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Hey Rosetta! on 6 East Coast bands you need to hear

Holly Gordon


April 13, 2016



This is the cover story from the fifth issue of CBC Music Magazine. To download the full issue for iOS — including the mapping of Grammy-nominated album Native North America and a look into the rise and fall of the Canrock revolution — click here. (For Android devices, click here.)

From outdoor festival to late-night bar show, Hey Rosetta!’s symphonic, hook-laden pop has been lifting hearts and leading sing-alongs for more than a decade.

The seven-piece from St. John’s will be in Sydney, N.S., this week for the East Coast Music Awards (for which they've gathered a whopping seven nominations), so we thought now would be a perfect time to ask the band members for a list of East Coast bands everyone needs to hear. Read their picks below, and get to listening.

Artist: Dylan Menzie
Song: “I Wanna Know”

Why: “He's got a huge voice and a knack for writing a hit. After hearing him a couple of times you can't help but sing along.” — Kinley Dowling

Band: The East Pointers
Song: “The Drift”

Why: “These three dudes are some of the best players around. They grew up listening and playing traditional music. They make it look cool.” — KD

Band: Glory Glory
Song: “Where the People Are”

Why: “These guys are new to me but I dig what I hear — playful and cool — like the perfect fun/nerdy dance party for their 2 a.m. Friday night slot.” — Tim Baker

Artist: Kat McLevey
Song: “Winter Shows Me”

Why: “Great young, talented songwriter, guitar player and singer from St. John’s. Such tasteful, cool arrangements. Yes!” — TB

Band: Mardeen
Song: “Silver Fang”

Why: “These Cape Bretoners have been crafting some near-perfect pop for about a decade! You need to hear them.” — Adam Hogan

Band: Steve Maloney and the Wandering Kind
Song: “Exaggerations”

Why: “Sure, I'm biased because he's my bro but he's got some solid tunes and his voice is as smooth as butter.” — Phil Maloney

Listen to "Exaggerations" via Bandcamp.

Hey Rosetta! plays the CBC Music Festival at Toronto’s Echo Beach on May 28. Get your tickets here.