Battles - Essential Albums

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Battles’ Ian Williams on the 5 albums that make Battles make sense

Sep 18, 2015

From math rock to minimalism — the Battles guitarist puts the band's DNA under our microscope.

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Will Viet Cong change their name at the Polaris Prize?

Sep 17, 2015

There's a rumour that the Calgary band will finally respond to the outcry at this Monday's gala. But would it be enough?

Probing the grey areas of Canadian identity in rural Quebec

Sep 9, 2015

At Festival De Musique Émergente in the remote mining town of Rouyn-Noranda, we ponder what makes a strong festival.

The summer is dead, long live the summer playlist

PLAYLIST: Summer 2015 is dead, long live Summer 2015!

Sep 8, 2015

School's in, summer's out. R.I.P. Summer 2015 and all your poolside bangers :(

Slim Twig - Essential Albums

ESSENTIAL ALBUMS: Slim Twig takes us down the rabbit hole of homemade and private press records

Sep 3, 2015

The Toronto outsider-pop songwriter initiates us into the weird, gem-filled world of records that never reached the mass market.

Arboretum Festival Ming Wu ARB2015: IF YOU BUILD IT: Cultural, Social and Environmental Responsibility in Modern Development

The impact of indigenous voices on Arboretum Festival offers teachable moments for Canadian music

Aug 31, 2015

The programmers of the Ottawa-area festival learn that offering people a platform for expression and a willingness to listen goes a long way.

We Are Your Friends - Saturday Night Fever for the post-recession, EDM generation?

We Are Your Friends: Saturday Night Fever for the post-recession, EDM generation?

Aug 27, 2015

The new Zac Efron vehicle We Are Your Friends, set within the American EDM scene, presents itself as a defining moment for Millennials.