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September 10, 2009
  Spun: The Unit BreedPDF files may take a moment to load

One word that's been abused in modern music journalism is the term psychedelic. Once referring to a very specific brand of spacey, atmospheric and vaguely surreal-sounding music, now it's used as a lazy catch-all for anything even slightly difficult to describe.

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September 10, 2009
  Spun: Dan ManganPDF files may take a moment to load

At first glance, Dan Mangan's sophomore album looks like it could be another superficial experiment in indie-folk-pop. Don't be fooled, as the Vancouver native quickly shatters this illusion.

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September 10, 2009
  Spun: The LocustPDF files may take a moment to load

Click-click, gargle, gargle, gargle, inhale, breath out. Hit the play button. Is that the CD player melting down, sounding like R2D2 having an anxiety attack? No, it's just the intro track to The Locust's latest release, New Erections. Man that little kid is throwing a massive fit outside. Nah, it's just the vocal track throughout most of the album.

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September 10, 2009
  Spun: The UsedPDF files may take a moment to load

Utah quartet the Used, alongside bands like Alexisonfire, have spearheaded the emo/post-hardcore movement since the early '00s, invoking punk and alt-rock influences along the way. Like that of many popular bands, their sound has undergone subtle but noticeable changes since their self-titled release in 2002. Their maturity and musical refinement is evident on their recently released album, Artwork.

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September 10, 2009
  Curran's not Haunted by her rootsPDF files may take a moment to load

In most creative endeavours, an oft-quoted piece of advice is, "Write what you know." It's difficult to write about heartache, adventure or any other circumstance without having first experienced it. For Newfoundland's Amelia Curran, a recent performer at the Calgary Folk Music Festival, her musical career was directly influenced by her circumstances, as evidenced on her latest album, Hunter, out now on Six Shooter Records.

September 10, 2009
  9 doesn't net a perfect 10PDF files may take a moment to load

Shane Acker's 9 is destined to become a cult-classic, yet it probably won't make any money at the box office this time around. Even though the film has big name producers attached to it -- including goth icon Tim Burton -- it is too delightfully strange to find a major market to make back its $33 million budget.

September 10, 2009
  Freedom Through Ad Hoc NetworksPDF files may take a moment to load

The University of Calgary's wireless networks are generally pretty fast, but there are often times when they are at peak capacity and everything's really very slow. If you're trying to transfer a large number of large files between computers or play networked videogames on the LAN, chances are you're not only giving yourself headaches, but your neighbours as well.

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September 10, 2009
  Dinos drop opener, prepare for BearsPDF files may take a moment to load

Though both of the last two seasons have started with a zero in the win column for the Dinos football team and a loss to the University of Saskatchewan Huskies, this is hardly last year's squad.

Last year, the Dinos started the year with a 25-0 shutout loss in Saskatoon. This year, the Dinos dropped a 34-33 double overtime decision in Saskatoon on Friday.

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September 10, 2009
  Dalai Lamaís tour rider goes to elevenPDF files may take a moment to load

Preparations are being finalized for the arrival of his holiness The Dalai Lama in Calgary for a once in a lifetime engagement at the Saddledome Sept. 30 – Oct. 1.

While many snotty rock stars and twitty pop acts have played the 'Dome and requested outlandish, over-the-top items on their tour rider, none come close to that of the Lama. Our investigative journalists recently intercepted a fax containing the Lama's request. Our favourites are as follows:

1- Free Tibet

1- leather mask with ball gag

September 10, 2009
  America's illogical education uproarPDF files may take a moment to load

For anyone paying attention to the ongoing health reform debate in the United States, it is obvious that the political landscape in that country is deeply fractured. But health reform is neither the greatest nor the most insipid evidence currently on offer.

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