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The Ketamines: You Can't Serve Two Masters

Focused and entertaining garage psych from the man who took on the Canadian music industry

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La Machine: Phases and Repetition

Sparse yet repetitious noise lacks the punch to make it memorable.

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Lemuria: The Distance Is So Big

Buffalo three-piece realizes their slacker-pop vision and does so with relative ease.

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Pearl Jam: 19 July 2013 - Chicago

When weather plays a factor in concerts, most people afterwards wonder about “what could’ve been.” And yes, Pearl Jam’s set list was supposed to be a behemoth. But instead, most left with the knowledge that while a marathon set would’ve been memorable, it wouldn’t have necessarily been special.

Joshua Kloke
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Steve Adamyk Band: Monterrey EP

Invigorating but incredibly aware punk rock from Ottawa four-piece.

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Hosehead

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NXNE 2013: The National + The Whiskey Hearts + Paul Langlois + Bruise Cruise + Shannon and the Clams

After two days heavy with buzz-worthy acts, I decided to get back to basics on Friday night. Southern Ontario has a storied history of gutsy roots acts, and both young and old were on display at venues across Toronto’s Dundas St.

Joshua Kloke
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NXNE 2013: Parts and Labor + Rituals + Milk Music + Merchandise

NXNE has always played a vital role in establishing Toronto as one of the world’s premiere music cities, though the 2013 version could not have come at a better time for the city.

Joshua Kloke
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Restorations: LP2

Marrying the grit of Constantines with the emotion of Against Me!, Restorations is on the cusp of something beautiful and permanent.

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k-os: BLack on BLonde

A sprawling, two-disc set that exposes the two distinct poles of the Canadian MC's psyche.

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Restorations - "Let's Blow Up the Sun" (song review)

It's a feeling we've all wanted to capture and bottle from time to time: infinite possibility.

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I Don't Wanna Be a Soldier: An Interview with Pearl Jam's Mike McCready

Mad Season only produced one album, but Pearl Jam's Mike McCready is still surprised by its legacy, and recounts its simple genesis: a project wherein he could try to keep his friends sober even as things began slipping away ...

Joshua Kloke
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Wax Idols: Discipline & Desire

Hether Fortune's sense of desperation is heard on spades on her intense post-punk sophomore release.

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I'm Your Man: An Interview with Butch Vig

When not touring with garbage or manning the boards behind some of the most iconic rock albums of the modern era, Butch Vig can not only wax nostalgic (even though he's not a big fan of it), but can also get some of his friends together to form an alt-country band called the Emperors of Wyoming. 'cos when you're Butch Vig: why the hell not?

Joshua Kloke
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White Laces: Moves

Focused and determined cerebral rock expands into one of the great debut records of 2012.

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Micro Frustrated, Macro Happy: An Interview with Demetri Martin

Dropping his usual punchline-a-sentence persona, comedian and author Demetri Martin speaks to PopMatters all about his influences, his frustratingly unfinished projects, and how he can never drift from stand-up for too long ...

Joshua Kloke
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Seapony: Falling

Sunset-kissed indie pop proves it needn't be overthought to be effective.

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Boomgates: Double Natural

Some of Melbourne's finest musicians meet for a one-off, lo-fi slice of brilliance.

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Speakertree

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Bitch Prefect: Big Time

This hooky debut reminds that it's the simple things in life that are often the most memorable.

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Woods: Bend Beyond

Sinister undertones can't be kept at bay, and Woods explode into something more tangible than their jam-rock past.

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