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Monthly Roundup: June 2014

1 Jul
Vancouver's Five Alarm Funk, one of Canadian Content Machine's featured bands of June.

Vancouver’s Five Alarm Funk, one of Canadian Content Machine’s featured bands of June.

Happy Canada Day! It is a beginning of a new month and we have the most Canadian of holidays to start it off. Why not pitch in a little of your patriotism Canuck-style and check out the many Canadian acts we featured last month here at Canadian Content Machine.. From behemoth funk troupes to charming songstresses , the month of May was a good one for Canadian music.

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New Album Reviews!

Pull the Emergency Switch! Five Alarm Funk Raises the Alarm with their Apocalyptic New Album, Abandon Earth

Five Alarm Funk. Photo Credit: Brooke Roisum.

Five Alarm Funk. Photo Credit: Brooke Roisum.

One of the most ecstatic and eclectic releases so far this year, Five Alarm Funk’s Abandon Earth absolutely blew us away. Of course, when you have nine members in your collective (including timbales and congas), you know you’re going to be filling each and every corner of your full-length LP. Certainly one of the few bands that actually live up to their name! You can check out our review of Abandon Earth by Five Alarm Funk here.

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Swim to New Shores: Jon McKiel’s new, self-titled EP reviewed

Jon McKiel.

Jon McKiel.

Halifax has its music scene down pat, with multitudes of acts washing ashore the Atlantic coast each year. To distinguish yourself among the many is quite an achievement in itself; fortunately Jon McKiel has his own science. His latest EP, Jon McKiel, goes for that perfect mix of restraint and optimism that makes for one pleasurable listen. Find out more in our review of Jon McKiel’s latest self-titled effort here.

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The Simple Charms of Jessica Bundy’s Careless Smile

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Jessica Bundy. Photo Credit: Robert M. Saxe.

“Indie Darling” may be a bit of an overused term. How about “Indie Treasure”. Okay, that may be overdoing it, but Jessica Bundy is kind of special. The Toronto native just released her new EP, Careless Smile, an indelible mix of love and loss. Despite its seemingly easy-going nature, Careless Smile hits where it counts (both in the head and the heart), and it certainly made an impression on us. Look at our review of Jessica Bundy’s Careless Smile here.

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Chromeo, Act II: Their latest, White Women, reviewed

Chromeo.

Chromeooo. Oooo. Even their name is given to being chanted, and if you have ever been to these Montreal dudes’ live shows you would expect that and more. After ten years in the industry, Chromeo may have finally achieved international super-stardom with their with their latest release, White Women. The album debuted at a cool No.11 on Billboard, and hit single “Jealous (I Ain’t With It)” has found its home on everyone’s radio and playlist this summer. But there is more to White Women than that, so read our review of Chromeo’s newest and shiniest here.

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Concert Reviews!

Concert Review: Timber Timbre @ Massey Hall, May 23rd, 2014

Timber Timbre at Massey Hall. Photo Credit: Malcolm Cook.

Timber Timbre at Massey Hall. Photo Credit: Malcolm Cook.

Timber Timbre is a band that gets a lot of love here (just read up on our review of their latest, Hot Dreams, here), and when we heard they were playing a show at the legendary Massey Hall in Toronto, we just had to take it in. And what a show it was! Act like you were there once you read our full review of their show here.

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Second Spins: Older Albums Reviewed Again!

School Damage: Fixed By Hooliganism

School Damage. Photo Credit: Miranda Armstrong.

School Damage. Photo Credit: Miranda Armstrong.

There is the good, the bad, and the just plain insane. Guess which category School Damage falls under. Yes, this Toronto punk trio has a few things it wants to say, and naturally those things are being yelled at and shredded over 200 bpm. School Damage already has released a couple of scorchers: their self-titled debut in 2012 and the sophomore release Weird Days in 2013. So when do we get to hear some new stuff? We’re not sure, but for now quench your hardcore thirst with our feature on School Damage here.

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Special Event Coverage – North by Northeast 2014!

