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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!


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


Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears @ La Sala Rossa – February 27th, 2017

This Monday, two CJLO contributors, Genaro Peña Cruz and Paul Brown, had the chance to see Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears as they performed at La Sala Rossa, as part of the Montréal en Lumière festival going on until March 11. Here’s the story of one single show, told by two different music lovers.

 

Genaro Peña Cruz’s story


Are You Ready? - What's New in the Habs World

With the NHL trade deadline behind us, we, the fans, along with the Montreal Canadiens, look forward to the last stretch of the regular season and to the NHL playoffs. It has been a decent season for the Habs, although with a tough month of January and even tougher February. Head coach Michel Therrien lost his job because of this late slump.


Vinyl Review - Intents and Purposes by The Bill Dixon Orchestra

Album: Intents and Purposes: New Sounds for the Music of Tomorrow

Artist: The Bill Dixon Orchestra

Year: 1967 (2016 re-issue)

Label: Superior Viaduct


An Interview with Laurence Nerbonne

It’s been two years since Laurence Nerbonne took the plunge for a solo career after her former group Hôtel Morphée dissolved at the beginning of 2015. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she’s made, as her debut album, XO, was released last year to popular and critical acclaim. Nerbonne has no plans of slowing down yet, and is already working on new material. She kindly took the time to chat with CJLO about her creative process, Quebec pop music, and more.

Image credit: Kelly Jacob

It’s been nearly a year since your album XO came out. How has this past year been for you?


Strange Froots - Blossom This Froot for Thought EP Review

Montreal R&B outfit Strange Froots, composed of members Naïka Champaïgne (a.k.a. DragonFroot), Mags Mbow (a.k.a PassionFroot), and Sage Stewart-La Bonte (a.k.a StarFroot) have been making serious waves on the local music scene and beyond with their unique collaborative sound.


The 2017 Oscar Nominated Films – Strongly Held Opinions, and Weakly Held Predictions

Tomorrow, the Academy will congratulate (arguably) the best in film at the 89th Academy Awards, widely known as the Oscars. Tess McCrea takes a close look at the most anticipated movies nominated for the Best Picture prize at the prestigious ceremony, and lets us know what she thinks of each of the five films—as well as her predictions as to how the night will go.

 

5. Hacksaw Ridge


Run The Jewels @ Métropolis - February 21st, 2017

The increasingly upward trajectory of the duo known as Run The Jewels has been an absolute joy to watch through the last few short years. Bad timing and bad luck in the past had robbed me of the chance to see them live—including one rescheduled Montreal show due to a truck fire that destroyed some of their gear and merchandise—but finally, I found myself with a ticket to the hottest show in town.


At the Movies Review on Location - Moonlight

At The Movies (With Iconic Sounds) is starting a new segment called At The Movies Review On Location. In this episode, Remi and Brendon review the film Moonlight, directed by Barry Jenkins. Considered one of the most talked about films of this past year, the movie tackles race identity and sexuality, which is more than Richard Linklater's Boyhood was ever able to achieve. In addition, Remi reflects upon films of the year based on true stories, such as Sully, Snowden, and The Birth of a Nation.


The Pressure Drop Checks in With Eddie Paul

Photo credit: Eddie Paul Facebook

Montreal musician Eddie Paul is one of the latest examples of unique local artists to develop a loyal fanbase from near and far, thanks to his unique genre-crossing, layered sound. The multi-instrumentalist recently caught up with CJLO's very own Danny Payne on the Pressure Drop to talk about the reaction to his debut album, his live lineup, and what direction Eddie Paul sees Eddie Paul heading in in the future. Here’s a transcribed excerpt from that interview. 


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