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Have stoke, will travel // Matt Kuhn Photography

Shred Kelly: stoked folks

It took Tim Newton maybe 12 seconds into our interview to say the word “stoked.” What has this bloke stoked? Well, Newton is the lead singer and banjo clawer for Fernie, BC stoke-folk fiv...
Sam Spades on the case // Ron Worobec

Sam Spades has an ace up the sleeve

“I‘ve got a thing for cards,” Sam Heine says, pulling up the sleeve of his shirt to show an ace-of-spades tattoo on his wrist. “I like the idea of chance and randomness, but s...
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Monarch Sky embraces the metal

Which genre of music were you listening to when you were 10 years old? Chances are, it wasn’t metal. “It started off with Metallica and Pantera and stuff like that,” says Brandy Bla...
Lyra Brown: cultivating a wonderland of sounds

Lyra Brown: like a sorcerer’s spell

“I was sitting at work at Packrat Louie, having lunch, when I got the call,” Lyra Brown grins. She’s sitting just down the street from there,  actually, in a Whyte Avenue coffee sto...
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Borscht is a messy treat

Like a good, sturdy beet soup, Borscht the band is just a little bit messy. Fronted by Maria Martire, formerly of local darkwave band Look Away, Borscht is flavoured by Edmonton.  Martire and drummer...
Profile for a profile // Saty + Pratha

Basia Bulat stays in the moment

Last April, Basia Bulat walked past her microphone to the edge of the stage at Edmonton’s Winspear Centre, picking a delicate tune on her tiny charango. She then launched into full-throated son...
The Lad Mags: now in 3D!  // Fish Griwkowsky

The Lad Mags, featuring Don Iveson

After nearly two-and-a-half months of waiting to get the records delivered, the Lad Mags can finally release its latest seventh-inch Hypnotized. “We got stuck behind a massive seven-inch box se...
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Second wind

Sebastien Grainger pauses to think, turning his mind over like an engine on idle. It’s audible over the phone, with one extended “uhh … ” capping itself off with a moment of s...
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Insomnium brings death metal to the masses

We here in Edmonton are intimate with the endless bleakness of a northern winter. The darkness. The cold and isolation. The death of colour and light. Our friends in Finland, who live even further no...