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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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The White Stripes trade stage lights for Northern lights

Jack White is a busy guy. Playing in three successful bands (The White Stripes, The Raconteurs, and The Dead Weather), taking on small roles in feature films, and running a production company in Tennessee doesn't seem to be enough. White claims he likes to make things difficult for himself, so within a single year he signed on for two documentary films; It Might Get Loud was released at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2008, and Emmett Malloy's The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights - filmed during the band's tour across Canada in 2007 - premiered there last year.
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CD REVIEWS: Ellie Goulding: Lights

Ever since listening to her hauntingly beautiful, Imogen Heap-esque cover of Bon Iver's "Wolves," I've been hooked on British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding and eagerly anticipating her debut LP, Lights. After her first single "Under the Sheets" became an instant hit on British radio, the London it-girl has garnered a massive wave of hype and been labeled one of this year's hottest new artists.
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CD REVIEWS: Zeus: Say Us

Zeus' debut album Say Us may want to make you skip spring altogether: it's got summer written all over it. Getting their start as Jason Collett's backing band, the men of Zeus have crafted an album of hooks, harmonies, and good ol' fashioned rock. And I mean ol' fashioned when I say it; almost everything from the guitar tones to the aforementioned harmonies have a strong retro vibe that recall the best of the sixties.
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CD REVIEWS: Rogue Wave: Permalight

Rogue Wave's fourth album represents something of a comeback. With the death of bassist Evan Farrell in 2007 and frontman Zach Rogue recovering from a recent partially paralyzing neck injury, the band's efforts on Permalight really show them getting through the storm and back to business.
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CD REVIEWS: Massive Attack: Heligoland

After a seven-year hiatus, Massive Attack's highly anticipated new release Heligoland is a letdown, to say the least. With collaborations from a variety of musicians such as Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio, Guy Garvey of Elbow, and regular Massive Attack contributors Horace Andy and Robert del Naja, fans were looking forward to something special.
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Vancouver rock band Yukon Blonde has more fun

Alphababy really isn't a respectable name for a rock band, especially if you're a good one. Just ask Yukon Blonde, the Vancouver four-piece who played 300 shows as Alphababy from their formation in 2005 until late 2008. "We used to get, 'Are you guys a kink band?'" laughs guitarist/singer Brandon Scott.
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CD REVIEWS: Jay Malinowski: Bright Lights & Bruises

Jay Malinowski is best known as the singer/lead guitarist for Bedouin Soundclash, but his solo album, Bright Lights & Bruises, shows that he can stand on his own. It conspicuously lacks the reggae feel of Bedouin Soundclash's repertoire, but for non-reggae fans this is all the more reason to give Bright Lights & Bruises a chance.
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