Month: November 2018

Mariah Carey’s ‘Caution’ delivers a return to sensual, low-key R&B quality.

So I got a lot of backlash the last time I reviewed Mariah Carey. And while there are times I’ve gone back to old reviews and winced, this was never one of them, mostly because I’d like to think my opinion on Mariah Carey isn’t that controversial! She was great in the 90s, four or […]

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Now Streaming: Bottle Rocket by Light Years

A magnificent next listen for fans of State Champs, Four Year Strong and Neck Deep (all of whom they’ve opened for on the road), Cleveland OH’s Light Years have dropped three jam-worthy singles, including Bottle Rocket, in anticipation of the release of their EP, Afterlife, due out tomorrow via Rude Records. Be sure to catch […]

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Objekt expands his experimental blend of ambient and techno with ‘Cocoon Crush’

Let’s be honest, the vast majority of you don’t remember when I reviewed Objekt last time. It’s one of my least-viewed reviews – and considering how rarely I cover electronic music, that is saying something – and Objekt is obscure even by those standards, a German artist with the real name TJ Hertz that I […]

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7 #TorontoVeg Holiday Market Vendors to Shop Anytime (Even If You’re Not Vegetarian)

This past Sunday, the Toronto Vegetarian Association hosted an exciting Holiday Market at Artscape Wychwood Barns. Playing the annual classics overhead, and every staffer complete with a spirit-ful smile, you couldn’t help but feel excited to shop for the holidays, especially knowing you’d be supporting local businesses and artisans. Did you miss it? Here are […]

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Little Mix exits Syco with ‘LM5’

So this is the fourth Little Mix album I’ve covered on this channel, and by now I think you all know the beats I’ve hit. Yes, the girls can harmonize their asses off and the writing is often punching above their weight class, but the group’s pivots towards pop in recent years have been handicapped […]

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Muse pivots into a mess of undercooked ideas with ‘Simulation Theory’

Honest question: when Muse rolled out their plan to make a 80s-inspired synth-driven pop rock album, did anybody think it was a good idea? Well okay, in principle it wasn’t the worst idea – I’d prefer Muse do this than try to make reggae or hip-hop or bluegrass – but I’ve seen this sort of […]

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Dive deep into ‘Delta,’ the worst yet from Mumford & Sons

Review by Mark Grondin (Feat. ARTV’s Jon Compton) Join the Patreon

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CupcakKe delivers her second album of the year, ‘Eden’

So look, I’ve softened a bit on my opinion that artists might want to avoid dropping multiple albums in a year – between Eric Taxxon and King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, some acts have proven to be prolific and refined enough to pull it off, and in the era where buzz can evaporate incredibly […]

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Jon Bellion’s ‘Glory Sound Prep’ is consistent yet stilted & awkward

I think I wound up alienating a lot of people the last time I reviewed Jon Bellion. Now to be fair, some of this was intentional: I knew the thesis ‘Owl City trying to be Kanye West’ would be controversial as I dug through the tangled mess of genres that comprised The Human Condition, but […]

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