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The Mohrs – Kings of Nowhere

Posted March 9, 2015, 9:22 p.m.

The Mohrs – Kings of Nowhere

Before developing into a full-fledged band, The Mohrs started out as a writing project between lead singer Jackie Mohr and Canadian Rock legend Hawksley Workman. ... read more

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Murder By Death – Big Dark Love

Posted Feb. 23, 2015, 6:49 p.m.

Murder By Death – Big Dark Love

Making a career in the arts is hard. The job description lands somewhere between self-expression and entertainment and there isn’t a sure fire way to ... read more

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Franz Nicolay – To Us, the Beautiful

Posted Feb. 16, 2015, 8:33 a.m.

Franz Nicolay – To Us, the Beautiful

Franz Nicolay is often billed as an ex-member of The Hold Steady, an ex-member of The World/Inferno Friendship Society, or a former touring member of ... read more

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Billy The Kid – Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

Posted Sept. 8, 2014, 11:13 p.m.

Billy The Kid – Horseshoes and Hand Grenades

This is the first time I saw Billy the Kid: It's Mid-July and the air conditioner at Toronto Lee's Palace is broken. The show is ... read more

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The Johnson Report – The Johnson Report

Posted Feb. 1, 2010, 3:12 a.m.

The Johnson Report – The Johnson Report

During all of high school, Jen dated Zach. Jen was, hands down, the most beautiful girl in our year. Beyond that, she was extremely smart ... read more

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Frank Turner – Poetry of the Deed

Posted Sept. 14, 2009, 12:18 a.m.

Frank Turner – Poetry of the Deed

There are a slew of musicians who take the role of singer-songwriter after the break up of their former bands. At times this can showcase ... read more

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Project 86 – Picket Fence Cartel

Posted Aug. 7, 2009, 1:12 a.m.

Project 86 – Picket Fence Cartel

Ideological stances are polarizing. They come with a set of existing concepts and reference points that are often hard to overlook. I didn’t want to ... read more

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Maria Taylor – Ladyluck

Posted May 27, 2009, 1:03 a.m.

Maria Taylor – Ladyluck

Maria Taylor has developed a fanbase based on her quiet and soulful tunes, endearing and charming enough to cockle the heartstrings of nearly any cynic. ... read more

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Beep Beep – Enchanted Islands

Posted May 27, 2009, 1:01 a.m.

Beep Beep – Enchanted Islands

Taking a five year hiatus between albums, Beep Beep released Enchanted Islands, the follow up to 2004’s Business Casual, earlier this year. Given the current ... read more

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Little Brazil – Son

Posted April 29, 2009, 8:40 p.m.

Little Brazil – Son

Musician Landon Hedges spent the better part of the late nineties/early two thousands playing along side Saddle Creek’s most prominent singer/songwriters Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes. ... read more

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Matt and Kim – Grand

Posted April 22, 2009, 9:04 p.m.

Matt and Kim – Grand

Today’s pop music is severely lacking in fun. We have over-hyped pseudo celebrities running around with no pants, actors with the impression that talent in ... read more

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Oedipus – Covetous

Posted April 22, 2009, 9:01 p.m.

Oedipus – Covetous

Oedipus, a three piece making more noise than a three piece rightly should, manage the type of grandiose guitar rock both melodic and epic, while ... read more

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Cursive – Mama, I'm Swollen

Posted March 11, 2009, 2:57 a.m.

Cursive – Mama, I'm Swollen

I first got the chance to interview Tim Kasher directly after the release of Cursive’s Happy Hollow. A friend and I drove two and a ... read more

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Bon Iver – Blood Bank

Posted Feb. 11, 2009, 1:40 a.m.

Bon Iver – Blood Bank

Bon Iver’s 2008 release For Emma, Forever Ago was made in troubled times. Supposedly, after suffering the loss of a band and girlfriend while dealing ... read more

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Coconut Records – Davy

Posted Feb. 11, 2009, 1:37 a.m.

