Blackie And The Rodeo Kings

Album: Let’s Frolic Again

Label: True North Records

Release date: May 1

**** (out of five)


It was this band’s unpretentious charm and personable demeanour that won over the media room at this year’s Junos, and they approach this sequel to Let’s Frolic the same way. The roots trio of Tom Wilson, Colin Linden, and Stephen Fearing treat their covers with deference (Murray McLauchlan’s Down By The Henry Moore being one), and mixing country with rock, folk, and zydeco sounds on originals. “Do you wanna play it again ‘cause it’s fun to play?” they declare on the disc. Damn right we do.





Album: Album Dumb Luck

Label: Outside Music

Release date: April 24

***1/2 (out of five)

Dntel’s latest venture into electronica has an awkward, yet unassuming charm. The laundry list of looping digital effects has a bevy of indie music guest stars lightly crooning over top of them. The abundant layers of electro ingredients and gentle instruments mesh together — swirling and floating all around the record’s very simple melodies. While for some it might be a slow background collection of blips and bleeps, it’s sure to be an eclectic summer night soundtrack for others.

Frog Eyes

Album: Tears Of The Valedictorian

Label: Absolutely Kosher

Release date: May 1

** (out of 5)

If it’s a crime to be an acquired taste, loved by some, disliked by others, then perhaps Frog Eyes singer Spencer Krug should find himself a good lawyer. Dominated by his distinct and omnipresent vocals, it is impossible to even consider the band outside of Krug’s hyper-stylized caterwauling. It’s a sound that grates on you after a while and is easily over shadowed by Krug’s other art-punk project, Wolf Parade.