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July 16, 2009
  Sled Island's success due to Calgary's culturePDF files may take a moment to load

After Sled Island's third year in Calgary, it appears that the festival has finally honed in on a formula for future success. The perfect way to describe Sled Island was explained by Colin Newman on Jian Ghomeshi's Q radio show: Sled Island is a culture festival, as opposed to a music festival.

July 16, 2009
  Spun: The PermsPDF files may take a moment to load

The Perms new album Keeps You Up When You're Down does the exact opposite -- it keeps you down when you're up. It's a shout-out to those who grew up with braces and glasses that were to big for their faces.

Keep You Up is the kind of music featured on teeny bopper movies like 10 Things I Hate About You which über geeks would watch and w­ish their life was like. Meanwhile, the tune of this annoying garage band has somehow become the new soundtrack to their life.

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July 16, 2009
  Spun: Pictures of ThenPDF files may take a moment to load

In the era of overwrought and over-arranged pop music, it's nice to have a little bit of uncomplicated Americanized Brit-pop. With And the Wicked Sea, Minnesota-natives Pictures of Then don't try to shoot for the moon with epic instrumentation and high-minded orchestration but strip their arrangments down to just make some nice rock 'n' roll.

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July 16, 2009
  Spun: Math the BandPDF files may take a moment to load

Sugar-shock electro-punkers Math the Band have crafted a tight, 25-minute party record with a loud noise assault that's sure to keep the neighbours up all night. The boyfriend and girlfriend duo of Kevin Steinhauser and Justine Mainville have a small cult following in the eastern United States and hopefully with Don't Worry can further attract fans to their peculiar brand of spastic dance music.

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July 16, 2009
  Finding salvation in the one dollar record binPDF files may take a moment to load

There's something magical about the independent record store, or at least that's the message behind Brendan Toller's I Need That Record! With interviews featuring Ian MacKaye and a multitude of men and women working in the trenches of local record stores, the film is an interesting, if slightly amateurish take, on the slow death of the mom and pop record store.

July 16, 2009
  Sixth Potter beautiful but lacks punchPDF files may take a moment to load

It's been over a decade since J.K. Rowling introduced the world to a pre-pubescent wizard and eight years since the first time Harry Potter and his friends hit the big screen. In the intervening years, the characters (and actors) have grown up and the filmmakers involved have refined their craft. The sixth Potter film, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, features most of the same strengths and weaknesses as prior offerings.

July 16, 2009
  Sidebar: If Fox Opera were a videogame...PDF files may take a moment to load

Drummer Noah Rabinovitch, who has a tattoo of Samus from the Metroid video game series on his arm, is an avid gamer. He's even teaching bass player Keith Rodger how to play Street Fighter. When questioned about what kind of video game Fox Opera was, he paused for a second.

Noah Rabinovitch: If Fox Opera were a video game, we'd be Looney Tunes B-Ball. It's like a normal basketball game, but your basketball turns into a pie and you throw it and it kills someone.

July 16, 2009
  After longstanding feuds, Fox Opera resurgesPDF files may take a moment to load

Fox Opera used to hate each other. They're better now.

After a year or two of drunken shows and loutish sets, including lowlights like breaking their own equipment, throwing milk crates at one another in the Marquee Room at a show no one attended and getting put in choke holds by the Stetsons' sound guy, the band has now pared down to three members and become a much better live act.

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