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Grant makes trip to Aeolian
Everyone has a different way to get out of life's little ruts. East coast singer-songwriter Jenn Grant's? Spend a month in Egypt. "I was getting really depressed about not having any tours booked and I was finding it really challenging," Gra... Read more

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PS I Love You storm Out Back Shack Friday
In 2007, before Gerard Butler was leaving post-mortem messages for Hilary Swank in kitschy drama films, there existed another PS I Love You, a noise-pop duo from Kingston, Ontario. They're raucous, loud, and nothing at all comparable to the fi... Read more

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Bryson makes huge impression with Falcon Lake
"I wonder if I can leech some fans off them," laughed Ottawabased singer-songwriter Jim Bryson over the phone. He was talking about The Weakerthans, with whom he recorded The Falcon Lake Incident in the dead of last year's winter. It's a be... Read more

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Romano one to watch
Daniel Romano co-produced Dallas Green's 2008 album Bring Me Your Love, he's a Juno-nominated graphic designer, record label owner and has performed in several outfits including Attack in Black and the likely-defunct Daniel, Fred and Julie. Bu... Read more

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The Beauties making most of opportunity
Animal skulls, dim lights, and a vintage cash register decorate The Dakota Tavern, one of Toronto's most eclectic west-end bars. And though the tavern has become notorious for its Bluegrass Brunch on Sundays, true rockers stay for the evening ... Read more

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The Bloody Beetroots take a spin in London
As mysterious as they are talented, Italian electro duo The Bloody Beetroots place 86th out of the top 100 DJs in the world according to DJ Mag, but few even know what they look like. That's because the group, comprised of producer Bob Rifo an... Read more

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Understanding the sound behind the music
"Strawberry Fields Forever to this day is like comfort food," said Dr. Jay Hodgson, professor of Popular Music at the University of Western Ontario. "Some people go have their peanut butter cookies, I have to hear Strawberry Fields." Hodgson... Read more

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Katz's life changing misdiagnosis inspires
“I've been in that hospital bed and thought ‘I might not ever see another room other than this one,'” remembered Toronto-based singer-songwriter Peter Katz over the phone from Calgary, Alberta. At the age of 19 he was ... Read more

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Juno winner pours passion into her work
"I'm using you to have a cigarette break," laughed Halifax folk artist Amelia Curran over the phone before going back to a full day of meetings. It's the limited free time she now gets since the release of her 2010 Juno awardwinning album, Hun... Read more

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Bahamas focusing on solo career
"Every night when I lay you down, lay you down to sleep / You know, I'm thanking the lord for blessing you with hockey teeth" singer-songwriter Afie Jurvanen, a.k.a. Bahamas, sings in his appropriately- titled song, Hockey Teeth. But despite t... Read more

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The Meligrove Band's time to shine
“Its just going to gas stations and peeing and getting to a show,” said Brian O'Reilly guitarist for The Meligrove Band. The veteran Canadian indierockers have been on a crazy North American tour promoting their critically accl... Read more

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Canadian rock icon Auf der Maur playing London
"I was in a rock band for years, and I didn't even know how a royalty cheque got into my bank account," said Melissa Auf der Maur, former bassist for Hole and Smashing Pumpkins, over the phone from somewhere in the Eastern U.S. Now on an indep... Read more

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Mangan gaining recognition
"Robots need love too / They want to be loved by you" is both a sing-along phrase in Vancouver singer-songwriter Dan Mangan's song Robots and a perfect summation of his character: colloquial, humourous and cutely sentimental, too. They're also... Read more

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Stars make London stop in support of The Five Ghosts
From the loss of family members to becoming a father, Evan Cranley of Montreal indie-pop group Stars has experienced a lot this year. "Making a family and losing family all in a couple of months is a pretty heavy deal," he told me over the p... Read more

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Slackers hard at work on tour
"Ska music is a gateway drug," said Glen Pine, trombonist/vocalist for Brooklyn-based reggae revival band, The Slackers. "Everybody who checks out reggae or ska, you talk to them, they have amazing record collections." Pine would know. Initi... Read more

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D.O.A. brings their hardcore sound to London
Thirty years since their debut album, Something Better Change, Vancouver hardcore originators D.O.A. have been keeping things loud, fast and surprisingly original. "You've got to come up with new ideas and keep people interested, and show th... Read more

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Bruce Peninsula climbing the musical ladder
"We're not going to be kicking back, drinking margaritas on the beach, seeing all the money roll in any time soon," said Matt Cully, guitarist and vocalist of acclaimed Canadian folk group, Bruce Peninsula. Named after the Western Ontario land... Read more

