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January 29, 2014
  The Pack A.D.PDF files may take a moment to load

Vancouver duo Maya Miller and Becky Black, better known as The Pack A.D. have released their fifth album, Do Not Engage. Miller and Black have put quite a new feeling into their latest album, combining rock and indie styles of music into something entirely energetic and, coincidentally, engaging. Black and Miller’s style of music has changed drastically from their early albums.

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January 29, 2014
  Spun: ElaquentPDF files may take a moment to load

Out of Guelph, Ontario comes a new EP from hip-hop artist Elaquent. Green Apples and Oranges combines a multitude of different sounds to make eight amazingly diverse instrumental hip-hop tracks.

Elaquent kicks off the album with “Alone At Last” which brings us right into his studio, inviting us to take off our jackets, have a seat and stay awhile.
Between the mellow yet beautiful

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January 23, 2014
  Spun: Matt WatsonPDF files may take a moment to load

Are you a fan of classic rock but looking for something new? Matt Watson’s debut solo album is a glowing homage to the raw, home-style music of the golden age of classic rock, but with a distinct twist that makes this an outstanding album.

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January 23, 2014
  Spun: LoadPDF files may take a moment to load

The small but diverse Manitoban band Load brings years of work to fruition in their latest album It’s True. The album draws on the band’s multiple backgrounds to create a unique sound, which constantly evolves from track to track. When combined with the experience the band has gained over more than a decade of collaboration, the results can be powerful. Though Load is only comprised of three members, there is a lot of diversity within the band, leading to varied results in the music.

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January 23, 2014
  Spun: Against Me!PDF files may take a moment to load

The past few years have been a tumultuous ride for Florida punk band Against Me. The departure of two band members and difficulties finding a label would be enough of a challenge for most groups, but the biggest newsmaker has been frontwoman Laura Jane Grace’s decision to publicly come out as transgender — launching herself and her band into territories uncharted by any high-profile band, punk or otherwise.

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January 22, 2014
  Spun: Ken SteadPDF files may take a moment to load

Edmonton-based singer songwriter Ken Stead’s debut album titled Unfinished sounds as though it’s anything but. Each song creates a reflective and relaxing mood for the listener — with soft vocals and complex acoustic instrumentals. Each song tells a story from his five years of making music, presented with hope and persistence. The contemporary folk-style music Stead produces has a refined and almost elegant feel — nothing in the music is rushed or hurried.

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January 15, 2014
  Spun: Greg RekusPDF files may take a moment to load

Punk music and acoustic guitar has never been a good combination in my mind but Greg Rekus’s latest album Punkoustic has proven otherwise. The Winnipeg-born singer’s music manages to bring together the two genres into a sound that has the fast, hard vocals of punk and the full, rich sound of acoustic instruments, which appeals to a more general audience than traditional punk music but does not suffer for it. Rekus’s music is something you can either rock out to or sit back and just enjoy.

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January 15, 2014
  Spun: Swamp ThingPDF files may take a moment to load

After settling down to listen to a nice heavy metal album — the cover featured a barely clothed pin-up girl with a pentagram belt, wrangling three leashed hellhounds before a mountain of skulls and guitars — I was shocked to find that nothing even remotely like that was coming out of my speakers.

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January 08, 2014
  Spun: CC TrubiakPDF files may take a moment to load

CC Trubiak has banded together with a small mob of friends, musicians and muses to create his latest album, fittingly titled Tiny Army: The D. Holmes Sessions. Trubiak’s music is quite personal with each song telling a story, yet the instrumentals stay energetic with some folk elements mixed in and his piercing tenor voice takes front stage.

The album takes a different approach from most modern music as the majority of the songs are broken into different sections on the album and are separated by short instrumental interludes.

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January 08, 2014
  Spun: Dog DayPDF files may take a moment to load

Dog Day’s latest album is titled Fade Out, but the group’s surreal classic rock is not likely to fade from memory anytime soon. The group from Halifax was started by Seth Smith and his wife Nancy Urich almost 10 years ago and they have been creating their unique mix of rock-influenced guitar, dreamy surreal bass lines and unique lyrics ever since.

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