A-Z NXNE: A Short (and Long) Preview

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North by Northeast, SXSW’s Canadian sister, arrived in Toronto in the middle of June. While headliners like St. Vincent and Run the Jewels tended to be American, we had plenty of made-it and up-and-coming Canadian acts hitting the stages. From Joel Plaskett Emergency to The Jerry Cans, NXNE proved to be (as always) an excellent showcase of Canuck talent. Look back and reminisce with our preview of NXNE here.

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That finishes the month of June at Canadian Content Machine. Canada Day is here, and so is July! Fire up your barbecues and pack your camping gear. But don’t forget your music!

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A-Z NXNE: A Short (and Long) Preview

13 Jun

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The summer is pretty much here, and with it brings the music festival season. Earlier this year Canadian Content Machine gave you a rundown of Austin, Texas’ South by Southwest; now, we will do the same for Canada’s version of the multi-day music festival, North by Northeast. With its Toronto setting, NXNE will feature over 1000 artists through ten days –many of them Canadian acts. Notable headliners are Pusha T, St. Vincent, Juicy J, Spoon, Run the Jewels, Spirtualized, Sleigh Bells, and much, much more.

We have covered a few of the Canadian acts before–check out our pieces on Harlan Pepper, Mac DeMarco, and the Skye Sweetnam-fronted Sumo Cyco. Here are five picks for must-see Canadian acts at NXNE!

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Joel Plaskett Emergency

 1.  Joel Plaskett Emergency

Where and When: Horseshoe Tavern, Saturday June 21 @ 11:30 PM

Out of Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, this act features longtime indie rocker Joel Plaskett, he of nearly forty years of age. With that age comes experience, as his many years in Thrush Hermit, his solo act, and most recent get-together The Emergency will certainly show Plaskett’s deft ways around a good tune.

2. Mac DeMarco

Where and When: The Opera House, Friday June 20 @ 11:00 PM; Yonge-Dundas Square, Saturday June 21 @ 7:30 PM

A bit of a favourite of ours, the sometimes-weird and always-lovable Mac DeMarco will bring his interpretation of lo-fi fun indie (fundie?) to Toronto. And if you miss him out at The Opera House, don’t fret–DeMarco is pulling double duty and will be playing again on the Saturday at Yonge-Dundas Square.

3. METZ

Where and When: Lee’s Palace, Saturday June 21 @ 12:00 AM

One of the better benefits of being a hometown band in Toronto? You don’t have to worry about travel when all the festivals roll around. METZ already played Canadian Music Week last month, and now are looking to add a spectacular NXNE performance to their résumé. Even if you aren’t at Lee’s Palace on Saturday night, you may hear this trio anyway, because they are loud. They don’t describe their live shows as a “pterodactyl mid-flight” for nothing, you know.

4. HSY

Where and When: Adelaide Hall, Thursday June 19 @ 11:00, The Great Hall, Saturday June 21 @ 3:20 PM

So, how do you pronounce HSY anyway? Is it like Hussy, or does it rhyme with a certain Korean superpower? Which is a comparison, by the way, that these ferocious punkers would not like to have been made. With two shows, HSY is certainly on a mission to grab as many ears as possible during NXNE, and then to utterly obliterate them.

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The Jerry Cans.

5. The Jerry Cans

Where and When: Tranzac Club, Saturday June 21 @ 9:00 PM

This band caught our attention in a unique way, for they’re the first act we’ve ever heard of to hail from the newest capital of Canada–Iqaluit, Nunavut. And the distinctiveness of The Jerry Cans continues once you actually sit down and listen: a bit of country, a bit of reggae, and a bit of traditional Inuktitut and throat-singing. How does that sound for a live performance you have never encountered before? Give The Jerry Cans some appreciation, and check out their show at The Tranzac Club.

 

For full listings and schedule, check out the NXNE website. We also have an A-Z listing of all the Canadian bands playing right here!