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My Brightest Diamond lights up LOLA stage
There's no such thing as maternity leave in the music industry and Shana Worden, principal songwriter behind chamber-pop outfit My Brightest Diamond can attest to it. Not two months after the birth of her son, Constantine, Worden will be going... Read more

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Controversially named band at London Music Hall
“The one thing I'm starting to embrace more with our show is just the volatility of it all, and that literally the whole thing could collapse,” said Graham Walsh over the phone of his band, Holy Fuck's live performance. Wals... Read more

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San Sebastian embraces Fanshawe frosh concert opportunity
Success on MuchMusic's reality TV show disBAND has proven a double-edged sword for Hamilton rockers San Sebastian. “There are some things we probably can't do ... like certain tours that won't happen with us or certain opportu... Read more

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Londoner Perry goes acoustic
“If you don't always have something to be angry about, you are clearly too apathetic and not invested enough in this world,” says London-based singer, songwriter, model, writer, record label owner and former Fanshawe student Ro... Read more

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London to get a dose of Toronto's Elliott Brood
Elliott Brood's concerts are like “an old revival meeting or an exorcism to us” says guitarist, bass pedaler, vocalist and banjo/ukulele player Casey Laforet. Playing a genre of music they've dubbed “death country,&rdq... Read more

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Timber Timbre bring ghostly atmosphere to their music
“I'm not really interested in presenting myself in my music,” said Toronto-based indie-folk artist Taylor Kirk, known onstage as Timber Timbre. “It's more a sensation, rather than a particular message, or something tha... Read more

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Cancer Bats gaining cross country exposure
“We try to make ourselves as accessible as we are, because when you're playing to a big dark arena, you don't know if anyone gives a shit,” says Liam Cormier, lead singer of punk-metal-hardcore outfit Cancer Bats. He spoke to me f... Read more

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TV's Meet The Wilsons stars Fanshawe grad
Dave Wilson, country music singer and CMT reality star has rejection letters from every major record label in Toronto. “[They're] in my parents basement,” he laughed while in Kitchener-Waterloo, where he was doing a week of press int... Read more

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Michou sets out to win new fans
With album title references to existentialist writers like Dostoevsky and Colin Wilson, one might not expect such a foolhardy, fun-loving band from pop-folkers, Michou. But regardless of their highbrow influences, that's just what they are. &ldq... Read more

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Bonfire Ball to be led by Jason Collett
“[Broken Social Scene frontman Kevin Drew] is very obsessed with bodily functions,” says Jason Collett, a member of the massive band-turned-collective with an indie-folk career of his own. “[BS is] very stream-of-conscious, and the ... Read more

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Pallett performing at Aeolian Hall
When composer, arranger, violinist, singer and songwriter Owen Pallett wrote the songs that would become Heartland (his 2010 release about a prairie farmer named Lewis), he didn't expect it would be recorded in the dark, cold and barren lands of ... Read more

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Say Domino making waves
Like many young bands, London-based indie rockers Say Domino's career began not in the pursuit of fame and fortune, but for love of the opposite sex. “We started the band because we wanted to play guitar and write about girls,” said ... Read more

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Woodpigeon finally roosting in Canada
“Calgary is so expensive that the only way you can have ownership over something is if you make it or write it,” says Mark Hamilton, singer-songwriter, filmmaker and brainchild of Canadian folk-pop darlings Woodpigeon. Home is a recurrin... Read more

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Bulat inspired by her travels
Since her debut album, Oh, My Darling in 2007, singer-songwriter and Polaris Prize nominee Basia Bulat has traveled to Australia, Europe, and all over North America, reaching as far north as Dawson City, Yukon; still, that hasn't changed her opin... Read more

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The Creepshow to entertain Fanshawe
“Sex sells,” asserts Sarah “Sin” Blackwood, frontwoman for Toronto psychobilly-punk band The Creepshow. But don't let her form-fitting clothes, makeup and fishnet stockings fool you, “We avoid using [sexuality] to se... Read more

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Grand Analog coming to Fanshawe
Few artists can perform at a campus bar one week and a public library the next. Toronto-based hip-hop group Grand Analog is an exception. “There's still this undertone that rap will come into your establishment and destroy it,” laug... Read more

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Fanshawe grad Brady in it for the long haul
If it wasn't for Fanshawe College, former student and singer-songwriter Jillian Brady says she would “probably be drunk in a karaoke bar somewhere singing the same song over and over again!” This young songstress was a 2008 graduate ... Read more

