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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...
Half-lit, fully broody // Todd Duym

Dralms gets dark

Sometimes you need to make it up as you go. Like Vancouver-based singer-songwriter Christopher Smith’s new band: Dralms. What does the name mean? “It’s totally esthetic—I wanted som...
Superstoked supergroup // Tim Tronckoe

Down is older, wiser and heavier

Pepper Keenan walks with giants. As the riff-monster guitarist for metal supergroup Down, Keenan shares the stage with Phil Anselmo—the aggressive vocalist behind Pantera, one of the biggest and most...
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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...
Not to be confused with angry conservatives

Music Notes Edmonton – Dec 4 to Dec 10

A Miserable Christmas / Fri, Dec 5 (9 pm) Calling all humbugs. Bring your Christmas clothes—but not your Christmas cheer—to watch the Misery Mountain Boys, the Tubstep Collective and Hello, Doctor! T...
Don't underestimate this Acadian

Lisa LeBlanc is banjo meets Motörhead

If you live west of Quebec and can’t parlez-vous to save your life, odds are you haven’t heard of the Acadian singer/banjo-slinger Lisa LeBlanc. But you’ll likely be hearing a lot o...
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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 ...
Beards and bread

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...