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A

A A Wallace

a l l i e

A Mad World, My Masters

Aaron Berger & The Blue Stars

Ain’t No Love

Alvvays

Amity Beach

Amos The Transparent

Anamai

Andre Ethier

Animal Parts

Another City

The Antiheroes

Apeshit Simians

NQ Arbuckle

Ark Analog

Army Girls

ARSON

The Ascot Royals

Atherton

The Auras

B

B-17

Baby Cages

Baby Please

Bad Channels

Baked Goods

The Barr Brothers

The Bass6

Beat Busta

Beliefs

The Benefit of the Free Man

Bernice

Beta Frontiers

Beyond the Mountain

Bidiniband

Big Name Actors

The Black Fever

Black Rhino Riot

Blaxxx Bossalini & GMurdah

Bloodshot Bill

Boyhood

Brad Fillatre

Brat Kings

Brave Little Toaster

Brendan Philip

Brian Borcherdt

C

C-Sharp

Cai.ro

Calum Graham

Calvin Love

Canailles

Carl Didur

The Cautioneers

Cellphone

CHAMPION LOVER

Charlotte Cornfield

Chef Byer

Chic Gamine

Church Chizzle

The Cliks

Convoys

Cousin

Craig Currie

CTZNSHP

Culture Reject

The Cunninghams

D

Dance Movie

Daniel Son & Saipher Soze

The Danks

Dave Norris & Local Ivan

Dearly Beloved

Deebs

Delta Will

Derek Williams & the Back Country Band

Devontee

Diamond Bones

Dick Rodan

Diemonds

Different Skeletons

Diggy The DJ

Dilemmanade

Dillan Ponders

Dirty Frigs

DJ Bambii

DJ Grouch

DJ Human Kebab

DJ Mike Stoan

DJ Sammy Royale & Nino Brown

DJ Sun Sun

DJ Triple-X

Donovan Woods

DOOMSQUAD

The Double Cuts

Dre Barrs

Dream Jefferson

Drop Dead Pin-Ups

Drugs In Japan

Dusted

Dylan Hennessy

E

Each Other

The Effens

Egyptrixx

Elissa Mielke

Elizabeth

Elsa

Emma Frank

Erik Lind & The Orchard

Evy Jane

F

Fake Injury Party

Falling Androids

Federal Lights

Ferraro

Fever City

Fevers

Fine Times

First Base

First You Get The Sugar

Flex The Antihero

Formalists

FOXTROTT

Free N Losh

Freeman Dre & the Kitchen Party

Fresh Kils

Fresh Snow

G

G Milla

Gangis Khan aka Camoflauge

Gay Nineties

Gemma Files

George Leach

Ghost Cousin

Giant Hand

Glory Glory

Go For The Eyes

The Golden Dogs

The Goodluck Assembly

Gramercy Riffs

Grand Lark

Grand Splendid

Greg Ball

Greys

Grime Kings

Gruve

The GTs

Gunner & Smith

H

Handel Anrew

Hands & Teeth

Hannah Epperson

Harlan Pepper

Heat

Her Harbour

Holyoak

HotKid

How Sad

HSY

The Human Orchestra

I

I HATE TODD

I Smell Blood

Illitry

iLLvibe

Immerze

Indicator Indicator

The Inflation Kills

Invasions

J

J. Dohe

J Reid

Jacques Greene

Jahkoy

Jai Jones

JANITORS

Jay Glavany

JDon & Brian Rudder

Jenny Omnichord

The Jerry Cans

Jess Reimer

Jessica Mitchell

The Jessica Stuart Few

Jim Cuddy

Jimmy B

JJones

J’Nai

Joe Nolan

Joel Plaskett Emergency

John Southworth

Johnny Active

JoJo Worthington

Josh Geddis

Joyce Island

JPNSGRLS

Julie Fader

K

Kai Exos

KAi Sky Walker

Kalle Mattson

Kalyssa

Kate Kurdyak

Katie DuTemple

KC Accidental

Ken Reaume

Ketamines

Ketch Harbour Wolves

Kill Matilda

King Creep

Kira May

Kontravoid

Kyle Stephens

L

L.A. COPS

LadyFace

Lakes of Canada

