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February 11, 2010
  YACHT sees the mystery lightsPDF files may take a moment to load

Besides creating catchy electro-dance tunes, YACHT is also a belief system open to everyone.

After having experienced the supernatural Mystery Lights in Marfa, Texas, which inspired their 2009 album See Mystery Lights, Jona Bechtolt and Claire Evans have embarked on the latest transformation of YACHT, adding a live band to their 2010 tour called The Straight Gaze.

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January 28, 2010
  Arch Enemy isn't easily classifiedPDF files may take a moment to load

With so many different types, subgenres, speeds and religious views, metal is a tricky genre to categorize. Sometimes even artists themselves aren't sure exactly which box they fit into. Sweden's Arch Enemy is the perfect showcase of the genre's eclecticism, featuring vocalist Angela Gossow-- one of the only female metal vocalists who can actually growl-- and guitarist Michael Amott, who formed Arch Enemy out of the ashes of gore metal group Carcass. The band is a deadly mix.

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January 21, 2010
  Steam Engine don't need any trainingPDF files may take a moment to load

Calgary's music scene gets a bad rap. We don't have the sheer number of bands that Brooklyn, Toronto or Montreal have. Yet groups like Steam Engine will help put Calgary music on the map.

With artists like Chad VanGaalen, Woodpigeon and the impressive Sled Island festival, there is a fierce concentration of talent producing a worthwhile show at least every week. Steam Engine is adding their own ferocity to that Calgary talent pool.

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January 14, 2010
  Woodpigeon plays MuzikantenPDF files may take a moment to load

Woodpigeon have always been a huge proponent of Calgary's culture and music scene. With track titles like "Our Love Is As Tall As The Calgary Tower" it's surprising their third album Die Stadt Muzikanten is inspired by a place far across the Atlantic Ocean.

The band's lyrics have often centered on the life and thoughts of lead singer and main lyricist Mark Hamilton. On their new album, Hamilton turns to his Austrian ancestors for inspiration.

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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
  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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November 19, 2009
  King Khan rocks out at school BBQsPDF files may take a moment to load

Anish "King" Khan -- the King Khan in the King Khan and The BBQ Show -- has a few heirs apparent to his throne.

The Indo-Canadian, Berlin-based regal rocker is a proud pappy to a small crew of ragamuffins. When he speaks about his kids, his voice is bright and energetic -- which is good, considering an ugly stint in Kentucky that the band is still trying to put behind them.

"It was just stupid southern police -- I'd rather not talk about it," he says.

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November 12, 2009
  A champion of experimentalismPDF files may take a moment to load

With some artists, there's a constant need for re-invention and Maxine Morin -- otherwise known as DJ Champion -- experienced that drive with his new album Resistance, released in September.

After returning to his home studio in Montreal, he sat down to produce what would eventually become Resistance. He found himself in a bit of a sticky situation following the initial recording process -- the album he made wasn't satisfactory.

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November 12, 2009
  Dinosaur Jr. roar back from extinctionPDF files may take a moment to load

With the recent resurgence of reunion tours in stadiums and concert halls around the world, it's a nice surprise when a beloved '90s band has actually produced something worthwhile in their reunited time together. This is the case with Dinosaur Jr.

After reuniting in 2005, producing two albums -- 2007's Beyond and this year's Farm, both feel like Dinosaur Jr. in their heyday -- and touring basically non-stop, the band has put all other reunion acts to shame.

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