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The Petition to Ban Action Bronson Is About Misogyny, Not Censorship

(41) Comments | Posted June 2, 2015 | 2:33 PM

Warning: This post contains tweets with disturbing language

The day Action Bronson's headlining performance at Yonge and Dundas Square was cancelled by the organizers of NXNE, bowing to the pressure of a petition claiming the New York rapper's music "glorifies gang-raping and murdering women," which attracted...

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Boy George Talks Jared Leto, His 80s Impact, Lady Gaga's Monstrous Monsters And Returning To Pop

(1) Comments | Posted March 20, 2014 | 5:33 PM

"No one gives a shit about Boy George."

So says Boy George. The English singer's new album "This is What I Do" comes out March 25, marking a return to pop music after 11 years as a house music DJ. But Boy George is the first to admit in the...

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Against Me! Singer Wants Album 'Transgender Dysphoria Blues' To Make 'Right People Uncomfortable'

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2014 | 3:30 PM

Punk rock, for all its dalliances with pop style and sound, remains a cry against the status quo. Transgender singer Laura Jane Grace does that triumphantly by merging the personal with the political on her band Against Me!'s latest longplayer "Transgender Dysphoria Blues" — arguably the boldest statement about transitioning...

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Dears' Singer Murray Lightburn Escapes 'Indie Rock Prison' With 'Mass:Light'

(0) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Murray Lightburn, singer of Montreal band The Dears, has made a mother of a solo album.

"Mass:Light" is an electronic concept album, a sci-fi story about death and war and crystal balls, which follows a despicable, yet sympathetic character named “The Ruiner” as he...

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Best Canadian Albums of 2013

(1) Comments | Posted December 4, 2013 | 2:52 PM

In 2013, more than ever before, Canadian music didn't just follow what was going on in the rest of the world — a world where "pop" continues to be the key part of "pop culture" — it mirrored it.

For all the eyes on Miley's antics, it was actually...

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15 Bloody Good Songs About Vampires For Your Halloween Playlist

(6) Comments | Posted October 24, 2013 | 1:36 PM

Just in time for Halloween, NBC is premiering Dracula, its new historical drama starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers of The Tudors as the vampire count who likes the taste of blood, long walks in the darkness and the ladies.

Between Twilight and True Blood some might say there has been vampire...

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Steven Page's Controversial New Food Series 'The Illegal Eater'

(11) Comments | Posted October 22, 2013 | 1:05 PM

If celebrity chefs are the new rock stars, what to make of a rock star who hosts a food show? Steven Page, former vocalist for the Barenaked Ladies, is the host of "The Illegal Eater," a new TV program about underground restaurants, black market ingredients and other food items of...

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Godspeed, Polaris and the Art of Saying No

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2013 | 7:59 PM

Two nights ago, on the eve of the Polaris Music Prize gala, in which a Canadian album would be named the year's best, and awarded a $30,000 cash prize as a result, I was listening to Godspeed You Black Emperor's Short Listed Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend! I consider it a...

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Songs About Science: What Music Can Teach Us About Chemistry, Physics, Biology And More (Or Less)

(2) Comments | Posted August 30, 2013 | 10:30 AM

"Rock stars, is there anything they don't know?" Homer Simpson said it, but is it true? Can students learn more from listening to songs about science than attending actual classes?

Judging from these 13 hit songs about science, it might take a miracle.

But click the video gallery...

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Kat Von D Album To Feature Dave Grohl On Drums (PHOTOS)

(8) Comments | Posted August 16, 2013 | 4:03 PM

Kat Von D has revealed that her long-awaited debut album will feature drums by “dearest friend” Dave Grohl.

Late Thursday night, the tattoo artist and "L.A. Ink" star tweeted out “Dave Grohl is ruling so hard right now!” to her 1.5 million followers from a recording studio.

This isn't...

