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March 26, 2009
  As spring comes, so does WintersleepPDF files may take a moment to load

Despite the dreary weather, Wintersleep has opted out of hibernation and has instead been hitting the road. The band has been touring relentlessly to promote the U.K. release of their third album Welcome to the Night Sky.

Though touring has helped the group gain more exposure and bond, vocalist/guitarist Paul Murphy still feels the pull of home.

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March 26, 2009
  The Great Lake Swimmers' geography lessonPDF files may take a moment to load

Clear and distinct are not often used to describe music anymore. However, in the 1920s, when there was actually only time for one song per side on the record, bands were forced to be concise. Tony Dekker from Great Lake Swimmers worked toward this sound on the group's fourth release, Lost Channels.

"I was sort of inspired by listening to groups like the original Carter Family," Dekker says. "Groups that recorded between the '20s and '30s, you know, literally only had three minutes to get their point across."

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March 26, 2009
  Learning the ways of the scenePDF files may take a moment to load

The Calgary music scene is becoming more and more well known for its sense of camaraderie and community. Many bands emerging from the scene praise the city's musicians for working together towards common success and creation. As Sea Level Rise's Brock Geiger is an emerging artist who is continuing to reap the benefits of this auditory solidarity.

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March 19, 2009
  No alternatives to Plants and AnimalsPDF files may take a moment to load

Nobody really knows what alternative music is anymore. The days of Bush, Alice in Chains and the Foo Fighters are in the past, while the section devoted to the genre grows bloated with unclassifiable music in CD stores. Montreal's Plants and Animals' newest release, Parc Avenue, was recently nominated for best alternative album and best new artist at the 2009 Juno Awards, though many say the album's sound is highly indefinable and certainly not simply "alternative."

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March 12, 2009
  Chattin' about booze and hockeyPDF files may take a moment to load

Boozed, bruised and broken, grizzled and gnarly as ever, Black Label Society and bassist John "JD" DeServio are ready to set fire to a tour that is sure to destroy every venue they come in contact with.

Amidst Black Label Society's upcoming release of their new album Skullage, and the implementation of his new project Cycle of Pain, DeServio explains what kind of beef he has on his plate and what vegetables he prefers on the side.

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March 05, 2009
  The members of Debra are one big happy familyPDF files may take a moment to load

Debra has a real rocking pad. It's the kind of place where you can sit back, chill out and enjoy a Bud.

These proud punk-rockers, originally from Toronto, moved out west to make their fortunes-- specifically, they came to Calgary looking for work. After living apart for a few years, the band moved in together to form one big happy family. One that, at any time, can bust down the doors with their of sheer bad ass rock 'n' roll.

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February 26, 2009
  Craig Cardiff walks the folk walk and talks the folk talkPDF files may take a moment to load

Craig Cardiff is ready to teach everyone how to be the next country-crossing, folktastic Canadian bard. He should know as he's been at the gig for the past 10 years.

Cardiff, who describes his music as akin to a "big warm hug," is a Canadian staple. His music is beautiful and sun-kissed, with lightly-plucked guitar and soundscapes created with his loop pedals. His eclectic lyrics back his tunes about driving around town or his own grandmother.

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February 12, 2009
  It's 365 days and 12 months a year of DD/MM/YYYYPDF files may take a moment to load

For DD/MM/YYYY ("day month year"), making music is a 24/7, 365 days a year gig. Yet somehow in the hustle and bustle of transcontinental rock touring, they found some time to actually record a new album, Black Squares, dropping via digital release next week.

The band has spent their time crisscrossing Canada and the United States ad nauseam, playing innumerable basement shows and even booking a rad pool party at a YMCA located in a mining town in northern Alberta.

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February 05, 2009
  Music duo Jon and Roy revel in the mysteries of Victoria, B.C.PDF files may take a moment to load

The sound of music will get that much more intimate with Jon and Roy at That Empty Space on Friday afternoon.

Jon Middleton of the group hopes to translate the Vancouver Island vibe, things not human, love, harmony and a friend in common: this thing called marijuana.

"In Victoria the weather is often very nice, it's sunny and there is lots of opportunity to go to a beach and hang out," says Middleton. "I think the ocean definitely influences our music in that regard."

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