Today's Listen Local pick first blipped on my radar during the Heart of the City festival last summer. Or was it Make Music Edmonton? Hail Taxi gets around.Read More
The Royal Foundry hold a special, weird place in my musical heart.
I don't listen to a lot of pop, dance or electronic music. But I'm powerless against the magnetic hooks and dynamic production of Jared and Bethany Salte's electro-pop duo.Read More
I saw this week's Listen Local pick play at a Soft March show. Travis Matthews was our opener. He's funny and captivating. He's got great stage banter. At one point he invited a girl up on stage who'd been dancing her way through every song. She became his improv backup dancer for the rest of the night – even through a slower, sadder song – and Travis was unshaken.Read More
Maddie Storvold is the sort of performer who steps up to a mic and has the whole bar hushed by the end of verse one. She doesn't command your attention – she earns it by channeling some stream spirit of ancient song .Read More
Soft March – today's Listen Local pick – have just put out a ton of music. They've been working hard this past month, and I should know because Soft March is my other musical adventure.
I joined Soft March in the spring of 2018. At that point they'd released their debut album, Farewell Party, which I had nothing to do with but had already been getting into. The songwriting is strong and Paul Jensen's vocals add a texture that keeps things interesting.Read More
Today's Listen Local pic holds a special place in my heart. 100 Mile House is the first local band I really dug into.
Long before I knew the depths of our local music scene, I was running sound at The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse during the Kaleido Festival. I'd never heard 100 Mile House before, and I was a sound-tech amatuer. They were gracious, easy to work with and sounded fantastic despite me. I could have listened to them all day, and bought a CD so that I could.Read More
Today’s Listen Local pick has become a good friend and collaborator.
I first saw Lora Jol play at a community farmer's market, which pretty much sums up Lora Jol. She uses her talent to grow and strengthen community, and she brings positivity wherever she goes.Read More
VISSIA is yet another dynamite performer firmly rooted in the Edmonton music scene, and she's today's Listen Local pick.
With all those jangly guitars and slap-echo vintage vocals, it should be no surprise I'm a VISSIA fan. All the guitar tone in the world can't save a bad song though, and thankfully VISSIA is a fantastic songwriter.Read More
Their first full length album, Whole, just released last week. Recorded at Edmonton's Royal Studios, it's a great sounding record. Right now I'm really digging the track The End of the World.
Given their streaming numbers on Spotify, it seems I'm late to the party. Edmonton's music scene just keeps getting better.Read More
Ryan Anderson was dressed in a black suit I recognized from his stage performances. It's likely not the exact suit, but close enough to be on-brand.
He'd also seen me play, and remembered the bow tie. This weird stuff works, people.
Ryan was kind and full of the wisdom gained from experiences like playing 150 shows in a single year with his wife and musical partner Rebecca.
F&M play "folk noir" - a genre made up like "bowtie rock" to try and capture some unique edge of the music they make. And it captures their sound so well.
Their self-proclaimed "joyful melancholy' is all over their just-released record, "Lessons from Losers."Read More