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Independent, provocative, now! The CJLO Magazine is the resource for features, reviews, and interviews. Established in 2004, and run by dedicated CJLO volunteers, the magazine covers the latest and best in local and international music, art, theatre, film, festivals, and more!


Halifax Pop Explosion 2014

Gus' Pub, A Love Story

Over the last few years, I was told numerous times that I would love the city of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Former and current residents told me it was my kind of town and I should come out some time for a visit.


Ariel Pink - Pom Pom

"I genuinely worry for anyone who can sincerely enjoy this record" -My roommate, on Ariel Pink's latest endeavour

Oh boy, where to begin? Can a record be great and terrible, enjoyable and infuriating, really smart and incredibly stupid, all at the same time? If this was the goal of Ariel Pink's latest record Pom Pom, then good lord, has he ever succeeded.


Nils Frahm @ Metropolis

Photo by Alexander Schneider

Nils Frahm is one of those artists that most don't know about, and if you do, then you are probably a major devotee! I was reminded of this phenomenon this past Saturday during M for Montreal. Nils has played in Montreal a handful of times, including sold out shows at Mutek. I tried to catch his set the last time earlier this year, but, alas, it was sold out. I was thrilled to be able to see him, at Metropolis no less, where his minimalist ambient sound was fully enhanced with their incredible sound system.


Ace Frehley - Space Invader

Space Invader is ex-KISS guitarist Ace Frehley's newest release; it's the Spaceman's first solo LP in five years. While this album won't blast you off into space, you can be sure it will transport you back in time, a quantum leap if you will, into the body of a sexually-frustrated teenage boy.


Nancy Pants - Total Nancy Pants

Nancy Pants are a fuzzy pop band from Montreal. If you thought that name and description implied half an hour or so of imminent fun and sometimes silly times, then you were quite correct. There is simplicity and an immediacy to their songs and style that can make it easy to overlook the craft of the songwriting on their promising first record, Total Nancy Pants. This is a record that grabs your attention from the get-go and one that makes sure it doesn't lose you.
 


Pop d'Époque: Ohara + Hua Li @ Société des arts technologiques

PARTY LIKE IT'S 1699, BUT IN THE FUTURE OF ITS PAST!

OHara and Hua Li at the SATosphere for Le Pop D'époque's Party Like It's 1699, and M for Montreal, November 19th, 2014

This night was a full sensory experience. If you have never been to the dome at the SAT, that is step one in the sensory immersion. It is as it sounds, a giant domed room at the top of the SAT building. It is outfitted by teams of projectors and a top notch surround sound system. This performance utilized every inch of the space, in an almost overwhelming, yet fully-engaging feast at every level.


Mundial Montreal 2014 Top Picks

Mundial Montreal, Montreal's World Music Summit, is back and CJLO 1690 AM is on the scene! With 34 artists and eight workshops and panels to choose from, you might ask yourself, "Where do I start?" Well, look no further friends of CJLO, here are the top Mundial Montreal shows to check out this week, brought to you by Beat The World

 


Highlights of Expozine 2014

This past weekend was the 12th annual Expozine, a free event dedicated to small press. Featuring over 300 artists working in print, art and even film, the festival is a must for fans of emerging artists and alternative publishing. With each passing year Expozine seems to grow and grow, fuelled by the unending enthusiasm of both artists and patrons. Just a couple of hours after opening its doors to the public, personal space becomes limited with the room vibrating with laughter, curiosity and new discoveries.


Lisa LeBlanc - Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted

Highways, Heartaches and Time Well Wasted is the newest release by musician Lisa LeBlanc. According to LeBlanc, this six track EP was inspired by her travels through the U.S. in the beat generation tradition. It consists of five original tracks and her take on the American folk song "Katie Cruel". This EP surges ahead with a raw and at times grungy musical aesthetic, which is propelled by Lisa's powerful and pleading vocals. 


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