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Moneen continues to persevere
Nearly every successful band has lived through a disastrous tour. For Brampton, Ontario's Moneen, theirs involved two van breakdowns in three weeks, leaving members behind to continue on acoustically, a 40 hour drive to reunite the band wi... Read more

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Soothing sounds of Dala memorable
“[Songwriting] is cheaper than therapy,” wrote Dala, a GTA-born singer-songwriter duo comprised of Sheila Carabine and Amanda Walther. “Everybody has different ways of dealing with their private, personal challenges. For us, songwri... Read more

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Social Code music on fire and ice tour
What happens when you fill an arena with snow, hire extreme snowmobilers to perform stunts and tricks in it, and commission a rock band to perform at the same time? The answer is something called FSX Fire and Ice World Tour, a recent creation featuri... Read more

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McClelland - a can't miss show
Melissa McClelland is polite, pretty and saccharine-voiced, but that won't stop her from singing about cocaine and fighting. “As a kid I was really kind of drawn to music that had a dark undercurrent, or you know, it almost sounds kind of ... Read more

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The Artist Life starting riots?
For having an EP entitled Let's Start a Riot, The Artist Life are actually pretty calm guys. “The name came from a song we wrote,” said Dean Richards, one of the band's two writers, on the way back from an in-store performance an... Read more

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Young Galaxy doing it their way
Young Galaxy was signed to Canada's biggest indie label, toured with dozens of high-profile acts and even secured funding for their sophomore release before deciding to give everything away and do things on their own terms. “Who's goin... Read more

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The Matadors have demonic flair
With songs like Teenage Zombie Sluts and Bush Party Hand Job, what more could one expect from horrorbilly group The Matadors than a big, raucous party? The answer is: nothing. Their live shows involve foam machines, sprays of stage blood and sometim... Read more

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The Hidden Cameras heaped with praise
“People are repressed. Our society is repressed,” said Joel Gibb, brainchild and producer of The Hidden Cameras, a Toronto-and-Berlin-based outfit whose edgy indie-pop has been dubbed “gay church music.” Though Gibb now reside... Read more

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Brother My Enemy's metal catching on
Having individually shared the stage with bands like 54-40, The Trews, Big Wreck and I Mother Earth, London rockers Brother My Enemy are seasoned players just looking for their big break. “We come from a collective background of many years of ... Read more

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Spiral Beach making tour stop in London
In light of Oasis' recent break-up, it sure is nice to see musical siblings who get along. Airick and Daniel Woodhead, respective vocalist/guitarist and drummer for the psychedelic indie pop group Spiral Beach are such a pair. “Obviously, ... Read more

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Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker has the beat
A business graduate turntablist, a songwriter with quirky lyrics, several cardboard cutouts of celebrities and a blender for making smoothies — that's what the live set-up for Ubiquitous Synergy Seeker (or USS for short) looks like.

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Michel has an affinity for stage
Danny Michel, Waterloo-born singer-songwriter, is a pleasant, funny and charming conversationalist - until the subject turns to religion. “I'm just concerned that all these pieces of literature with conflicting guides are doing more harm t... Read more

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An Horse has musical giddy-up
“I don't think Montrealian is the right term,” I said to Kate Cooper, lead singer/guitarist of An Horse, and newcomer to the hip French-Canadian city. She quipped back, “It sounds pretty good! I might use itů but I'll probab... Read more

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Thrice brings natural elements to their latest discs
Before modern science, the elements that make up the world were largely left unknown. Of course, this is not the case today, where we can identify oxygen, sulphur and sodium in the blink of an eye, but to cultures throughout history, the world around... Read more

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Protest the Hero's Rody Walker gets intimate
Walker on what's in his pants and why he ‘loves' Hannah Montana For a bunch of guys from Whitby, Ontario, Protest the Hero have done pretty well for themselves. Their hardcore-punk-metal debut, Kezia, has received praise almost acr... Read more

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Drangonette has brought the ‘80s back
Like tights, bright colours and tacky costume jewelry, Dragonette has brought music back to the ‘80s One of the beauties of music is that, like fashion, trends from decades ago are constantly being revisited and brought into the modern age.... Read more

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Zaki may be hip-hop's next generation
By planting roots in Toronto, Zaki Ibrahim's stardom is destine to grow Countless artists throughout recent history have been dubbed ‘destined for stardom' by the music media, only to have their careers falter a short time after. In... Read more

