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Little Wild blast back onto the scene with BODIES

Abbotsford’s resident rockers are back from an almost four-year-long release drought, and they’ve brought new music with them. “Weeks,” the first single Little Wild released...

Soundbite: Loans – Self Loaning

Abbotsford punk / hardcore outfit Loans’ debut record Self Loaning is a short but comprehensive overview of the energy and potential in the band. Loans...

Snapshot: Being Jaded

Do you people know how hard it is to be informed and still be cheerful? It’s goddamn hard. I’ve got a part-time job selling...

The Courtneys II is a little II fuzzy

Following the grand tradition of straightforward garage rock / pop outfits, The Courtneys’ latest record is full of jangly, not-quite-pop hooks and lollipop-sweet harmonies....

Snapshot: Awards shows are garbage

Awards are cool. I have nothing against awards. If a piece of music or a movie does enough to broach aesthetic or narrative fields...

Whitney’s debut brings life back to country-tinged folk

Whitney’s Light Upon The Lake is one of the strongest debuts I’ve heard in a while. And somehow, it gets away with doing something...

Soundbite: King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard — Flying Microtonal Banana

After last year’s Nonagon Infinity, I was curious to see just what else King Gizz had up their sleeve, and Flying Microtonal Banana, an...

Snapshot: The Left isn’t on the Left

Nowadays, the term “liberal” has come to be used, generally, to refer to political and social positions which are perceived to be on the left of the political spectrum. Obama was labeled a communist by disgruntled Americans, and the Canadian Liberal party has also been characterized as “socialist.”

The Red Turtle shows us what animated movies could do if...

Michaël Dudok de Wit’s The Red Turtle is perhaps the most inventive animated movie I’ve seen all year. That might not be selling it too much given that the year’s just getting under way and I haven’t really seen any other animated movies, but I guarantee that The Red Turtle will at the very least be unlike most other major animated releases.

Cherry Glazerr’s Apocalipstick grazes greatness

I used to love Metric. Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? and Live It Out had no bad songs on them. I bring Metric up because prior to 2012’s Synthetica (which I gave them a pass on because, even though most critics panned it, “Lost Kitten” was just too sweet to hate) the band was everything it should have ever been: a vaguely grungy indie-rock band that was unapologetic of the feminine influence Emily Haines brought in without sacrificing the fact that they actually made rock.