Day: Friday
Time: 2:20 PM – 3:00 PM
Stage: SCÈNE DES ARBRES GALAXIE

Kevin Drew

Day: Saturday
Time: 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM
Stage: SCÈNE DE LA RIVIÈRE VIRGIN MOBILE

Serena Ryder

Day: Saturday
Time: 3:00 PM – 3:40 PM
Stage: SCÈNE DE LA MONTAGNE MOLSON CANADIAN

Part 4: All The Rest

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Hey Rosetta!

Bear Mountain

Day: Friday
Time: 6:35 PM – 7:25 PM
Stage: SCÈNE DES ARBRES GALAXIE

Cyril Hahn

Day: Sunday
Time: 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Stage: SCÈNE PIKNIC ÉLECTRONIK HONDA

Hey Rosetta!

Day: Sunday
Time: 1:40 PM – 2:25 PM
Stage: SCÈNE DE LA MONTAGNE MOLSON CANADIAN

Matt Mays

Day: Sunday
Time: 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM
Stage: SCÈNE DE LA RIVIÈRE VIRGIN MOBILE

Royal Canoe

Day: Saturday
Time: 1:15 PM – 1:55 PM
Stage: SCÈNE DES ARBRES GALAXIE

Ryan Hemsworth

Day: Friday
Time: 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Stage: SCÈNE PIKNIC ÉLECTRONIK HONDA

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