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SUMMING UP

SUM 41 DISCUSS THEIR NEW ALBUM, AND HOW THEY DECIDE WHICH SONGS TO CHUCK. Most pop-punk bands who make a name for themselves singing about avoiding homework don’t make it too far beyond the adolescent phase. Understandably so: ...

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CSS

GETTING HYPED UP ON THE DOWN-LOW. With thumping beats, an off-the-wall sense of style, videos straight out of a ’90s art school project, and song titles like “Music is My Hot Hot Sex,” the Brazilian band CSS clearly enjoys being ...

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ANDREW W.K.

THE PARTY MONSTER AND MOTIVATIONAL SPEAKER CONNECTS THE DOTS I was a child of the 1980s, back when rock stars led debauched lives of sex, drugs and rage antics. For that reason, I wasn’t particularly thrilled at ...

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ON THE RECORD WITH:

RAEKWON. There are leaders and there are followers. There are originators and there are imitators. As fads in music come and go, one constant in hip hop has been the ability of the best maestros to make real, gritty rap about ...

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ALL THE RAGE BROOKLYN ROCKER

TAMAR-KALI TALKS AFRO-PUNK, AFRO-PUNK AND HER NEW ALBUM, BLACK BOTTOM. Although she has been playing the New York club circuit and building a name for herself for over a decade, Tamar-kali is perhaps better known for her appearance as ...

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ANIMAL BEHAVIOUR

WILD CHILD KE$HA MAY BE TOUGH TO TAME, BUT THERE’S MORE TO HER THAN PARTY ANTICS  Ke$ha is known for being cheeky, irreverent and juvenile. With songs that glorify teenage recklessness, off-colour lyrics that make no effort to subtly ...

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LOVEHATE RELATIONSHIP

SEMI PRECIOUS WEAPONS LOVE THEMSELVES, AND DON’T CARE HOW MUCH YOU HATE THEM. Even in an amorphous pop climate that’s increasingly embracing eccentricity and difference, Semi Precious Weapons demand to be noticed. They are misfits in a ...

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BAND OF HORSES

IN IT FOR THE MUSIC. Perhaps it is their ability to create music that sounds completely mysterious, heart-achingly sad and profoundly beautiful all at the same time. It could be Ben Bridwell’s voice that guides you through each ...

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TRAVIE McCOY

THE MULTI-TALENTED ARTIST CLIMBS OUT OF THE CAVE AND INTO THE SPOTLIGHT. Some people just don’t know how to stop working. When your full-time job is fronting a successful band like Gym Class Heroes, the ...

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MIDNIGHT BOOM

THE XX’S ROMY MADLEY CROFT AND HER BANDMATES ARE UNABASHED CREATURES OF THE NIGHT. By now, you probably know everything there is to know about The xx and their unexpectedly mature, Mercury Prize-nominated 2009 debut: the hushed ...

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SCISSOR SISTERS

THE PARTY NEVER STOPS WITH THE SCISSOR SISTERS. The cover of the new Scissor Sisters album Night Work features an eye-catching clenched male butt clad in tights. It screams gay. “It was something that [lead singer] ...

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JANELLE MONAE

THE ARTIST’S FREAKY POP KNOWS NO BOUNDS. Though it has long been the purview of electro head geeks to wonder if we really are in the Matrix, sci-fi is now quickly gaining momentum in unexpected places. ...

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CHROMEO

OUR SPECIAL CONTRIBUTOR SARA BOOBOOSH MOUTHS OFF WITH P-THUGG. It’s been over three years since Chromeo released the electrofunk classic Fancy Footwork, and the fact that the Montreal duo is now gearing up to unleash a third album, Business Casual, ...

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MGMT: HIVE FIVES ALL AROUND

THE BAND TALKS UP THEIR NEW ALBUM CONGRATULATIONS When I told a friend that I had an advance copy of MGMT’s new album she almost peed herself, and then exploded with uncontrollable glee. Rock stars have ...

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NO, NOT THAT BRAHMS

SIX MONTHS AFTER THEIR FORMATION, NEW YORK TRIO BRAHMS ARE SCORING STRINGS OF FANS. With the birth rate of bands in Brooklyn rapidly approaching the birth rate of babies worldwide, it was only a matter ...

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ON THE RECORD WITH TALIB KWELI

“IF SKILLS SOLD, TRUTH BE TOLD,” JAY-Z RHYMES ON HIS THREE-MILLION-SELLING BLACK ALBUM, “I’D PROBABLY BE, LYRICALLY, TALIB KWELI.” With socially conscious, literate lyrics that still remain honest and streetwise, former Black Star member Kweli is one of ...

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NO EXTINCTION FOR DINOSAUR JR.

GRUNGE IS BACK, AND NO ONE SIGNALS ITS ROAR BETTER THAN THE KINGS OF FUZZ. Nirvana got more press and Pearl Jam sold more records, but anyone who lived through the grunge years knows that the ...

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XAVIER RUDD: MARCHING TO THE BEAT OF HIS HEART

THE RELEASE OF XAVIER RUDD'S LATEST ALBUM, KOONYUM SUN, PROVES THAT THE SINGER'S DARK DAYS ARE OVER. Xavier Rudd is a man who follows his heart more than his mind, and a man who accepts that everything ...

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MOTOWN FROM STEEL TOWN: HAMILTON'S ARKELLS MAKE NICE MUSIC

HAVING STARTED OUT AS A TRIBUTE TO CANADIAN ROCK LEGENDS THE BAND, HAMILTON'S ARKELLS HAVE SINCE COME A LONG WAY. Touring coast to coast opening up for bands like Sam Roberts Band and Matt Mays & ...

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AOKI UBER ALLES

THE L.A. DJ’S NEW PUNK COLLABORATION, RIFOKI, TAKES HIM BACK TO HIS “BLOODY” ROOTS. A lot can be said about Steve Aoki, and most of it already has been. At 32, the Californian has dipped his ...

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CANADA DAY ACCORDING TO DOA

THE LEADER OF CANUCK PUNK LEGENDS D.O.A. TELLS NAKED EYE HOW HE'LL BE SPENDING HIS JULY 1st.   Up here in Canada, we have a lot to feel good about. Free healthcare, plenty of natural resources, good ...

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THIS BAND IS A MOTORCYCLE: LETTING UP DESPITE GREAT FAULTS ARE NOT LETTING UP, DESPITE A GREAT QUARTER-LIFE CRISIS

After hitting a quarter life crisis, Michael Lee – lead singer of Letting Up Despite Great Faults – quit his 9 to 5 job in search of something that he felt was missing from his life. It may ...

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SURPRISE HIT:

GLOBAL SYNDICATE ARE POISED TO TAKE OVER. Global Syndicate are the luckiest hip hop act this side of the border. Despite being brand spanking new and completely unknown, the Vancouver duo have managed to snag opportunities ...

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UNIVERSAL MUSIC MMVA AFTER PARTY 2010

The Naked Eye crew just arrived back from an amazing trip to Toronto.  We were there taking in the madness of the Much Music Video Awards at This Is London, where the Official Universal Music Canada M.M.V.A. After ...