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October 20, 2012
  Spun: Erin CosteloPDF files may take a moment to load

Some albums are meant to pump up listeners and some are meant to relax them, but it’s rare to listen to something that is both exciting and calming at the same time. While this seems to be an impossible contradiction, one only needs to listen to Erin Costelo’s We Can Get Over to understand how music can simultaneously thrill your mind and calm your soul. The Halifax-born musician does an outstanding job creating an album that is able to hook on to any emotion and intensify it.


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October 05, 2012
  Spun: MakPDF files may take a moment to load

Hailing from Montreal, the five-person alternative rock band Mak showcase their 
Radiohead and Coldplay influenced sound in their nine track self-titled album, MAK. I was unable to fully appreciate this album, maybe because of my prolonged exposure to club music and indie pop. 


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October 05, 2012
  Spun: MantrakidPDF files may take a moment to load

Recently my father has taken to harassing my sister, an electronic music enthusiast, with endless questions about her favourite genre. “What is this bass-step foot-dub stuff everyone is listening to? What makes this stuff, you know, good?” My sister scoffed and ignored him. This was a pretty effective way of avoiding my dad’s pestering, but she should have just handed him a copy of Mantrakid’s Dragon Lullabies.


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October 04, 2012
  Spun: YeasayerPDF files may take a moment to load

Yeasayer is a band known primarily for two things: solid singles and excellent live shows. This determination and energy has not translated to the studio, however, as previous albums strived to reach innovation and expressiveness, but fell short.


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October 04, 2012
  Spun: Shout Out Out Out OutPDF files may take a moment to load

Shout Out Out Out Out is an Edmontonian group on a one-band mission to prove that a synthesizer can have a heart too. 


Their third full-length album continues from Reintegration Time and the Juno-nominated Not Saying/Just Saying.


With every new album, SOOO endeavour to complete the impossibly difficult task of capturing the sheer immensity of sound that is produced at their concerts. The group’s live shows are spell-binding, but some may feel slightly underwhelmed when listening to their recordings. 


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September 27, 2012
  Spun: Stalwart SonsPDF files may take a moment to load

Calgarian band Stalwart Sons ushers in the autumnal decline with their second album Stay Cold. Laden with the varnish of post-hardcore and ’90s screamo aesthetics, the self-proclaimed “Canadiana three piece” has abandoned their usual conventions to delve deeper into the realm of fast-paced, toe-tapping rock and roll.

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September 27, 2012
  Spun: Hey RomeoPDF files may take a moment to load

Hey Romeo is an Albertan band that only recently had a lot of success, despite having been together since 2002. They won Group of the Year at the 2012 Canadian Country Music Awards for the second year in a row, beating out other great acts such as Doc Walker, Emerson Drive and High Valley.

Twist of Fate is their third album and features Stacie Roper on lead vocals, Darren Gusnowsky on guitar and vocals and Rob Shapiro on keyboards and vocals. The album was recorded in both Nashville and Calgary.

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August 08, 2012
  Spun: The MountaineerPDF files may take a moment to load

If you need a seven-track album that fits nicely at a late night bonfire or an end-of-summer road trip, then Hit the Woodshed by Calgary’s The Mountaineer is a great pick. The album is the band’s debut, and has a mix of sounds ranging from folk to indie rock, although the folk is kept to a minimum.

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August 01, 2012
  Spun: Bonnaventure JamesPDF files may take a moment to load

Bonnaventure James’s humble beginnings at a University of Lethbridge music class have morphed into something more sophisticated and infinitely more exciting. One of the newer electronica artists in the Calgary music scene, Bonnaventure James has independently released his first EP, Buena Aventura. It is a glorious tribute to electronica, with a marvellous concoction of dizzyingly different beats, catchy melodies and a harmonious chorus of voices.

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July 19, 2012
  Spun: Peer SupportPDF files may take a moment to load

What is better than eating locally grown food? Listening to locally grown music. Peer Support is a self-described “five-piece melodic indie rock act from Calgary with influences as diverse as the city that they call home.” The tight-knit group has recently released their first self-titled EP, a three track album that feels like a deep breath of fresh air in a city experiencing a post-Stampede smog.

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