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Roses are red, Wax Mannequin is deep
If you were to choose one artist from each city in Canada that embodies its culture and style, one might choose Arcade Fire for Montreal, The Weakerthans for Winnipeg, and so on. But despite the fact that many notable groups have come from my hometow... Read more

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Despite the Germans, Calder offers her own Good Vibrations
The band this article focuses on is probably not known to many. In fact, I didn't even know who they were until I was given the opportunity to interview them. But there's a very good chance that if you ever listen to the radio, or even watch ... Read more

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Collett is carving out his own scene
Broken Social Scene's Jason Collett strikes out on his own If you imagine the music industry as a giant wall, most of the bricks and mortar would be made up of four components: Sony/BMG, Universal, EMI and Warner Music Group. These record labe... Read more

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Success in the US does not define Finger Eleven
It seems that for so many Canadian bands, their popularity here has depended on success attained in the US. Bands like The Arcade Fire and to some extent, Nickelback come to mind. But for Finger Eleven, Canada has always been a stronghold of support... Read more

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TPC makes the tamborine look bad-ass
Young Rival, The Coast and Tokyo Police Club finally make it to Fanshawe Tokyo Police Club's growth over the past few years has been phenomenal. They've gone from playing to 25 people during a lunchtime show in Forwell Hall, to several hun... Read more

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A unique interview with Linkin Park
You know those press conferences that the big-name artists hold when they announce an event, like an upcoming tour? The ones that MuchMusic shows snippets of during their news broadcasts? Well, it turns out they hold them over the phone too, and afte... Read more

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Dala getting props from Matt Good
It seems common among music journalists that most have, at one time or another, played in a local band. Mine was a rock group called Slip The Deuce, who scored a few shows at local bars in our hometown, Hamilton, but we never really got anywhere befo... Read more

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Hunter Valentine lends strong voice to Salt's stage
This weekend London's live music scene will be taken over by female musicians. Not only are Dala performing at the London Music Club, but just across the way, Hunter Valentine, a three-girl rock group, are going to be headlining a show of their ... Read more

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Murray keeps Marley's music alive
This Friday, February 8, The Out Back Shack will be celebrating (what would be) Bob Marley's birthday with a triple-bill of reggae and pop music featuring Staylefish, I.An.Eye, and one of the most talented singer-songwriters in Southern Ontario, Dyla... Read more

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Rudd's music brings down under roots to Canadian stage
Xavier Rudd's bringing Canada closer to Australia, one didgeridoo at a time It often becomes the job of an artist to assess the state of the world, interpret it, and create a reflection of society from his or her perspective out of material, w... Read more

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It's the music, not youth, that defines Tokyo Police Club
For most of us, coming to college was a huge transition. It involved moving out of our parents' houses, figuring out how to cook and clean for ourselves, and adapting to a whole new lifestyle altogether. But imagine, for a moment, graduating from hig... Read more

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Hayden leaves lasting impression
Arguably the first CD I ever owned was a compilation disc released by Sonic Unyon, an independent record label that operates out of Hamilton, Ontario. It was a Christmas gift from my older brother, Brendan, an attempt to introduce me to independent a... Read more

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Radiohead's In Rainbows not first of its kind
Radiohead's In Rainbows, for those who have been living under a rock for the past few months, has been perhaps the most intriguing music business experiment in recent years. It also continues to deliver unexpected results. It all began with a me... Read more

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We Are Wolves becoming leader of Montreal pack
Somehow, over the last five or so years, there has been a ‘wolf' epidemic. Wolf Eyes, Wolf Parade, AIDS Wolf, Wolfmother — all successful bands sharing the wolf moniker. And despite the fact that these bands really don't sound ve... Read more

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Looking for live music in London?
Seating for 10 or 10,000, the best places in the city to hear live music Moving to London can be exhausting. Not only is it a new city and a new school for many, but the city's surroundings can be difficult to navigate. This guide is designed... Read more

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Get Down! at the Shack
Despite the fact that the city of London often gets the reputation of being a conservative city, punk band Get Down! have absolutely no problems with exuding their blatantly left-wing ideals. After all, their logo is a marijuana leaf over top of a pe... Read more

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Deathmarch: The heavier the better
Think of your favourite metal band. They're most likely from somewhere in the United States, or maybe Canada, right? Now think of your favourite Norwegian black metal group. Don't know any? That's the reaction of most North Americans. W... Read more

