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Toronto bands unite for Arts & Crafts triple threat

This spring, Toronto-based singer-songwriter Jason Collett and indie bands Zeus and Bahamas unleashed "The Bonfire Ball" in North America. The three-in-one tour has been travelling across the continent since the beginning of March, and has even been as far south as Mexico City, playing a show for the one-year anniversary of record label Arts & Crafts' expansion to the region.
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POP MONTREAL: Spektor is simply spek-tacular

The National is a quaint theatre, the ambience a familiar one, ideal for Regina Spektor. The singer/songstress stepped onto the stage with a glittery shape in her hair and smiling red lips, her very presence giving the room a soothing glow. She began an acapella wonder and the crowd became entranced.
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MUSIC: Sout (out out out out) like it’s a dance party

Well before Shout Out Out Out Out even stepped on stage Thursday night, their presence was felt among the crowd. Flocks of college kids gathered outside the venue and later filled the moderately sized La Tulipe to the brim. The level of excitement was palpable, setting the bar of expectation for the evening very high.
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MUSIC: Rejecting the Metric system

I wish I could make it that everyone who sees the Soft Skeleton has to drink Guinness, says Emily Haines, Metric's cool, commanding and completely sexy front woman, as she takes another swig, "but it's okay if you're having, like, a vodka soda. I just don't think you'll totally get what we're doing, but that's okay!" Despite the absence of Guinness anywhere in the general vicinity, last Monday night's show at Le National Théâtre was not lost on many.
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POP MONTREAL: Born a ramblin’ man

What does Ramblin' Jack Elliot, a 75-year old country folk guitarist, have to do with Pop Montreal, the city's ecstatic embrace of the "next big thing"? Perhaps the most significant asset that Elliot's Wednesday night set at the Ukrainian Center brought to the festival was authenticity.
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CD REVIEWS: Plants and Animals: La La Land

Montreal-based Plants and Animals' newest release La La Land is a fun, upbeat record that showcases why the band has been gaining recognition in the indie music scene for a few years now. Their first full-length album, Parc Avenue, was nominated for two JUNO awards in 2009 and was short-listed for the Polaris Music Prize in 2008.
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CD REVIEWS: Seabear: We Built a Fire

Björk and Sigur Rós may have put Iceland on the musical map. But Seabear - the seven-person collective that just released their sophomore album and made their North American debut at South by Southwest - have proved themselves to be the most promising new Icelandic indie export.
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