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RYAN’S LIST  Boyhood | Dir. Richard Linklater (USA)  Twelve years in production and already...

  • Living downtown Chicago definitely has its perks, but little beats the rush of excitement that comes each time I traverse past Grant Park. The first weekend of August is quickly approaching. Slowly but surely, music fans are preparing themselves for the crowning jewel of Chicago’s summer festival season: the one, the only – Lollapalooza. The […]

  • Shabazz Palaces’ Lese Majesty slinks into the room like a panther. Tight rolls and snapping – the beats bookend in snaps and echoes. Their third album feels like a science experiment, a little rough around the edges, repetitive, but revelatory. It’s been three years since their last release and in that time, their hyper-cosmic psychedelic […]

  • SOS is on the rise

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    SOS is on the rise

    Portland, Oregon, is having a good couple of years. It is host to the popular TV-show Portlandia, the basketball team, the Trail Blazers, just made it past the first round of the playoffs for the first time in a long time and Portland’s latest musical export, SOS, is killing it with their first, self-titled album. […]

  • As the summer sun beat down on South Street Seaport on Saturday, an eclectic crowd of East Williamsburg hipsters, old-school Dinosaur Jr. fanatics, and energetic children gripping the hands of their cautious parents gathered for the 4th annual Village Voice-hosted 4Knots Festival. The all-ages, free event drew in an impressive crowd that meandered around Fulton […]

  • With three impressive EPs already under his belt, Toronto-based MC, King Reign, recently released his much-anticipated, full-length, debut album, Sincere. Known for his ability to weave intricate stories over equally intricate beats, Reign follows up his 2013 EP, Reign Music Vol. 2, with this no-holds barred open letter of sorts.  In a time when hip-hop […]

  • The Tins is a band of practicality. In their bio you can read that they live and rehearse in a relatively inexpensive self-renovated loft in Buffalo, New York; their songs are poppy, mellow, and at around three minutes each they’re radio friendly; and there is not a single odious or complaint-worthy riff on the entire […]

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  • As 4Knots Festival swallowed lower Manhattan’s South Street Seaport on Saturday afternoon, Juan Wauters humbly graced the Fulton Street stage, sporting a short-sleeved button down and an adorably contagious grin. With a homemade backdrop displaying a few flags and...

  • Chicago’s three-piece indie rockers, Bailiff, continue to evolve after the release of their acclaimed second album Remise. Following the two-year period between their debut 2011 release, which garnered them enough praise to open for the likes of The Lumineers and...

  • Fresh off show stopovers in Toronto at NXNE and south-central Ontario, the four Halifax natives who make up indie-pop band Monomyth (not to be confused with Dutch space rockers of the same name) continue  to receive acclaim for their...

  • Spend enough time in any city with a music scene and you’ll start to hear the same names over and over again. There are a few buzzed-about artists in Portland, Oregon: A Fleetwood Mac for the post-hipster set, quintet...

  • International DJ, producer, and remixer Fedde Le Grand is one of the worlds leading dance artists, with the most talented mind, successful pieces of work (including the infamous “Put Your Hands Up For Detroit”), and surprisingly humble and modest...

  • Musicians via Australia, Indonesia, Brooklyn and now the Catskill Mountains, Isaac Emmanuel and Melati Malay, the two members of the electronic, dream-pop group Young Magic, recently stopped by Toronto’s NXNE festival to showcase their eclectic sound. This reflective and...

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