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Open mic highlights MIA talent
On Monday, November 5 the Globe and Mail issued an article entitled “Sought-after programs,” a list of the most competitive and reputable college programs in Canada. Although the newspaper warned that the list is not comprehensive, it wa... Read more

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Jethro Tull on new, and old, age pop
“Once it becomes Barry Manilow in tights, ‘cheque please', I'm out of there.” In 1976, progressive rock legends Jethro Tull released an album called Too Old to Rock ‘n' Roll, Too Young to Die, and although it wa... Read more

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Weakerthans music originally Canadian
For Canadian veterans The Weakerthans, recording is no easy task, especially when it is being done on the top floor of a Manitoba factory in the early hours of the morning. Nevertheless, that's exactly how their latest album, Reunion Tour, was cr... Read more

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You have no choice but to surrender to White Cowbell
“...We have this alcoholic effect whenever we play, and people can't help but take off their clothes and drink as much booze as they possibly can.” By the time this article is published, White Cowbell Oklahoma will have already unl... Read more

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In deep thought with The Most Serene Republic
“We're in desperate need of a revolution,” Ryan Lennsen of The Most Serene Republic said to me over the phone last week. Lennsen was talking about his band's new album, Population, which is, ambitiously enough, a critique of all ... Read more

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The Jimmy Swift Band returns
The Jimmy Swift Band will bring their rocktronica sound to the Salt Lounge this Friday They've shared the stage with bands like Broken Social Scene, Mobile and Pilate Speed. They've toured North America, Europe and even Mainland, China. S... Read more

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The Besnard Lakes' dark horse rides from Montreal to London
Billboard Magazine, The Polaris Prize and now... The Interrobang The Besnard Lakes played Call the Office last Thursday to a fairly small, but excited group of fans. Having recently been featured in Billboard Magazine, and with a nomination for Th... Read more

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From Edmonton with love
Canadian indie favs, Shout Out Out Out Out, will be at Call the Office on Wednesday Shout Out Out Out Out have been making waves in the Canadian music scene since their 2006 independent release of Not Saying Just Saying on their own label, Nrmls W... Read more

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Tackling mental illness and music with Matt Good
Hospital Music marks Matthew Good's fourth release as a solo artist and is being hailed by critics and journalists alike as his most personal album to date. Chronicling his life since White Light Rock & Roll Review in 2004, Good has faced many ch... Read more

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Mathematics and music make polished production for Caribou
Still a little jetlagged from the flight over from England, I had the opportunity to talk to Dan Snaith: producer, writer and performer in the group Caribou, who recently played to a packed crowd at Call the Office last Monday. T.D.: I was wonderin... Read more

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Hip-Hop show taking over the radio dial
Although Canadian hip-hop might not project the ferocious veracity of New York, Los Angeles or Atlanta street life, its growth over the past decade has been immense and artists today have begun to develop their own identities in both Canada and the w... Read more

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Fanshawe grads back in town with Caribou
In Southern Ontario, nearly a decade ago, Dan Snaith handed a tape to Kieran Hebden (also known as Four Tet) that contained a few of his songs, which were electronic, psychedelic rock compositions of complex soundscapes, multi-layered and heavily mix... Read more

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Deerhoof's drummer on touring, recording and Carson Daly
Forget Bloc Party, who will be performing at Centennial Hall on September 29, it's the opening act that is garnering my attention. That act is Deerhoof, a three-piece from San Francisco, consisting of John Dietrich, Satomi Matsuzaki and Greg Sau... Read more

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LOLA Fest offers unique culture and music to the city
While London hasn't always had the deepest roots in the Southern Ontario independent music scene, the London Ontario Live Arts Festival (LOLA) is certainly making an effort to change this with what is perhaps the most interesting arts festival to... Read more

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Protest the Hero plays to big crowd and egos
The first time I saw Protest the Hero was a few years back at Heatwave festival in Burlington, Ontario, where they played to a crowd of approximately 50 people gathered around the stage. I say this not to sound like one of those music journalists who... Read more

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Rain or shine, the Mobile rocked Fanshawe
Canadian weather is all too often unpredictable; it can change at any time for any given reason without any warning. This was proven yet again last week at the Mobile concert, which, due to unexpected rainstorms, forced the concert indoors. I arrive... Read more

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Bands set for New Music Night
In last November's issue of Q magazine, Bono from U2 was asked to list the songs he wished he had written. Among the few he chose, one so happened to be a creation of Emm Gryner's. Gryner is a Canadian songwriter who has garnered the attenti... Read more

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