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Music: November 2014 Archives

Errol's Pick

"Don't Let The World See Your Love" is the title of the latest CD by singer/songwriter Spencer Burton. Errol says it's a collection of songs featuring a guy with a sweet voice, nimble guitar playing, and some tasty lap steel. It's the kind of record that's best appreciated in an intimate club like The Rivoli, and that's where Burton will be tonight. While "Don't Let The World See Your Love" is a pretty melancholic album, don't be fooled into thinking that Burton's gigs are gloomy affairs. A good friend who's seen him perform told me she's never laughed so much at a concert in her life. She said that despite the somber tone of Burton's music, he's hilarious live. All the more reason to see him tonight. $10. 10 p.m. 334 Queen St. West. Follow me @ErrolNazareth

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Allah-Las is a band who say their sound is the perfect mixture of the sands, the seas and cities of California. Our music columnist Errol Nazareth agrees and says that as a fan of jangly guitar pop, it didn't take long for him to become an Allah-Las convert. He says the first time he heard the Los Angeles-based garage rock quartet, their music hit all the right notes. It's a cool, catchy sound that combines psychedelia, fuzzed guitars, harmonies and lots of chiming guitars.They have a new album out titled "Worship The Sun" and they'll be playing the Horseshoe Tavern on the 27th. Follow Errol @ErrolNazareth

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Our music columnist says "Namedropper", the new record by Toronto singer Oh Susanna, qualifies as one of the most Canadian records he's heard this year. It's a solid collection of country pop songs written specifically for her by 14 of Canada's finest songwriters. That A-list includes Joel Plaskett, Ron Sexsmith, Melissa McClelland and Jim Cuddy. If you haven't heard of Oh Susanna you might think she's trying to impress you by boasting about the company she keeps. But nothing could be further from the truth. When you're blessed with such a rich voice and the ability to inhabit the characters in your songs, you don't need gimmicks. Oh Susanna says she didn't know what to expect from each of the songwriters, but I think it's a testament to her skill that "Namedropper" doesn't sound like a random collection of songs or like a greatest hits collection that lacks cohesiveness. @ErrolNazareth

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