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19 March 2010

Rock Hands of the Month: PENDULUM

AussieUK drum n’ bassterds Pendulum give us not one but TWO ironic rock hands for March. See if you can figure out which of the two was the most wasted.

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18 March 2010

Interview: Gomez on New Album =”More Balls, More Swagger”

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How the hell did the BackstageRider end up drinking Beck’s and talking Beck with Gomez while watching Danish band Efterklang? The story starts in 1998. And then weaves its way to 2010 and the Cultural Olympiad in which Tom Gray discusses what he wants from the band’s new album… and it isn’t wallpaper. Click through for exclusive pics and interview.

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15 March 2010

The Only Answers: Mike Doughty Tips Out the Question Jar

What is Mike Doughty’s Question Jar? It is a thing of beauty. And when the Brooklynite came through town this past weekend, we felt obliged to metaphorically tip the thing over on a quest to discover its awesomeosity. And we did.

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10 March 2010

Midlake: Live at the Biltmore, Vancouver

Denton, Texas’ Midlake stopped by to drop some heavy flute and guitar action on Vancouver. And it was good.

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7 March 2010

GALLERY: Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Vancouver, March 6

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club bravely performed 8 songs off of their new album Beat the Devil’s Tattoo, on March 6 at Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom. Then they played the good stuff off of their first two albums. They even smiled. And Robert even – gasp – chatted a bit. Here is visual proof of a pretty decent gig in all its well-lit glory.

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5 March 2010

Interview with Mogwai’s Stuart Braithwaite: “Harps are nice”

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What’s Stuart Braithwaite’s favourite Mogwai song? Are they louder than Dinosaur Jr? If the universe were to implode in on itself taking with it every guitar effects pedal except for one, which one would Braithwaite choose? Find out the answers.

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2 March 2010

Hot Chip – One Life Stand (EMI/Virgin)

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In which a critic subjectively goes through an album and determines its relevancy based on taste, easily dismissable by the reader. In this installment, and belatedly because the Olympics put me off by two weeks, Hot Chip’s happy clappy dancey “One Life Stand”.

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23 February 2010

Rock Hand of The Month: WOODHANDS

Throwin’ the horns. The Devil’s hand. Rock Hand. Call it what you will, it is the sign of ULTIMATE MUSICAL MAYHEM. And like revenge it is best served cold…and it is very cold in Toronto where Paul Banwatt from electro dance geeks Woodhands come from.

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21 February 2010

2010 Cultural Olympiad: Hal Willner’s Neil Young Project

From disastrously sleepy to utterly sublime: how Hal Willner’s Neil Young Project was saved from snoozeville by Elvis Costello, Lou Reed, Metric and a few other indie rockers.

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