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The Hours, the Minutes, the Seconds: Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew on 'Hug of Thunder'

After working with notable albums by Andy Kim and Gord Downie, Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew walks us through how the band got together and made their latest, Hug of Thunder.

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Brendan Canning: Home Wrecking Years

Brendan Canning gives us a smart, pleasurable pop record that's best experienced in the wee small hours of the night.

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Panorama to New Yorkers: "Gimme All Your Love" and Sweat Stains, Too

Rock of the Aughts highlighted the debut day of New York City's brand-new music festival.

Silas Valentino
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Laser: Night Driver

Lisa Lobsinger has logged many hours with Broken Social Scene and is an excellent performer. Unfortunately, this collection doesn't find her living up to her full potential.

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Jason Collett: Song and Dance Man

A versatile assemblage of roots and country-influenced singer/songwriter pop, with splashes of '70s AM soul.

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"Songs I Can Sing Ya": An Interview with Andy Kim and Kevin Drew

He was the man behind hits like "Sugar Sugar" and "Rock Me Gently", but Andy Kim discovered something about himself in the creation of It's Decided, his emotional new album created with Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew.

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Andy Kim - "Longest Time" (audio) (Premiere)

After teaming up with Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew, the reputable singer/songwriter Andy Kim reinvigorated his musical passions with his new LP, It's Decided.

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The 100 Best Albums of the 2000s: 20-1

These top 20 records of the '00s feature some familiar faces, but also several that, over time, have grown more fondly in memory.

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Weaves: Weaves EP

Canadian newcomers weave their way through indie-rock conventions to produce overdone, mediocre material.

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Will We Dry Up Before We Bleed?: An Interview with Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew

Kevin Drew is emotionally unflinching, both on his songs and even during one-on-one discussions. A lot of people think his new album, Darlings, is about sex, but as our intimate chat proves, it goes deeper than that.

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Freeing Yourself from Whatever's Spooking You: A Conversation with Brendan Canning

PopMatters talks with Brendan Canning, the co-founder of Broken Social Scene, about his gorgeous, intimate solo record You Gots 2 Chill.

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Stars: The North

Stars recover slightly from the disappointing monotony of The Five Ghosts, but The North is still short on the high drama that invigorates the band's best work.

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Austin City Limits: Sunday 18 September 2011

The Arcade Fire reminds us all that nothing is too serious if nothing lasts forever.

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Coming Full Circle (Accidentally): An Interview with Kevin Drew & Charles Spearin

What is currently one of the most sprawling, dynamic indie-rock bands out there once started as a series of small bedroom recordings between Broken Social Scene members Kevin Drew and Charles Spearin. PopMatters talks to both of them about their beginnings ...

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The Posies: Blood / Candy

There are stellar songs to be found in the 12 tracks of Blood / Candy, but if I may bring up a certain f-word – filler – well, there’s a bit of that too.

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Hopscotch Music Festival: 9-11 September 2010 - Raleigh, North Carolina

Well curated, organized and executed, the inaugural Hopscotch Music Festival announced the arrival of a new stop on the summer festival circuit.

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From Old World Underground to Hollywood (and Back): Metric's New Wave Adventure

Emily Haines' journey with her band Metric has taken her everywhere from on stage with Lou Reed in Sydney, Australia to writing songs for teenage vampires in Hollywood. But all roads continue to lead back to her Toronto home.

Jer Fairall
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Scott Pilgrim vs. the World: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

In the context of the movie almost all of these songs are great. But as a soundtrack album, Scott Pilgrim doesn't quite reach the same level of greatness.

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Sasquatch Music Festival: 29 May 2010 - George, WA

I’m continually asked who the best performer was at the fest. Maybe the fact that I can’t really answer the question is a testament to the power of Sasquatch. All good things do come to an end, but all great things do come back, year after year.

Joshua Kloke
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Broken Social Dreams

As I channel my inner Fox Mulder, I should be clear that I don’t see any conspiracies here. However, I do read the When-Drew-Met-Canning narrative sketched by so many of us in the blogosphere, whether intentionally or not, as a controlling cover-up that restricts attention to the boundless spontaneity that is, in many ways, the most compelling feature of Broken Social Scene’s music and legacy.

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Stories of a Toronto Neighborhood: Charles Spearin's 'The Happiness Project'

The greatness of 'The Happiness Project' does not lie in its carefully-crafted songs. It lies in the stories it tells. 'The Happiness Project' is about aging, the suppleness of life, and finding whatever happiness you can in contemporary life.

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Broken Social Scene: Forgiveness Rock Record

Broken Social Scene is back and they've stumbled upon their second straight-up masterpiece. Plain and simple.

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Erosion Nearly Complete, Music Industry Begins Reconstruction at SXSW 2010

SXSW conference attendees took a workmanlike “how-to” approach to discussing new revenue streams, replacing the “what do we do now?” tone of recent years.

Dennis Shin
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Jason Collett: Rat a Tat Tat

With infectious grooves and boozy swagger, Collett is hell-bent on swinging hips.

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The Most Serene Republic: ... And the Ever Expanding Universe

Techno beats and female vocal choirs merge with '80s synth keyboards and pocket orchestras to create the Most Serene Republic's most sonically overstimulated, instensely replayable album of their young career.

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Broken Social Scene

Chaos is always a welcome guest in the Broken Social Scene world, and the tightrope the band walks is the ability to find gorgeous melodies amidst their swirling soundscapes.

Drew Fortune
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Broken Social Scene

You never know who’ll show up to play a BSS gig. The six-member group who greeted tonight’s crowd was a bit of a surprise. This was, like, "old-school Broken Social Scene," explained Kevin Drew. (And oh, did I mention that Feist made an appearance as well?)

Dan Raper
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"They Can't Write You and Me": An Intimate Chat with Kevin Drew

The Broken Social Scene founder has made his own bed, but just because he's lying in it doesn't mean he can sleep.

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Giving It Back to the Kids

Broken Social Scene's Kevin Drew takes a bubbly approach to making an album under the microscope.

Eddie Ciminelli
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