Indie Rock

The Perfect Gift For Canadian Music Nerds With Babies

The Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Parents

Net proceeds go to help SickKids Hospital, and for a very personal reason.

The Crushing End of Summer Festival Season

Natalia Yanchak | Posted 09.22.2016 | Canada Music
Natalia Yanchak

As the summer draws to a close, we look forward only to the rigidity of back-to-school bro-fests organized by student unions. The life of a touring musician is far from glamorous, summer festivals or winter club shows. But at the end of the day that adrenaline rush of playing a show -- any show -- makes it all worthwhile.

The Greatest Canadian Indie Rockers Of The 2000s

Huffington Post Canada | Brian Gasparek | Posted 03.13.2015 | Canada Living

Since the turn of the millennium, Canada has been a leading exporter of world-class indie rock. While there have always been CanRock success storie...

Canadian Rocker Sells His Dirty, Old Sneakers For $25,000

The Huffington Post Canada | Aaron Brophy | Posted 01.07.2015 | Canada Music

UPDATE: According to Mac DeMarco's representatives, the winner of the auction, a person identified publicly on eBay as "b***l," has since retracted th...

Britt Daniel On Spoon's 'Bombastic' New Album (And The Fate Of Divine Fits)

The Huffington Post Canada | Melody Lau | Posted 08.07.2014 | Canada Music

Britt Daniel is a busy man. The indie-rock veteran has spent the past two years establishing his new super-band Divine Fits as a musical force, fusing...

Best Indie Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

The Huffington Post Canada | Trevor Risk | Posted 07.07.2014 | Canada Music

2014 is half over, and even though there are still some upcoming releases for the back nine of the calendar that are sure to make many critics’ year...

Parenting Tips From Indie-Rock Icon Stephen Malkmus

HuffPost Canada Music | Vish Khanna | Posted 02.21.2014 | Canada Music

Stephen Malkmus is back in Portland, Oregon after he and his family spent some time living in Berlin, Germany where he marveled at how many Canadians ...

Canadian Rocker Details 'Struggle' To Complete New Solo Album

The Huffington Post Canada | Liisa Ladouceur | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Music

Murray Lightburn, singer of Montreal band The Dears, has made a mother of a solo album. "Mass:Light" is an electronic concept album, a sci-fi story...

The Top 10 Indie Albums Of 2013

HuffPost Canada Music | Trevor Risk | Posted 12.19.2013 | Canada Music

The term “indie” has lost most of its meaning, much like "alternative" did nearly two decades ago. Before alt-rock, "indie" used to be called “c...

WATCH: July Talk 'Guns And Ammunition' Studio Sessions Video Premiere

HuffPost Canada Music | Posted 10.25.2013 | Canada Music

Toronto boy-girl blues rockers July Talk are a year out from their self-titled debut album, but have picked up so much momentum from the runaway succe...

Don't Overlook '90s Crap Rock

The Huffington Post Canada | Ian Gormely | Posted 08.15.2013 | Canada Music

With practically every month now marking the 20th anniversary of yet another “classic” alternative era album -- "In Utero" is next up to bat -- '9...

Pandering to Indie Fans: The Forgotten Indie Rock Albums

Danko Jones | Posted 09.11.2013 | Canada Music
Danko Jones

Offsetting my penchant for all things heavy with softer music listening keeps my chakras aligned and over the course of time, has made me genuinely appreciate it. In an effort to pander to the passive aggressive, more compliant indie crowd, I proffer my list of Forgotten Indie Rock records that I've held close to the vest for some time.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion Says '90s Killed Underground Music

HuffPost Canada Music | Vish Khanna | Posted 07.10.2013 | Canada Music

For a good chunk of the 1990s, there wasn't a more exciting band in any land than the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. When this New York trio, featuring ...

Beyond Kanye's Damn Croissants: 10 Other Tasty Pastry Tunes

HuffPost Canada Music | Sarah Kurchak | Posted 07.08.2013 | Canada Music

It was the menu order heard round the world. Moments after Kanye West's new album "Yeezus" leaked, Twitter was already atwitter about a particular...

Joy Formidable Frontwoman Says No Gender Politics Allowed

HuffPost Canada Music | Liisa Ladouceur | Posted 07.05.2013 | Canada Music

Ritzy Bryan, leader of Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable, isn't the only female rock guitarist out there, but she is one of few commanding stadium-size...

Tokyo Police Club Love Red Bull, Feel Bad For Rob Ford

HuffPost Canada Music | Vish Khanna | Posted 06.03.2013 | Canada Music

Tokyo Police Club have been hard at work in the studio, excitedly wrapping up recording their new LP, but they’ve been playing the odd show whenever...

WATCH: Furries Dance To A Song About Being On Crack (NSFW)

HuffPost Canada Music | Jason MacNeil | Posted 05.29.2013 | Canada Music

Ottawa rock band Silvergun & Spleen released a new music video for the song "Crack" today, but it has far less to do with controversial Toronto mayors...

Broken Social Scene's Proudest Moment (PHOTO)

HuffPost Canada Music | Aaron Brophy | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Music

When Toronto-based record label Arts & Crafts celebrated its tenth anniversary, the home to the likes of Feist, Broken Social Scene and Dan Mangan did...

LISTEN: Matthew Good New Song 'Had It Coming'

HuffPost Canada Music | Aaron Brophy | Posted 05.27.2013 | Canada Music

Celebrated and often-controversial rocker Matthew Good has just released "Had It Coming," the first single from the Vancouver musician's forthcoming 1...

Gawker's John Cook Guesses At Rob Ford's Music Tastes

HuffPost Canada Music | Vish Khanna | Posted 05.28.2013 | Canada Music

Gawker editor-in-chief John Cook has stirred up a lot of trouble for Toronto Mayor Rob Ford recently, alleging that a video exists of Ford inhaling fr...

Icelandic Band Is Finding Success 'Overwhelming'

HuffPost Canada Music | Natalie Zina Walschots | Posted 05.24.2013 | Canada Music

The single word that comes up most often when talking to Brynjar Leifsson, lead guitarist of the strange, sonorous Icelandic six-piece Of Monsters And...

Canadian Pop Singer Calls Stephen Harper 'An Evil Man'

Huffington Post Canada | Joshua Ostroff | Posted 11.22.2012 | Canada Music

When Stars new album The North came out earlier this fall, outspoken singer Torquil Campbell made any number of political pronouncements to the press,...

Talking Opera with Arts & Crafts Record Label President

Mary Warner | Posted 12.02.2012 | Canada Music
Mary Warner

Jeffrey Remedios is the co-founder and president of Arts & Crafts, a record label and production company. He did offer some advice to those looking to start their own label: "Have Broken Social Scene be the first band you sign." For the first three years of the label, they were able to work with Broken Social Scene, their friends and band members' side projects.

As Music Gets Apathetic, I'm Looking for Other Creative Outlets

Natalia Yanchak | Posted 08.20.2012 | Canada Music
Natalia Yanchak

Lately I've been obsessed with today's musical climate. Too long have I agonized over this sentiment, trying to reconcile whether "it's just me" or if music has evolved into a new beast with unusual behaviours I no longer understand. But I've decided: Modern music, I am done with thee. What keeps me going is the knowledge that people are still putting their souls into things. How do I know? Because it is in our human nature to create.