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Despite the country’s reputation for being polite, friendly, and generally likeable, Canada has managed to produce musical acts that attract commercial success and public derision in roughly equal measure. We’re looking at you Bieber and...

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Tennessean singer-songwriter Kelsea Ballerini established herself as a talent to watch with a self-titled EP in 2014 and The First Time, her début album in 2015. Now twenty-four years of age, Ballerini returns with her...

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With Christmas fast approaching, ‘tis the season for boxsets, deluxe editions, and best of compilations. And so it is that influential English synth-pop outfit Tears for Fears release the sixteen track collection, Rule the World:...

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Album Review: The LaFontaines – Common Problem

November 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

A year after forming, Glaswegian quintet The LaFontaines landed themselves a spot performing at the T in the Park festival in 2011, becoming semi-regulars over the subsequent years. Since then the group has worked assiduously...

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Album Review: Guy Sebastian – Conscious

November 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Back in 2003 Guy Sebastian rose to prominence first as a contestant on, and eventually as the winner of, the inaugural season of Australian Idol. Releasing a steady stream of singles, extended-plays, and albums, Sebastian...

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The past few years have seen Floridian metal outfit Trivium change drummers more frequently than a bass player changes strings. On their eighth album, The Sin and the Sentence, Trivium introduces their fans to the...

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Album Review: Rachel Platten – Waves

November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Rachel Platten’s career reads like a textbook account of a singer/songwriter seeking to make it in the unforgiving music industry. However, there are two points from which Platten’s story diverges from the norm. The first...

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Album Review: Chris Young – Losing Sleep

November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

For thirty-two-year-old Chris Young, the past decade has been a storied one, with a win on the 2006 season of Nashville Star landing him a recording contract and propelling him to the top of the...

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Album Review: dvsn – Morning After

November 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

With the release of their début album, Sept. 5th, nearly a year and a half ago, Canadian duo dvsn – pronounced ‘division’ – stepped out from behind the veil of anonymity that had surrounded them...

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Album Review: Sam Smith – The Thrill of it All

November 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Despite having a recording career reaching back into his mid-teens, Sam Smith didn’t garner substantial recognition for his vocal talents until 2012 when he featured on the Disclosure single, Latch, as a twenty-year-old. What followed...

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Album Review: Kelly Clarkson – Meaning of Life

October 24, 2017 | 2 Comments

A flurry of success met Kelly Clarkson after she took out the inaugural season of American Idol in 2002, and subsequent seasons and countless other talent shows have taught us that this type of success...

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Album Review: The Darkness – Pinewood Smile

October 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

It’s been fourteen years since English quartet The Darkness firmly established their modus operandi with their début album, Permission to Land, and its breakthrough single, I Believe in a Thing Called Love. It was a...

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Album Review: Robert Plant – Carry Fire

October 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

If someone asked you to describe what a rock-god looks like, chances are you’d describe a jean-clad, twenty-something-year-old man with a mane of long, wild hair, chest bared underneath an open shirt, and dripping as...

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