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CD REVIEWS: Yeasayer: Odd Blood

If the African- and Middle Eastern-tinged flavour of Yeasayer's 2007 debut All Hour Cymbals impressed you, get ready to be transported by their sophomore effort, Odd Blood. Yeasayer leaves the tribal aesthetic behind for an electronic vibe, with distorted vocals, synth, and pounding bass lines.
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POP RHETORIC: R.I.P. MTV

The Buggles need to come out with a new one-hit wonder: "Internet Killed the Video Star." This is the sad but true fate that our music age has come to. Remember when VH1 only played new music videos? How about MTV? Or MuchMusic? For the latter, you may be thinking, "but MuchMusic still plays music videos.
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STANDing tall against genocide

Since 2003, a reported 400,000 murders have taken place in Darfur, Sudan, at the hands of the state-sponsored militia, the Janjaweed, and their campaign of ethnic cleansing. While the main violence has ended - there are few villages left to burn - the atrocity has displaced over 2.
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POP RHETORIC: Fist-pumping iQs away

A phenomenon has appeared in the media, spreading from the shores of Seaside Heights, encroaching slowly upon our values, sneaking into our living rooms as we turn on the TV, and preparing to quietly kill us in our sleep. It is MTV's new hit reality series Jersey Shore.
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The Luyas are breaking all the rules

The Luyas are on cop watch. At least that's what lead singer/guitarist Jessie Stein says as she attempts to drive and talk to me on the phone at the same time - an illegal activity. Add in the fact that it's snowing, and I start to get worried that this interview could be hazardously cut short - which would be a tragedy for one of Montreal's most promising bands, especially one with so much on the horizon.
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The miracle in print

The Daily Miracle is the second play from former Montreal Gazette copy editor David Sherman. Sherman began writing in 2004, when he was a playwright-in-residence at the Centaur Theatre by day and a copy editor by night. The play departs from the traditional fictional focus on investigative reporters to take a look at life behind the editing desk.
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CD REVIEWS: Basia Bulat: Heart of My Own

It's clear from the opening track of Heart of My Own, the follow-up to her Polaris-nominated debut Oh My Darling, that Basia Bulat isn't content with her previous success - she's trying to soar to new heights. As a singer whose music too often gets the "sweet" label (which it undoubtedly is), it's refreshing to hear her really going for it.
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Women do it solo in The Vagina Monologues

Seeing The Vagina Monologues can be a bit intimidating - but it's precisely that hesitation that the show is trying to counteract. The Monologues was created as an attempt to reclaim female sexuality by making "vagina" - both the word and the body part - less taboo.
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Do as the Romans do and stay away from When in Rome

Having endured recent atrocities committed in the rom-com genre (The Proposal, Leap Year) audiences deserve a watchable flick. Unfortunately, When In Rome - which opened in theatres on Friday - is another dreadful dud. Anyone who has seen the trailer or gaudy bumblebee-yellow movie poster already predicted this, but for the well-being of everyone else, it's worth restating.
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