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Montreal Rocks – Best Albums of 2017

Best albums of 2017

Here at Montreal Rocks, I think it’s safe to say we struggled to choose our favourite albums of 2017. There has been an abundance of amazing music this year, from all genres. From the forward-thinking pop music of Lorde and Sampha to the rise of extreme bands such as Code Orange and All Pigs Must […]

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Album Review – The Barr Brothers – Queens of the Breakers

Barr Brothers Montreal

Three years ago, I was driving in my car, when a strange and beautiful song came on the radio. I was stuck in traffic, all alone, trying not to panic when I became entranced. The sound of so many different strings plucked away at my senses and I forgot where I was. I was going […]

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Album Review – Tusks – Dissolve

Tusks Dissolve review

Tusks is a one-woman outfit led by vocalist and producer Emily Underhill from London UK. Performing since 2014 with an ethereal set of ambient effects and haunting vocals, she is now following up years of work with a major release Dissolve – a ten-song album which came out ominously last month. Although Dissolve is a fresh album, the […]

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Album Review – The Dreadnoughts – Foreign Skies

Trying to categorize The Dreadnoughts‘ sound is a lot like trying to describe a rainbow using only one color. I have heard their music described as “cluster-folk,” “pirate punk,” “alt-polka,” “gypsy punk,” as well as countless other contractions of contradictory terms. My best effort was to describe them as what would happen if Great Big […]

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Album Review – I’ll Be Yours – The Americans

I’ll Be There The Americans

There’s something so familiar about the songs that The Americans play on their debut record I’ll Be Yours. It sounds like I pulled it straight from my parents’ record collection, having the “back to basics” feeling of the classic roots rock and Americana. It’s not that I feel like I’ve heard these songs before, but […]

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Album Review – All Pigs Must Die – Hostage Animal

all pigs must die hostage animal cover

It may have been four years since Boston’s All Pigs Must Die released their last album, Nothing Violates This Nature, but they haven’t exactly been sitting around doing nothing. Drummer Ben Koller plays with Converge and Mutoid Man, while new guitarist Brian Izzi has been busy with Trap Them. The Hope Conspiracy’s Kevin Baker joins […]

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Metallica + Avenged Sevenfold + Volbeat @ Parc Jean Drapeau – 19th July 2017

You know it’s going to be an interesting day when you wake up on your day off, thinking you are missing the concert of the summer, and you get a text from your friend telling you to come to Montreal because tonight you are going to see Metallica. An hour later I was on the […]

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Album Review: Craig Finn – We All Want the Same Things

With his main gig as lead singer and songwriter for The Hold Steady, Craig Finn is already no stranger to writing readable rock-and-roll, documenting massive nights, and helping crowds create new connections. On his third solo album, Finn slows it down and dials his focus into the relationships and partnerships between individuals. We All Want […]

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Album Review – Hawk – I’m on Fire

There’s something really familiar and warm about the sound of a confident three-chord progression, a steady cowbell, and regularly-occurring guitar solos. It’s the sound of classic rock, and there’s a reason why it’s classic. David Hawkins and his band Hawk recognize that there’s a staying power in the electricity that runs through the discographies of […]

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Album Review – Bon Jovi – This House Is Not for Sale

Over 130 million albums sold. Let that sink in for a minute. That’s how many records Bon Jovi have sold in their 30 year career. It’s beyond impressive. While they may have been lumped in with the throwaway hair bands of the 80’s, after 3 decades in the music business, the boys from New Jersey […]

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Slayer to play Montreal as part of their final tour.

Yesterday metal legends Slayer announced they will tour the world one last time before calling it a day. Today they […]

The Devil Makes Three + Roebuck @ MTelus – 19th January 2018

In September of 2016, I took a blind gamble on seeing The Devil Makes Three at the Corona Theatre. I’d […]

Stick To You Guns’ Jesse Barnett – Love Hardcore, Hate Violence

Stick To Your Guns frontman Jesse Barnett has explained how, although he loves the hardcore scene, he could live without […]

Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan dies aged 46

The Cranberries lead singer Dolores O’Riordan has died in London at the age of 46, her publicist says. The Irish […]

Bon Jovi announce Bell Centre show

Global rock icons and newly announced Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2018 inductees Bon Jovi have announced the spring […]

Montreal Rocks – Best Albums of 2017

Here at Montreal Rocks, I think it’s safe to say we struggled to choose our favourite albums of 2017. There […]