Review: Ritual Master - Obscurus

It’s a rare occasion that I decide to review a recent album, but this year’s Metal March at CJLO has proven to be such a time. As such, I have decided to take a look at an EP released earlier this year by Montreal locals Ritual Master, entitled Obscurus. I’m a real sucker for metal albums that use Old English font on their covers, so this one piqued my interest from the get-go.


Audio Penpals @ Zugathon Fundraiser

On March 25th, from 2 to 5 p.m., Concordia's Centre for the Arts in Human Development will be hosting a Zumba + Yoga fundraiser: Zugathon. Proceeds will go to funding the centre's range of programs that use the creative arts therapies to help facilitate social skills, build self-esteem and improve functioning for people with developmental disabilities. Come to move, stretch and raise funds with CJLO's the Audio Penpals! Tickets are available at zugathon.eventbrite.ca!


How Punk and Metal Crossed Over

So you might be wondering why I’m participating in this year’s Metal March, even if I’m not listed under CJLO’s metal shows. Isn’t Sewer Spewer primarily a punk show? (Follow-up question: what the hell is a Sewer Spewer?) Well, if you ever bothered to listen to my radio show, you would realize that the lines between the punk and metal tunes I play on the air are quite blurred.


Review: The Real McKenzies - Two Devils Will Talk

F*** the Real McKenzies!

Not many groups can simultaneously be as kickass and self-deprecating—all while maintaining such a sense of humour that feels lacking in today’s age of far-too-serious punk—as the Real McKenzies.

One of Canada’s most iconic punk bands returns with their next offering to their already impressive catalog. The Real McKenzies kicked off 2017 with the release of Two Devils Will Talk, an album that continues their trend of Atlantic-infused Celtic punk. From the moment the bagpipes start playing, Two Devils works to reaffirms the ongoing legend status of the group.


Vinyl Review - Mississippi Fred McDowell Vol. 2

Album: Mississippi Fred McDowell Vol. 2

Artist: Fred McDowell

Year: 1966 (2016 re-issue)

Label: Arhoolie

Tested On: Grado Black – Realistic LAB 400 – Luxman R-1050 – Dynaco A-25


CJLO Celebrates International Women's Day

Happy International Women's Day! In celebration, we've curated special programming to air throughout the day.

CJLO stands in solidarity with all women, including trans and gender nonconforming people, who face heightened levels of discrimination, social oppression, and political targeting.


An Interview with Dutch Uncles' Robin Richards

Nearly a decade has passed since Manchester’s Dutch Uncles made their entrance on the scene with their self-titled debut album. However, the group’s newly released fifth album, Big Balloon, has critics calling it their best album to date. Shortly before the album’s release, Alex from Ashes to Ashes interviewed Robin Richards, bassist and main songwriter for Dutch Uncles, about the new record, “Dad rock,” and what advice he would have given to his 16-year-old self.

Image credit: Sebastian Matthes


CJLO Embraces Darkness Once Again During Metal March

Metal March is back on CJLO, and as in previous years, some of CJLO's mainstay shows have decided to channel the darkness within, with a heavy new musical direction and brand new logos to boot. They join some of CJLO's other shows in letting go of their unique formats and jumping in to the world of extreme music.


An Interview with Peter Peter

It’s been five years since Peter Peter’s breakthrough album, Une version améliorée de la tristesse, was released, with the native Quebecer decamping to France in the interim. However, the artist has finally released his third album, Noir Éden, which has received glowing reviews since its release—thanks to its deft melange of pop structures and experimental sonics. Peter Peter kindly took the time to discuss the new album, songwriting, and more.

Image credit: Paul Rousteau


TONIGHT: David Lines of A Devil's Din on Brave New Jams

Brave New Jams is proud to announce that David Lines of Montreal psych band A Devil’s Din will be joining host Clifton Hanger in the CJLO studio, Saturday, March 4 at 10 p.m. Back from their critically acclaimed tour of the United Kingdom, the band is back in the studio working on their third album. A Devils Din is propelled by lead singer David Lines, Thomas Chollet on bass, and Dom Salameh on drums.  


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