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Music, James Blake's Lonely Beginnings

James Blake's Lonely Beginnings

The time in James Blake's life we might call his long winter — from which he emerged this year with a phosphorescent debut album — began as far back as the early '90s with his first piano lesson. There, at…
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Music, Odd Bird

Odd Bird

In a Pitchfork interview a few years ago, Jamie Lidell boasted of moving his CDs out of the various store sections where they'd first been filed. But he never did specify the genre to which he thinks he belongs. When…
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Music, Hear This Concert preview: Broken Social Scene

Concert preview: Broken Social Scene

From the title to the music itself, Broken Social Scene's new Forgiveness Rock Record plays like an apology for the unevenness of the group's self-titled third album. Recorded with Tortoise's John McEntire, Forgiveness reconnects the many-limbed band with its ambitious…
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Music, Hear This Metric


Thanks to an appearance in Zombieland (as well as showing up in Gossip Girl, Grey's Anatomy, and a popular soccer videogame), "Gold Guns Girls" has given Metric's year-old Fantasies a second wind. So the Canadian indie-pop act is back on…
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Music, Hear This From Russia with Love: Auktyon's avant-rock

From Russia with Love: Auktyon's avant-rock

The latest wave of introspective songsters (Feist, Kate Nash, etc.) sounds so very fastidious, all glaringly shiny-pleasant with studio sheen. So it's incredibly refreshing listening to the latest offering from Mia Doi Todd, Gea (on her own City Zen label).…
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Music, Dinner With Leslie

Dinner With Leslie

You may never get a second chance to make a first impression, but really it's the second impression that counts. Like with dating: The initial meeting is often just testing the boundaries and remembering which fork to use. It's not…
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Music, Reviewed Peaches


Peaches Impeach My Bush Six years after leading a charge for sex-positive electro punks to "fuck the pain away," Peaches has been slowly slumping into a one -shtick pony. Her 2000 debut, The Teaches of Peaches, was a much-needed jolt…
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Music, Maple Leaf Boogie-Woogie

Maple Leaf Boogie-Woogie

They love snow. They hate hype. They all play in each other's bands -- sorry, "collectives" -- in the hipster enclaves of Toronto, Montreal, and beyond. And they have kingmaker music site on speed dial. They are the heralded…
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Music, Blame Canada

Blame Canada

If you think you've experienced a disorienting weekend or two, you should have been in Leslie Feist's shoes several years ago. Then living in Toronto, the Nova Scotia-born, Calgary-bred singer's schedule might've looked something like this: Friday night -- don…
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