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March 29, 2007
  Radiant City: Radiant City lights up Calgary theatresPDF files may take a moment to load

Radiant City will soon be bringing the surreal, artificial sensibilities of suburbia into theatres across the country. The film, billed as a documentary on suburban sprawl, unites the journalistic background of co-filmmaker Jim Brown with the cinematic experience of his filmmaking counterpart Gary Burns. Alliance Atlantis has secured distribution rights across North America, and Radiant City will be opening in theatres Fri., March 30.

March 29, 2007
  Crude Awakening: Shrewd filmmakingPDF files may take a moment to load

Oil is the most important resource in the world today, with all of our conveniences propped up by rich, dark crude. Oil is in the insecticide used to kill cockroaches, and food has petroleum-based fertilizers to help it grow. A Crude Awakening: the Oil Crash shows simply and grippingly that the convenience of modern North American life is tied inexorably to the supply of oil. And that supply is already drying up.

March 29, 2007
  The Lookout: Not worth looking out forPDF files may take a moment to load

The Lookout is a bit like the proverbial glass of water: it can be seen as either half full or half empty. Without a strong turn from Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the starring role and a compelling first half, it could have been a lot worse. Unfortunately, had writer/director Scott Frank built on these strengths by making the other characters more three-dimensional and the second half more believable, it could have been much better.

March 29, 2007
  Arlo Guthrie: A gathering of GuthriesPDF files may take a moment to load

Arlo Guthrie is definitely a family man. He lives by traditional values handed down to him by his father, Woody Guthrie, the man behind the folk classic "This Land is Our Land." Over the past year, Arlo has been on the road with members of his family on the Guthrie Family Legacy Tour carrying on his father's legend through song.

"He blazed a trail for sure," says Guthrie. "I think we sort of try to continue from where he left off, but we are also not retreading old ground."

March 29, 2007
  Spun: Jim BrysonPDF files may take a moment to load

Energetic folk-pop is hard to find, as most of it tends to be of the Conor Oberst caterwauling variety. Thankfully, Jim Bryson's adorably-titled album Where the Bungalows Roam is the perfect mix of acoustic folk and low-key indie pop for the scenester set, without all the ugly histrionics that tend to irritate the senses.

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March 29, 2007
  Spun: House of FoolsPDF files may take a moment to load

It feels strangely compelling yet obviously taboo to crack a Mr. T joke about House of Fools. A cliched A-Team reference just seems juvenile and forced in such a glaring circumstance. Regardless, after one listen to Live & Learn, no one will pity any of the fools living in this metaphorical house.

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March 29, 2007
  Spun: City and ColourPDF files may take a moment to load

Never judge a book by its cover--or so goes the old cliche. Despite an ingrained aversion to them, cliches are sometimes incredibly apt. Sadly, though, City and Colour's latest release, Live, is an exception--its plain, brown, cardboard cover speaks volumes as to its content.

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March 29, 2007
  Spun: Matthew HerbertPDF files may take a moment to load

Score is a collection of work from Matthew Herbert, a collaborator with such artists as Yoko Ono and Bjork, cobbled together from his various film scores. As such, there is a strange lack of cohesion to the album. With that said, track selection is a stylistic evolution rather than an attempt to place the album in cohesive whole, although there are still strange shifts in style that come out of nowhere.

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March 29, 2007
  Great Lake Swimmers: Make sure to coat yourself in Vaseline firstPDF files may take a moment to load

Treading through aural water, Tony Dekker is leading what originated as his solo project, Great Lake Swimmers, into a whirlpool of success. It started out in 2003 when Dekker recorded his self-titled album in a grain silo with an accordion, piano, lap steel and acoustic guitar, taking advantage of the silo's natural reverb. Four years later, Dekker is getting ready to release his third full-length album, Ongiara--but this time Great Lake Swimmers has a few friends helping out.

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