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September 25, 2008
  Spun: Kaley BirdPDF files may take a moment to load

It's not surprising to learn that Kaley Bird's self-titled CD is her first attempt at recording an album. Bird's awesome lyrics and brilliant guitar licks are lost in the mediocre recording quality and loose beats. The very first note of the piece was out of tune, which really set a bad tone for the rest of what would've been a really good song.

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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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September 25, 2008
  The universal language of dancePDF files may take a moment to load

Dance is as universal a language as music. All you have to do is open your eyes and mind to understand it. As the University of Calgary dance program gets ready to host its professional series, all choreographer and dancer Marc Boivin asks is for your presence, mind and body.

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September 25, 2008
  Spun: Lonely Drifter KarenPDF files may take a moment to load

Lonely Drifter Karen's debut album, Grass is Singing, is a perfect soundtrack for daydreamers. This band is very clearly influenced by its creation, which started in vocalist, guitarist and lyricist Tanja Frinta's early '20s when she left her hometown Vienna for Sweden, eventually moving to Barcelona. In Barcelona, she met her Spanish lover and pianist Marc Media Sobrevas and Italian drummer Giorgio Menossi.

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September 25, 2008
  Spun: The Matt Blais ConnectionPDF files may take a moment to load

Calgary-based The Matt Blais Connection's self-titled EP is reminiscent of many things on the first listen. Influences such as the Beatles and Ben Kweller are clearly heard on each freshly emerging track, which often offers a completely different feel than the previous. With the combined elements of rock, folk and soul, it's no wonder Matt Blais has slowly but surely caught the attention of music lovers keen enough to discover him.

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September 25, 2008
  Spun: Roots ManuvaPDF files may take a moment to load

Sometimes, it's good to judge an album by its cover. Slime & Reason has a striking image of a pale, statue-like man with his skull cut open horizontally, a pool of violently green liquid sitting peacefully in the cavity within on the front. London rapper Roots Manuva's sixth studio album is a catchy, danceable record that combines Manuva's deep, resonant voice with solid lyrics and a refreshing infusion of reggae beats.

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September 25, 2008
  Spun: Priya ThomasPDF files may take a moment to load

There are a lot of types of people who would not like Blood Heron, the latest record from Ontario-born Priya Thomas. These people may include those who like generic, overplayed insanity-inducing pop music, those who are boring and those who do not like change, because in Heron, Thomas has spun a delightfully different image resulting in a new indie-style record that is impossible to compare or forget and is anything but boring.

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