King Khan Slips on His Jazzy Slacks

Describing it as “a tribute to the great composers who have inspired me,” King Khan will have his first jazz album, titled The Infinite Ones, released on Oct. 30 via the Ernest Jenning Record Co. Featuring Khan on bass, guitar, percussion and keyboards, the ten-track affair opens with two Sun Ra-inspired compositions featuring saxophonists Marshall… Continue reading King Khan Slips on His Jazzy Slacks

Venus Furs – Venus Furs

If you’re going to launch a musical project that evokes memories of a Velvet Underground song (“Venus in Furs” from 1967’s The Velvet Underground & Nico) you had better deliver the goods, or at least be prepared to get called out for not doing so. The plain fact is, while Venus Furs is quite appealing,… Continue reading Venus Furs – Venus Furs

Black Lips, Khan Clan Unite for EP

A hidden gem on the largely boring list of Record Store Day cash-grabs teams local garage rock firebrands Black Lips with some of their most talented pals. Titled Black Lips & the Khan Family, collaborators include honorary Black Lip King Khan, his daughter Saba Lou (the young’un from an old Rob’s House and Die Slaughterhaus 7-inch grew up to become quite the singer)… Continue reading Black Lips, Khan Clan Unite for EP

Stars to Give Off Fluorescent Light

One of the most consistently gifted bands of the past 20 years, Stars have continuously evolved while never losing our interest. The pop-smart Montreal bunch has brought a glimmer of a smile to our faces with their news of an October release for their latest album, There is No Love in Fluorescent Light. “Does no… Continue reading Stars to Give Off Fluorescent Light

Owen Pallett

Owen Pallett's latest album is called In Conflict.

Not Afraid: Owen Pallett Gets Personal with In Conflict Edmond de Goncourt, French author, diarist, essayist and art critic of the 19th century, once wrote, “A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.” Had he been living in the present day, it would… Continue reading Owen Pallett

King Khan & the Shrines – Idle No More

Boy, that’s what ya call truth-in-titling. It’s been six damn years since the last King Khan & the Shrines album, 2007’s What Is!?, and while in that time the titular King (that’s Arish Ahmad Khan to his mom) hasn’t been exactly dormant – the Montreal-born/Germany-residing garage rock icon has been seen collaborating with everyone from… Continue reading King Khan & the Shrines – Idle No More

The Besnard Lakes

The Besnard Lakes

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Are Floating in Space: The Besnard Lakes Make Contact with Imperceptible UFO Are we alone? The Besnard Lakes don’t think so, and for good reason, too. Not long ago, their drummer, Kevin Laing, was relaxing beneath the night sky on the terrace of his Montreal apartment, where he spends many evenings.… Continue reading The Besnard Lakes