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We don't usually cover things in this column that don't have a local angle, but this one was too good to pass up. An Ohio man has launched a campaign to have "Weird Al"...
It is often tempting to read meanings into albums, to seek a common thread that ties all the songs together. Beneath Augusta's debut album, You Gotta Come Down Sometime, for...
Vancouver-based White Whale Records, home to acts such as Kids These Days, Mohawk Lodge, Castle Project, and Poorfolk, currently finds its profile growing in, of all places...
Are You Mad at Me? (Independent) Singer-guitarist Nathan Dillon has been around the Vancouver independent-music scene for a long time. Formerly a member of Puncture (the...
Diaries of a Broken Heart (White Whale) As long as people have hearts to be trampled on and relationships to toss down the shitter, we'll continue to need breakup songs....
Jimmy LaValle has built his musical career on the gorgeous sounds he can coax from his various instruments. The San Diego-based musician was a member of the swirly-guitar-and-...
Depending on whose opinion you choose to heed, the latest Crooked Fingers record, Dignity and Shame, is either veteran tunesmith Eric Bachmann's masterpiece or a serious...
The Straight's cover boys from a few weeks back, the guys in Hot Hot Heat, are doing pretty well for themselves. The Vancouver band's new album, Elevator, is getting...
Odyssey (Capitol) Now that the whole electroclash thing has blown over (and thank God for that), it's tempting to dismiss new-wave revivalists Fischerspooner as yesterday's...
Two weeks ago, this column reported that a group of local musicians was heading to Toronto to play in the annual Exclaim! Hockey Summit. Well, the Vancouver Flying Vees have...

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