Brkn Love Bring the Flavor, Show You How at First Montreal Headlining Gig

Brkn Love with Royal Tusk and The Sunset Drip at Bar Le Ritz PDB / March 8, 2024

"Everyboooody... rock your boooody... everybooooody... Backstreet's back, alright!"

Allison Russell at Studio TD: “This is a call and response song, but you don’t have to do anything because consent is sexy"

On the rainy eve of Friday, March 15th, soulful singer-songwriter Allison Russell graced her motherland of Montreal at Studio TD. Russell’s presence in the music industry has flourished within the last few months following the release of her second studio album The Returner on September 8th, 2023 and Grammy win for her song, “Eve Was Black” in February. Russell has since gained significant praise for the album's integrity to its “expression of black liberation,” self-love and trust in life’s journey.

Fika(s) Festival 2024: «Mello» with the Swedish Choir

You may have seen the bright pink and blue posters of the Fika(s) Festival around the city. As a Scandinavophile, I was surprised when I learned that this is a Scandinavian and Nordic cultural festival, in Montreal no less. Ta fika means to take a coffee break in Swedish, and the Fikas(s) festival proposes a series of films, talks, performances, games, and other events from March 9th to 15th. 

CJLO X SXSW 2024: Hip Hop and RPM Preview

It’s been 5 years since I last went to SXSW and I am excited to get back to this cool city and awesome festival. There are a lot of artists this year that I do not recognize which is what is going to make this festival fun as I am sure there will be a lot of cool discoveries. Here are some artist I see in the lineup that I want to check out.

International Women's DJ on CJLO!

It’s International Women’s DJ (IWDJ) 5th edition, March 5-8, 2024, at CJLO and we could not be more excited to share specially curated mixes by these amazing DJs!

Tuesday, March 5th, 2-4pm starts off with a beautifully “mellow by nature” mix by UK’s Marshmello followed by Italy’s Mantis with broken rhythms and captivating vocals from all over the globe.

CJLO X SXSW 2024: Metal Music Preview

Ah yes... after a break for... some reason that I forgot that is DEFINITELY still NOT happening as you are reading this right now, CJLO is heading back down to SXSW for the first time since 2019.

Now, I've stated in the past that metal does not seem to be a priority for SX, so how is it this year?

It's actually worse than previous years.

Squid @ Club Soda

Post-punk is a very broad genre of music. After emerging from punk in the late 70s in the United Kingdom, it saw punk rock mixed with several other elements from different genres that were unconventional within the punk context.

CJLO X SXSW 2024: Festival Preview

This year, the team at CJLO is returning to SXSW in Austin, Texas for the first time since 2019! With a festival where the whole world seems to meet over the span of just 9 days, where does one even begin?

We here at CJLO want to bring the best new talent back to you here at the station! As Head Music Director, I’ve meticulously analyzed and dissected the schedule to find the most exciting performances, talks, and special events!

Ichiko Aoba: Nothing Short of a Breathtaking Performance at Théâtre Beanfield

Critically acclaimed Japanese indie folk artist Ichiko Aoba performed here in Montreal this Friday, February 23rd at Théâtre Beanfield. Known for her minimalistic pastel album covers, the singer-songwriter released her debut album entitled Kamisori Otome in 2010. Ichiko’s music is predominantly melodic, mostly guitar and piano-based, and takes heavy inspiration from the original soundtracks of classic Studio Ghibli films. You can see this influence on Ichiko’s most recently released LP, Windswept Adan.

Seum Live at CJLO

Montreal manages to produce a bunch of loud, angry, aggressive, noisy, sludgy bands, and, due to the nature of the city, sometimes those bands don't even come from the city itself. Such is the case with the French expats contained within the seedy underbelly of Seum.

Last year, on March 12th, right after the release of their latest record, Double Double, the trio came into the CJLO studios and performed a live session inside our recording studio, The Oven.

But, because they are unquestionably diligent, and love you so much that they want to provide you with as much music as is possible, they have taken this session and are releasing it on their Bandcamp so you can enjoy the delightfully disgusting sounds that they produce.