Topic: Canada

Alvvays, Alvvays

Polyvinyl Records By Ian Cohen on 07.24.14

"Indie pop" is a fuzzy descriptive musical term, but however you define it, Alvvays are the real deal. The Canadian group is directly in the...

Young Galaxy, Ultramarine

Paper Bag Records By Laura Leebove on 07.08.13

On their fourth LP, Young Galaxy go big, trading woozy, lo-fi-leaning dreampop for busy, dancefloor-ready electropop hits. They returned to...

2012 Breakthrough: Cold Specks

By Elisa Bray on 12.10.12

[Of all of the records that came out this year, none captured our hearts as much as I Predict a Graceful Expulsion, the stirring, evocative debut from Al Spx, who records as Cold Specks. From the mome...

The Luyas, Animator

Dead Oceans By Matthew Fritch on 10.16.12

Animator is a wide-ranging, huge-sounding album with a tiny, insistent voice at its center. That would be lead singer Jessie Stein, whose vo...

METZ, METZ

Sub Pop Records By Evan Minsker on 10.09.12

On their debut album, Canadian trio METZ has delivered a sound that's reasonably scarce in 2012: post-hardcore, pre-grunge, noise-addled pun...

Stars, The North

ATO Records By Nick Marino on 09.04.12

The wistful Canadian indie-pop band Stars built its fanbase smushing dance music and indie pop into an endearingly awkward embrace. Set Your...

Interview: Metric’s Emily Haines

By Sam Adams on 06.12.12

Metric sure picked the right time to strike out on their own. Their self-released fourth album, Fantasies, notched up worldwide sales of nearly half a million copies, proving that it's possible for a...

Metric, Synthetica

Mom & Pop Music By Bill Murphy on 06.12.12

Electronic artists have been tackling a "ghost in the shell" theme — drawing human warmth out of synthesizers and sequencers — f...