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POP Montreal Diary

/// Day Five /// The final day of POP had an early evening lull, probably to make sure we all had a breather ahead of an earth-shattering performance by METZ. Before we all became drenched in each other’s sweat in … Continue reading

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Pastel Pop

The man behind Washed Out is not the hipster stereotype you’d expect. He’s married and a homeowner, and has lived his whole life in Georgia. He speaks with a slight southern drawl, made indistinguishable in his reverb-laced vocals. His name … Continue reading

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The East / West Spectrum

It can be argued that all music is political, whether it wants to be or not. If родина—the latest project by Sam Shalabi and Stefan Christoff—is political, it’s because the record holds no simple feelings. The listener must navigate unfamiliar … Continue reading

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Continuing Adventures of the Centaur

If you think Buck 65 has been taking it easy for the last couple years, you just haven’t been looking close enough. In fact, he’s never been busier. The genre-bending hip-hop cipher has several pots on the fire and a … Continue reading

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Colin Stetson’s High Art

We’re in this subterranean black box at the MAC, sitting on our coats in front of a stage that’s elevated just above ground level. The ancient, monstrous bass saxophone sits obediently on its perch, beside its dwarfed alto counterpart. Light streams … Continue reading

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Not Musical Tourism

Suuns make the kind of music that will burrow inside your head, nesting in your subconscious only to emerge when you least expect it. They toe the line between drone and dance, often falling into one or the other. Their … Continue reading

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The Animals Come Out to Play

We’re adorned in feathers and beads, at our own indoor Woodstock in Metropolis. Everyone’s smiling, soaking the music into our skin. The lights aren’t quite dimmed yet as Dan Deacon plays master of ceremonies, raving about forests of hair with … Continue reading

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Broken Black Diamonds

Before his set at Casa Del Popolo, Patrick Krief played an acoustic version of “Lost in Japan” for us in his Côte Saint-Luc home. It’s a song about his time in that country, where he felt the strongest sense of Lost … Continue reading

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