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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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13 February 2010

Dean & Britta: Top 11 Things Britta Thinks Are Sexy

Hey Britta Phillips from uber-cool indie scenesters Dean & Britta! Will you be our Valentine? You will? Will you talk sexy at us? You will? *swoon* (And remember, our lists GO RIGHT TO 11!)

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9 February 2010

Hanging out with…UK’s EDITORS

BackstageRider sits down on a couch for a chat with Tom Smith and Ed Lay from England’s Editors. Check out the interview, the photos and the video of “Papillon” live in Vancouver. Oh and I gots you the set list, too.

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7 February 2010

Nouvelle Vague Live: Les Femmes, Le Fun, Le Fromage

French women wearing mini-dresses singing 80s post-punk songs while jumping around like deranged go-go dancers? What could possibly be gimmicky about that?

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1 February 2010

Me, Richey Edwards and the Manic Street Preachers

Remembering my night with Richey Edwards, guitarist and lyricist for the Manic Street Preachers, on the 15th anniversary of his disappearance. Readers, meet my diary. Diary, meet the Interweb.

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29 January 2010

REWIND: Making Beans on Toast With Therapy?

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Irish noiseniks Therapy? spent a lot of time in Toronto during the 90s. I was there. And they taught me many things. Here, they share an ancient British recipe.

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25 January 2010

Social Experiment in Hair Metal No. 432: Mötley Crüe

PYRO! JAGER! BOOBS! HAITI! A FAKE PIANO! TOMMY LEE’S BRAIN CELL! NIKKI SIXX LEADING THE AUDIENCE IN A PRAYER = Awesome. Mötley Crüe returns to Vancouver. All Hail Tommy Lee and the other guys.

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24 January 2010

Me and Steve Earle (Live at the 2010 Cultural Olympiad)

Twenty years on from first meeting and interviewing Steve Earle, and the hardcore troubardour is still telling great stories…and talking about jail. Of course.

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