Things are looking up Montreal’s Look Vibrant share their school day origins and details about their full-length album
Feb01

Things are looking up Montreal’s Look Vibrant share their school day origins and details about their full-length album

By: Vanessa Polojac A shared love for noise rock, plenty of practice room jam sessions and a journey across Europe helped forged the decade-long friendship behind Look Vibrant. The Montreal-based noise/art-pop band’s futuristic sounds and high-energy performances will be featured again on their upcoming studio album. Look Vibrant will be dropping their well-awaited debut full- length album The Up Here Place, set to release on March...

Room for more colour Popular music and Hamilton's music scene should be more open to Asian artists
Nov23

Room for more colour Popular music and Hamilton's music scene should be more open to Asian artists

By: Sonia Leung A quick review of the Billboard Top 40 hits would reveal the gaping lack of variety in repertoire on any given week. Homogeneity in popular music is not a new complaint, but a lesser acknowledged and comparably prevalent sentiment is the lack of diversity in colour. Asian voices are hard to find in North American music. I lament my inability to name many notable Asian musicians, though I suspect that my inability to...

Swooning the Casbah crowd The Zolas return to Hamilton as part of their 2016 tour playing new, unreleased music
Nov16

Swooning the Casbah crowd The Zolas return to Hamilton as part of their 2016 tour playing new, unreleased music

By: Anisha Rajkunar The lights cut out abruptly, and the sound of melancholic chords progressed. What followed was a warm welcome from the anxiously awaiting Hamilton crowd. On Nov. 7 the Casbah played host to synth-pop indie darlings, the Zolas. Hailing from Vancouver, Zachary Gray, Cody Hiles and Dwight Abell, accompanied by Tom Heuckendorff on piano, knew just how to keep the crowd going on a chilly fall night. The group has just...

An inside scoop on the band The Fast Romantics The Fast Romantics alongside up-and-coming Canadian indie band The Elwins bust out their guitars and drums in Hamilton
Nov15

An inside scoop on the band The Fast Romantics The Fast Romantics alongside up-and-coming Canadian indie band The Elwins bust out their guitars and drums in Hamilton

By: Vanessa Polojac Matthew Angus is a Calgary native who moved to Toronto over a decade ago in hopes of becoming a Canadian household name. Being a part of many projects before his latest indie act, Angus made connections with various local musicians, who eventually came to form his most cohesive project yet: the Fast Romantics. Matthew Angus (lead vocals), Kirty (guitar & synthesizer), Kevin Black (lead guitar), Jeffery Lewis...

An indie powerhouse in bloom Calgary band debuts new album in collaboration with famed Canadian sound engineers
Oct19

An indie powerhouse in bloom Calgary band debuts new album in collaboration with famed Canadian sound engineers

By: Anisha Rajkumar In late June, a cover of Frank Ocean’s “Ivy” by Raleigh made its way onto Indie88’s list of the best new indie tracks. Raleigh found themselves in the good company of the National, Arcade Fire and St. Vincent. This was not the last time they would find themselves amongst indie heavyweights. Raleigh’s latest album Powerhouse Bloom was produced after attending at art residency curated by members of Broken Social...

Taking a leap Into the Abyss New store by Hamilton record store veteran opens on Locke Street
Oct05

Taking a leap Into the Abyss New store by Hamilton record store veteran opens on Locke Street

An abyss is dark and bottomless. It’s a mysterious place where it’s easy to get lost in nostalgia and deep thoughts. The new record shop on the corner of Locke Street South and Canada Street is just that, but with white walls and friendly faces that will greet you with open arms. After two years of thinking about opening a record shop, Brad Germain and his wife, Jenni Germain, softly opened Into the Abyss during the Locke Street...