Folk & Country 2011: 16 Best Albums
Brad and Andrew Barr aren't the first people to undergo a cultural awakening after spending a significant amount of time in Montreal. After seven years residing in the city, it's resulted in the brothers from Providence, RI producing a debut album containing many recognizable textures of the Montreal scene to complement their already solid folk and blues foundation. Those who have already discovered the album's beauty can credit a freak twist of fate for its mere existence. The Barrs' previous band, the Slip, had a Montreal gig end with the club catching on fire, with Andrew meeting his future wife during the ensuing melee. The next several years saw the brothers fully immersing themselves in Montreal's musical community, and while they are responsible for most aspects of the Barr Brothers, the sounds that have become associated with the city, such as Jace Lasek and Howard Bilerman's widescreen productions and the late Llasa de Sela's genre-defying mysticism, are the album's most distinctive features. More simply, though, few other Canadian releases in recent memory have so deftly bridged the gap between guitar/drums blues stomps with fragile acoustic balladry without even pausing for breath. To have a first-time listener eagerly anticipating such surprises with each track should probably be the goal of any artist, and that is at the very least what the Barr Brothers accomplished on this stunning debut.
StreamsJul 22, 2015
The Lonely Parade"Girl" on Exclaim! TV
Augusta Veno, Charlotte Dempsey and Anwyn Climenhage are the Lonely Parade, a punk-y indie rock trio from Peterborough, ON. Their debut albu...
StreamsJul 21, 2015
Elliot Maginot"Monsters at War" on Exclaim! TV
After spending his teen years playing in skate-punk garage bands, Montreal musician Elliot Maginot's debut LP might come as a surprise. Insp...
FeaturesJul 21, 2015
Conor OberstFolk In Many Guises
Conor Oberst is many things to many people. Emo wunderkind, folk troubadour, rock'n'roll saviour — he's been called it all. Yet for so...
NewsJul 21, 2015
Titus Andronicus Dissect the Epic, Emotional 'Most Lamentable Tragedy'
"By the way, all my tears are on the record," Titus Andronicus frontman Patrick Stickles tells Exclaim! over the phone from his NYC home. "T...
ReviewsJul 20, 2015
Hundred WatersBass Camp Stage, Pemberton BC, July 19
Falling right into the beautifully crafted "Out Alee," Hundred Waters graced the Bass Camp Stage on the last day of Pemberton (July 19). Cup...
StreamsJul 17, 2015
The Muscadettes"Growing Pains" on Exclaim! TV
Twin sisters Chantal and Kathleen Ambridge are the Muscadettes, a band whose sun-drenched, reverb-laden sound reflects an upbringing on '60s...
NewsJul 17, 2015
Left and Leaving: An Essential Weakerthans Playlist
Earlier this week, beloved Winnipeg indie rockers the Weakerthans broke the hearts of Canadian music fans everywhere when drummer Jason Tait...
StreamsJul 15, 2015
Michael Rault"Hiding from a Heartbreak" on Exclaim! TV
Toronto's Michael Rault is a singer, multi-instrumentalist and clever craftsman; he assembles glamour, psych, groove and blues influences to...