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Tri Nguyen

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Defend The Rhino

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Talltale

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Kiwi Jr.

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Plaster

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Hyness

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Black Suit Devil

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Yamantaka // Sonic Titan

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The Pack A.D.

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Chad VanGaalen

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Potengowski Anna Friederike

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Todd Rundgren

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Old 97's

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Needles//Pins

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Ohama

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Nicolas Horvath

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Hugo Wolf Quartet

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Reviews for Secretly Canadian artists

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Antony And The Johnsons

Swanlights

Antony Hegarty certainly has one of the most beautiful and most disarming voices in music right now. His tortured falsetto is the highlight of any album he's on, whether it be his own work, or...

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By Steve Marlow
Jan 6, 2011

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Br. Danielson

Brother : Son

Daniel Smith, a.k.a. Brother Danielson, has created an unlikely career out of what is ostensibly intelligent Christian indie rock. The most famous of his outfits is the Danielson Familie, but this "solo" effort maintains the... read more...
By James Hayashi-Tennant
Aug 29, 2004

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Catfish Haven

Please Come Back

Catfish Haven are on to a good thing with their Secretly Canadian EP, Please Come Back. They don?t quite have it yet, but they?re on to it. They blend a classic rockin? sensibility ? down-to-earth,... read more...
By James Hayashi-Tennant
Mar 10, 2006

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Jens Lekman

Maple Leaves

Artists such as Magnetic Fields and Momus might be interested in moving to Sweden - where songwriter and performer Jens Lekman reached #11 on the national charts. Lekman's swirling orchestral samples and resonant baritone immediately... read more...
By James Hayashi-Tennant
Feb 18, 2004

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Jens Lekman

When I Said I Wanted To Be Your Dog

Sweden's Jens Lekman could be a melancholy indie kid's darling someday. When I Said...fuses the lyrical and stylistic wanderings of Stephin Merritt and Momus with the kind of everyday melancholy and wit Morrissey has on... read more...
By James Hayashi-Tennant
Sep 29, 2004

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Jens Lekman

Oh You're So Silent Jens

The good folks at Secretly Canadian introduced North America to Swedish indie sensation Jens Lekman, releasing a series of E.P.s before his first full-length appeared in 2004. We should be thankful. Lekman's songwriting style, as... read more...
By James Hayashi-Tennant
Mar 10, 2006

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Scout Niblett

Sweet Heart Fever

UK-based Emma Louise Niblett is a continental troubadour, a maternal bedtime storyteller, a lost soul, an angry den mother, a dissonant noise-generating chanteuse, a siren, and a million other things. Sweet Heart Fever simply features...

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By Stephen Dohnberg
Apr 27, 2002

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Nikki Sudden

Treasure Island

Britain's Swell Maps are probably better known today than they were during their actual existence in the late '70s and early '80s. Vocalist Nikki Sudden has continued to release music, and Treasure Island is his... read more...
By James Hayashi-Tennant
Jan 10, 2005

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Swell Maps

A Trip To Marineville

Modern music is a spiderweb of overlapping influences, with every new strand connected, however tenuously, to every other strand. It was a smaller web back when Television or the Velvet Underground existed; most only discovered... read more...
By James Hayashi-Tennant
Apr 17, 2005

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Richard Swift

The Novelist/Working Without Effort

Californian Richard Swift makes "lo-fi" pop music that brings to mind everyone from Rufus Wainwright to Bob Dylan to Tom Waits. His Secretly Canadian debut is a double-disc extravaganza of woozy melodies, wall-of-sound arrangements (well... read more...
By James Hayashi-Tennant
Mar 10, 2006

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David Vandervelde

Waiting For The Sunrise

I'm waiting for David Vandervelde to make the record he's capable of making.  The singer/songwriter/player of a pile of instruments comes close with Waiting for the Sunrise, but not quite close enough.   There's something retro...

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By James Hayashi-Tennant
Dec 25, 2008

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Yeasayer

Odd Blood

With last year’s success of Animal Collective, everyone has been waiting to see which underground band would be the big breakthrough act of 2010. An early contender is Brooklyn, NY’s Yeasayer. Following up the critically...
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By Michael Gerbrandt
May 2, 2010

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Yeasayer

Odd Blood

The whimsical and creative faction of Yeasayer is made up of the artistic and somewhat maniacal Anand Wilder, Chris Keating and Ira Wolf Tuton. These lads have scoured the minds of each other and favorites...

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By Marc 'Oxide' LaCasse
Apr 20, 2010

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