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Get to Know: The Nicotines

Davide Spinato, singer-guitarist of the indie-grunge-rock outfit The Nicotines, had a lot on his mind when we met. “Most bands are entitled,” Spinato said. “They think that because they play a show, that because they come out with something, people are automatically going to respond and show up.” Sitting upright behind an open pack of… Keep Reading

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SSMU Musicians Collective rocks out at La Vitrola

It’s add-drop season, so before profs start slamming students with endless readings, the Students’ Society of McGill University (SSMU) Musicians Collective gathered in La Vitrola on Jan. 10 to kick off the Winter semester. The Plateau/Mile End vibe was strong that night: Blundstones, Radiohead, and cheap beer were plentiful.   Founded in 2010, the SSMU… Keep Reading

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Album Review: Ty Segall – Emotional Mugger

Emotional Mugger is creative and unorthodox in a way that’s wholly unpredictable and not particularly welcoming. On “The Magazine,” rapid rhythmic clapping comes out of nowhere to overwhelm the melody, which simultaneously collapses into nothing more than record scratching and atonal vocals. The track “W.U.O.T.W.S.” goes from weird distorted murmurs to an acoustic guitar outro… Keep Reading

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Flashback: London Calling by The Clash (1979)

London, 1979. It has been a decade of rebellious confrontation, slashed jeans, and protests against mainstream society. To sum it all up: Loud. However, this active time of musical production, pioneered by individuals who desired to create and say something, should not be confused with ‘noise.’ The raging guitar riffs and screaming vocals are loud,… Keep Reading

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Album Review: Make Glad the Day – The Sylvia Platters

Unlike Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago, which arguably set the trend or working on an album in a cabin in the woods, B.C.-based The Sylvia Platters, that followed the trend, have created an album that sounds nothing like the natural serenity of a forest. By instead labeling themselves as power pop, their debut album… Keep Reading

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Album Review: Trading Basics – Palm

In mid-October, while promoting an upcoming anniversary show, the fantastic American blog-turned-label Exploding in Sound’s Facebook page posted a live performance under a caption heralding the quartet as “EIS, the next generation.” The post seemed apt. The Pennsylvania/New York-based band, Palm, has one foot in the ’90s-esque, oddball guitar rock of their label-mates (LVL UP,… Keep Reading

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Album Review: American Man – The Yawpers

In the spring of 2011, Bruce Springsteen released Wrecking Ball; an ode to Americana and a critique of the capitalistic society that America had become. “No cannonball did fly / No rifles cut us down / But just as sure as the hand of God / They brought death to my hometown,” he cried. Exactly… Keep Reading

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