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Meaghan Smith juggles baby, pop music

Touring is a whole new experience for Meaghan Smith this time around. The Halifax-based songstress became a mother in August, and this will be the first time she takes her son River out on the road w...
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A new kind of twang

Jay Sparrow spent much of his childhood on the road. His father was a touring musician, so he got a taste of transient life early on and didn’t lay down roots until seventh grade, when his fami...
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Darkness from the gut

Dark, moody, emotive; the list of adjectives could go on and on when it comes to Phantogram, a duo whose commanding brand of nuanced synth- and drum-driven indie pop has been steadily gaining tractio...
So Chic

Chic Gamine keeps it Christmas

Most of us aren’t thinking about Christmas in the middle of summer, but Chic Gamine had to get in the spirit a few months early in order to record Christmas Vol 1. “We ended up recording ...
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Crooked Brothers chase the darkness

It took the Crooked Brothers seven years to write a “happy” song—the effort was there, but the Manitoba trio found it too easy for the jovial tunes to come off as trite and cheesy. One fi...
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Eugene Ripper has no time to waste

‘Pedal to the metal,” laughs Bruce Charlap, known better by his stage moniker Eugene Ripper, from his hotel room in Halifax. “Time is short; no time to rest.” Charlap is refle...
'Tis the season of the Bison // Chelsey Adel

Royal Bison opens doors prairie-wide

Adding the second weekend of this year’s Royal Bison Art and Craft Fair was something of a happy accident for its organizers. The venue that houses the Bison is a performing arts society, and i...
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Nine years in the making

You might want to wish Joey Cape Happy Birthday when Lagwagon rolls through town on Sunday. The frontman of Goleta, California’s influential punk export turns the big four-eight that very day. ...
//Frankie Panky

A musical circus

“I’m just laying down some more vocal tracks for a new album,” says Kris Wood, frontman of Blackberry Wood. The rock ‘n’ roll-meets-alt-country-meets gypsy travelling ci...
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A little help from the fans

No doubt, touring can have its ups and downs and is a difficult life to grasp the reality of if you’re not among the few who do it for a living. But being on the road is a comfortable feeling f...