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Album Review: Garbageface – 7HR33 51X M1X74P3

It feels like just a couple of weeks ago that we reviewed a new Garbageface album. (I looked it up: it was in March.) Like an old jazz guy in the 50s, Garbageface now releases enough material to track how his vision is changing on a six-month basis. And what a change it is. Gone […]

The Emergence of Mary-Kate Edwards

It’s summer in Peterborough, and Mary-Kate Edwards is in the middle of writing a concept album about queer love in catastrophic times. She’s not sure all of the songs will make it on to the album—“I’m a big thrower outer,” she says, “I know the first time I play a song live if I want […]

5 Questions: Buffy Sainte-Marie

Buffy Sainte Marie joined the cast of Sesame Street in the 1970s in order to let children know that “Indians still exist.” Now Buffy is less alone in the public eye as an Indigenous artist. She collaborates with younger musicians and won a Polaris Music Prize for Power in the Blood in 2015, fifty years […]

Album Review: Brandon Munro – Armgods

Brandon Munro has been a drummer in lots of bands, notably Tin Vespers and Candle Cave Ensemble in the past, and Nick Ferrio and Ptarmigan currently. (Full disclosure: Brandon and I have played together on occasion, including once in my own band.) He’s very good, but he’s not as well known as a recording artist […]

Album Review: The Photogenics – The Photogenics

If you were going to select a manifesto from among the songs on the Photogenics’ self-titled album, it would surely be “Count on Me.” There’s an admirable refusal to quit in everything the band does, from Doug Kennedy’s thin, Dylanesque voice, always struggling after the same high note that’s just outside his range, to Colin […]

Album Review: Pentagon Black Compilation No. 3

It’s a time of crisis for the album. With most people buying music as a digital download code, what purpose does the actual physical album serve? Or, to put it another way, it’s a time of renaissance for the album, because if an album is just a download code, it can really look like anything—like, […]

Album Review: Koty Kolter – The Lazarus Project

It’s been three years since Peterborough rapper Koty Kolter went dark. He had a son, and decided it was time to clean up and quit the game—and without the game, what was there to rap about? Now, Kolter is back, but that same question still pervades his new album. On The Lazarus Project, Kolter is […]

5 Questions: Joyful Joyful

It’s technically possible that there is another noise-gospel band somewhere in the world, but in all probability Joyful Joyful is unique. A product of the artier end of the Peterborough music scene but now Toronto-based, they are a duo: Cormac Culkeen, who grew up in Peterborough, and Dave Grenon, who lived here for a few […]

Album Review: Fathers of Modern Rocketry – The Fathers

This album by four East City boys now based in the nation’s capital starts off somewhat uncharacteristically with what Greil Marcus called a yarrrrragh: a vocal eruption of intense feeling but unpredictable power. A yarrrrragh is a wonderful thing existentially, but great artists have struggled to establish control over it. After the opening track, things […]

Memories of a Free Festival

{Pop/Rant] Summer is rapidly approaching, and that means only one thing: FESTIVALS! Craft festivals, beer festivals, Caribbean festivals, tree festivals… festivals of all sizes and stripes. For those poor souls trapped in the damp furnace that is Peterborough, Ontario during these long summer months, festivals provide a brief respite from lounging on patios, avoiding our […]