Cœur de pirate – En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé

One doesn’t need to speak French to understand what Cœur de pirate is saying on her new album, En cas de tempête, ce jardin sera fermé. The emotion in her voice and delicately beautiful melodies say it all. For the sake of it, though, the title translates to: “During storms, this garden will be closed” — a double meaning that serves as both caution and preservation, and represents the turbulent narrative taking place on the record.(Exclaim!)

Monowhales – Control Freak

“MONOWHALES have been steadily building a reputation for putting on energetic and memorable live shows, and as they prepare to release their debut EP, Control Freak, that reputation is growing!

We caught up with Sally Shaar and Jordan Circosta before the band’s show during Canadian Music Week to talk about their music, the summer, songwriting, and to play a round of 5 Quick Questions.”(The Reviews Are In)

Tami Neilson – Sassafrass!

Tami Neilson is a name that isn’t nearly as familiar to audiences in the United States as in her native Canada or New Zealand. Canada is where she was part of the popular country group The Neilsons and in New Zealand, she won the prestigious ARPA Silver Scroll in 2014. But that may be about to change with her new album, Sassafrass!, (AXS)

Eamon McGrath – Tantramar

Born and raised in Edmonton, AB, singer-songwriter Eamon McGrath eventually relocated to Toronto where he’s now based. If his name rings a bell, solo work aside, it might be thanks to his guitaring in Julie & The Wrong Guys, another local act which includes Julie Doiron and Cancer Bats members Mike Peters and Jaye R. Schwarzer. Now, on June 1st, the marvellous musician is returning with yet another solo album, Tantramar. Due out on June 2nd via Saved By Vinyl (pre-order a copy here), McGrath’s sixth studio recording features a whole slew of guest appearances and effortlessly mixes punk, rock, indie, and country into a gritty, pub-ready cocktail.(PureGrainAudio)