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Eyes Downward Cast: The vanished scene of shoegaze

Eyes Downward Cast: The vanished scene of shoegaze

Today’s history lesson focuses on the perils of looking down. Shoegaze is an oddity. Easily described and circumscribed, it is a sub-genre of alternative music that flourished mostly in England between 1990-1995, and sank almost without a trace under the rising swell of Grunge in the US and Britpop (a la Suede) in the UK....
County Fair: This ain’t no CMT garbage

County Fair: This ain’t no CMT garbage

Alt-country, neofolk and the American Roots music movement have technically been around for more than 20 years – but one might be tempted to argue that they’ve always existed. Here’s a selection of songs with a taste of the county fair: some are urban songs sung with a country twang, some are in the purest...
Tweedle Dum: A beginner's guide to Twee

Tweedle Dum: A beginner’s guide to Twee

Twee [twee]: adjective; a type of simple pop music affectedly dainty or quaint; the original hipster soundtrack. You may be familiar with some of these songs and bands, but unless you make your own clothes or live in Portland, you probably won’t know them all. One of the key features of Twee – other than...


April Robinson – Founder, Managing Editor  Interviews, News April began her career at HMV’s Toronto flagship store on Yonge Street, coordinating live in-store performances, autograph sessions and assorted special events. From here she went on to become a Product Manager at Zomba Records Canada, working with pop icons Britney Spears, N•SYNC and Backstreet Boys. As...
On repeat: Apparat's The Devil's Walk

On repeat: Apparat’s The Devil’s Walk

Does it really make sense to compare records and artists? Apparat’s seventh album, The Devil’s Walk, begs the question. Compared to Sascha Ring’s other work, The Devil’s Walk is approachable, comprehensible, and there’s even a hint of pop song structure in a few of the tracks. It is solid, interesting work that shows a personal...