Q&A: Louis-Jean Cormier of Karkwa


It’s been a very solid year and a half for Montreal-based rock outfit Karkwa. After winning Canada’s Polaris Music Prize in September 2010 for their album Les Chemins de Verre (The Glass Pathways), the band has toured extensively in Europe, and played key US dates including SXSW, a packed house at Piano’s in New York

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Q&A: Stephen Ramsay of Young Galaxy


It’s been a busy year for Young Galaxy. The Montreal-based electronic duo-turned-quintet released its third LP, Shapeshifting, and then hit the road, touring with fellow experimental electro-poppers Austra. With a month left in the year, the group figured it could squeeze in two more releases. On December 13, Young Galaxy will release a deluxe edition

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Preview: Austra, Young Galaxy and Tasseomancy at the Empty Bottle in Chicago


Canadians invade the Empty Bottle on Monday (11/28). Headliner Austra is a Toronto-based band consisting of former members of Galaxy and Spiral Beach. Lead vocalist and chief songwriter Katie Stelmanis seizes crowds with her mystique and beckoning arm movements, while inviting everyone to join her and feel their songs. The music is electronic, fused with Stelmanis’ powerful

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Races and Duniven Play Bardot in Hollywood


Bardot–a Los Angeles club tucked into Hollywood’s dense layout–is swanky.  Swanky like an old-school mansion with dark weaving hallways, swanky like tentatively walking in on some exclusive party, unsure of where you belong.  Old friends met and chatted holding colorful drinks in dim light, surrounding me as I squeezed onto brocaded couches. People old and

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Q&A with Tanya of Sherlock’s Daughter


photo by Victoria Stevens On Sherlock’s Daughter’s Facebook page their music is described as “indie/electronic/psychefaeriedelica”, and I think that sums it up quite nicely. The last word was the first thing to pique my interest about the trio-turned-quartet, and only one of the many things that lead singer Tanya Horo and I discussed last Monday

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