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Summer Entertainment Report Cards: Concerts – NXNE 2010

This year's North by Northeast music festival featured close to 650 bands on over 40 stages throughout Toronto. Often playing second fiddle to the similarly named, but unrelated, South by Southwest festival, 2010 seemed to be NXNE's coming-of-age. From scoring big-name headliners like Iggy and The Stooges and De La Soul, as well as a good number of up-and-coming buzz bands like Surfer Blood and Avi Buffalo, this year's line-up demanded attention.
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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 RHETORIC: Material Girl Gaga

When Lady Gaga first entered the pop music scene back in 2008, I forced myself to take a second look. Her lyrics were symbolic of both the feminine mystique and female empowerment, she wore avant-garde and provocative clothing (or a lack thereof), and she had the strong ability to capture the attention of millions by dominating the music charts for weeks on end.
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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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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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MUSIC: Keeping the Klezmer beat

In 1980, when Dr. Hy Goldman first brought Boston's Klezmer Conservatory Band to Montreal, not many people believed that the near-forgotten musical tradition of Klezmer could be revived. Roughly defined as the music of Eastern European Jewry, Klezmer had all but disappeared after the Second World War.
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