POP hopping: festival recap

Look Vibrant opened at 8:00 p.m. at Casa del Popolo last Friday, kicking off a show that included later sets by AroarA (which includes Broken Social Scene member Andrew Whiteman) and Montreal psychedelic rock outfit Filthy Haanz. The members of Look Vibrant certainly appreciated the gig, and lead singer Justin Lazarus frequently thanked the modest crowd for attending despite the relatively early set time. The lo-fi noise pop they played sounded great live, with a cleaner feel than their fuzzy cassette release Plateau. One drawback was Lazarus’ self-conscious, falsetto-whine vocals, which lag behind his songwriting. However, the band’s enthusiasm, well-rehearsed guitar shredding, and effective use of an intimate venue atoned for his tone.

Harold and Kumar, rehashed

filmofilia.com On the all-time stoner comedy list, A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas doesn’t sniff any of the classics—Up In Smoke and Half Baked are safe—nor does it approach the charm of its White Castle predecessor; however, no one’s going to argue that this movie isn’t a good time.[Read More…]

Around the Water Cooler

Ryan Reisert FOOTBALL — The playoffs have begun on the Canadian gridiron and the CFL will officially crown a new champion at the Grey Cup in Vancouver. In a David-meets-Goliath semi-final, the Hamilton Tiger-Cats slayed the two-time defending Grey Cup champion Montreal Allouettes in a back-and-forth 52-44 victory. In the[Read More…]

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