Reviews

UZU Yamantaka//Sonic Titan | Paper Bag Records Following up on their Polaris Music Prize shortlisted debut album YT//ST, Yamantaka//Sonic Titan return with their highly anticipated sophomore effort UZU. UZU is better described as an event rather than an album and it’s almost impossible to stop listening once it starts playing.  The songs bleed together like a cohesive storyline …

The Spectral Engine Ray Fawkes | McClelland & Stewart “There are two histories. One is spoken and written, seen in the light of day, and known. One is forgotten. It travels without a sound.” So opens The Spectral Engine, a new graphic novel written and illustrated by Ray Fawkes. He writes the forgotten history of Canada, occulted and …

New Romeo and Juliet adaptation doesn’t bring anything new William Shakespeare is revisited, yet again, in another play-to-screen adaptation. Recounting the epic tale of the star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet is taken on by Italian director Carlo Carlei and writer Julian Fellowes, of Downton Abbey fame, for a 21st century remake. While the film does elegantly depict …

We like music. You like music. Let’s like music together.     Andria Simone Good Lovin’ | Artist-tree Music Group Andria Simone’s style is perhaps not from our time, but the soul in her voice mixed with the R&B tones of her music is made for our generation. Obvious comparisons have been made between Simone and other soul singers …

We like music. You like music. Let’s like music together.                 Shad Flying Colours | Black Box One can undertake a lot of self-reflection in three years, the timespan between TSOL, Shad’s 2011 Juno-winning album, and his latest, Flying Colours. The album is a complex take on the meaning of success and …

Premieres Sept. 27   Don Jon tastefully covers the issue of porn addiction. The movie has a great plot with pristine symbolism and camera work. The script was a little dry, as is often the case when one of the main actors—in this case Joseph Gordon-Levitt—writes the script. The ending also seemed abrupt but did …

Vampire Weekend get their groove on at FolkFest Photo courtesy of Rebecca Potter WHEN I VENTURED out to the Ottawa Folk Festival for Vampire Weekend’s Sept. 5 show, I owned 12 of their songs. As I write this just 15 hours later I own every song they’ve ever released. You could say they made an …

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