Although Bowie's The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars album was released when I was only about a year old, I would discover it later, at about 15. In my small basement bedroom in our duplex home deep, deep in the painfully straight, white, and conservative suburbs of Calgary
Out Like a Light
SOUNDS LIKE: A promising collection of dreamy pop tunes from this Toronto duo.
SOUNDS LIKE: The Atlanta "flower punks" came through working with superstar producer Mark Ronson with their sound intact.
SOUNDS LIKE:This album is out of this world Ė and man is it fun out there.
SOUNDS LIKE:Subdued folk and country from ex-Newfoundlander and member of Jetset Motel.
SOUNDS LIKE: High-octane production value fuelling a fantastic concept driven by a soul-inspired songstress.
SOUNDS LIKE: An ethereal haze with musical interjections - Native Speaker exists in a fever dream state, surrounded by a haze of reverb and punctuated with tribal drumming, clean, bright guitar tracks and pixie-sweet vocals.
Echoes of The Atmosphere
SOUNDS LIKE: It may be radio-friendly pop rock but it's very well played radio-friendly pop-rock
The Two Koreas
(Unfamiliar Records/Last Gang)
SOUNDS LIKE: A collection of songs that straddle the line between raw garage rock and art punk.
(Last Gang Records)
SOUNDS LIKE: Exactly what Wikipedia labels them: Indie Rock, but with emphasis on the rock.
Clocks and Hearts Keep Going
SOUNDS LIKE: In a word: Sparse. In more words: Melancholy, understated grace.
SOUNDS LIKE: Place, space and deeply personal meaning are all expressed in Foreign Landscapes via an orchestral nod to minimalism and the mid-century avant garde.
SOUNDS LIKE: A wide mixture of influences that adds up to a deeply personal and original debut.
SOUNDS LIKE: Another lo-fi girl-fronted band that's saved by a shoegaze vibe.
Jake and the Leprechauns
At Midnight, The Birdsong
SOUNDS LIKE: A well-crafted collection of tunes from a talented group of multi-instrumentalists.
The Telepathic Butterflies
Wow and Flutter
SOUNDS LIKE: The record isnít broken but itís been playing the same song for a while nowÖ
Workin' For the Music Man
SOUNDS LIKE: A whiskey-soaked country mixtape of cool.