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Cold Specks is heating up

It’s the taping for an early November episode of venerable UK music show Later… with Jools Holland and 24-year-old Al Spx is making her television debut with only a single to her Cold Specks moniker. She stands in the centre of room, bathed in a blue spotlight, hands clasped and eyes closed, and launches into a haunting a capellagospel version of Bascom Lamar Lunsford’s “Old Stepstone.” The rest… Keep Reading

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Cold Specks is heating up

Jim Anderson It’s the taping for an early November episode of venerable UK music show Later… with Jools Holland and 24-year-old Al Spx is making her television debut with only a single to her Cold Specks moniker. She stands in the centre of room, bathed in a blue spotlight, hands clasped and eyes closed, and… Keep Reading

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Delta Spirit: Delta Spirit

Delta Spirit’s self-titled third album sees the band attempting to shake their “rootsy Americana” label, offering their sleekest, most polished, and accessible record to date, for better or worse. The new direction isn’t completely unexpected considering the prominence of rock-based songs on their sophomore effort History From Below, but it is surprising how enthusiastically they’ve… Keep Reading

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Everything happens here, then nothing for a long, long time.

Canculture.com   On Provincial, John K. Samson, the front man of beloved Winnipeg folk-rockers the Weakerthans set out to uncover the forgotten histories and contemporary culture of his home province of Manitoba. The project was initially conceived as a series of 7″ records based around different Manitoba roads before Samson decided to expand the concept.… Keep Reading

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Passovah turns four, celebrates with friends

oharahale.com Passovah is growing up and throwing a party at Il Motore this Friday to celebrate. Founded by Noah Bick, a U2 English student, the music promotion and production company began organizing shows in late 2007 at the now-defunct Griffintown venue, the Friendship Cove. What initially began as monthly loft parties has since expanded into… Keep Reading

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John K. Samson: Provincial

John K. Samson has penned some impressive lyrics as the frontman for beloved folk-rockers the Weakerthans, but none may better capture the heart of his music than the simple refrain of “I hate Winnipeg.” It’s the half-joking lyrical crux of 2003’s “One Great City!” a song about Samson’s love-hate relationship with his home town, a… Keep Reading

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Los Campesinos!: Hello Sadness

If the title alone doesn’t give it away, it only takes a cursory glance at the tracklisting to know Hello Sadness isn’t going to be the feel-good album of the year. Not that Los Campesinos! have ever really been all sunshine and rainbows—they have a knack for putting biting lyrics to upbeat melodies—but they’ve always… Keep Reading

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In concert: The Barr Brothers

Sam Reynolds “Where did you all come from?” vocalist and guitar player Brad Barr rhetorically asked the audience midway through the Barr Brother’s official self-titled album release show last Tuesday at La Tulipe. He was speaking to the fact that the band had already self-released the album last year to significantly less fanfare at the… Keep Reading

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Chad VanGaalen takes listeners on a trip to Diaper Island

Jeff Thorburn / killbeatmusic.com Jeff Thorburn / killbeatmusic.com We’re often told that success and happiness come from, amongst other things, being yourself. Calgary’s Chad VanGaalen has made a career of doing the exact opposite.  The two-time Polaris Prize-nominated multi-instrumentalist is best known for his genre-bending song-based material. That he ended up labelled a singer-songwriter is… Keep Reading

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Suuns / PS I Love You Thursday October 6, Il Motore

Sam Reynolds Sam Reynolds Montreal’s Suuns (pronounced “soons”) made a hometown stop on their tour last Thursday night at Il Motore. Playing to a packed venue, the band pummelled its way through a dark, intense, and above all impressive set of dancey, minimalist, electro-tinged post-punk. Extensive touring has turned the group into a well-oiled machine.… Keep Reading

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