Everyone has a style. We all have fashion styles, hairstyles, shoe styles, personality styles, blah, blah, blah, tricks and treats…well, you get the point. A person’s or groups style helps us to define and (hopefully) understand them, you know, break them down and figure out what they’re all about. Pick apart the big picture to see how the little pictures come together…

Milkman’s Union, a Portland based band, will be playing their first show in Montreal tomorrow night at Le Divan Orange. The musical collective brings a settle mix of folk and country to your ears in an almost romantic way. Their music pleasantly matches rainy days, full of fog and hope, with a linger air of despair – and you’ll only ever admit it to yourself.

If I was a song, it would be me

There are no letters. There are no emotions. There is no love.

Black is considered the darkest colour of all, my heart has become dark, dark like coal.
I’m not calling you a liar. I’m not calling you a thief. I’m not calling you a ghost.
But your ghost is haunting me, your stealing is killing me and these lies are releasing me.

Many of the moments shared are sweet memories.
Many of the beds shared are not spoken of.
Many of the words I should have uttered are eating me.

Little City, a Toronto based band, is an interesting collective of diverse musicians who bring a variety of talent that is a true replicate of what Canadian music brings to the table in 2011. They are, repeat, one of the best upcoming folk/pop groups in our country. After randomly coming across Little City live at the Velvet Underground in Toronto during CMW, I picked up a copy of their EP, The Going and The Gone. We played it on repeat the whole way back to Montreal. It’s absolutely fantastic. I couldn’t stop saying…

There were a lot of surprises at CMW, and like I’ve said, the best way (I think) to find a band is to stumble upon them. Meet Racoon Bandit, an east coast gem that will no doubt win you over with their killer, energy packed, live-in-the-moment performance. Racoon Bandit, a PEI based folk/country sounding group, made up of four perfectly honest and modest gentlemen, played at the Dakota right after Alcoholic Faith Mission. Wow. I can’t believe how easily…

Picking a band is like picking a book it’s all about the name. Don’t judge a book by its cover they say. Don’t judge anything. Judging is bad (or really just part of human nature). We all judge things. We have our opinions, whether you voice it or not, you have thoughts floating around in your mind like cheerios in milk at breakfast. Day two was ultimately amazing (the music gods must have heard my plea for greatness). My adventure started off at the Analogue Gallery. The gallery was lined wall-to-wall…

Still Life Still played at the Horseshoe Tavern last night for a packed audience. Having read back in August that they were eyed as one of the 10 bands to break through in 2010 I was expecting more. Their sound was on par, they played good songs, some guy in the front was trying to hump his girlfriend (which I’m assuming is code for Still Life Still is our sex music), and they did what they were supposed to do – stroke their instruments and sing into a mic. Cool, I get it, that’s their thing…but a little more life would have been fun. I guess they’re really trying to stick to their name’s meaning…

Imaginary Cities’ ability to synchronize their various instrumental add-ons and match Marti Sarbit’s (lead vocals) voice with solid, strong and trendy lyrics is gold. The album maintains old songs such as Say You and Hummingbird, while managing to add new pieces like Don’t Cry. It’s a strong start for a new group. I mean they’ve already managed to please the ears of many due to Rusty’s previous experience, which he seems to have passed on and redefined for Marti’s gritty ear grabbing vocals…

We’re going a trip – a music trip! Music trips are the best. Remember when Jim Morrison went on his crazy psychedelic desert music trip? Or that time you drove four hours to a music festival in the back of the woods and ended up lost for three days and woke up in a hammock with random, but awesome songs in your head? Oooooohhhh shit. Actually pretty sure I just watched The Doors biopic, read too much about the Burning Man Festival and went to Evolve. Plus, I hate camping and deserts, so good thing this music trip is in Canada’s largest city, Toronto (I’m all for the concrete jungles)…

There’s a lot of things going on in Montreal this Saturday – a lot of big things. We’ve got Nuit Blanche, MONTRÉAL EN LUMIÈRE festival, Smoke N’ Mirrors and The 13TH FLOOR with Daniel Bell, the WAWA show…and the list goes on. It’s good thing we like options, god-forbid the only thing going on Saturday night would be Bingo with Grandmamma and her pink-haired lady friends (which to be honest would be pretty fucking awesome). Amongst all these crazy, exciting events happening in Montreal there’s one we should pay particular attention to: the WAWA show…

The type of music the rises from talented artists by the sea is easily loveable, fun and enchanting. Everyone who’s from the east or west coasts of Canada knows there’s a magical molecule that swims to the beach shores, joins the fresh salt air party, and merges with your blood cells, filling up your heart and soul, making you unmistakable playful, joyful and happy…

Alright friends, how have you been? Last month we dropped a quick note about CMW 11′, which runs from March 9 to 13 in beloved Toronto , and I’m just wondering how your planning is going (interrogation about to happen)…Have you bought your tickets or wristband (better option)? Got your rideshare on Craigslist? Planned what you’re gonna say to your boss…

If you missed Rich Aucoin last time he was in town you should be sad. But smile now! because here’s your chance to have the fun put back in your life! Get your dancing shoes on, your ear-to-ear smile ready and go get crazy at Il Motore tonight with Rich Aucoin, D’eon, Superfossilpower and Pete Samples. It’s gonna be a colour adventure you’ll never forget – seriously dude, don’t miss this performance it’s one of the best in Canada right now.

What makes you most confused? Does it confuse you when you go around a corner? What about a person randomly dressed up as Stephen Harper sitting next to you on the metro? How about going to get milk and realizing all the milk has magically turned into cereal…wtf. Yup, that’d be pretty damn confusing. Anyway, I think we can all agree being confused just means not understanding. But what happens when not understanding isn’t confusing, but interesting and unique? That’s what Sweet Mother Logic sounds like live interesting and unique. Don’t be scared of the wordless music, Tim Burton’s not afraid of the dead.

Instrumental music isn’t for everyone, just like Facebook isn’t for the paranoid. I feel that people see instrumental music as just background noise, like static……but for those who truly understand it, it provides so much more than any chorus could for the brain. Listening to this type of music helps you understand how songs are composed, broken down (pitch, rhythm, tonality…), and how words can greatly effect a song – good or bad. Sometimes you need those words and other times your brain just screams at you, “DUDE, COME ON! I NEED TO WORK A LITTLE MORE!”