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Album Review: Cris Cuddy – Time Bomb Baby

This 17-song record shows veteran singer-songwriter Cris Cuddy to be a moralist, eager to offer the world-weary wisdom of an “old man with the blues” to those in thrall to sexual lust (“Time Bomb Baby”), or power and fame (“Nashville Star”), or some twisted combination of the two (“All the Pain (Money Could Buy)”). Even […]

5 Questions: Fred Penner

At the risk of losing all pretense of objectivity, I will say that I unabashedly love Fred Penner. I grew up watching Fred Penner’s Place, his CBC television show that ran five days a week for 12 years, and I think “Sandwiches” was the first song I ever memorized. I feel relatively comfortable sharing this […]

Album Review: Hjärna Waves – The Tower

Far off in Sweden, under pristine, snow-swept fields that seem to extend off into an endless night, lies a deep well of no-holds-barred, scorched-earth violence. This gorgeous and terrible contrast has come to define Swedish metal, and it’s clearly a huge influence on the umlauted Peterborough progressive metal band Hjärna Waves. The band have cheekily […]

Emily Burgess: A Guitar Heroine Finds Her Voice

All the songs on Are We In Love?, Emily Burgess’ debut album, released late last year, are good. Most are in an electric blues vein, and feature stellar guitar fills and solos, of exactly the kind you’d expect from a musician with a little over a decade of professional experience as a lead guitarist. The […]

Album Review: Yarrow Harvest – Ghost Trees

There’s something uniquely unnerving about the banjo: the off-kilter rhythms of the pluck, the metallic-yet-organic clink of the strings, the long warble of the reverberations through its hollow body. These reverberations seem endless on Ghost Trees, the latest EP from Yarrow Harvest, the ‘freak folk’ project from Peterborough’s Stephen Robert Disher. Made in tribute to […]

The Spades Perform Again in “See You When the Weather Breaks”

Bandwagon, the local video series featuring intimate performances from excellent bands, brings us a very special presentation today: a new three-song video from beloved Peterborough rockers the Spades. For a while, the Spades were one of the hottest bands in Peterborough. They were a tight, savvy three-piece pushing out twangy rock’n’roll to packed crowds every Friday […]

Album Review: Antixx/Flaws – Shit Sandwich

Two punk rock bands joined together on Canada Day this year for an all-day recording session at a studio in Chesterville, Ontario. It must have been an exhausting and frantic day, full of unbridled and destructive punk energy, but the result is a collection of unexpectedly tight and often, hooky songs. The three songs by […]

Some Peterborough Festivals Falling Behind in Gender Parity

{Gender/Equity] It’s 2018, and women are still not sharing the spotlight in Peterborough. Back in November, the organization Canadian Women Working in Music (CWWIM) released their 2017 Festival Report Card, which graded festivals on performer gender parity; of the three of Peterborough festivals included in the report, two received the lowest grade, F. As we […]

Album Review: Hurricane Charlie – Maelstrom Boogie

“There ain’t no heaven, ain’t no burnin’ hell.” These lyrics, part of a particularly nihilistic cover of Johnny Lee Hooker’s “Burnin’ Hell,” served as the centrepiece of Hurricane Charlie’s latest album, and have never felt so true as they do coming haggard and hard-won out of “Dirty” Pat Walsh. Hurricane Charlie, the collaboration of Walsh […]