April 18, 2015


Antemasque features Cedric Bixler-Zavala and Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta. Their music is powerful, intricate, intense, gritty and energetic.

"In the Lurch"


Photo from Facebook by Anneke Peeters.

April 17, 2015

Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band

I was surfing around checking out some of the acts on the Coachella bill that I wasn't familiar with when I found the fuzzy hard stoner desert rock of Brant Bjork and the Low Desert Punk Band. Brant was previously in Kyuss and Fu Manchu. Check out some tunes:

"Buddha Time (Everything Fine)"

"Ain't No Runnin'"

"Stokely Up Now"

Pic from Brant Bjork's site.

April 16, 2015

Classic Canadian Alternative: Wild Strawberries

Since this band is pretty easy listening, it's not going to fall within the classic definition of alternative, but they were an important part of the musical landscape for me and were part of the early 90s indie movement, so I'm including them in this series.

Wild Strawberries are Roberta Carter-Harrison and Ken Harrison. Their 1994 album Bet You Think I'm Lonely garnered them several hits and a Best New Band Juno nomination. Check out some of this duo's fantastic music.

"Life Sized Marilyn Monroe"

"Bet You Think I'm Lonely"

"I Don't Want To Think About It"

Pic from Facebook.

April 15, 2015

Dave Hause

Dave Hause is a singer-songwriter from Philly. His music is pure, storytelling songwriting at it's finest. It's got elements of great roots and rock music that I'm sure comes across amazingly well on stage. He's got two full-length albums, 2011's Resolutions and the 2013 release, Devour.

He's on tour and hits Toronto for an appearance next Wednesday, April 22 at The Horseshoe Tavern.with Kalle Mattson and Rob Moir. I hope I'm able to be there.

Check out some of Dave's fantastic music:

"Same Disease" from Devour

"We Could Be Kings" from Devour

"Time Will Tell" from Resolutions

"C'Mon Kid" from Resolutions

Pic from Facebook by Jen Maier.

April 14, 2015

New video for Best Coast's Heaven Sent

Garage rock mainstays Best Coast have a new album California Nights on the way for a May 5 release. They're on tour and appearing in Toronto for NXNE.

I'm absolutely loving the tune "Heaven Sent"

"California Nights"

Pic from Facebook.