Beautiful Monster: A Night With the Horrorpops

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Doctor Frankenstein himself could not have stitched together a more beautiful monster. Assembled over the better part of the last decade and hailing from Denmark, the Horrorpops are a rock ’n’ Roll Superbeast, broken free of its shackles and making its way across Canada.

Rise Against is for the Children

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We can’t help being this way. It’s not a choice and it has never made life any easier, especially during the teenage years. There is one thing that is certain for anyone who was born with Punk Rock in their hearts: If you’re not old enough to drink, then you’re going to miss some shows. Kids are the lifeblood of the punk scene, and nobody relates more to the feelings of angst and being outcast then the mohawked teen that has dirty looks and pencil erasers thrown at their back as they walk down their high school hallways.

Metric – Pop Ain’t A Dirty Word

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You can’t always judge music by what it sounds like. Well, you could, and then you would probably say that Metric is a great pop band, but you would only be half right. While their 2003 release, Old World Underground, Where are you Now?, is catchy like flypaper, it sticks long enough for you to figure out what synth-playing singer Emily Haines is actually saying about pop-culture. The four-piece of no fixed address have been lazily labeled pop by many a music writer for singles like “Combat Baby”, in which Haines sings about “caffeine-free faux-punk fatigue,” over punked-up guitar riffs provided by James Shaw. And unlike any good pop band, they formed themselves. In 1998 two Canadian kids—Haines and Shaw—formed Metric in a Brooklyn loft. Since then drummer Joules Scott-Key and his Texas schoolmate Josh Winstead, who happens to play a mean bass guitar, have completed the band.

The Black Spoons: Utensils For the Independent

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Revolutions in the music industry keep getting faster, and The Black Spoons—a New York rock trio—are on the frontlines. From 78s to CDs to the hard disk in your iPod, the movements get quicker and industry executives that once controlled the technology now find their heads spinning trying to keep up. Computers are at the forefront of today’s audio-revolt against the corporate dictators of the record industry who use contracts to enslave their minions before they ever set foot on the soil of their debut release.

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Boogie Men From The Basement – Death From Above 1979

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I was pretty sure I was going to interview an independent band when I set out to ask the two members of Death From Above 1979 a few questions before their concert on Remembrance Day. But when I got there—about 8 hours before they were due to hit the stage—there were already kids who appeared quite settled, dwelling in the staircase that led up to the steal doors of Club Mesa.

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The Watson Twins Interview

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With the music industry saturated with “personalities” used only as muses by producers and record labels, one can become jaded by the lack of actual, authentic talent in the music marketplace. Luckily, The Watson Twins proves that artistry and craftsmanship are alive and well in this day and age. A modest, folk duo that hails from Louisville, Kentucky, MVRemix had the chance to chat with half of The Watson Twins, Leigh Watson, to discuss their thoughts on being independent, as well as their debut EP, “Southern Manners”.

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Michael Franti (Spearhead) Interview

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Credible artists are hard to find. Most, when given the opportunity will sell out, why not? We all need money. Few of us actually have strong enough moral fiber to seek something better and inspire change on a global basis. Michael Franti however has. After beginning his musical career frustrated and angry, he moved onto more uplifting, sensual and happy material and travels the globe routinely performing in a unique manner drawing together all audiences he performs before.

Franti visited Iraq last year and also explored Israel and Palestine. His findings drove him to create the forthcoming documentary “I Know I’m Not Alone,” detailing what has gone on and is occurring within these ignored and inaccurately portrayed areas.

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James Shaw (Metric) Interview

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Wes Kirk sits down with James Shaw and Emily Haines, the two founding members of Toronto’s Metric, at Vancouver’s Commodore ballroom at sound check before their April 7th show. First, two drunk dudes chat about music…

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Howling Diablos Interview

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The Blues is rooted in the universal truth of pain. As a musical form of expression, Blues was created by talented people who experienced inexorable adversity. While the average person would be incapable to survive such sorrow, Blues musicians formed a whole new musical genre conceived from their struggle. Born from the misery Blues music has connected every kind race, class, and culture. These universal emotions of pain and sadness are is the link in the musical chains that keep every single human in a type of metaphysical bondage. Although different people experience different levels of this sorrow, the feelings created by Blues music will endure as long as human beings inhabit Earth. Misery loves company. When a person is downhearted, life becomes slightly tolerable when you hear that someone else is experience similar sadness. Born from the hardship of the Deep South, the spirit of the Blues hits everyone in their soul. The Blues spirit also has haunted some White boys in Detroit named, Howling Diablos. The four members are creating their own style of Blues. As Tino Gross sings, the band moves the spirit along. Mike Smith’s addictive guitar work complements the classic sound of the harp and sax of Johnny Evans. Shannon Boone keeps the rhythm rolling with the drums. Acknowledging their influences but remaining true to themselves, Diablos sing about what they know with a respectful appreciation for the art form.

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Horrorpops Interview

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Wes Kirk sits down with punk rock super group the Horrorpops at the Brickyard in Vancouver. Before today, half the band has never been to Canada…