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October 09, 2008
  Porpoises canít talkPDF files may take a moment to load

British Columbia outfit Said the Whale's moniker invokes nautical notions and for good reason. The guys and gal have been working hard to distinguish themselves in Canada's ever-growing music scene and record a partially new album, all the while sustaining their careers by slugging it on tugboats.

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October 09, 2008
  Rockers Shai Hulud weather the career stormPDF files may take a moment to load

Having gone through more roster changes than a McDonald's franchise, Shai Hulud is pressing forward with or without permanent members. The metal-core band has never recorded more than one album with a single vocalist nor do they currently have a consistent body behind the drum kit. This is a probable explanation for the mere three studio albums the band has released in its 13-year career. Regardless, these three albums have gained them a tremendous following, not to mention the slough of bands that cite Shai Hulud as a major influence.

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October 02, 2008
  Funk singer Slim Twig has the skinny on successPDF files may take a moment to load

Slim Twig's kind of a skinny guy. Though the name does well to describe his appearance, it also speaks to his music.

Travelling with his tour band, the Mercy Mercenaries, Slim Twig is going on a bit of an adventure. It is his longest tour thus far and the band's first out west. He says that previous experience has given them a lot of insight.

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October 02, 2008
  The numbers balance out for 3PDF files may take a moment to load

There are five members in New York progressive rock outfit 3. The band formed 14 years ago, released their fifth album last year, has been signed to two record labels and in four days, will be using a vehicle with four wheels to roll into Calgary. Joey Eppard, guitarist and brains behind the band, is glad to take 3 on the road and show off his group and their talent.

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October 02, 2008
  The Horrorpops do the ol' switcherooPDF files may take a moment to load

Easily one of the most recognizable acts on the rock circuit, the Horrorpops seem to have Lady Luck on their side. After years of gaining and losing members, the band is now back to the original three-person set up that was formed after Patricia Day of Peanut Pump Gun and Kim Nekroman of Nekromantix met at a concert in 1996 and decided to try a completely different sound from what both were used to playing.

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October 02, 2008
  Blind Melon is more than just the bee girlPDF files may take a moment to load

Originally formed in 1990, the five members of Blind Melon are not altogether unfamiliar with the success affiliated with the release of their first effort in 12 years. Set to begin a Canadian tour this week to promote their new album For My Friends, guitarist Christopher Thorn takes some time to reflect on the bands historic past and speaks about the making of the new album.

"We've had great experiences in Canada, except for that one time when Shannon peed on the crowd," comments Thorn.

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September 25, 2008
  Songstress Laura Barrett's kalimba is excellentPDF files may take a moment to load

The kalimba is a simple African instrument. In essence, it's a tiny finger piano with a music box sound. Songstress Laura Barrett pairs this with her own light, sing-songy voice, beckoning images of a child singing nursery rhymes, a sound she features on her first full-length record, Victory Garden.

Barrett got her first Kalimba the summer after she graduated from the University of Toronto after majoring in psychology and specializing in English and linguistics.

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September 25, 2008
  Vancouver genre benders know how to get noticedPDF files may take a moment to load

The latest album from Hey Ocean! is good enough to make you rethink what makes musicians good. These three guys and one gal have got it figured out with a refreshing diversity in their music and are not afraid to break the rules that are so blindly followed by bands in the music industry today.

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September 25, 2008
  Internet and political sensation expands her horizonsPDF files may take a moment to load

September is almost over and in less than two weeks, the 40th Canadian general election will be held to determine the next prime minister. The preparation for this election, however, has not been publicized nearly as much as the Presidential election of our neighbours to the south. With the increasing popularity of YouTube as a medium for all things entertainment, news-related or just plain bizarre, its influence over public opinion is undeniable.

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