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Band spotlight: Seoul

Some music is made to be experienced with company — it sets the tone at parties or during your favourite homemade drinking game. Others are meant to be processed individually, allowing the listener to enjoy at a deeper level. Montréal electronic band Seoul combines aspects of individuality and extroversion in their new album, I Become A Shade, …

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Album review: Pillars & Pyre by Dralms

Multi-faceted artist Christopher Smith has put together a new dark, dissonant EP titled Pillars & Pyre under the name Dralms. Released on May 19 via Boompa Records, the EP is the band’s second release and is a collaboration of Smith, Shaunn Watt and Peter Carruthers of the band Siskiyou and William Kendrick of Failing, along …

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AA Wallace performs at the Magpie Taproom. Photo taken by Andrea Vacl.

Getting Loose With AA Wallace

A thumping bassline, a slow drum beat and a melodic synthesizer riff resonates through the dimly lit Magpie Taproom. At the back of the bar, AA Wallace listens to his band play his new song “Secret Name” — without the vocals. Satisfied with the sound, he goes back on stage for a last run-through of …

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Journeying On: A visit with the Tourist Company

Earlier this season, the Artful Dodger in downtown Regina hosted The Tourist Company, an indie folk-rock band from Vancouver. Debuting in 2013 with their full length album Brother, Wake Up, an album with the spirit of City and Colour, the Decemberists and Sufjan Stevens, the band has since released two more EPs — Atlantic and Space …

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Yosvani Castañeda. Photo taken by Nigel Brown.

Four strings, endless options

It’s Friday night at Lula Lounge, a Toronto Latin live music club, and tonight the marquee reads “Salsa-Jazz.” Dancers are piled in ready to dance, and Café Cubano, a local salsa band, does not disappoint. Their roster has some regular players, but Café Cubano regularly features other Cuban musicians. Tonight, they’ve added Yosvani Castañeda. The …

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