Coconut Records – Davy

Jason Schwartzman is in a number of my favorite movies. He was the self righteous student lead in Rushmore, the soul searching environmental activist in ... read more

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Ladyfinger (ne) – Dusk

Posted Feb. 6, 2009, 12:57 a.m.

Ladyfinger (ne) – Dusk

I thought rock was a dead scene. The radio repeatedly fed me the term since my early teens, pushing different versions of the same band ... read more

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Jack's Mannequin – The Glass Passenger

Posted Dec. 4, 2008, 8:35 p.m.

Jack's Mannequin – The Glass Passenger

A lot of artists resist fame. I’ve done interviews with bands for nearly five years now and have heard countless times from both nameless and ... read more

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Okkervil River – The Stand Ins

Posted Oct. 9, 2008, 12:37 a.m.

Okkervil River – The Stand Ins

“But there's this idea that nobody can tell you if something is good or not, you have to decide whether you think it's good. And ... read more

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Tokyo Police Club – Elephant Shell

Posted July 21, 2008, 10:55 p.m.

Tokyo Police Club – Elephant Shell

Tokyo Police Club's A Lesson In Crime put the band in an awkward position. The seven-song EP gained a substantial amount of praise/coverage for it's ... read more

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Putois – The Problem is not a Problem Anymore

Posted April 16, 2008, 7:50 p.m.

Putois – The Problem is not a Problem Anymore

A friend asked me the other day if it would be possible to write a record review vein of a musical genre. I mean we ... read more

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Foot Foot – Trumpet

Posted March 12, 2008, 7:20 p.m.

Foot Foot – Trumpet

There is something about Foot Foot I can’t quite place. The Californian husband and wife duo is described in their press release as creating “music ... read more

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The Mumlers – Thickets and Stitches

Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 1:32 a.m.

The Mumlers – Thickets and Stitches

Busy! From the packaging onward, The Mumlers emit an adorably quirky vibe far too big to fit into their little debut album. The seven piece ... read more

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The Photographic – Pictures of a Changing World

Posted Feb. 14, 2008, 1:27 a.m.

The Photographic – Pictures of a Changing World

Clocking in at just under an hour, Pictures of a Changing World is truly a cohesive release encompassing a gamut of emotions; a valiant task ... read more

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Justice of the Unicorns – Angels with Uzis

Posted Jan. 23, 2008, 4:38 p.m.

Justice of the Unicorns – Angels with Uzis

Yesterday, I received my bi-monthly batch of promos. While sorting through the records an album named Angels with Uzis by the band Justice of the ... read more

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Georgie James – Places

Posted Dec. 31, 2007, 11:27 a.m.

Georgie James – Places

Bridging elements of power/indie pop while harnessing a danceable sound reminiscent of the better radio friendly tracks from the 1950’s through the 1970’s, Georgie James ... read more

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St. Vincent – Marry Me

Posted Dec. 31, 2007, 11:26 a.m.

St. Vincent – Marry Me

Those familiar with Sufjan Stevens or The Polyphonic Spree might recognize Annie Clark for her accompaniment to their most recent tours and discs. Earlier this ... read more

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Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Posted Dec. 23, 2007, 3:36 p.m.

Spoon – Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga

Over the course of the last year Jim Eno, drummer of Spoon and certified electrical engineer, has produced some of 2007's best albums while working ... read more

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Ravens and Chimes – Reichenbach Falls

Posted Dec. 20, 2007, 9:09 a.m.

Ravens and Chimes – Reichenbach Falls

Lets paint a picture. After weeks of midterms and presentations in combination with 'seasonal' weather, I couldn't decide if I was more exhausted or cold. ... read more

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Playmaker – Playmaker

Posted Nov. 13, 2007, 2:05 a.m.

Playmaker – Playmaker

Throwing their gauntlet down with their multitudes of contemporaries comes Playmaker, a straight up, and authentic, Brit-rock band by way of the greater Toronto Area. ... read more

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Middle Distance Runner – Middle Distance Runner

Posted Nov. 8, 2007, 5:36 a.m.

