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Remember the first time you heard The Shape Of Punk To Come by The Refused? Chances are, your first reaction was one of shock; it was heavy and aggressive and the songs flashed through like a blur, and the way they played out only left you with enough time to think, “What is this?” not because it was an unwelcome experience, but because it was totally unlike anything you'd heard before, and you liked it. If you want to get...

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Saturday, 07 May 2011
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Few (if any) Canadian music business success stories have proven to be so personally gratifying to fans as Sloan's has been. In the last twenty years, Sloan has crawled out of obscurity, risen to a celebrated place in the alt-rock community (the members of Nirvana sang the band's praises), survived that scene's implosion unscathed and gone on to occupy an almost charmed standing; free of tastemaker criticism. Because of the combination of Sloan's tenure in the business and standing, they're...

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Thursday, 05 May 2011
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As of 2010, it had been fifteen years since Urge Overkill last released a studio recording and, by then, the general consensus was that Chicago's most notorious alt-rock band was a creatively spent entity. They hadn't broken up and were still touring (one tour featured a stop at North By Northeast Music Conference in 2007), but Geffen Records had cashed in its chips with the band and no one had come rushing in to fill that void. There was talk...

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Thursday, 05 May 2011
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Peter Elkas' new release Repeat Offender is an album I wish I liked. Since stumbling across his 2003 album, Party of One, I have been anxiously awaiting another release featuring the same balance of sexy swagger, gritty guitars and infectious songwriting. 2007's Wall of Fire was adequate but was more sexy than gritty, and consequently disappointing. Elkas last appeared on my radar when he officially joined Joel Plaskett's backing band and signed to Plaskett's label, New Scotland Records.  Repeat Offender...

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Thursday, 05 May 2011
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Awrightcha goonie little junkies,So how's tricks ova-dere where you are? Rippin' the world apart yet? Or jus' spikin' yer vein? I got some stuff right 'ere that'll soothe that itchin' no question, ya wanna taste? It's all pretty potent too; this week I got some big names, some little names, some single songs, some EPs and even a full album 'at ya can nab – it's all yours fer the takin'! Some of it's pretty friggin' good too! I tracked...

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Wednesday, 04 May 2011
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You've heard the first part of Sonny “Skrillex” Moore's story before. Born in 1988, Moore joined post-hardcore band From First To Last in 2004, and ended up becoming the group's singer for albums including Dear Diary, My Teenage Angst Has A Body Count and Heroine. He then announced his departure from the band in 2007 to pursue a solo career in electronic music. To date, that solo career has been well-received, with Moore having produced a landmark album for Bring...

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Tuesday, 03 May 2011
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Ever have one of those days when you stop, after the lunacy and hectic pace of the day has seemed to calm down for a minute, and look around at the mess your life has created (either personally or professionally, the source of the indignities you've had to live with is irrelevant) around both itself and you? At that moment, everything seems at its most hopeless and you feel compelled to collapse from exhaustion/resignation/misery/self-loathing because it seems like a viable...

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Tuesday, 03 May 2011
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Remember back when 'punk' wasn't synonymous with a music genre? Around 1075 or '76, 'Punk' didn't have anything to do with music as a stylistic term – there was just this group of bands in the Bowery who were starting to make some noise and get a bit of notice for it, and a little magazine which happened to be called Punk that happened to be writing about them. The bands didn't have a whole lot in common other than...

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Tuesday, 03 May 2011