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Tunes Review

These days it’s kind of hard to ignore unorthodox rap collective Odd Future (a.k.a OFWGKTA). Whether it’s inciting riots in public, selling out shows across the globe, or having their music videos become viral sensations, Odd Future is here to stay. Not since the Wu-Tang Clan has a rap crew been so charismatic and engrossing…

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Tunes Review – WZRD

You got to hand it to these guys—WZRD is a pretty decent name for a rock band. Made up of magic mushroom-inspired rapper Kid Cudi and producer Dot da Genius, WZRD is an album of psychedelic thrash and grungy riffs made by two hip hop luminaries as an ode to their Cleveland rock city. For fans…

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Tunes Review – Push Record

The theme of Push Record is simplicity. The title track is meant to reflect how far Matt Andersen and Mike Stevens took this theme, the liner notes say: “The tune arrived in the rehearsal room so we just ‘Pushed Record.’” It’s just two talented musicians, one with a harmonica, and the other alternating between acoustic…

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Tunes Review: Plants and Animals – The End of That

The title of Plants and Animals’ third LP, The End of That, especially resonates with those who are about to finish their four-year stay in Halifax. Endings evoke all sorts of emotion—confusion, anger, frustration, sadness, nostalgia, excitement—often all jumbled together in our minds as we enter into a period of transition. The Montreal trio’s new…

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Tunes Review: Otis Taylor – Contraband

Contraband is the latest installment in Taylor’s Trance Blues Project, his ambitious, over-a-decade-long effort to create a highly idiosyncratic style of music that sounds very little like the blues others are playing but somehow feels much closer to the core of the blues. The way Taylor usually describes it is that many of his songs borrow…

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Tunes Review: Bahamas – Barchords

The first thing I noticed about Afie Jurvanen’s (aka Bahamas) sophomore album, Barchords, was how refreshing simplicity can be. It’s clear from the clever album title that Toronto singer-songwriter values the guitar’s basic and common barre chord. Jurvanen’s simple style allows him to beautifully express some of the most complicated feelings that love ignites without…

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Gorillaz

My one main regret in life is not seeing the Gorillaz on their first world tour. I was 14, I had never been to a concert before, and Damon Albarn (ex-band member of Blur) and his fake pop group Gorillaz were playing at one of Toronto’s sketchier clubs. I didn’t go to the show, but…

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Tunes review: Kathleen Edwards – Voyageur

Much of the hype for Kathleen Edwards’ new album, Voyageur, comes from curiosity about her collaboration with Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver), her co-producer and current beau. This is the first time Edwards has shared the writing process. The collaboration has inspired her to take her country-folk style one step further, producing a more contemporary…

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Tunes Review: Björk – Biophilia

At a time when music critics are putting the finishing touches on their year-end best-of lists, one album oddly underrepresented is Icelandic singer Björk’s eighth studio album, Biophilia. For whatever reason, Björk has always had a bit of a lackluster following in North America. Even at her height in the trip-hop-heavy days of Post, she…

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