Dean Gordon-Smith

Street Sounds: The many sounds of John Mayer

Mayer's identity as a Laurel Canyon pastoralist is an unlikely persona that brings things to The Search for Everything (Wave One).

Street Sounds: Forever the Starman

One year after David Bowie’s untimely death, three unheard songs have been released as the four-song EP No Plan.

Street Sounds: Sweet Charlotte

Toronto singer/songwriter/instrumentalist Charlotte Day Wilson’s self produced EP, CDW, is so laid-back, it’ll kick your rear.

Street Sounds: Dane Agnes Obel abstains from pop

On her third album, Citizen of Glass, Danish singer/songwriter/pianist Agnes Obel creates an alternate reality through her mystical songs.

Street Sounds: Renaissance rapper Childish Gambino strikes again

The third album from Childish Gambino is a sonic blast of backward looking futurism.

Street Sounds: An even release

Kentucky bred singer/songwriter/guitar player, Jim James’ second solo album is a gem of soul/rock experimentalism.

Street Sounds: Legend marches into the dark

R&B/soul singer/songwriter John Legend’s sixth album, Darkness and Light, is well named.

Street Sounds: The Stones show their roots

On The Rolling Stones new album, Blue and Lonesome, there’s no anthems, ballads or radio hits but there are a whole lotta jams.

Street Sounds: Dragonette is Canada’s new New Wave

Toronto electronic trio Dragonette’s fourth album, Royal Blues, is a pop album steeped in synths and modern New Wave sounds.

Street Sounds: An album for all seasons

Vernon singer/songwriter Betty Johnson’s album, Evening Song is a concept album without pretension.

Street Sounds: Quest fulfilled

A Tribe Called Quest step up after an 18-year layoff for a final comeback with We Got it From Here...  Thank You 4 Your Service.

Street Sounds: Robbie Robertson an unsung guitar hero

Canadian songwriter/guitarist/cultural figure Robbie Robertson’s new album, Testimony is a trip to the primal era of rock and roll.

Street Sounds: Nick Cave shows resilience on new album

Australian-British band Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds’ 16th album is a forceful and shamanistic slice of ambient rock.

Street Sounds: Leonard Cohen sings farewell, with a wink

On Leonard Cohen’s 14th album at 82 years old, some may hear You Want It Darker as a self-requiem or Bowie-esque leave taking.

Street Sounds: Kings of garage rock live on

Kings of Leon’s seventh album Walls is a streamlined texture-fest that draws on the best moments of their previous records.

Street Sounds: Yoakam brings twang to Swimmin’ Pools, Movie Stars

Dwight Yoakam covers his early songs in an acoustic, bluegrass style on new album, Swimmin' Pools and Movie Stars.

Street Sounds: The Dead’s Bob Weir revisits his past on Blue Mountain

Bob Weir’s first solo album in more than 10 years finds him revisiting youthful country-folk experiences in Wyoming.

Street Sounds: Vernon duo is ablaze

Vernon-based instrumental duo, Landing on the Sun’s debut record is a cinematic extravaganza of fuzztone and twang.

Street Sounds: Jack White doesn’t whitewash new acoustic album

Review of Jack White Acoustic Recordings 1998-2016.

Street Sounds: Carly Rae Jepsen seconds that Emotion

Canadian pop singer/songwriter, Carly Rae Jepsen, goes for disco gold on her fourth album, Emotion Side B.