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October 09, 2013
  Spun: The AlbertansPDF files may take a moment to load

The Albertans, hailing from Alberta, Saskatchewan and the United States, have put forth a sonically curious album with their recently released Dangerous Anything.

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October 03, 2013
  Spun: MobyPDF files may take a moment to load

Moby’s new album Innocents, a collaboration with several different artists, is not anything radically different from his previous work that audiences have come to know.

There are a lot of slow, random electronic instruments that give “Everything That Rises,” “A Case For Shame,” “Almost Home” and “Going Wrong” a mystical feel, which is all very typical of what I have come to expect from Moby. These tracks are definitely chill with their soft vocals and are great if you want to get lost in the moment.

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October 03, 2013
  Spun: Joel R.L. Phelps & The Downer TrioPDF files may take a moment to load

Different moods call for different types of music, but I believe there’s nothing as consistently enjoyable as a powerful mix of guitar, vocals and rhythm. The LP titled Gala, by Joel R.L. Phelps & The Downer Trio — which consists of Phelps, William Herzog and Robert J. Mercer — delivers this blend throughout its 11 tracks. Gala draws from modern indie rock’s typical sounds while also incorporating elements that give it a clear ’90s grunge-rock feel.

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September 18, 2013
  Spun: The DarcysPDF files may take a moment to load

You can be a toe tapper, a head banger or a fearless solo dancer — whatever your grooving type might be — The Darcys will catch you with their album, Warring. An eclectic collection of artistic sounds, this Toronto-based art-rock band has assembled a promising third album for a 40-minute escape from reality.

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September 17, 2013
  Spun: Miesha & The SpanksPDF files may take a moment to load

This duo certainly packs a punch in their third studio album Girls, Like Wolves. The combination of Miesha Louie on vocals and guitar with Stuart Bota on drums creates a raucous punk-rock album rife with blazing guitar riffs, resounding lyrics and powerful percussions. Oh, and don’t forget the howling.

This is garage rock at its finest. Every track is fun, loud and strikingly poignant.

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September 11, 2013
  Spun: Zachary LuckyPDF files may take a moment to load

You’ll have a pretty good idea of what you are getting into from the title of this album, but don’t underestimate it. This isn’t just another sappy harrowing of worn love ballads. While this isn’t an album to reach for when you want an upbeat, get-the-day-started groove, it is great for a quiet, introverted, moody day when you’re looking for some excellent acoustic guitar playing with pensive, longing lyrics. Fiddle and banjo round out the sound.

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September 11, 2013
  Spun: Still Life StillPDF files may take a moment to load

Mourning Trance is the second album from Toronto-based indie rock group Still Life Still, originally formed in 1999. The band has undergone many changes over the years, finally releasing their first album, Girls Come Too in 2009. Mourning Trance carries more maturity and thoughtfulness than the band’s debut album. The lyrics, whilst not provocative, have a pleasant abstract quality although they are partially drowned out by the other instruments.

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September 05, 2013
  Spun: Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg FivePDF files may take a moment to load

If you think Corb Lund is catchy, you might want to try Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five. I thoroughly enjoyed the authentic country blues sound of Bison Ranch Recording Sessions, the fifth album from Little Miss Higgins — also known as Jolene Higgins — who has been recording since 2005.

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September 05, 2013
  Spun: Pat LePoidevinPDF files may take a moment to load

Each song on Canadian-born singer-songwriter Pat LePoidevin’s fourth album is named after a town. While listening to the album it’s easy to imagine driving along a empty country road from town to town, the sun setting behind autumn trees, the windows rolled down to enjoy the last warm nights of summer. This is the music that would be playing on the radio while you drive.

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September 05, 2013
  Spun: Royal CanoePDF files may take a moment to load

Royal Canoe’s album Today We’re Believers is a fascinating mix of different sounds that veers from soothing ambient electric one moment to high energy indie-pop the next. African drum beats, violin symphonies, plucky acoustic guitar rhythms and plenty of electronic sounds, the range of instruments brought to bear produce a wide range of songs across the entire album.

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