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December 03, 2009
  Spun: The HeavyPDF files may take a moment to load

English indie rock band The Heavy return with The House That Dirt Built, their second album in two years. Having garnered some attention from their first release on both sides of the Atlantic, this follow-up further justifies their reputation with violent race car derby rock, soul stomps and a myriad of other influences.

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December 03, 2009
  Spun: Michael BublePDF files may take a moment to load

Michael Buble transports the music of jazz lounges to a modern audience. On his fourth studio album Crazy Love Buble -- most known for his powerful voice and new twist on the old big band style -- proves that he deserves his reputation.

Some of the songs are dramatic, like opening track "Cry me a River" which, with its operatic instrumentals and lyricxxxxxxxxxxx4fft3s, would not be out of place as the opening song to a James Bond movie.

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December 03, 2009
  Spun: Norah JonesPDF files may take a moment to load

With each Norah Jones release, her sound changes enough to "be new but not so much the listener feels like it's a radical departure. This is a difficult thing to do, but Jones' fourth album, The Fall, builds off her previous efforts familiar sounds and successfully integrates some unexpected twists.

There are new grooves on The Fall, partly resulting from the record's greater emphasis on guitar instead of piano. The album is also more synthesizer-dependent, which shifts the feeling toward rock.

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December 03, 2009
  Decade in Review: MusicPDF files may take a moment to load

It takes a lot to be a famous musician in the modern age. Gone are the days when one could rely solely on talent to achieve success.

Mainstream music consumers require a visual dimension to their favourite musicians. Artists in the past three decades have had to produce music videos and increasingly extravagant concerts. With each new year, and new artist, the envelope gets pushed a little further.

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December 03, 2009
  Decade in Review: FilmPDF files may take a moment to load

The past 10 years of cinema has seen a great deal of progress and peculiarities. In the 2000s, for better or worse, a glut of films have been released. Some of them were flat-out awful.

Unfortunately, because of the sheer number of films released during the decade, a lot of bad films saw the light of day -- chiefly among them: Eddie Murphy's Adventures of Pluto Nash, the atrocious Ben Affleck/Jennifer Lopez vehicle Gigli and American Idol spin-off From Justin To Kelly.

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December 03, 2009
  Twilight parody is a sparkling book of utmost qualityPDF files may take a moment to load

Long live the days when wizards and wands reigned, casting the hearts of innocent fans into an obsessive fictional abyss. Yet, like an overplayed magic trick, the invisible cloak has been drawn over poor Harry Potter, dusting over the stormy trend of lightning bolt tattoos and circular glasses with shimmering body glitter and gold contacts.

That's right, a new fictional phenomenon is in town -- one that fans can't help but sink their false fangs into.

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December 03, 2009
  The New Black and the all-ages venue crunchPDF files may take a moment to load

In order to relate to teenager's lives, adults need to venture into the past and recapture that specific mindset. Remember the angst, the excitement and the curiosity about life? It's still there in modern youths.

Recall walking around the neighbourhood with 15 of your friends when there is nothing else to do, or riding around with the one friend no one really likes but who has their license. It's at this age you start to notice different forms of art -- whether it be fashion, film or music.

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December 03, 2009
  Winter break NHL picks review: Eastern ConferencePDF files may take a moment to load

Predicted standings:

  1. Washington Capitals
  2. Boston Bruins
  3. Pittsburgh Penguins
  4. Carolina Hurricanes
  5. Philadelphia Flyers
  6. New Jersey Devils
  7. Montreal Canadiens
  8. Toronto Maple Leafs

Actual standings:

  1. Washington Capitals
  2. Pittsburgh Penguins
  3. Buffalo Sabres
  4. New Jersey Devils
  5. Atlanta Thrashers
  6. Boston Bruins
  7. Ottawa Senators
  8. Tampa Bay Lightning

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December 03, 2009
  Winter break NHL picks review: Western ConferencePDF files may take a moment to load

Predicted standings:

  1. Detroit Red Wings
  2. San Jose Sharks
  3. Calgary Flames
  4. Vancouver Canucks
  5. Chicago Blackhawks
  6. Anaheim Ducks
  7. St. Louis Blues
  8. Los Angeles Kings

Actual standings:

  1. San Jose Sharks
  2. Chicago Blackhawks
  3. Calgary Flames
  4. Colorado Avalanche
  5. Los Angeles Kings
  6. Nashville Predators
  7. Phoenix Coyotes
  8. Columbus Blue Jackets

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December 03, 2009
  Taking a mid-season look at all the DinosPDF files may take a moment to load

It's been one semester of competition for the University of Calgary's sports teams and championships have been won and lost, playoffs have been made or missed and there have been both cheers and tears. Some seasons are over and some are just starting. Here's a look at what's happened for the Dinos in the fall semester.

Field hockey

Record: 3-8-1 (fourth in the conference, missed playoffs)

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