Take note You are not impressing anyone with your unusual taste in music
Mar24

Take note You are not impressing anyone with your unusual taste in music

by I’ll be honest. I went through a borderline snobbish phase concerning music. Mainstream tunes were overrated, and if you hadn’t heard of the Blue-Speckled Egg Boys — I wouldn’t be surprised if this band actually exists — then we could not have a civilized conversation. It’s fine to go through this hipster phase if it remains just that: a phase. It becomes a problem when you remain a member of the...

[REVIEW] Sioux Falls — Rot Forever
Feb25

[REVIEW] Sioux Falls — Rot Forever

by Upon looking up Sioux Falls on Facebook, I saw that the lead singer’s name is Isaac Eiger, which tickled me, given that I was just about to write this piece comparing Eiger to another Isaac, Brock of Modest Mouse. Sioux Falls’ Isaac Eiger is flexible in his singing. He can both yell and “sing pretty.” This sort of versatility was described by Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch when discussing Isaac Brock’s singing style in the 2014...

[REVIEW] Bloc Party – Hymns With Hymns, a new-look Bloc Party attempt to move on from their past as if it is water under the bridge, but ultimately things are not the same
Feb11

[REVIEW] Bloc Party – Hymns With Hymns, a new-look Bloc Party attempt to move on from their past as if it is water under the bridge, but ultimately things are not the same

by My early explorations of music started in the stacks of the Hamilton Public Library around eight years ago, where I would arbitrarily pick out a dozen CDs to bring home. Bloc Party’s debut album, Silent Alarm, was probably the single most important discovery in these trips. To this day, Bloc Party’s early discography has solidified the UK pop-rock outfit in my shortlist of all-time favourite acts. Bloc Party has gone through a...

[REVIEW] Rihanna – Anti
Feb04

[REVIEW] Rihanna – Anti

  by There is nothing conventional about Robyn Rihanna Fenty. It only takes a few notes on her newest album Anti for that reminder to set in. “I got to do things my own way,” Rihanna warns in the opening song “Consideration.” This has always been her legacy. More than anything else, Rihanna has consistently come across as real. On Instagram, she positioned herself as a self-governing force with an affinity for blunts and middle...

Exhale Music Group An interview with the Hamilton music group looking to change concert culture in the city
Jan28

Exhale Music Group An interview with the Hamilton music group looking to change concert culture in the city

by Hamilton’s Exhale Music Group was born from a desire to bring people together through free expression and thoughtfully curated events. Over the past four years, Exhale has grown into “a multi-faceted arts facilitator; booking tours, engaging in artist development, and putting on events to support local and touring artists.” Buzzwords associated with Exhale include, but are not limited to: creativity, collaboration, and inclusivity....

[REVIEW] Daughter — Not To Disappear
Jan28

[REVIEW] Daughter — Not To Disappear

by Solemn. Melancholy. Almost cacophonous in its softness. Daughter’s music has always had the ability to somehow silence my thoughts, but these were nonetheless what went through my mind during my first listen of Not To Disappear. Daughter is a three-person band from England, and since their formation in 2010, they have released two albums, four EPs and three singles. Not To Disappear is their second album, released three years after...