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October 05, 2006
  This man also wears blackPDF files may take a moment to load

Corb Lund has been a part of the Alberta music scene since The Smalls formed in 1990. Though the indie hard-rock legends quit in 2001, the Corb Lund Band--recently renamed Corb Lund and the Hurtin' Albertans­--have only gotten bigger. Devoted full-time to his hugely successful solo project, Lund is a respected mainstay who creates what may seem to city folk like an oxymoron: good country music. Now, the rest of the country, and potentially the rest of the world, are finally catching on.

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October 05, 2006
  Keeping CiRCADiAN rythymPDF files may take a moment to load

Long haired, Birkenstock- wearing people ranting about the benefits of pesticide-free food. Chickens running free on a farm, instead of being cooped up in cells as they await their destiny. While these are some of the images consistent with the word "organic," Toronto's 5th Projekt are attempting to redefine the meaning within the subculture.

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September 28, 2006
  Not so small anymorePDF files may take a moment to load

It starts as the beeps and boops remniscent of video games, segueing into smooth, electro-pop beats. It builds into the kind of head-bobbing, ass-shaking music that has indie kids tearing up dancefloors everywhere in their checkered skate shoes. This, of course, is the Junior Boys' second critically acclaimed offering, So this is Goodbye. Now they've taken it on the road, and they're bringing the intoxicating sound to Calgary.

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September 14, 2006
  The Ultimate FantasyPDF files may take a moment to load

The words "final fantasy" usually conjure images of some guy with huge boots and impossibly spiky hair using his enormous sword to shoot fireballs at a bunch of woodland creatures in order to stop another guy with big hair from tainting the power of love. Or something.

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September 07, 2006
  Under new managementPDF files may take a moment to load

Officially, parents tell their children they have to go to university to make it in the real world. Students tell their parents they're going to learn. But everyone knows university is for keeping the kids busy and out of the house so ma and pa can make up for 20 years of missed bondage. With that in mind, the University of Calgary Students' Union is set to launch the third year of That Empty Space, giving students one more place to hang out that isn't their mom's basement.

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September 07, 2006
  The Calgary Folk Music FestivalPDF files may take a moment to load

From Finnish hoers down to spangled hippies with hula hoops, Calgarians flocked to Prince's Island Park for this year's Calgary Folk Music Festival. The fans who made it out were treated to stellar performances from the likes of Feist, Broken Social Scene and Kathleen Edwards. Those lucky enough to catch legend-worthy performances from Kris Kristofferson, Ani DiFranco and an inebriated Macy Gray will not soon forget them.

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September 07, 2006
  Blues festival retrospectivePDF files may take a moment to load

Thousands of blues lovers from around the city united in a three day celebration of live outdoor blues music for the second year running. The festival is run under the auspices of the non-profit Calgary Blues Music Association and featured over 23 local and international bands--more than 100 musicians.

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August 10, 2006
  Music Interview: Todd is goddPDF files may take a moment to load

Todd Rundgren once wrote that love is the answer, but times change and so does Todd. The past 35 years have seen the legendary musician, songwriter, producer and multimedia wizard weave his way through a series of cutting-edge projects with no end in sight. Most recently he was recruited as front man for the New Cars in a revival of the '80s pop group. Their summer Road Rage tour came to a screeching halt just weeks ago when their tour bus crashed, resulting in Elliot Easton breaking his left clavicle.

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August 03, 2006
  Music Interview: Home-cooked Cajun musicPDF files may take a moment to load

The first time I heard that music, it did something to me," Marc Savoy recalls. "It really confused me. I was about five or six years old, and when I heard those instruments together--the accordion, the fiddle--it did something to my head. If I had experienced it as an older person, as a teenager, I would have thought it was something very erotic, very sensual."

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August 03, 2006
  Music Interview: These Old Dusty BootsPDF files may take a moment to load

There's a certain romanticism to country music, though it may be hard to believe with acts like Shania Twain and Kenny Chesney making a farce of denim and cowboy hats. There was a time when playing country music meant something more than showing your midriff. Kris Kristofferson is living evidence of this classic era, when country music was rugged, dressed all in black with dusty, worn cowboy boots.

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