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A coat of paint and we're ready to rock // Josh Marcellin

Mercury Room

Steve Derpack is sipping cold coffee out of a pint glass and surveying his kingdom. The Mercury Room is half of the main floor of the Blue Skys Arts Lofts, a squat, two-storey bunker that spent the f...
Rugged on the range // Lisa Johnson

Chuck Ragan: whisky-drinking folk Jesus

Chuck Ragan is busking on the corner of punk and folk. The frontman of influential Gainesville, Florida punk band Hot Water Music is known better these days for his solo roots-revival Americana. His ...
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Kandle & The Krooks find studio Yoda

Kandle Osborne is watching a blizzard in Montréal and hoping for some good luck. She’s supposed to catch a plane to Toronto to start a five-date western-Canada tour with her band, Kandle & ...
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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...
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...
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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...