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New Music: Nas

By Thomas Johnson, June 15 2018 — For hip-hop heads steeped in tradition, Nas is the platonic ideal of a rapper. It’s his voice, his cadence and the way he makes syllables and vowels dance and spin themselves into concrete-corner epics. He embodied the jaded innocence of the boy-on-the-corner — the purest distillation of hip-hop. He’s…

New Music: Kids See Ghosts

By Thomas Johnson, June 13 2018 — On the uncharacteristically slapdash ye, Kanye West mused, “Screamed so loud, got no lungs. Hurt so bad, I go numb.” Eight years before, on his career-defining Man On The Moon II, Kid Cudi similarly murmured, “Life is like that. Beat me up and I’ll fight it right back.”…

New Music: May Album Wrap-Up

By Thomas Johnson, June 8 2018 —  Pusha T – DAYTONA The unreleased debut album by the Clipse, Exclusive Audio Footage, was supposed to be released in 1999. Recording sessions began as early as 1996, meaning Pusha has now been penning immaculate, dead-eyed rhymes about the the luxuries of selling narcotics for two decades. Considering how many…

New Music: Kanye West

By Thomas Johnson, June 1 2018 —  One the one hand, Kanye West’s intemperate mood swings make it near-impossible to objectively critique his lyrical content. On the other hand, by this point — two decades into his undeniable reign as hip-hop’s stately tastemaker — if you buy into Kanye The Artist, you’ve reconciled Kanye The…

Summer à la Calgary: The land of buds and suds

By Thomas Johnson, April 26 2018 — Five degrees or 30 degrees — what’s the difference? It’s now comfortably in the middle of that range and it’s safe to say there probably won’t be a torrential dump of sleet and snow for a brief while. Calgarians are sun-obsessed, patio-hungry creatures fuelled chiefly on lo-fi power…

New Music: Sleep

By Thomas Johnson, April 26 2018 — On the one hand, in a branch of rock as prone to cliché as stoner metal, it might have been laying it on a little thick releasing your first studio album in 15 years on 4/20 (Technically Jerusalem, the first iteration of what would eventually become Dopesmoker, was…

Summer Festivals Preview: One season to rock them all

By Thomas Johnson, April 26 2018 — Festival season, the only season that matters, is nearly upon us. As the snow recedes and its flooding washes away the spectre of school, five-hour daylight and the scourge of seasonal affective disorder, we welcome Calgary’s annual festivals back into our collective minds and communities. Sled Island will…

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