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Get thee to a Rodeo

By Kevin DeVlaming

Tim Crouch is the Prince of Denmark. He is also the founder of England-based theatre company News From Nowhere, a hypnotist in his critically acclaimed play An Oak Tree, and a glass of water, if he says so. “News From Nowhere is more of a nom de guerre,” says Crouch. “It’s a name that enables… Continue reading Get thee to a Rodeo

Spun: Everclear

By Kevin de Vlaming

Anyone who listened to music or watched MuchMusic in the 1990s likely remembers Everclear. The Portland-based rock group rose to prominence thanks to fun, energetic songs like their 1995 smash-hit “Santa Monica.” The years since haven’t been quite so kind to the band, which has seen several original members replaced by new people. The latest… Continue reading Spun: Everclear

Social Distortion: Still rocking after all these years

By Kevin de Vlaming

The name Social Distortion resonates with many scene-savvy North American punks as a legendary act to which many punk artists today owe their sound. The California-based four-piece has been around since 1978, with frontman and legacy-unto-himself Mike Ness being the only original member still making music with the band. Despite being several generations removed from… Continue reading Social Distortion: Still rocking after all these years

The Prince returns

By Kevin de Vlaming

Prince of Persia: Rival Swords is the ideal game for anyone who’s ever wondered what it would be like to be a stealth ninja with mad monkey-like agility. Rival Swords, for the PlayStation Portable, is a port of Prince of Persia: the Two Thrones, previously released for XBox, PS2, PC, and GameCube. The game draws… Continue reading The Prince returns

Azeda Booth: A Japanese enclosure of some kind?

By Kevin de Vlaming

The elusive sound of Azeda Booth is a difficult bird to catch. Described by band members as “an interstellar Japanese blend of post-neo-futurecore pop,” the songs on their upcoming EP, Mysterious Body, feature an equal blend of electronica, melodic guitar and founding member Jordon Hossack’s searingly feminine vocals. The result is an extremely textured, borderline-ambient… Continue reading Azeda Booth: A Japanese enclosure of some kind?

Radiant City: Radiant City lights up Calgary theatres

By Kevin de Vlaming

Radiant City will soon be bringing the surreal, artificial sensibilities of suburbia into theatres across the country. The film, billed as a documentary on suburban sprawl, unites the journalistic background of co-filmmaker Jim Brown with the cinematic experience of his filmmaking counterpart Gary Burns. Alliance Atlantis has secured distribution rights across North America, and Radiant… Continue reading Radiant City: Radiant City lights up Calgary theatres

And on the seventh day He rocked: Taking Back Sunday

By Kevin de Vlaming

Making the transition from a few kids with a buttload of angst and a high-energy live show to a household name has been a gradual process for Taking Back Sunday. TBS burst onto the scene with their 2002 release Tell All Your Friends, before they crossed the fence in 2004 to earn ‘sell-out’ status from… Continue reading And on the seventh day He rocked: Taking Back Sunday

Pillowman anything but soft

By Kevin de Vlaming

Not all stories have happy endings. This is a prevalent theme throughout Martin McDonagh’s viciously captivating play The Pillowman. The production, presented jointly by Ground Zero Theatre and Hit & Myth, attempts to walk a fine line between black comedy and disturbing psychological thriller, all the while relating a series of stories interconnected by their… Continue reading Pillowman anything but soft

Spun: Great Lake Swimmers

By Kevin de Vlaming

The country-folk sound of Great Lake Swimmers makes for great ambient music, if the desired mood involves drowsily discussing peace and the Canadian landscape while sitting around in a circle burning incense. This holds especially true for the band’s upcoming release, Ongiara, due out Mar. 27. Ongiara is the band’s third full-length album, as well… Continue reading Spun: Great Lake Swimmers