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‘Once’ is the ideal 21st century musical

The transition between theatre and film can be arduous, and at worst, painful (sorry, Rent). Once, based on John Carney’s acclaimed 2007 film of the same name, successfully manages the transition in reverse.  The story tracks five days in the lives of two Dublin residents, one, a struggling vacuum-fixer who moonlights as a busker and… Keep Reading

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A different kind of music festival

A stock photo of a sleek white basin was projected on the wall behind the punk band. A song had just finished, and the guitar was still reverberating. “Let’s hear it for basins,” said Conor Antenucci, the bassist and singer of The Costanzas. “They hold so much goddamn water!” This is a typical remark at… Keep Reading

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Taking POP Montreal to prom

While late September is commonly known as midterm and rain season, for the past decade and a half, the start of fall has also been synonymous with POP Montreal. From Sept. 26-30, the annual festival took over the Mile End, pushing aside third-wave coffee venues and bicycle co-ops to make space for over 450 performers. With such a breadth of acts, the sheer selection can be overwhelming.While the A&E team couldn’t decide on who deserved the crown, we still have the authority to bestow superlatives to our favourite acts. Keep Reading

Electronica obscura

For some, electronic music is a seasonal interest that begins and ends with Montreal’s annual Piknic Électronik festival. It takes a keen ear and an open mind to truly appreciate the genre in all of its noisy magnificence. For those indoctrinated into the world of ambient, dance and experimental music, however, the beauty lies in… Keep Reading

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Hozier delivers a mesmerizing performance at L’Olympia

It’s been four years since Hozier released his self-titled debut album, a work that captivated listeners across the world. Ever since, fans have been desperate to hear more, waiting on the edge of their seats for a follow-up that, for some, felt like it might never come. However, fans’ prayers were answered this summer when… Keep Reading

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Stuff we liked this summer

Summer 2018 saw no shortage of consumable content. But while some plebs may have been watching Netflix rom-com To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on repeat, or blasting Drake’s Scorpion, the A&E team had their ears to the ground. Here’s some stuff for your ears and eyes that we found especially cool. Keep Reading

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High as Hope reveals a grown-up Florence

Eccentric, electric, and extraordinary, Florence Welch and her devoted Machine defied conventions with their June 29 release of High as Hope. The band’s fourth album reveals a seasoned, contemplative Welch who explains her past traumas in music for the first time. Florence + The Machine’s first three albums, Lungs, Ceremonials, and How Big, How Blue,… Keep Reading

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z upstage the ‘Mona Lisa’ in ‘Apeshit’

On June 16, Beyoncé and Jay-Z released their surprise joint album, Everything is Love. That same day, they shared the music video for the the album’s second track “Apeshit,” filmed entirely at the Louvre. The video features acclaimed works from the famed gallery, including Mona Lisa, The Coronation of Napoleon, and Venus de Milo. The audience… Keep Reading

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