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Mastodon sucks live. Okay, okay, that’s not how I actually feel – I’ve never even seen them live – but ever since Mastodon released Remission in 2002, metal fans have been drooling over everything the band has put on the table. Four albums and nearly a decade has gone by since then, and I still haven’t stopped hearing about this band. They’ve had their positive and negative criticisms – leaning much more on the former – but the rumor that...

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011
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LIVE MUSIC

Artist: Black Lips Venue: The Phoenix – Toronto, Ontario, Canada Date: April 2011 No decade has produced more relentlessly touring bands than the 2000’s. Since the decline of record sales, bands have had to work harder to get noticed and get paid, and there is no better way than to play live shows all over the world all of the time. Every time The Black Lips return to Toronto they get bigger and more fantastic. Even though their show remains...

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Wednesday, 20 April 2011
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I had hip parents. They were folk music fans from way back; even before the big folk revival of the early Sixties. Their record collection included all the usual suspects – Dylan, Peter, Paul and Mary, Woody Guthrie – but they loved Simon and Garfunkel. Our entire family did. All of their albums were part of the soundtrack of my pre-teen years. Bridge Over Troubled Water was probably my least favorite of the duo's albums. It was too mellow for...

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011
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NORTH BY NORTHEAST (NXNE) announces the second wave of bands for the 17th edition of the festival, taking over Toronto June 13-19, 2011. Tickets are now available online at www.nxne.com NXNE has just confirmed that Devo, Descendents, Stars, The Pharcyde, Men Without Hats, Digable Planets, Twin Shadow, OFF!, Art Brut, Shad, Land of Talk, Chad VanGaalen, and Cults will join a festival line-up that also includes performances by The Dodos, Deerhoof, Hot Water Music, The Bouncing Souls,...

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011
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NORTH BY NORTHEAST (NXNE) announces the second wave of bands for the 17th edition of the festival, taking over Toronto June 13-19, 2011. Tickets are now available online at www.nxne.com NXNE has just confirmed that Devo, Descendents, Stars, The Pharcyde, Men Without Hats, Digable Planets, Twin Shadow, OFF!, Art Brut, Shad, Land of Talk, Chad VanGaalen, and Cults will join a festival line-up that also includes performances by The Dodos, Deerhoof, Hot Water Music, The Bouncing Souls,...

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Tuesday, 19 April 2011
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It is the rare soundtrack album that can stand on its own, independent of the film it normally accompanies. The Social Network soundtrack by Trent Reznor and Atticus Finch is one; it can easily be enjoyed by itself. The soundtrack to Rango, however, is not one. While it is enjoyable in its own right, seeing the movie certainly helps one enjoy it more. The first thing is that one needs to keep in mind is that this is a soundtrack,...

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Monday, 18 April 2011
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It's hard to believe it has been almost thirteen years since Queens Of The Stone Age released its self-titled debut album, but indeed it has. The band has finally cemented plans to reissue the classic record, and have hit the road to play it in its entirety. While I wasn't sure if it could still stand on its own after all these years, I decided to go and hear it for myself. I am happy to report that the songs...

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Monday, 18 April 2011
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The following is an open letter from The Stills to fans and supporters, announcing the band's dissolution after its decade-long existence. At this time the band does not wish to comment further.——————————- Dearest Friends of The Stills, How does one go about writing a message like this? I don't know, but I will do my best. We have been silent for many months now, discussing amongst ourselves how and when to announce this news, as we've needed some time to...

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Friday, 15 April 2011
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How ya doin' junkie?!Sorry I'm text yellin' but I'm excited about this week, ya know? The SWAG gods blessed me wit' a fine, fat bag o' shit ta lay on ya per usual but, this week, yer gettin' some o' the finest shine from some heavy hittin' names. Who takes care o' you? I do bitch, that's who! Le's get right into it. First an' foremost, I lifted the first good song Jane's Addiction has recorded in twenty-one years ('At's...

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Thursday, 14 April 2011
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On Friday April 29th, Titus Andronicus fans all over New Jersey are invited to premiere the band’s new video for the song “No Future Part III: Escape From No Future” directed by longtime NJ resident and WFMU radio host Tom Scharpling. Titus is inviting everyone that lives in their home state of New Jersey to join in the premiere: whether….you have a video store in New Brunswick, you run a poker blog...

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Thursday, 14 April 2011