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A Life Well Lived

The drum break that opens AM Static’s record snatches you with its catchy bop so quickly that it’s a little deceptive. “Break Out” is much funkier that its successors, but tha...
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Viet Cong

Immediately apparent from the pounding, static-driven opening song, “Newspaper Spoons,” Calgary four-piece Viet Cong make it loud and clear that it’s are nothing like any of the ban...
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Brother

The amazingly named Meat Wave is a three-piece punk-rock band from Chicago. Its new EP, Brother, is seven tracks of snotty, lo-fi riffs and adolescent shit-disturbing. The title track sets the tone, ...
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II

Government Town’s songs live in that folk-pop-rock-country realm that is easily accessible and most often the soundtrack to end off episode montages. You know, the three minutes at the end of t...
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Dear Mom

The lovable lads in Edmonton’s Gender Poutine officially released its Dear Mom EP on cassette this week. It’s not innovative, but thanks to some catchy hooks, sneering gang vocals and goo...
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Club Meds

Dan Mangan has become a familiar name in Canada over the past few years, due to the compounding success of his second and third albums, Nice, Nice, Very Nice and Oh, Fortune, respectively, and his co...
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36 Seasons

GFK has always killed organic beats: in 11 studio albums he’s dominated Al Green samples and hookups with future-jazz trio BADBADNOTGOOD, and he hands Brooklyn soul revivalists the Revelations ...
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Black Messiah

Whoa, new D’Angelo! Fourteen years later! Out of nowhere! Turns out the dude’s still as cool as a well-made cocktail, and Black Messiah certainly feels like the return of a deity: that R&...
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Success With Houseplants

Montréal’s Notta Comet make arty-jazz-rock that’s more than a little bizarre. Success With Houseplants is a confident debut, searing its unique point of view into listeners’ brains....
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Alium

The name suggests they create a sound that is below motion, something that may in fact keep you from moving. Few of these 12 tracks will inspire you to dance, but to say you will not be moved is a fa...