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Seoul steps out of the shadows

For any up-and-coming band, the first festival performance is a big deal—it solidifies their role in the music world and confirms that the effort they put into their music is worth it. This experience was no different for Montreal-based band Seoul, who cheerfully reiterated during their performance that playing at Osheaga was their first “big… Keep Reading

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The best albums of 2015 (so far)

15. Jenny Hval – Apocalypse, Girl Full of surprises, Jenny Hval’s fifth studio album delves into territory that her previous work had avoided entirely. It pushes boundaries, with noisy interludes and sharp melodies that are so well crafted it’s impossible to take all the musical arrangements in with one listen. It’s weird, wonderful, and one… Keep Reading


Osheaga 2015 recap: Day one

Somewhere in between the beautiful and the profane is the Osheaga Festival Musique et Arts, back for its 10th time. This is to be expected from a festival that has to cater to both its corporate sponsors and a large base of young, passionate music fans. The Tribune is attending all three days of the… Keep Reading

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NXNE wrap-up 2015

This past week the Tribune visited North by Northeast (NXNE) in Toronto, the Canadian equivalent to Austin, Texas’ famed South by Southwest (SxSW) Festival, which showcases promising up-and-coming music in locations throughout the city. After taking in five days of indie promos and roof-shaking concerts, we’ve narrowed our experience down to six memorable and meaningful… Keep Reading

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Album Review: Zedd – True Colors

          In a recent interview with Mashable, Russian-German EDM artist Zedd was quoted as saying, “To me, certain things sound a certain colour,” and when listening to True Colors, an album of many flavours, this perception becomes obvious. However, the variety and breadth of musical styles has culminated in an incoherent… Keep Reading


Album Review: Clay & Alex – At Home

At Home marks local Montreal duo Clay & Alex’s debut release and, as the title suggests, is an eight-song album recorded entirely in their apartment.  The opener, “Hot Shame,” leads the album off on a relatively calm, yet hopeful note, with something that sounds like a mixture of Bon Iver and Simon and Garfunkel, with… Keep Reading


From the beat to the brain

Hans Christian Andersen said, “Where words fail, music speaks.” In a similar vein, Victor Hugo stated, “Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.” It’s no secret that music has the power to change us, to uplift in times of joy, and to comfort in times of… Keep Reading


Peer Review: Busty and the Bass

To most graduating students, April represents the final frontier between the familiar bubble of school and the first step into whatever lies beyond. For the eight remaining members of Busty and the Bass at McGill, who will graduate this spring and join vocalist/saxophonist Nick Ferrara in the real world, the challenging transition of going from… Keep Reading


Pop Rhetoric: The element of surprise

In the face of rampant piracy, record labels have struggled to convince consumers to spend money on music.  More specifically, the album format—once the industry’s largest source of revenue—has become too expensive for the average listener.  Consumers’ listening habits are increasingly shifting towards faster, more digestible formats like iTunes’ $0.99 single, which have fragmented the… Keep Reading

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