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Classified Defends Selling 'Inner Ninja' To Tim Hortons: 'It's Bigger Than Radio, Video Play'

(11) Comments | Posted July 24, 2013 | 1:34 PM

You could call it the Canadian musician's equivalent of a double double: a hit song getting placed in a Tim Hortons ad.

Classified's "Inner Ninja" is already a platinum-selling, Juno Award-winning Top 10 single, and is now being used in a TV commercial for the coffee and donut chain,...

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Festival d'Éte de Quebec Highlights: Wu-Tang Clan, Black Keys, Classified And Coeur de Pirate

(0) Comments | Posted July 8, 2013 | 4:03 PM

File this under "things you won't see at most music festivals": a white rapper from the East Coast performing a song called "Oh…Canada," in the heart of La Francophonie, on the site of the military battle where the country fell to the British in 1759, and near the same spot...

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Joy Formidable's Ritzy Bryan Talks Gender Politics, Prog-Rock And Quebec's "Surreal" Fans

(0) Comments | Posted July 5, 2013 | 6:46 PM

Ritzy Bryan, leader of Welsh rockers The Joy Formidable, isn't the only female rock guitarist out there, but she is one of few commanding stadium-sized audience of late. It's a bit sad really that in 2013 girls with guitars are still rare enough to warrant special notice, but there is...

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NXNE Festival: 10 (Other) Fun Things To Do While In Toronto

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2013 | 3:28 PM

With more than 1000 bands playing over this week, NXNE will keep you very busy late into the night. But visitors in Toronto for North-by-Northeast can also fill their days with cheap tourist adventures in this clean and compact city.

Here are 10 suggestions for fun times out and...

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City and Colour's Dallas Green Blasts Wife Leah Miller's Haters

(29) Comments | Posted June 3, 2013 | 1:20 PM

You can say whatever you want about City and Colour's Dallas Green and his music. But he's had enough with the online attacks on his wife, TV personality Leah Miller.

Green has written a song in response to the "amateur commentators" who hide behind anonymous comments about Miller. The...

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World Goth Day: 15 Songs For The Darkest Day Of The Year

(14) Comments | Posted May 22, 2013 | 10:05 AM

It's World Goth Day! The day when you don't need black hair or a melancholy disposition to celebrate your dark side.

What you do need, however, is a soundtrack.

Having literally written an encyclopedia about goth culture I know that goth music has many tentacles, from...

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City And Colour, 'The Hurry And The Harm': Dallas Green Is At Peace After Alexisonfire

(2) Comments | Posted May 16, 2013 | 1:42 PM

Dallas Green is no longer the elephant in the room. Or, perhaps more accurately, City And Colour isn't.

"The Hurry And The Harm," out June 4, is the fourth release for Green under the City And Colour moniker, and the first since his split from Alexisonfire. Green first came...

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Junos 2013: Best Music From And About Saskatchewan Ever (VIDEOS)

(3) Comments | Posted April 18, 2013 | 3:23 PM

Oh, Canada. How nice and democratic you are. Other nations have their big music award shows in their biggest or most glamourous city. But instead of basing the Juno Awards in, say, Toronto, Montreal or even St. John's, NF (seriously, they throw the best parties out there on The Rock),...

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Moby Takes Aim At 'Despicable' NRA, Says They'd Love To Shoot Him

(34) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 4:40 PM

He's spoken out against Mitt Romney, the recording industry and Britney Spears, and now Moby is taking aim at the National Rifle Association (NRA).

In recent tweets, the DJ and musician called the gun lobby group "utterly despicable" plus posted a more detailed...

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Adam Lanza Was a Killer, Not a Goth

(69) Comments | Posted December 17, 2012 | 11:26 AM

The Newtown, Connecticut killer is not a Goth. And so I shouldn't even be writing this. And yet here we are. Again.

"He was a nerd, genius, Goth": Profile of gun killer Adam Lanza" (Daily Mirror UK)

"Adam Lanza Described As 'One Of The...

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