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Album Review: Plaid on Flannel – Rising Above

Plaid on Flannel is the brainchild of Peterborough-born musician Nolan Randall. A former member of High Waters Band, Plaid on Flannel was Randall’s side project since 2011, with a couple independent releases, but after moving to Toronto in 2013, Randall decided to fully commit, bringing on a proper band. The change has done a lot […]

Album Review: PUPPET – Z

In these strange times we find ourselves, there’s something cathartic—even enjoyable—about apocalyptic imagery, pronouncements of the final winner-take-all fight between good and evil. Peterborough’s PUPPET fill their debut album with these portentous visions, writ large in slow, intentional builds with a doomy, distant-thunder-boom darkness that occasionally explode into thrashing climaxes. It’s heady stuff, and also […]

Album Review: Garbageface x Yung Gutted – Apostasy

Garbageface has always looked out for us, but where previously his help was more of an open offer, now he’s starting to dish out actual advice. “If you’re lost and you need help, just remember this ritual, a spiritual victual: make a circle of salt and bones.” Repeat as necessary. If you think this sounds […]

Album Review: Mary-Kate Edwards – Blueberry Pie

For a three-song EP from a young songwriter, Blueberry Pie is a rather ambitious debut, and with a rather distinctive sound on the Peterborough scene. Each of the three songs tell personal stories in evocative, poetic lyrics, set against a chamber-pop backdrop of piano and strings, and only the occasional guitar. There is an odd […]

A Rising Scene: Prime Junk, Stacey Green Jumps and Friends

Prime Junk are a bit rattled but charismatic and full of adrenaline as they start their set at Trent University’s Battle of the Bands at the Red Dog Tavern last month. Without a soundcheck, and with minimal time allotted for the changeover from Television Rd, they launch into the first song still arguing over whether […]

Every Day is Not Kids Day

I have been going to shows since I was 14 or 15 years old, and have been playing them for just as long. I grew up seeing bands play at the Spill and the Garnet, Peterborough’s two main DIY music venues. While both of these venues are bars, shows there are always all-ages, so I […]

Album Review: Tom Damsbaek – Ultimatums

This is quite frankly a gorgeous album. A collection of pleading break-up songs with yearning, sing-songy melodies and blissed-out Beach Boys harmonies, it sounds like a Top 40 station should sound, but with a bit more swearing and a little less dancing. The ten tracks, dominated alternately by pretty piano figures and chiming synth arpeggios, […]

Album Review: Steelburner – EP

Jill Staveley and Matthew Watson have been members of the music scene for many years—Staveley with The Burning Hell, Watson with The United Steelworkers of Montreal and other bands. They toured together, they fell in love, they had kids, and then, for a while, they drew back from music. Steelburner is their first collaboration. It’s […]

Album Review: Andrew Shedden – Better Off This Way

It’s been a while since we’ve heard from Andrew Shedden. The local musician went north in 2014, bound for work in the isolated First Nations community of Kashechewan. Better Off This Way represents Shedden’s first major output since the move, and indeed his most composed, professionally recorded music to date. It’s a collection of lived-in […]

BA Johnston: Hobo 4 Life

Sparklers fizz in the dark, and friendly murmurs turn to whoops and cheers as the dramatic opening chords of Survivor’s “Eye of the Tiger” blare on the house speakers. BA Johnston, a short and thick 40-ish man with elaborate facial hair wearing a ship captain’s hat and a polyester sweater, strides through the crowd to […]