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Sun Astronauts, Emmett McCleary perform at Le Cagibi

Far beyond the McGill bubble and deep in the Mile End on Boul. St-Laurent, musicians and fans escaped the bitter January cold this past Saturday at Le Cagibi. Tucked away in the back room, three musical acts—two of which are McGill students—joined together for a night of indie folk, classic rock, and pop.  Playing after… Keep Reading

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Pop Rhetoric: Drake wins the game of egos

In Dr. Dre’s 1993 tripartite diss track called “Fuck Wit Dre Day,” Dre delivered the ethos of rap beef: “You fucked with me, now it’s a must that I fuck with you.”  Diss tracks historically do not get radio play—partially because of their violent content, and partially because rappers focus on lyrical muscle rather than… Keep Reading

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Rethinking classical music at McGill

Classical music doesn’t seem to get much popular attention these days, but that doesn’t mean that young people aren’t interested. McGill students of all faculties and majors have been seeking out alternative groups to channel their classical music creativity.   At McGill, classical music is popular among music majors due to the variety of faculty… Keep Reading

Best Music of 2016

Compiled by our Arts & Entertainment staff editors and writers, here is the best music of 2016. Best Albums of 2016   rollingstone.com[/caption] 1. Blonde Throughout Blonde, Frank Ocean expresses the small victories and big heartbreaks of everyday life. The album is a mosaic of pop and R&B songs that each tell a captivating story. 2. Lemonade… Keep Reading

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Beat Connection: How Montreal’s next generation of producers are breaking the mould

In bedroom laboratories, on social networks, and at apartment raves, the next generation of artists and collectives are working to take the next step forward in Montreal beatmaking. One producer, Kaytranada, has become something of a standard bearer for Montreal’s cosmopolitan beat scene.  Where other producers aim for stylistic consistency and mass appeal, Kaytranada’s music erodes… Keep Reading

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Opera McGill’s “Alcina”: A dubious experiment in orientalism

From the cultural stereotypes in Madame Butterfly to the racism in Otello, the intersection of race and culture with opera has a dark and problematic history. Given this legacy, the East Asian setting and the specific Chinese cultural influences of Opera McGill’s production of Alcina is confusing, especially given the European libretto.  The production of… Keep Reading

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Future funk and retro rhythm

Toronto producer Harrison—real name Harrison Robinson—is bringing a fresh sound to clubs across Canada.  Harrison’s music exudes optimism while addressing some of the subtle difficulties of the experience of youth, from relationships to clubbing. His SoundCloud bio says, “Maybe it’s not so bad.” One of his singles, “It’s Okay, I Promise,” features a monologue from… Keep Reading

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In celebration of Leonard Cohen

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.” Leonard Cohen’s words resonate potently in the wake of his passing last Monday at the age of 82. He was one of the great artists of the 20th century and leaves behind a prolific legacy of poetry… Keep Reading

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