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The best and worst of 2018

Best Albums: 1. Be the Cowboy, Mitski Sad indie kids have traded their beanies for cowboy hats, wallowing in perhaps the most beautiful auditory manifestation of sadness to ever have graced the radio waves. Hive Mind, The Internet   2. Hive Mind, The Internet This summer, the Internet brought the world an R&B collection of… Keep Reading

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Grimes said “We Appreciate Power,” so now we appreciate power

The rise of artificial Intelligence (A.I.) has been decried by the likes of many — after all, there are few things more terrifying than that. Not exactly so: According to Grimes' newest track, “We Appreciate Power,” this dystopia could actually be pretty cool. The Canadian pop princess declared the A.I. invasion to be good, therefore, it is gospel. Keep Reading

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In Conversation with Gregory Alan Isakov

Given the rustic tone of his music, it seems appropriate that Gregory Alan Isakov recorded his fourth full length record, Evening Machines, in his barn-turned-studio in Colorado. The album, released Oct. 5, blends a familiar palette of indie-folk tropes with elements of haunting electronic production.   Keep Reading

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No shame, no apologies: Lily Allen sparkles at Corona Theatre

Following the June 8 release of her electropop record No Shame, English singer-songwriter Lily Allen brought a spirited energy to Corona Theatre on Oct. 27. A few hundred concert-goers, damp and cold from the first snow of the fall, convened near the stage in anticipation of Allen’s performance. Accompanied by her two-man band, Allen embodied… Keep Reading

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Artist Profile: Is it People releases first EP ‘Living Inside’

On Oct. 5, Is it People, the indie rock duo comprised of vocalist-guitarist-bassist Antoine Gallois, BCom ’18, and drummer Romain Peynichou, U3 Arts, released their first EP, Living Inside. Although it only features four tracks, Living Inside has been an ongoing project for the two musicians since October 2017, when they began casually playing together  on the weekends. Keep Reading

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Mitski devastates at Club Soda

On Oct. 21 Mitski—or, as the marquee would have it, Mitsik—performed for a sold-out crowd at Club Soda. As anyone with a name too long or foreign to pronounce can attest, the switch of the ‘i’ and ‘k’ stings more than most typos. You can tour with Lorde and have an 8.8 on Pitchfork and sell… Keep Reading

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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

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