Archive | August, 2014

Monthly Roundup: July 2014

1 Aug
Alysha Brilla

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!