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Ones to Watch: Osheaga Music Festival

Archive, Events, News, Ones to Watch

April 29, 2016

In addition to being the highlight of my summer, Osheaga music festival is one of the biggest and best music festivals in Canada. Based in Montreal, the three day festival attracts crowds of up to 40,000 people per day. While many are there for the biggest names in music, including this year’s line-up of Radiohead, Lana Del Rey, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disclosure and more, there are many up and coming artists that are worth getting excited about.

MusicDash has rounded up a few of the best and newest artists to keep your eye on. So pack your bags, buy your wristbands, and prepare to dance!

1) The Wombats

The Wombats are English indie favourites, but are less well-known across the pond in Canada. However with three albums to their name and an infectious indie rock sound, they are enough to please any crowd. Their latest record Glitterbug was released in 2015, and with catchy tracks including “Your Body is a Weapon” and “The English Summer” are rock & roll at it’s finest grunginess.

2) July Talk

Canadian favourites July Talk are Juno award winning rockstars who have toured with Weezer and Tegan & Sara. With their edgy, punky sound, and unique vocals, one can easily say they are a truly distinct band with a sound all their own. Their stunning debut album was released back in 2012, yet still feels fresh and new in 2016.

3) The Strumbellas

The Strumbellas are another Canadian group that has a very special sound. A blend of pop, indie and alt-folk makes for a wide array of upbeat songs. They have a sonic fingerprint that closely resembles the likes of bands such as The Lumineers (who will also be playing Osheaga) as well as Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros (who played last summer.)

4) The Struts

The Struts are sleek, edgy rock straight out of the 80s. They are the band that could be the next biggest rock and roll group, with an earth shattering sound that is well beyond their young years. There is passion and heart behind every note and lyric, and they march to the beat of their own drum unabashedly staying true to who they are. If you want to see a band that apologizes for nothing and owns it, then this is the act for you.

5) Coleman Hell

Another Canadian who is easing his way into the spotlight, Coleman Hell is making a name for himself by securing gigs including opening for popular Ohio duo Twenty One Pilots.  Although his smash single “Two Heads” is easily his best known track, his other songs also bring together memorable fusions of indie pop and folktronica.

6) Frightened Rabbit

Scottish indie rock band Frightened Rabbit has been around since 2003 and has six albums to their name. With a beautiful melancholy sound, the band effortlessly makes any song sweet and pure. Crowds will be swaying along to the calming melodies of summer bliss.

Article by Natalie Harmsen

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Interview: The Vespers

Archive, News, Straight Outta Nashville

August 30, 2015

The first time that I heard The Vespers was at my very first Noah Gundersen concert. I went to this concert not only to hear my favorite album of all time, Ledges, performed live, but also to write about it for an online blog. Naturally I had my phone out for taking notes and admittedly texting. But when The Vespers came on stage, I stopped what I was doing and was completely enamored by their performance. After the first song I slipped my phone back into my purse and didn’t touch it for the rest of the evening. I remembered everything without even having to take notes.

This is what’s so special to me about The Vespers — They’re refreshing and captivating in every single way. Lyrically, vocally, performance-wise: you name it, The Vespers have it. There truly isn’t a band quite like The Vespers.

I had the opportunity to talk to the band’s percussionist Taylor Jones and I am honored that the band took the time to be a part of this project.

MusicDash: What captivated you about Nashville?

Taylor Jones: The fact that there is so much world class talent here. It’s hard to believe it sometimes, but we live in a town where a great deal of the most heard music in the world gets recorded. That motivates us to work harder to keep up with our friends around us.

MusicDash: What is your favorite or most memorable performance in Nashville?

Taylor Jones: The first time we played Belcourt Theatre as a young band. We had just released our 1st album that day & sold the theatre out that night. It was quite surreal for us.

MusicDash: How did you all meet and start making music?

Taylor Jones: We met through a mutual friend then started playing together about a year later. The pairing was originally just gonna be for one show, but then it evolved from there.

MusicDash: What was the inspiration behind your song “Sisters and Brothers?”

Taylor Jones: Its inspired by what we’ve learned from traveling together over the last 5 years. That we need to take care of each other while we’re all still alive & working together because all that can change in an instant.

MusicDash: How has your sound changed throughout your years as a band?

Taylor Jones: It’s changed as we’ve changed. We’re constantly getting into different artists & sounds & that leads us to write differently. We’re getting older too which changes the subject matter as well.

MusicDash: What was it like working with Grammy nominated producer Paul Moak? How did that connection come about?

Taylor Jones: Paul is great. He is all about collaboration and authenticity in recording and we loved that about him. He made that record exceed all of our expectations in the band. We met him through another mutual friend that thought it would be a good pairing.

MusicDash: You’ve just been added to the lineup for Nashville’s own Live on the Green with some big names like Passion Pit and Ben Folds. What are your expectations?

Taylor Jones: Our expectations of ourselves are to go out there and deliver the best on stage product that we can. We expect there to be a lot of people in attendance because of the great lineup, so we’re gonna try to be that extra surprise that no one saw coming.

MusicDash: What’s next for you?

Taylor Jones: We’re going to write another full length album and continue to tour as much as we can. We’d love to open for some other artists too if the right situation came up.

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Interview by Kaitlyn Midgett

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Ones to Watch: MisterWives Release Video for ‘Our Own House’

Archive, Dance/Electronic, Editors Choice, Emerging Artists, News, Ones to Watch, Pop, Videos

August 28, 2015

MisterWives are an indie pop wonder in their music video for ‘Our Own House’. The track, which is from their debut album Our Own House is a polished disco-infused dance party.

The band, comprised of Mandy Lee, William Hehir, Etienne Bowler, Marc Campbell, Jesse Blum, and Mike Murphy, brings a quirkily electric sound to the world of pop music. Fresh, funky, and fun are only a few words to describe MisterWives, who have been making a name for themselves since the release of their first EP, Reflections, back in 2014.


Over the past few years, they have been on tour, delighting crowds with their bubbly energy while opening for artists such as Twenty One Pilots, Half Moon Run, Bleachers, American Authors and more.

Their album Our Own House was released back in February of this year and boasts a collection of glittering pop jewels such as ‘Reflections‘, and one of my personal favourites ‘Imagination Infatuation‘. With such a strong debut, MisterWives are positioning themselves to be the next indie pop pioneers.

They manage to transcend different genres with ease, making for songs that are a blend of pop, dance, disco, singer-songwriter, reggae, and funk. Not only does it work, it makes one question how they pull it off with such ease and vivacity.

From defining themselves as a musical family to recording songs in a treehouse, they may very well be the most fun band you’ve listened to in awhile.

If that isn’t enough, they’ve even put their own folky twist on popular songs such as Vance Joy’s ‘Riptide’.

A colorful anthemic debut album, striking in its soaring vocals and jangly guitar riffs, MisterWives are the band you need in your life to brighten your day or dance the night away.

You can catch them on their Scrapbook tour in North America this fall:


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