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Spun: The Kooks

By Darren Young

I admit it– I was, and still kind of am, a diehard Kooks fan. “Na├»ve” and “Sofa Song” got some serious playtime on my iPod Mini. How could I help it? Many a young schoolgirl has fallen for the bubbly love songs and ironically upbeat ballads of The Kooks, not to mention frontman Luke Pritchard’s… Continue reading Spun: The Kooks

Rockers Shai Hulud weather the career storm

By Darren Young

Having gone through more roster changes than a McDonald’s franchise, Shai Hulud is pressing forward with or without permanent members. The metal-core band has never recorded more than one album with a single vocalist nor do they currently have a consistent body behind the drum kit. This is a probable explanation for the mere three… Continue reading Rockers Shai Hulud weather the career storm

Sloan’s music is action packed

By Darren Young

Canadian rock staples Sloan have been on the verge of success for the better part of their career. The shaggy-haired quartet have a cult following north of the border, but have consistently come up short in their attempts to break into the American mainstream. With their ninth release, Parallel Play, Sloan is proving that even… Continue reading Sloan’s music is action packed

Generational differences make for good music

By Darren Young

Combining generations of musicians with varying degrees of experience in one group can sometimes spell disaster. Different levels of experience means different levels of ability, and different levels of ability within a group can impose limitations on the music. The Davidson/Murley/Braid Quintet, on the other hand, is, by all accounts, an exception to this statement.… Continue reading Generational differences make for good music

Prog rock group finds musical inspiration in the unbelievable

By Darren Young

Suppose while traveling the world you stumble upon a Ouija board possessed by evil spirits and, out of the kindness of your heart, give it to a friend as a gift. Now suppose that upon using the board, your lives are thrust into turmoil that can only be conquered by burying the board as deep… Continue reading Prog rock group finds musical inspiration in the unbelievable

Dancing on the Mainstage

By Darren Young

After a three-month hibernation, the dancers at the University of Calgary are starting to creep out of their studios and into the University Theatre to present their latest Mainstage Dance show. The dancers have spent hours a day for the past several weeks in preparation for the show, which is typically one of the most… Continue reading Dancing on the Mainstage