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Where to See Live Music in Peterborough

It’s repeated so often it’s almost cliché, and yet it’s true: for a city this size, Peterborough has an incredibly active, creative, and diverse music scene. And part of that scene is an abundance of live music venues. Pretty much 365 days of the year (depending if anyone wakes up on Christmas and New Year’s), […]

Television Rd: The Threat of the Weird

As you listen to more and more new music—or, even worse, if you write about new music for a living—more and more of it tends to float by without making much of an impact. Some of it may be good, or even great. You may appreciate its artistry; the particular skill of one band member […]

Album Review: Cottage Pope – Suburban-Land

The endlessly productive Tom Damsbaek is a chameleon. He’s released moody electronic-and-piano songs under his own name and quirky chillwave as Keabsmad. This album is a couple years old, but it’s a new discovery, and it’s hard to ignore an album this charismatically, joyfully weird. Its genre could accurately be described as “music,” quotes included. […]

Album Review: Peter Graham – Nowhere in Tacoma

Sometimes, it feels good to be sad—not the anguished grief of painful loss or heartbreak, but a sort of comforting melancholy, like a grey and rainy summer day with a cool breeze. On his debut EP, Millbrook’s Peter Graham settles easily into this sweet and sad mindspace. Graham’s calm, confident, and emotive vocals shine in […]

Album Review: ELMS – Integrity

In John Constable’s 19th century paintings of elms, deciduous trees now infested with Dutch elm disease and mostly dead or dying, they look proud but also somewhat moody—somewhere between an oak and a willow, if that helps. It’s likely that Alex Unger was thinking of both the melancholy beauty and the undercurrent of doomed disease […]

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 […]