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August 06, 2014
  New music: The SturgeonsPDF files may take a moment to load

Straight from the Canadian Prairies, the Sturgeons make music that is equal parts nostalgia and Canadiana. As a folk album, This Is typifies the charm of the genre — music that is honest, frank and unashamed of where it comes from.

The album opens with “Someone to Love,” a song that evokes images of barn dances and campfires. It’s a style that completes the album’s approach. Like most good folk music, the album sounds completely familiar and absolutely new at the same time.

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August 06, 2014
  New music: Rebeccca LappaPDF files may take a moment to load

In her latest album, Edmonton-born Rebecca Lappa blends folk and classical vocals to create Ode to Tennyson, her fourth full-length album. The album is inspired by the works of 19th century British poet laureate Lord Alfred Tennyson.

Lappa’s music is energetic and complex, with classical and folk influences dove-tailing into jazzy, Celtic and even Latin territory.

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July 16, 2014
  Fucked UpPDF files may take a moment to load

The latest album from Vancouver band Fucked Up delivers a chaotic and complex punk rock sound. Glass Boys is a mix of hardcore punk and indie that is unpolished, but tenacious.

But with this hybridization the album suffers from an overall lack of unity — many songs shift from mellow instrumentals to screaming vocals at a moment’s notice.

Although the band has found commercial success (and won the Polaris Music Prize in ‘09), fast guitars and seething vocals show they haven’t forgotten their roots.

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July 16, 2014
  Blades of SteelPDF files may take a moment to load

Full Frontal Nelson & the Boxcar Bolsheviks, the latest album from Calgary hip hop group Blades of Steel, is defined by brash lyrics and catchy instrumentals, which produce a sound that is an interesting fusion of hip hop and other genres.

The EP wastes no time with “So Fast,” dropping synth beats layered with rapid-fire lyrics. This hectic rhythm continues throughout the album.

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June 19, 2014
  The Harpoonist and The Axe MurdererPDF files may take a moment to load

Based on the name of Vancouver duo The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer, I expected A Real Fine Mess to be a mix of death metal and maritime folk music. However, their sound is defined by a funky mix of bluegrass and blues.

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June 19, 2014
  Ellen DotyPDF files may take a moment to load

Ellen Doty’s debut album Gold is jazz in the most classic sense. Unashamed and frank, Doty embraces a sound that brushes aside modern studio gimmicks.

When it works, Gold stands out as a homegrown and warmhearted listen meant for easy summer days. When it doesn’t, the lyricism falls flat, forcing songs to drag out and overstay their welcome.

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May 29, 2014
  Reuben And The DarkPDF files may take a moment to load

Funeral Sky — the debut album from Calgary-based Reuben and the Dark — sees the indie-folk outfit explore “the duality of misery and joy.”

The album is produced by Florence + The Machine drummer Chris Hayden (who vocalist Reuben Bullock met serendipitously at a resort in Mexico) and Stephen Kozmeniuk.

The album incorporates chilling choir-like harmonies (“Shoulderblade”) and indie gospel sing-alongs (“Marionette”) to create an earnest album that is both poignant and sincere.

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May 29, 2014
  Chromeo PDF files may take a moment to load

Chromeo’s fourth album, White Women, delivers what their previous album, Business Casual, couldn’t: a clever, tongue-in-cheek summer playlist.

While many artists are just discovering the semi-vintage, always fun, electro-funk music that is a mish-mash of 70s discotheque and 80s pop sensibility, this is Chromeo’s regular mix. And they have finally found the combination that strikes the right vibe.

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May 22, 2014
  The Black KeysPDF files may take a moment to load

Turn Blue marks the Black Keys’ eighth studio album and sees the duo continue to grow.

The psychedelic album cover and psych-rock soul reflect the style of co-producer Danger Mouse. This is the band’s fourth collaboration with the producer, known for his work with Jay-Z, Gorillaz and Beck.

With morose lyrics and a tempo slower than 2011’s El Camino, the album not only echoes my previous time wasted in a relationship, but also guitarist Dan Auerbach’s recently failed marriage.

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May 22, 2014
  Michael JacksonPDF files may take a moment to load

The reception for Michael Jackson’s second posthumous album Xscape has been mixed. Some feel MJ would approve, while others, like Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, call it “bullshit.” Releasing posthumous work is tricky. It’s great to hear new music from a deceased musician, but it’s never entirely their music.

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