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New Music: Kurt Vile

By Stephen Lee, November 2 2018 — After three years, Kurt Vile has released another solo project, though it doesn’t feel like he’s gone anywhere. Bottle It In, Vile’s latest release, propels him back to the forefront of indie rock, a spot he’s very familiar with. The album continues his journey, bringing something new yet familiar…

The media should continue to shed light on hate

By Stephen Lee, October 3 2018 — A recent story published by the Gauntlet identified a University of Calgary student as an administrator for the Instagram account @rightwingism, which posted anti-Semitic, homophobic and racist content. Furthermore, the page had been offered potential funding by Philip Schuman, a United Conservative Party candidate for the Calgary-Glenmore riding. Covering…

Remembering FAME Studios founder Rick Hall

By Stephen Lee, January 19 2018 — Rick Hall, founder of FAME studios, died at the age of 85 from prostate cancer at the beginning of January. Though few know his name, his influence on the music industry can be heard on countless albums. Hall was the man behind some of the greatest soul and…

New music: Morrissey

By Stephen Lee, December 6 2017 — Morrissey’s newest album, Low in High School, is rife with the artist’s signature dismal poetry, starting off strong but losing energy and intrigue in the album’s second half. Low in High School offers relevant lyrics to the modern world. Songs like “Who Will Protect Us from the Police?”…

New Music: Bob Seger

By Stephen Lee, November 27 2017 — In the past, Bob Seger’s best work blended elements of folk, country and rock to create music with universal appeal. His newest album, I Knew You When, doesn’t match the diverse songwriting of his past work but still manages to captivate listeners with a couple of standout songs….

Banning books limits discussion and hinders societal progress

By Stephen Lee, November 3 2017 — A school district in Mississippi recently banned To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s classic book about an innocent black man wrongly accused of rape during the Great Depression. The district  complained that language used in the novel makes middle-schoolers uncomfortable. Most of this controversy is over the main characters’…

New Music: Neil Young

By Stephen Lee, October 12 2017 — Neil Young has never been one to chase a synthetic sound. Hitchhiker resonates with raw, unnerving and subtle energy beneath a simple sound that perfectly encapsulates Young’s songwriting. Young’s lyrics don’t need to be dissected for meaning. There’s something powerful about the way he tells a story —…

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