Q+A: Vancouver band Rococode

Rococode, an indie pop duo from Vancouver, will be in Ottawa on Nov. 14, at House of Targ. The Charlatan chatted with half of the duo, Andrew Braun, to get their thoughts on playing in the city, their new EP Young Ones, and what’s next. The Charlatan (TC): Young Ones came out back in June. What’s it been like since then? Andrew Braun (AB): Young Ones has been warmly received. We’ve had a lot of support from college radio across North America, and people everywhere have been really positive about our live show. We tried to zero in on much simpler songs with relatable messaging for this EP, and people have definitely reacted to that.  TC: What is the one song […]

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Commentary: The Kents rock House of Targ

Tight, energetic, and precise, The Kents brought their “friendly, neighbourhood indie pop” to a set at House of Targ on Jan. 5. The band’s set consisted of tracks off their 2016 release Waking, as well as some newer songs the band aims to include on an upcoming full-length record. They also received a very positive audience response to a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams.” Singer/guitarist Warren Frank did a strong job of keeping the crowd engaged, leading a singalong to their song “Something About Her,” and giving shoutouts to the House of Targ’s famed perogies. Skillfully balancing Freddy Kwon’s nimble lead guitar lines alongside Frank’s steady rhythm guitar, the band gracefully moved through their set, concluding with an encore performance of […]

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Q + A: The Rifle & The Writer

The Rifle & The Writer opened for Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils at House of Targ on Nov. 26 to give fans a sneak preview of their debut album, Flowers of Chance, slated for release early next year. The Charlatan sat down with the brother-sister duo before the show. The Charlatan (TC): Did you grow up in a musical family? Rebekka Paige: I grew up listening to Barney. Colby Latocha: I know all those songs still, even now. My first memory of music, especially country, was our father showing us how to play “Walk the Line” by Johnny Cash and “Last Kiss” by Pearl Jam. We were like, “We can play guitar and we can make chords,” but we were like three and four, and […]

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Q + A: The Rifle & The Writer

The Rifle & The Writer opened for Slo’ Tom and the Handsome Devils at House of Targ on Nov. 26 to give fans a sneak preview of their debut album, Flowers of Chance, slated for release early next year. The Charlatan interviewed the brother-sister duo before the show. TC: How would you describe your style of music? Colby Latocha: I always just say country. . . and let [people] decide for themselves. I mean, we’re just making the songs we want to make in the style we want to. Nothing more, nothing less. The Charlatan (TC): Did you grow up in a musical family? Rebekka Paige: I grew up listening to Barney. Latocha: I know all those songs still, even now. My first […]

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Q+A: Toronto band Bloody Diamonds

Toronto band Bloody Diamonds rocked at House of Targ on Saturday night with their unapologetic rock and roll energy. The band are now touring Canada to promote their new EP, Tough Love. They delivered raw, sexy, homemade rock and roll anthems. With lead singer Sara Elizabeth’s cathartic howling, and the tightness of the band altogether, they punched out heavy rock, soul-rich tunes one after another. The Charlatan had the opportunity to chat with Elizabeth a few days prior to the show. The Charlatan (TC): Where did the name “Bloody Diamonds” come from? Sara Elizabeth (SE): It stemmed from lyrics I’d written from one of our first albums. It just kind of clicked one day — we were like, oh yeah, […]

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