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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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RETROSPECTIVE: Jimi Hendrix 1942-1970

Even though he died 36 years ago yesterday, his music is among the most timeless and influential ever produced. Jimi Hendrix arguably changed the electric guitar sound more than any other guitarist in history. He was the guitar player who brought deft use of overdrive, feedback and the wah pedal to the masses and following in the footsteps of Eric Clapton's days with Cream and John Mayayll's Bluesbreakers, was among the first to swear by the Marshall Stack (amplifier) to give him one of the loudest, most blistering guitar sounds to accompany his legendary playing technique.
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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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CD REVIEWS: Mobile, The Creepshow, Oasis

Mobile. Tales From the City. Local 514-ers Mobile have just released Tales From the City, their second full-length album. Formally known as Moonraker, Mobile has risen to critical success in the past couple of years with their first album, Tomorrow Starts Today, which helped the band win a Juno Award for New Group of the Year.
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CD REVIEWS: Jimi Hendrix: Valleys of Neptune

Where would Jimi Hendrix fit into today's music scene? Seasoned but pushing into the mainstream like Eric Clapton? Playing Super Bowl halftime shows like Pete Townsend and The Who? The release of Valleys of Neptune, a posthumous follow up to 1968's Electric Ladyland, may convince you that Hendrix was simply too much of a psychedelic, blues-thumping, break-through-the-boundaries-of-your-brain invention to ever escape the "27 Club.
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CD REVIEWS: Aidan Knight: Versicolour

Until now, if the name Aidan Knight sounded familiar, it's likely because of his numerous backing contributions to bands in the Victoria/Vancouver music scene. But take a few listens to his debut Versicolour and it's hard to imagine Knight backing up any musician other than himself.
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CD REVIEWS: Scott Lanaway: Mergers and Acquisitions

I'm not one to judge a book by it's cover, but I will decide what to read based on what the back cover says; a song called "Oprah, God Wants You To Have A Private Jet" was more than enough to entice me to listen to Scott Lanaway's Mergers and Acquistions. The album is full of spacey electro-folk, one of those new, hard-to-classify sounds your iTunes gives up on and calls "alternative and punk.
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CD REVIEWS: Gorillaz: Plastic Beach

Gorillaz's highly anticipated third album Plastic Beach definitely sounds like a Gorillaz album, but it lacks the flare of their sophomore release, Demon Days. Plastic Beach feels like a concept album, but it's difficult to tell what the concept is (but it's certainly not a pinball wizard).
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