Toronto Urban Roots Festival Preview 2015

   TURF was an absolute joy to cover last year and I’m very much looking forward to heading to Toronto in a couple weeks to do it again. The wide open spaces at Garrison Common is a gorgeous site for a music festival. It honestly makes every American festival I’ve been to look like garbage-you’re not packed in like sardines, the food truck area is … Continue reading Toronto Urban Roots Festival Preview 2015

The Rural Alberta Advantage at Metro 10/14/2014

The Rural Alberta Advantage have a habit of touring with openers from their native land that folks in the States may not have heard. They introduced me to the music of The Wooden Sky and Dan Mangan, and last night they gave Toronto rockers July Talk a big stage to unleash their balls-to-the-wall set for some new ears. With so much adrenaline pumping I was … Continue reading The Rural Alberta Advantage at Metro 10/14/2014

The Rural Alberta Advantage-Mended With Gold

Have you listened to The Rural Alberta Advantage‘s previous two records? If so, you pretty much know what to expect on their latest release, Mended With Gold. Since 2009 they haven’t exactly set out on an experimental journey of sound. Not that they need to. Hometowns is a perfectly crafted record and Departing honored that commitment to excellence. They’ve certainly got the niche they’ve found … Continue reading The Rural Alberta Advantage-Mended With Gold

Toronto Urban Roots Festival 2014 Preview

Next week, instead of reveling in drunken buffoonery and watching fireworks explode over Lake Michigan, MD is heading north to Lake Ontario in Toronto to collect some Harvey’s trays and also enjoy a great music festival now in its second year. The Toronto Urban Roots Festival takes place at Fort York Garrison Common, and founder Jeff Cohen has put together another great lineup this year. … Continue reading Toronto Urban Roots Festival 2014 Preview

Phedre-“Ancient Nouveau”

In accordance with my ongoing effort to always be two days behind Consequence Of Sound, I would like to introduce you to Phedre. You probably already know front man Daniel Lee from Hooded Fang. With this project, he and Hooded Fang bassist April Aliermo team up with some friends to take a turn away from aggressive guitar rock toward beats and vocal loops. I actually … Continue reading Phedre-“Ancient Nouveau”