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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
  Nick and Norah mixes a love story with sketched indie title fontPDF files may take a moment to load

To make a good romantic comedy, you need to get the hell out of Hollywood. There's nothing there but Botox, Spencer Pratt and loneliness, which is why it's nice for a movie to go back to the most mythologized city in film and the place where almost all of Woody Allen's classic tales of love were set, good ol' New York City.

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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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October 02, 2008
  Religion + ridiculous = preachy docPDF files may take a moment to load

It seems like a match made in heaven. Social satirist and comedian Bill Maher teams with Larry Charles, director of 2006's hugely successful Borat, for a relentless, globe-trotting tirade against established religion in their new documentary Religulous (ostensibly a mixture of the words "religion" and "ridiculous"). The result is, as one would expect, side-splittingly hilarious. However, filmgoers looking for a deeper exploration of religion, theology and culture will be sadly disappointed.

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October 02, 2008
  Blindness provides insight into humanityPDF files may take a moment to load

When Jose Saramago made his acceptance speech for his Nobel Prize in Literature, he recounted how, when it got very cold, his grandpa, a pig farmer, would grab his little piggies from outside and keep them in his bed to keep them warm. He didn't do this to be righteous, he did it out of common sense to keep them from dying.

This common sense, says Saramago, is what the world is lacking in a time where we are quite literally blinded from each other.

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