Alice Walker Alice Walker When trying to describe the underlying message of TNC Theatre’s newest production, Attempts on Her Life, the odds are stacked against you. Attempts on Her Life, directed by Laura Freitag, is the best-known work by modern British playwright Martin Crimp. Divided into 16 episodic segments, the play is a mosaic of… Keep Reading
The name Braids will be a familiar one to most McGillians. These four Montreal locals (originally from Calgary) were one-time students here before dropping out to pursue music full time. After the successful release of their debut album, Native Speaker, on Kanine Records on January 18, it looks like things have worked out nicely. Braids… Keep Reading
Released earlier this year, the Chemical Brothers’ seventh effort, Further, can start to sound like a concert album after a few plays. Unlike many of the Brothers’ earlier releases, the album captures the raw intensity and structureless flow of a live set, filled with unexpected drops, blips, and volume shifts. Many of the tracks are… Keep Reading
Broughtupsy is the fresh debut album from reggae/dancehall duo Bonjay—and fresh is exactly what it is. Fronted by singer Alanna Stuart and produced by beats/effects master Ian “Pho” Swain, Bonjay brings an invigorating mix of dancehall rhythms and crisp hooks to the floor, displaying ample evidence that these two have the savvy and experience needed… Keep Reading
Michael Franti & Spearhead is best known for its frontman’s vocal politics. On The Sound of Sunshine —Spearhead’s seventh studio album—Franti continues to preach, spreading a message of positive change through his music. Issues of world peace and social justice aren’t as prominent on this album as on previous ones, but the aim remains essentially… Keep Reading
Released earlier this year, the Chemical Brothers' seventh effort, Further, can start to sound like a concert album after a few plays. Unlike many of the Brothers' earlier releases, the album captures the raw intensity and structureless flow of a live set, filled with unexpected drops, blips, and volume shifts.
Director Julien Naggar's production of The Bald Soprano transports the audience into an absurd world that nonetheless seems strangely familiar. Playing this week at the TNC Theatre in Morrice Hall, The Bald Soprano brings TNC's 2009-2010 season to a climactic finish with its parlour-room madness, reshaping expectations and challenging presumptions.
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.
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.
The McGill Savoy Society's presentation of The Pirates of Penzance both delights and entrances the audience with light-hearted charm. The Pirates of Penzance, or, The Slave of Duty is a late 19th-century comic opera, featuring the work of Gilbert & Sullivan.