Title Brill Bruisers Artist The New Pornographers Label Matador/Last Gang Rating 2.5/4 Word on the street was that the New Pornographers’s leader A.C. Newman had gone through a rough stretch, but made it out okay and was looking to make a “celebration record.” Brill Building Bruisers, the indie collective’s first LP in four years, is… Read More

Title Neverlove Artist Buck 65 Label Warner Genre Alternative Rating 2.5/4 Year 2014 His wife left behind her wedding ring, placing it right beside a note reminding him to feed the cat. Buck 65’s new album Neverlove is a divorce record, starting off with a track called Gates of Hell that features the blue-eyed hip-hopper’s… Read More

The Scottish singer-guitarist Midge Ure is remembered for a band (the new-wave group Ultravox from the 1980s) a song (1984’s charity single Do They Know It’s Christmas) and the blockbuster benefit concerts he co-organized with Bob Geldof. This week, however, he revisits a smaller part of his career when he performs the Celtic-tinged solo album… Read More

Twenty-eight years ago, while Drake was still in diapers, Michelle “Michie Mee” McCullock became the first ever Canadian MC to sign with an American label. With a hybrid sound that blended contemporary rap with classic Jamaican dancehall, the Kingston-born, Toronto-bred mega-talent soon earned her title as the Queen of Canadian Hip Hop, scoring multiple awards… Read More

It’s Groundhog Day for everyone, but it’s Groundhog Day for the Weeknd. The 25-year-old Ethiopian-Canadian R&B crossover artist, who won last year’s Junos for Artist of the Year and R&B / Soul Recording of the Year, received six nominations this year. Nominees for the 2016 Juno Awards – the 45th-annual – were announced Tuesday morning… Read More