Arts & Entertainment

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CD REVIEWS: Jay Malinowski: Bright Lights & Bruises

Jay Malinowski is best known as the singer/lead guitarist for Bedouin Soundclash, but his solo album, Bright Lights & Bruises, shows that he can stand on his own. It conspicuously lacks the reggae feel of Bedouin Soundclash’s repertoire, but for non-reggae fans this is all the more reason to give Bright Lights & Bruises a chance.

We Are The City take on the rest of the country

After recently winning Vancouver’s first-ever Peak Performance Project, a contest created by radio station 100.5 The PEAK and Music BC to encourage up-and-coming artists based in British Columbia, We Are The City is humbly starting to realize that what lies ahead for them is going to be a huge departure from their beginnings.

Cop Out lives up to its title

Kevin Smith’s supposed comedy, Cop Out, aims to be a big-budget action movie but falls flat with a potentially talented but ultimately disappointing cast. Combine Smith’s lackluster directing efforts with a poor script written by Mark and Robb Cullen and mediocre performances by both Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, and you have a two-hour long movie that feels more like four, with only a handful of scenes that are laugh-out-loud-worthy.

CD REVIEWS: Holly Miranda: The Magician’s Private Library

Holly Miranda is better known as the frontwoman for The Jealous Girlfriends, a Brooklyn-based rock band. Now flying solo, the indie-pop newcomer’s full-length debut, The Magician’s Private Library, shows that she’s got a flavour of her own. Produced by Dave Siteck of TV on the Radio, the album was reportedly recorded primarily between 7 p.

CD REVIEWS: Rebecca Ramone: The Flood

Rebecca Ramone’s debut EP, The Flood, doesn’t start with a bang. Instead, the opening track features a repeating blues riff beneath Ramone’s delicate-yet-strong voice. The song shifts when the blues riff accelerates, hitting a grungy overdrive with thrashing symbols.

Far from home and close to danger in the Gaza Strip

Rachel, a new documentary from French-Israeli director Simone Bitton, tells the story of Rachel Corrine, an American activist who was killed while attempting to prevent the bulldozing of a Palestinian home in 2003. To this day Israel denies responsibility for her death, claiming the bulldozer operator’s line of sight was obstructed by the mound of dirt that crushed her.

Fear and loathing just outside of Las Vegas

It’s been said that there’s only two different types of stories: either the protagonist leaves his or her old life, or someone new enters it. Oversimplified? Yes, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t any truth to it. In the case of Saint John of Las Vegas, it’s both.

CD REVIEWS: Hot Chip: One Life Stand

Hot Chip’s soft electropop is anything but middle of the road – it’s love or hate. One Life Stand is their fourth studio album, and is a mixed bag of standout tracks and one-listen flops. The album begins with a strong opening track called “Thieves in the Night,” which starts off sounding like Coldplay’s X&Y era.

POP RHETORIC: A Show of Patriotism

As the Vancouver Winter Olympics get underway, Canada’s national pride is glowing with the prospect of success. After months of commercials and merchandise sales leading up to the games. the moment we’d all been waiting for finally came. Given the fatal crash of Georgian luger Nodar Kumaritashvili earlier that day, the mood was both respectfully sombre and giddy with excitement for the upcoming games.

What’s going on this week?

The Arts Undergraduate Theatre Society presents SWEET CHARITY

McGill’s AUTS presents Bobe Fosse’s story of love and optimism in 1960s New York City. Mainline Theatre

Apr. 7–Apr. 9, 7:30 p.m. or 2:00 p.m.

Tickets required: $15 or $10 for students

FAC x canvas x AHCSSA Vernissage and Journal Launch

McGill’s Fine Arts Commission, Canvas Journal, and the Art History Communication Studies Association join for the FAC’s Spring Gallery Show and Canvas’ newest journal release.

Apr. 5, 5 p.m.–8 p.m.

Leacock Building

Free

Spilt Red Wine Art Night – Celebrating Indigenous Artists

Round 15 of Spilt Red Wine Poetry highlights the work of Indigenous film, painting, poetry, and other aesthetic forms.

Saturday, April 9, 7PM

Location TBD

Free

Lorde’s “Solar Power” Tour

Lorde and special invitée Remi Wolf perform at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier

Thursday, Apr. 7, 6:45 p.m.

Location: Place des Arts

Tickets required, prices vary