Language Arts

Laurent Bourque

Lee Harvey Osmond

Lethal Frequency

The Lifts

Light Fires

Lindi Ortega

Lindsay Barr

Lindy

Little T & DJ Cross

Look Vibrant

Loopsy Dazy

Loose Pistons

Lorraine Segato

The Lovely Feathers

Luka

The Luke Austin Band

Luu Breeze

Lydia Ainsworth

Lynn Jackson Band

Lyric Dubee

The Lytics

M

Mac DeMarco

MAD ONES

Magnolia

Maica Mia

The Maladies of Adam Stokes

Mandippal

Many Arms

Marble Lion

Marker Starling

The Marvelous Beauhunks

Meanwood

Melissa Bel

Melissa Lauren

The Mercy Now

METZ

Mexican Slang

Michael Rault

Midnight Malice

Mike F. The Hitman

Mikey Dangerous

MIMICO

Mise en Scene

Mitch Belot

Mitch Tones

Mo Kenney

Molly Thomason

Monomyth

The Morals

N

NeoMaestro

NeverLand Gang

The New Enemy

New Positions

Nice Head

Nick Ferrio & His Feelings

Nicole Ariana

Nolo

Nue

The Nursery

O

The O’Pears

Odds

Odonis Odonis

Old and Weird

Old English

Old Man Canyon

Olivia and the Creepy Crawlies

Oneiroi

Only Child

Our Founders

Oxford Blue

P

Paradise Animals

PARALLELS

Patti Cake

The Pernell Reichert Band

Pet Sun

Philly Moves

Pif Paf Hangover

Pilot Light

PinKushn Kidz

Pistol George Warren

PiTT Tha KiD

P0ST3RB0Y

The Posterz

Pretty Archie

Progress

PS I Love You

Psycho Mad Sally

Q

Quatro

R

Rah Rah

Raz Fresco

Redanda

The Revival

Rhoneil

Rhye

Riverdale

Robbie G

Royal Creatures

Royal Tusk

Rulers of the Moon

Ryan Hemsworth

S

Sacred Harp Shape Note Singers

Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs

Sam Coffey and The Iron Lungs

San Marina

Sc Mira

Scattered Clouds

Scott Helman

Scott Jackson

Sea Oleena

Seoul

SeT

Shawn William Clarke

Shi Wisdom

Sidney York

Sigrún Stella

Silent Movie Type

Silvergun & Spleen

Sing Leaf

Skinny Bitches

Skye Wallace

Slow Down Molasses

Slow Leaves

Soft Hell

Sonic Avenues

Sons of York

Special Costello

The Split

Stella Ella Ola

Stephanie Cameron

Stokes

Stone Iris

StreetScape Team

Stuka

Sue Newberry & The Law

Suitcase Sam & the Suits

Sumo Cyco

Sunrise and Good People

Suns of Stone

Swaying Tuesdays

Sweet Alibi

Swish Styles

Sydney Delong

T

T-Lo

The Taste

Technical Kidman

Teen Tits Wild Wives

Téhu

Tei Shi

Tennyson

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra

Tess Parks

The This Many Boyfriends Club

Thought Beneath Film

Thoughts On Air

Thus Owls

Tim Hecker

TNB Beatz

Tommy Kruise

Tremor

Twin Smith

Twist

The Two Times

Tyler Ellis & The Eddy Line

U

UKAE

Unfinished Business

the unquiet dead

Unwed Mothers

Urvah Khan

V

V For Escargot

The Vaudevillianaires

Viet Cong

Vonelle

W

Wake Island

Walrus

Walter Senko

Walter TV

The WAYO

We Were Heads

Weaves

The Wet Secrets

Whimm

White Poppy

Whiteboy Slim

Whitehorse

Whitney Pea

Whitney Rose

Wild Blue

The Wilderness of Manitoba

Will Ridge

WinnieBrave

Wish

Wizard Of

WTCHS

Y

Yes We Mystic

The Yips

Yonder Peak

YOU HANDSOME DEVIL

You’ll Never Get To Heaven

Young Mother

Young Lungs

Z

Zeus

ZONES

Zords