Spun: Natacha Atlas

By Ken Clarke

Arabic and European vocal virtuoso Natacha Atlas’s ninth recording is further proof that music is the universal language. Mounqaliba roughly translates from Arabic as “in a state of reversal” and has certain political connotations. Aside from several English language sound bite interludes from social theorist Peter Joseph, the entire album’s lyrics (save one cover song)… Continue reading Spun: Natacha Atlas

Spun: The Jezabels

By Christian Louden

Dark Storm is not for partying. It’s for the mellow 23-minute drive home after some party in south Calgary when, if you could only piece the night together, you’d remember to be embarrassed. Hayley Mary’s mournful vocals are easy enough on the hangover as she guides you through the night before. The melancholy EP starts… Continue reading Spun: The Jezabels

Spun: Cygnets

By Andréa Rojas

Bleak Anthems, the first full-length album from Edmonton’s electro indie pop ensemble Cygnets, is kind of like a dizzying amusement park ride — fun the first couple times but pretty soon you want off. The synth-driven melodies immediately summon up comparisons to new wave acts like Depeche Mode and the Cure, whereas the warbling, periodically… Continue reading Spun: Cygnets

Bears down Dinos in Husky Cup final

By Rhiannon Kirkland

This past weekend the Jack Simpson Gymnasium was filled with volleyball players and fans for the Husky Dino Cup, a preseason tournament. The women’s side of the tournament was less competitive than the men’s with just two teams competing. The University of Alberta Pandas faced off against the Dinos twice, their first meeting opened the… Continue reading Bears down Dinos in Husky Cup final

Bishop Henry fails to do the right thing (again)

By Eric Mathison

During a debate last year on whether or not Catholicism is a source for good in the world, actor Stephen Fry, arguing for the negative, stated that the Catholic Church’s approach to sex is unhealthy. He likened sex to food, arguing, “the only people who are obsessed with food are anorexics and the morbidly obese… Continue reading Bishop Henry fails to do the right thing (again)

Afghanistan’s leadership undermines NATO’s work

By Gauntlet Editorial Board

In a report recently released by Transparency International, Afghanistan found itself sandwiched between Somalia and Myanmar in the top three most corrupt countries in the world. Payments totalling millions of dollars in the form of cash wrapped in plastic bags traded hands from high-level Iranian officials to high-level Afghan officials. These payments are symptomatic of… Continue reading Afghanistan’s leadership undermines NATO’s work