CJLO @ SXSW: Kelly's Experience

Back from an exhilarating experience at South by Southwest 2018 in Austin, Texas, it is time to digest our street meat and musical discoveries from this seemingly never-ending music-at-every-corner festival and conference.

As World Music Director, my mission was to discover as much "world" music-inspired artists as possible. Some buzz words that peaked my attention included afro-futurism and global future, wrapped around more favourite words like funk, electronic, and psychedelic.


At The Movies Review On Location - The Stairs

In this episode of At The Movies Review on Location, Remi interviews Hugh Gibson, director of the documentary film The Stairs.


Interview: Cléa Vincent

Photo credit: Michelle Blades

Known for her DIY pop songs with an 80’s touch that harken back to the musical heritage of her French homeland, Cléa Vincent has released three EPs and one album of effervescent pop.  Vincent’s most recent EP however is a nod to the bossa nova and samba music that she loves, recording live in just two days.  CJLO had the pleasure of interviewing Vincent before her show at the M for Montreal festival last November.  The interview has been translated from its original French.


METAL MONDAY: Between The Buried and Me's "Colors" - A Perspective After 10 Years

This article is an analysis and perspective from Phil's listening sessions over time, since the album was released in 2007; it has been hard to decipher themes and lyrics in order to understand the album and its concept as a whole. 

Between the Buried and Me has been a raging force for metal as the face of progressive metal since their very early days, but has proven to grow as a band over time. In 2007, the band released an album that revolutionized the genre all around.

Colors, the monumental metal epic, was released on September 18th, 2007. It was highly praised by critics and metalheads alike.


METAL MONDAY: Beating the Ghost of a Dead Horse: Sex & Religion in a Post DTP World

I guess to some attentive people, Transcendence was an obvious sign of the end-times. The third album was in excess of the original intended four for Devin Townsend Project (making it the seventh down the line), and the notorious sonic tyrant decided to let the Project half in on the writing process, as if they were some kind of band. My pattern-assigning monkey brain is telling me even the title was a clue. Fortunately, I am not some attentive people, so I'm just figuring this out now for your amusement.


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.


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