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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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RADIO: Strangeness appears on the night shift

A woman is calling in to talk about "some teeth that some men found." "One of them was six inches and one of them was seven inches," she reports. "They were some great big teeth." The topic tonight is cryptozoology with guest Loren Coleman, who is a member of the International Society of Cryptozoology, the British Columbia Scientific Cryptozoology Club and the author of 17 books and more than 300 articles.
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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: 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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REVIEWS

Motörhead. Kiss of Death. It's time to dust off the cowboy boots and iron cross belt buckle and cut a rug to the 19th album by the UK's original beer-drinkers and hell-raisers. Though markedly Motörhead, as per the abundance of ammunition adorning the cover to the plodding bass and bourbon-drenched vocals of front man Lemmy Kilmister, Kiss of Death is a pretty standard speed/thrash metal offering.
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Putting Canada back on the television map

Tuesday evening saw the debut of CBC's latest prime time original broadcast, the brainchild of Chris Haddock, nationally revered creator of decade-spanning Canadian success Da Vinci's Inquest. His new series, Intelligence, examines a new facet of West Coast criminality, this time turning the camera towards the perpetrators rather than the victims and investigators.
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FILM: LIttle trailer park called home

Canada's favourite foul-mouthed trio hit the big screen last Friday after an excruciatingly long period of anticipation for fanatical devotees. The film, surprisingly, did not disappoint. The "surprisingly" modifier is used hesitantly because, let's face it, 90-plus minutes of rampant alcoholism, recreational drug use, petty criminality and enough vulgarity to make Lenny Bruce blush has the potential to get old fast.
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POP RHETORIC: I like it on top

Montreal is renowned for doing a lot of things very well - festivals, live music, smoked meat, poutine - but sometimes the things it does badly are overlooked. Specifically, pizza. There is no great pizza in Montreal. I know pizza isn't a Montreal specialty, like smoked meat, but one might expect at least a few places to sneak in and corner the market.
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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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