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Gimme Fiction (Merge) Spoon has been active for just over a decade and has been making records for almost as long, but the Austin, Texas-based band once seemed destined to...
Well, it can't boast the big names and even bigger crowds that Bumbershoot regularly draws, but the annual What-the-Heck Fest certainly has its share of indie cred. Presented...
Alligator (Beggars Banquet) Matt Berninger mumbles the sort of darkly sardonic lyrics that will resonate with fans of American Music Club and the Tindersticks. On Alligator...
Fans of A Northern Chorus could be forgiven for thinking that the Hamilton-based band has a game of musical chairs in progress most of the time. The group is centred around...
Most bands operate with something akin to a family dynamic, even if the members are not related by blood. There are sibling rivalries to be dealt with and a sense of loyalty...
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....

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