#musicmonday Artist Feature – Cat Thomson

With her darkly ethereal vocals and a knack for dynamic arrangements, Cat Thomson is ready to tackle the charts with her debut single, “Sticks & Stones”, set for release tomorrow (October 22nd) on iTunes. The singer-songwriter has been paving her musical path from the moment she started piano lessons at age five to studying opera for five years at Louisana State University on a full scholarship.

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Japanese Girls.

That is, the four-piece band from Vancouver, who signed to Light Organ Records earlier this year and released their hard-hitting The Sharkweek EP back in June. Their namesake was inspired by the energy and stage presence of a post-rock Japanese band, all girls, called Mass of the Fermenting Dregs – in case you were wondering. Those two very words, energy and presence, could interchangeably be used to describe Japanese Girls and their live shows.

Japanese Girls consists of lead singer Charlie Kerr, guitarist Oliver Mann, bassist Chris McClelland, and drummer Graham Serl. The band’s chemistry is quite evident, in their music, in their live performances, and in conversation. I had the chance to chat with Japanese Girls about their humble beginnings, their upcoming record, and their musical tastes.

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INTERVIEW: Daniel Moir

October is a busy month for Daniel Moir, and it has barely begun. Yesterday marked the release of his third independently released album, Monday Morning, and tomorrow (Thursday October 3rd) is the album release party…

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INTERVIEW: Jasper Sloan Yip

There is a sense of familiarity in listening to Jasper Sloan Yip’s music that is as comforting as having a conversation with an old friend.

Perhaps this is due to the heart-on-the-sleeve nature of his songwriting, which is as confessional as it is reflective. Cue the creation of his sophomore album, Foxtrot, which chronicles the ending of a relationship while piecing together the fragments of the life that once framed it.

In the three years between his debut album, Every Day and All At Once, and now, Yip has fine tuned his songwriting craft which is certainly evident in the details of the nine tracks that map out Foxtrot. The first song off the album, ‘Show Your Teeth’, won Shore FM’s Best of BC contest this past May.

We recently had the opportunity to chat with Jasper on the new album, the local music community, and the upcoming cross-Canada tour. Foxtrot is out as of tomorrow, and the release party for the album will be at The Media Club this Wednesday July 17th.

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INTERVIEW: Mark Sheehan of The Script

The Script is a band with no boundaries. Musically speaking, that is. The band’s debut single “We Cry” back in 2008 showcased R&B and hip-hop influences, and four years and three albums later, The Script…

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INTERVIEW: Jesse Labelle

Ah, the art of the sophomore record. In Jesse Labelle’s case, “Two” was the result of rewriting an entire album, and finding that it was a blessing in disguise. In the process of the rewrite,…

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INTERVIEW: Andrew Allen

There is something about Andrew Allen. The music, the positivity, and the dedication to his craft that makes his live performances stand out. After a busy summer of playing solo shows and opening for the…

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It’s no secret that we love our share of Canadian artists here at The first time we heard Kay’s debut single, “My Name Is Kay”, it was no doubt love at first listen –…

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