CJLO Begins Metal March

It's March, and here at CJLO that can only mean one thing... it's Metal March.

What is Metal March, you ask? Well, we at CJLO play a lot of metal. By "a lot" I don't mean "we have a 3 hour show at 1AM on Saturday." No, I mean we have 8 hours of strictly metal shows and 7 additional hours of loud programming a week. Our top 30 charts every week usually consists of a minimum of 20% metal or loud bands. So yeah, we play a lot of metal.

CJLO @ SXSW: Flat Cola Presents SXSW Radio Show Special!

Listen to Flat Cola Presents: SXSW 2018, today 6-7 PM, and discover artists, underground record labels, and official networking parties at SXSW Conference and Festivals, happening between March 9-18, in Austin, TX. 

Join your host, Mother Tongue, as she journeys to Germany, Mexico, and Colombia. From the hazy psychedelic sounds of Germany's SEA MOYA to the dreamy electronic solo project of NYC-based singer-songwriter, MARRÓN, come explore all that SXSW has to offer! 

METAL MONDAY: Heavy Metal Book Club: “What Does This Button Do?” Bruce Dickinson, An Autobiography

*Find out how to win a copy of this book at the end of this review!*

I'm never one to turn away a good music-related auto/biography. Just as with music documentaries, most are surprising and sometimes, surprisingly edifying. Bruce Dickinson, of Iron Maiden fame, has entered the fray with his autobiography, and I'm pleased to say it ticks both boxes, despite being quite the strange creature.

Album Review: "Happy Season" by PHANGS

Mentioned in BuzzFeed’s list of “18 Emerging Artists To Watch In 2018”, PHANGS has amassed a serious core group of fans despite being a fairly new independent artist. Fans, or “Pham” as they call themselves, have gone above and beyond to hype up his music. Last year, they even rallied together to organize a string of shows across America amongst themselves. This later became known as The House Tour, which consisted of acoustic shows in fans’ living rooms.

Concert Review: Intervals @ Café Campus, February 22, 2018

Thursday, February 22nd brought us to Café Campus, where Intervals performed on their North American tour alongside Nick Johnston, and Jason Richardson.

Needless to say, the anticipation was quite high for when I was about to go to this show. It had been ages since I had been to a show since my injury in early July, where I dislocated my elbow, and I was not able to go anywhere for months. It is good to be back in the live music world. 

Making my way to the venue, I was listening to The Way Forward again to get a refresher of the songs, and as well preparing for my interview.

CJLO is going to South by Southwest!

CJLO is going to South by Southwest! From March 14-17, four of our music directors will be in Austin, TX, to attend an incredibly wide variety of concerts and events. Here's what they're expecting from the 2018 SXSW experience.

Zach Carriere, a.k.a. Zakary Slax, is CJLO's Head Music Director, and hosts Slax Trax, every Tuesday from 5 to 6 PM.

METAL MONDAY: 5 Amazing Metal Bands I Saw in Australia

Back in December, I took a trip to the land down under. I loved almost everything about Australia—the intensely hot weather, the accent, the creative cursing inserted into casual conversation. The only downside was the beer being twice as expensive. I spent most of my time in Melbourne, a city with wide-ranging arts scene. In many ways, it was like the Montreal of Australia. During my time in Melbourne, I was able to check out a handful of shows, where I fell in love with Australian’s heavy scene. Here are my picks of the best Australian metal bands that I saw live.

King Parrot

Dirty Work Turns Eight!

Dirty Work is celebrating eight wonderful years on the CJLO airwaves!  

CJLO is celebrating 20 years of existence in 2018!

To commemorate these milestones, Dirty Work will be airing a 20-part series of classic and current interviews with artists, bands and other interesting folks over the next few months, leading up to our 20th Anniversary celebration. We are digging into the vault to bring you some of the best conversations ever had on Dirty Work through its eight-year run.  

New Electronic Music Director!

Help us in welcoming CJLO's newest RPM (Electronic) Music Director, Holden, to the team! You might recognize his program, Multiple Tabs, which features only the most underground and boundary-pushing electronic music.

Say hello to him in person this Saturday, March 3rd at HELM Microbrasserie where DJ Multiple Tabs will be providing the soundtrack to your night from 11pm - 1am for Nuit Blanche!

Concert Review: "This Isn’t About the Perfect Black T-Shirt" - Porches & Girl Ray @ Théâtre Plaza, Feb. 18, 2018

It seems to be my thing to go to concerts of bands that I’ve never heard of before. This has been my third time taking part in this tradition and by far it has been the best one. Going into this, I was really expecting lo-fi, chill indie vibe-y music that the crowd would sway back and forth too. I wasn’t wrong, but I was definitely missing a significant part of the concert.