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Every year, more stuff piggybacks onto NXNE weekend. Whether it’s more shitty corporate booths blocking sight lines at Dundas Square (which is why doing a show review for Flaming Lips proved to be impossible), or invite-only parties that have nothing to do with music. This year if you RSVP’d to Jansport knapsack’s Bonfire sessions, you were rewarded with a trip to Toronto Island to drink for free while the Smith Westerns played. It sounded like a pretty good deal, so...

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Friday, 22 June 2012
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Anybody who has ever seen The White Stripes live knows that, as big a fan as any concertgoer might be, te band's live shows leave a pretty significant amount to be desired. No matter how hard the band tries, their shortcomings seem to be inescapable; Jack White's voice can be incredibly pitchy onstage and, if he's feeling the audience enough to really start playing hard, it doesn't take long for the guitarist to throttle his instrument out of tune which...

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Thursday, 21 June 2012
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Without meaning to get a little bias brewing in readers from the start, I have to admit that it's tough for me to get excited at the prospect of a reformed Stone Temple Pilots. True, I've never been much of a fan (I really liked two albums – Purple and Tiny Music – Songs From The Vatican Gift Shop – but then went back to scoffing at the band and its fans as I had when Core came out in...

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Thursday, 21 June 2012
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Analog Man is like getting a letter from an old high school pal. He's the guy that you used to party hard with and, deep down, he's still the same clown he's always been – but he has also settled down now, and so has more than one facet to his personality that he can exercise when the time is right. The familiarity is a great comfort, even as his new life sounds like, well, like kind of a bore....

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Wednesday, 20 June 2012
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DIIV is a solo project turned full-time endeavor, fronted by former Beach Fossils guitarist Zachary Cole Smith. When he sauntered on stage at Lee's Palace during North By Northeast Music Conference, this young man looked like a homeless, youthful Kurt Cobain draped in an extra large sweatshirt with Malibu stamped in yellow across the front. He looked like you could take a nap on him. His pants were baggy and too short (a possible homage to Stone Roses attire) and...

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Tuesday, 19 June 2012
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Red Hot Chili Peppers announced today they would unveil 18 previously unreleased sides from the I'm With You sessions.  Each of the songs will be available worldwide both digitally and on vinyl, with two sides per seven-inch. The first pair of sides – "Strange Man" on the A-side and "Long Progression" on the B-side – will be released on August 14, 2012.  The second pair of sides – "Magpies" and "Victorian Machinery" – will be released on September 11, 2012....

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Monday, 18 June 2012
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By 1986 – sixteen years after he had dissolved his artistic partnership with Art Garfunkel – it looked like the bloom had completely come off the concept of Paul Simon as a solo artist for the record-buying public. The singer's record sales had begun to decline around 1975's Still Crazy After All These Years in spite of it topping the charts and the singer started looking for something new to help rejuvenate his career. He had tried the “reunion tour”...

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Saturday, 16 June 2012
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Imagine an eighteen-year-old and a thirty-three-year-old got in a ring to fight. Well, we’re about to do it in a digital style for two people who have put out albums in June 2012. Ladyhawke’s (Phillipa Margaret "Pip" Brown) second album Anxiety which came out June 4th is going up against Justin Bieber’s Believe (due out on June 19th). Welcome to the Dirty Digital Pit. Before we get to the albums, lets stand the fighters next to each other. Pip: Female,...

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Friday, 15 June 2012
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After a decade in the music arena, Metric has taken a sort of existential moment to breathe and reflect upon themselves, society and what’s to become of it all. Our undeniable technological advances are scarily amazing, but still strip us of genuine connection and emotion. It’s a transition that any person born before 1990 can relate to; and really that every generation can recognize in some way. When frontwoman Emily Haines wrote an open letter to fans via Metric’s website...

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Thursday, 14 June 2012
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In the spirit of full disclosure, I used to hate Paul McCartney with a seething contempt reserved only for the likes of Steely Dan – a band who, in the ensuing years between such flannel-clad stubbornness and today, have muscled their way to the very front of the class at the music university of which my brain serves as dean.I'll never be able to forget how I once felt about McCartney and his music but, in 2012, Ram sounds an...

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Thursday, 14 June 2012