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Spun: Barenaked Ladies

By Kenzie Love

The Barenaked Ladies have always walked a tightrope between the sophomoric and the serious, and for most of their career, they’ve managed to retain their balance remarkably well. But on Barenaked Ladies are Me, their seventh album, their position becomes a lot more precarious. Lyrically and musically, the band severely tests their balance with songs… Continue reading Spun: Barenaked Ladies

Spun: Justin Rutledge

By Kenzie Love

On The Devil on a Bench in Stanley Park, Toronto singer-songwriter Justin Rutledge reveals himself to be a musician with some unique gifts. One of them is crafting songs that are depressing but also, somehow, catchy. “Emily Returns” may be the first toe-tapping ode to a doomed romance ever written. Another is his ability to… Continue reading Spun: Justin Rutledge

Film Review: God save the Queen

By Kenzie Love

Elizabeth II has the peculiar distinction of being one of the world’s most famous, yet least-known people, and is therefore both a perfect and very difficult subject for a biographical drama. Difficult because those involved have very little to base their work on; perfect because few people will be able to point out inaccuracies in… Continue reading Film Review: God save the Queen

Support for Afghan mission waning

By Kenzie Love

Canadian casualties in Afghanistan have become common over the past few months. By now, Canadians’ views regarding the mission are relatively fixed, with the majority believing it’s doomed. While Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the military brass disagree with this assessment, it’s hard to take them seriously given the wildly unrealistic nature of their goals.… Continue reading Support for Afghan mission waning

Online Exclusive: Shout Out… A bunch of times

By Kenzie Love

Their debut album, Not Saying/Just Saying has been hailed for its innovative approach to the dance music genre; their live shows pulse with a contagious energy; and they reveal a refreshingly casual attitude towards fans. For fans in Calgarians, though, there’s a small snag: Shout Out Out Out Out reside in Edmonton, the city of… Continue reading Online Exclusive: Shout Out… A bunch of times

Spun: The Goo Goo Dolls

By Kenzie Love

One has to feel sympathy for the Goo Goo Dolls. Their songs–reportedly based on personal experience–are rife with tales of distant lovers and doomed romances, they lost out to Celine Dion at the 1999 Grammies and lead singer Johnny Rzeznik was orphaned as a teenager. With their tenth release Let Love In, they offer up… Continue reading Spun: The Goo Goo Dolls

Spun: Jeff Healey

By Kenzie Love

With his mystic powers of jazz, Jeff Healey has done the impossible: created an album that ignores the laws of physics and transports listeners back to the golden age of the swing era. While a glowing portal that vibrates with jeering horn notes and growls with bass may not spring to life when the CD’s… Continue reading Spun: Jeff Healey

Spun: Saves the Day

By Kenzie Love

Most students know that Renaissance literature has provided the inspiration for a string of films set in the present. What is probably less known is that works of the period have also been exploited for contemporary music, most recently on Sound the Alarm, the latest album from emo band Saves The Day. The band doesn’t… Continue reading Spun: Saves the Day

Spun: Sam Roberts

By Kenzie Love

Sam Roberts’ website describes his sophomore album, Chemical City, as “less polished and yet, paradoxically, more ambitious” than his debut, We Were Born in a Flame. Artists’ websites aren’t generally the most objective guide to their music. Upon listening to the album, however, it becomes clear that whoever came up with this plug was on… Continue reading Spun: Sam Roberts