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March 21, 2013
  Spun: GhostkeeperPDF files may take a moment to load

It would be an enormous understatement to say that Ghostkeeper’s newest album, Horse Chief! War Thief!, has been stuck in my head. This collection of 11 songs from the Calgary-based roots-rock band attached itself to my brain like a hungry leech to an exposed leg, and it has been feeding on my thoughts ever since. 


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March 21, 2013
  Spun: Alex PangmanPDF files may take a moment to load

Alex Pangman may be Canadian, but this is not your standard Diana Krall jazz. Pangman’s seventh studio album, Have a Little Fun, is both her second album with Montreal-based jazz label Justin Time Records and her second album after a double lung transplant in 2008. It keeps true to Pangman’s fascinatio0n of all things ’30s while also exploring Paris swing music with a greater focus on guitar and violin. 


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March 07, 2013
  Spun: Atoms for PeacePDF files may take a moment to load

Maybe it’s just me, but anything Radiohead-related is pure gold. AMOK, the debut album by super-group Atoms for Peace, is a collection of songs by eccentric musicians that does not disappoint. Featuring Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Nigel Godrich, The Red Hot Chili Pepper’s bassist Flea and Joey Waronker, who has drummed for Elliott Smith and R.E.M., AMOK features diverse backgrounds that add to its unique style.


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February 27, 2013
  Spun: Two Hours TrafficPDF files may take a moment to load

Charlottetown’s Two Hours Traffic returns with their seventh album, Foolish Blood, a lighthearted and cohesive piece that is a departure from the band’s traditional indie-pop sound. It marks a major shift in the band’s dynamic on and off the stage. Their breakthrough album Little Jabs introduced heartfelt lyrics and catchy guitar chords. Foolish Blood moves in a more radio-friendly direction and away from the folk roots of previous albums.


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February 27, 2013
  Spun: Matt BlaisPDF files may take a moment to load

The second full length album from Calgarian Matt Blais, The Heartbeat, is difficult to describe. While Blais describes his own music as “cutting edge alternative blues rock,” I don’t quite think this particular collection of words does his new album justice. His sound is more akin to listening to a 15-year-old Chad Kroeger attempt to sing karaoke in a Batman voice, accompanied by a selection of bland, albeit competent, rock music.


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February 07, 2013
  Ra Ra RiotPDF files may take a moment to load

The product of Syracuse University returns for its third full-length album, Beta Love, a decidedly more upbeat release than 2010’s The Orchard.


Constantly being accused of being a Vampire Weekend cover band, Ra Ra Riot certainly step outside their comfort zone on this album — with mixed results. The album is remarkably fast-paced and rarely stops to breathe, something that can be jarring upon a first listen.


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February 07, 2013
  Tegan and SaraPDF files may take a moment to load

Calgarian indie-rock giants Tegan and Sara’s seventh studio album Heartthrob is destined to be met with cries of ‘sell outs’ by self-proclaimed ‘true fans.’ On the surface, it’s easy to see where these jaded fans are coming from. Heartthrob trades in the acoustic-rock soundscapes that defined The Con and So Jealous for a wall of production that sounds like ’80s synth-pop mixed with the kind of music you might hear on a Katy Perry record. 


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October 25, 2012
  Spun: Taylor SwiftPDF files may take a moment to load

Like it or not, Taylor Swift is an inescapable part of pop-radio — you will hear her on virtually any mainstream radio station. But when one considers her pop counterparts — think Katy Perry, Ke$ha or Justin Bieber — Swift is clearly a cut above. 


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October 25, 2012
  Spun: A Tribe Called RedPDF files may take a moment to load

There is a new genre manifesting in Canadian music today, and A Tribe Called Red is at the helm. This DJ collective from Ottawa started out by mixing traditional powwow music with club beats at parties for urban aboriginal youth in 2008. When they combined a grass dance song with a dubstep beat, they realized they were on to a fresh new sound they are calling ‘powwow-step.'

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October 20, 2012
  Spun: Delhi 2 DublinPDF files may take a moment to load

During a time when musicians are taking too many self-indulgent liberties, Delhi 2 Dublin gives their listeners what they want with their latest LP. The Vancouver-based, multi-ethnic world fusion band has consistently produced a stellar album every year since 2008. Turn up the Stereo further refines the band’s unique sound — a mashup of Bhangra beats, Celtic soul and electronic attitude. The five person ensemble integrates tabla, fiddle, dhol and electric sitar in a way only Delhi 2 Dublin can.

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