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From the viewpoint: Rostam brings new songs—and a string quartet—to La Sala Rossa

Former member of Vampire Weekend, Rostam Batmanglij—performing under his stage name, Rostam—headlined at La Sala Rossa on Feb. 5, touring behind his first solo album Half-Light, released last September. It was, as he proudly noted, the first-ever Rostam show in Canada. The night opened with a performance by Joy Again, a rambunctious five-piece band hailing… Keep Reading

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Alvvays – Antisocialites Review

Alvvays, Toronto indie favourites, first made waves in 2014 with their self-titled debut and its breakout single “Archie, Marry Me,” a brazenly tongue-in-cheek young love song. Their newest album, Antisocialites,  lacks a hit as anthemic as “Archie,” yet Alvvays’ pop sensibilities remain razor-sharp throughout. Antisocialites thrives off of apparent contradictions; its saccharine pop hooks and… Keep Reading

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Album Review: Jay Som – ‘Everybody Works’

It’s hard to make an indie-rock record in 2017. With rock’s virtually non-existent commercial clout  and alternative music’s critical supremacy all but sapped, the genre has been bogged down in a midlife crisis for the past few years. Those who have managed to hang around—Mitski, Car Seat Headrest—have done so through a combination of lyrical… Keep Reading

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Album Review: Each Other – Aidan Knight

Despite being home to a collection of bands such as Frog Eyes, Armchair Cynics, and Hot Hot Heat, Victoria B.C. is not particularly known for its music scene. The biggest act to arise from the eccentric city is Nelly Furtado, but she’s hardly made a dent in the music scene since 2002. Using a collection… Keep Reading

Pagans in Vegas Metric
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Album Review: Pagans in Vegas – Metric

          Metric is a band that has yet to make a misstep in their 17 year career, and they have become known as founders of the Canadian indie-rock scene. Their latest album Pagans in Vegas, the band’s sixth overall and first in over three years, attempts to follow this trend. Frontwoman Emily… Keep Reading

Dan Bejar Destroyer
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Album Review: Destroyer – Poison Season / Merge

          Since the mid ‘90s, singer-songwriter Dan Bejar’s Destroyer project has always been flooded with comparisons to the great rock music of yore. From Leonard Cohen and David Bowie to Roxy Music, Destroyer’s constantly shifting sound always finds a way to invade a new, name check-able era while still seeming fresh,… Keep Reading

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Album Review: CAIRO – A History of Reasons

Toronto-based indie rock group CAIRO, after garnering significant regional attention from the release of the music video for its single “A History of Reasons,” has delivered a full-length debut album that lives up to its hype. It is by no means groundbreaking, but is still a perfectly listenable amalgamation of folksy indie drama and mainstream… Keep Reading

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