Arts & Culture

“I Love It” censure indicative of unfair genre criticism

By Zacc Schlegel, October 17 2018 — Kanye West and Lil Pump released “I Love It” to great commercial success on Sept. 6, earning over 50 million YouTube views and counting. The song itself is characterized by a minimalist beat and explicit lyrics, while the music video features Kanye and Pump dressed as Roblox-like figures….

Oddisee brings his means of production to Commonwealth

By Thomas Johnson, October 15 2018 — This past Thursday at Commonwealth Bar & Stage, rapper/producer/all-around-good-guy Oddisee brought the same workmanlike attitude to his live show that has defined his career. Though the first handful of songs he had to work through some sound issues, Oddisee, who introduced himself by his birth name Amir Mohamed el…

New Music: Low

By Troy Hasselman, October 12 2018 — Low has always dealt with the adverse. From the band’s often melancholic subject matter to their slow-moving arrangements, negativity is central to Low’s music. Based around the decades-long partnership between founding members Alan Sparhawk and Mimi Parker, Low has been releasing sedate albums for nearly 25 years. The band’s…

WordFest brings the Imaginarium to Calgary

By Thomas Johnson, October 10 2018 — While Calgary’s home for all things literary can be experienced year-round, WordFest’s week-long sojourn kicked off on Monday, Oct. 8, bringing to YYC a brief wonderland of imagination. The festival, now in its 23rd season, has expanded its typically impressive roster to host over 120 artists, filling out 180…

Calgary Film 2018: Under the Silver Lake

By Thomas Johnson, October 7 2018 — Under the Silver Lake, a Calgary Film entry by director David Robert Mitchell (It Follows), takes place in a version of Los Angeles that seems surreal through outsider eyes. Sam, an easily distracted, chain-smoking somnambulist played by Andrew Garfield, wanders the city’s hills, valleys and bomb-shelters on a bleary-eyed quest…

Calgary Film 2018: Shoplifters

By Jocelyn Illing, October 6 2018 — Walking into the ice-box theatre, I wondered to myself if the film I was about to watch was going to be worth the bitter cold. A few friends had seen it the previous night and had nothing but praise for Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters (2018). Eventually, I found my…

Calgary Film 2018: Pity

By Thomas Johnson, October 3 2018 — The premise of Babis Makridis’s Pity, at its shallowest depth, is one of an otherwise successful man, known as The Lawyer, coping with a wife-shaped hole in his life that’s newly depressed every morning when he wakes up feeling as empty as his bed. However, the deeper you fall into…

Death Never Dies: A case for death metal in Calgary

By Matty Hume, October 4 2018 — Even in the dead of night, when pleasant dreams fill the minds of sleeping souls from Sundance to Hidden Valley, Ninth Avenue remains a restless stretch of dimly lit pavement. It’s the gateway to downtown for much of Calgary’s northwest. It’s the home of the National Music Centre,…

New Music: IDLES

By Jason Herring, October 3 2018 — Through two albums, Bristol punk quartet IDLES have proven they’re not scared to tackle tough subjects. Their 2017 debut, Brutalism, occupied itself with death and addiction. Their sophomore release, Joy as an Act of Resistance, universalizes the band’s energy, dealing instead with political issues like Brexit, income inequality and…

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