Middle Distance Runner – Middle Distance Runner

Dabbling coolly with grit of the ‘the’ band sound while borrowing ruminants of Brit rock’s pop sensibility, Middle Distance Runner offer up something with the ... read more

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Okkervil River – The Stage Names

Posted Oct. 22, 2007, 3:07 a.m.

Okkervil River – The Stage Names

It’s a rare commodity to find a record that just seems to get it right. I mean really get it. The kind of disc that ... read more

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The Spill Canvas – No Really, I'm Fine

Posted Oct. 14, 2007, 11:25 p.m.

The Spill Canvas – No Really, I'm Fine

Patient: The Spill Canvas Brought in by: Sire Records, after a missed bandwagon. Previous History/Notes: Patient claims No Really, I’m fine!. Third commitment to facility. ... read more

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Art in Manila – Set the Woods on Fire

Posted Aug. 9, 2007, 8:03 p.m.

Art in Manila – Set the Woods on Fire

With the indefinite hiatus of Azure Ray, the duo of Maria Taylor and Orenda Fink ventured into the lives of solo recording artists with different ... read more

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Two Gallants – The Scenery of Farewell

Posted June 28, 2007, 7:40 p.m.

Two Gallants – The Scenery of Farewell

Two Gallants have left many critics, myself included, dumbfounded for a means of describing their music. Those less talented have made illusions to their folk ... read more

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Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha

Posted June 14, 2007, 8:04 p.m.

Andrew Bird – Armchair Apocrypha

With the over saturation of the industry, technology making the ability to record a feasible option for anyone who has ever picked up an instrument, ... read more

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Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero

Posted April 30, 2007, 1:03 a.m.

Nine Inch Nails – Year Zero

The year I was born, Trent Reznor, under his Nine Inch Nails alias, released Pretty Hate Machine, an album which through the iconographic concept of ... read more

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Maria Taylor – Lynn Teeter Flower

Posted April 26, 2007, 3:32 p.m.

Maria Taylor – Lynn Teeter Flower

One of the first reviews I ever did for this website was for Maria Taylor's debut solo album, 11:11. It's been two years since our ... read more

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Bright Eyes – Cassadaga

Posted April 10, 2007, 3:27 a.m.

Bright Eyes – Cassadaga

In what's seemingly an attempt to depart from the boy wonder tagline which has chased him his entire career, Conor Oberst takes on a more ... read more

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Antibalas – Security

Posted April 4, 2007, 11:48 p.m.

Antibalas – Security

The Anti label is willing to produce the type of DIY artists who are obviously more concerned with what their music is doing for them ... read more

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Bloc Party – A Weekend in the City

Posted Feb. 5, 2007, 1:55 p.m.

Bloc Party – A Weekend in the City

Being a favorite of my friends and I during our Friday/Saturday night pre-pub dance parties, I had a certain set of expectations for what the ... read more

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Cursive – Happy Hollow

Posted Aug. 29, 2006, 4:21 p.m.

Cursive – Happy Hollow

After completing their tour in support of the 2003 release The Ugly Organ, Cursive went on what many fans feared to be an indefinite hiatus. ... read more

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Maria Taylor – 11:11

Posted Nov. 14, 2005, 3:36 a.m.

Maria Taylor – 11:11

A spotlight can show a lot about a person. Over the course of her career Maria Taylor has been, arguably, the driving force behind both ... read more

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Metric – Live It Out

Posted Oct. 14, 2005, 4 p.m.

Metric – Live It Out

The attention gained by The Arcade Fire last year has been a blessing and a curse for Canadian indie music. In one respect the scene ... read more

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The Spill Canvas – One Fell Swoop

Posted Sept. 21, 2005, 6:59 p.m.

The Spill Canvas – One Fell Swoop

The Spill Canvas's debut LP Sunsets and Car Crashes showed us that in high school the members of the band were very, very, sad. With ... read more

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Cursive – The Difference Between Houses and Homes

Posted Aug. 28, 2005, 7 a.m.

Cursive – The Difference Between Houses and Homes

The release of Cursive's The Difference Between Houses and Homes: Lost Songs and Lose Ends reminded me what it was like to be excited for ... read more

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