Michelle Kennedy I’m writing about Canadiana and that quest for “National Identity” … Or at least that’s what I tell Bahamas’ Afie Jurvenen in the awkward first moments of our conversation. And we talked about that but about so much more too. Mostly, we talked about love. And Toronto. And music … and Toronto.
Rating: 3.5 / 5 Reviewer: Michelle Kennedy It’s springtime! The sun is out, people are wearing less clothes and patios all across this land are filling up. And The Great Lake Swimmers’ beautiful new album, New Wild Everywhere may just be the soundtrack for these warming days.
Rating: 3 / 5 Reviewer: Michelle Kennedy Once upon a time there was a band from the mystical and ice encrusted land of Canada called Our Lady Peace. They had a lead singer named Raine Maida whose vocal shenanigans put contemporary pop stars to shame.
Rating: 3.5 / 5 Reviewer: Michelle Kennedy In 1999 The Magnetic Fields released the wonderfully unique 69 Love Songs, composed originally as the score to a drag contest. More than 12 years later, Stephin Merritt and co. return to Merge Records to release their follow-up, Love at the Bottom of the Sea
Rating: 2.5 / 5 Reviewer: Michelle Kennedy There is an old and abiding adage that people like to toss around when they make copies of something once wonderful: “everything old is new again.” And it is, when it’s new—when it’s created with purpose and when the artists have something to say.
Michelle Kennedy In which Michelle thinks about Rancid and what listening to Nickelback says about you…
Rating: 3.5 / 5 Reviewer: Michelle Kennedy Sharon Van Etten is a tramp. But let’s be clear. We’re using tramp to mean a traveller – foot worn and strong, made stronger by her pain. A slut for love and a journey maybe…
Rating: 3 / 5 Reviewer: Michelle Kennedy When you listen to La Grande, Laura Gibson’s third full length album, there is little surprise. Even if you haven’t heard of her, you will know two things upon first listen: a) she is from Portland and b) La Grande has come out on Barsuk Records