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The Feeling's Mutual with Rival Boys

Rival Boys
Rival Boys
Interview by: Natalia Buia

You may be reading this without knowing who Rival Boys are. Don't worry, you're not alone. Rival Boys aren't down for vapid tweeting or vain blogging to get hits on MySpace. They simple want to build a musical library, not an Internet persona.

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Group Hugs With Grouplove

Grouplove
Grouplove
Interview by: Colleen Hale-Hodgson

Everything about Grouplove sounds idyllic.

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Jets Overhead Heading For Somewhere

Jets Overhead
Jets Overhead
Interview by: Natalia Buia

Jets Overhead have sustained a perpetual marriage with music since 2003. The Victoria, B.C. quintet is currently engaged in writing their third studio album. In between, the band has released a few EPs of bonus material they weren't ready to part with completely. All the way on the opposite side of the country, Antonia Freybe-Smith (vocals, keys) apprises on the current shape of the band and what's to come for the meandering members.

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Teenage Kicks Are Anything But Child's Play

Teenage Kicks
Teenage Kicks
Interview by: Natalia Buia

When a band finally sets a release date for an album, usually what follows is a lot of waiting. Teenage Kicks aren't the kind of band to sit around and wait.

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Hot Panda Ready To Heat Up CMF

Hot Panda
Hot Panda
Interview by: Amanda Macchia

It was a music festival that gave the indie-pop rockers of Hot Panda an unexpected but helpful push in their musical career, and as the four-piece plays Rancho Relaxo this Friday as part of a CMW showcase, there is no telling what may materialize.

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Amy Cole and the Advantage of Departing

Rural Alberta Advantage
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Interview by: Natalia Buia

With their sophomore release, Departing, The Rural Alberta Advantage trio has a few things to leave behind in the pursuit of new things.

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Taking Flight With Yellowbirds

Yellowbirds
Yellowbirds
Interview by: Lucas Samuels

The name Yellowbirds may not sound all that familiar to you. The name Sam Cohen may not ring a bell either. But what about Apollo Sunshine? I bet that one stirred something up.

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Young Galaxy's Colossal Creations

Young Galaxy
Young Galaxy
Interview by: Natalia Buia

Although 2010 was a stellar year in music, 2011 is even looking brighter, thanks to many great Canadian bands. One band in particular, Young Galaxy, plan to make the earth move under our feet come February 8 with the release of their 3rd album, Shapeshifting.

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Yukon Blonde: Who Needs a Home?

Yukon Blond
Yukon Blonde
Interview by: Sara Harowitz

The three guys of Kelowna, BC’s Yukon Blonde are homeless.

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The Mark Inside Versus The World

The Mark Inside
The Mark Inside
Interview by: Natalia Buia

Sure, playing music with your best buds could bring anyone to a state of euphoria; however, bands like The Mark Inside prove that it’s not all fun and games. These four troopers have experienced the highs and lows of being in a band and recording music. Is the grass greener now that they’ve overcome major obstacles? Chris Levoir (guitar, vocals) spoke to me before the band’s set at Parts & Labour last week about the trials and tribulations of getting on the right path.

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Royal Wood Reigns With Elegance

Royal Wood
Royal Wood
Interview by: Natalia Buia

When a budding music journalist heads to a prestigious venue like the Queen Elizabeth Theatre to chat with the always dapper Royal Wood, one has to look the part. Unfortunately for this budding music journalist, I was looking like I should be auditioning for a role in Chucky upon meeting Royal, who continually looks like he’s fresh off a scene from Mad Men.

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Arkells: Your Deadlines are their Deadlines

Arkells
Arkells
Interview by: Sara Harowitz

It’s end of semester crunch time and the Arkells feel your pain. But really, they don’t just feel it; they want to help you make it go away.

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Bedouin Soundclash Facilitate Dreams

Bedouin Soundclash
Bedouin Soundclash
Feature by: Allyssia Alleyne

After a three-year break from recording, the boys from Bedouin Soundclash are back with a new album, a new sound and a new perspective.

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Interview: The Reason's Adam White on Changes and Nominations

The Reason
Adam White of The Reason
Interview by: Natalia Buia

When talking to the humble Hamilton personality that is Adam White of The Reason, it doesn’t take long to realize his heart’s in a good place.

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Dan Mangan: A Year in the Life

Dan Mangan
Dan Mangan
Interview by: Sara Harowitz

It’s been less than a year since Dan Mangan and I last spoke, but boy has a lot happened.

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Interview: Breaking Down Simon's Walls

Simon Walls

When I had the offer to meet up and interview the French Canadian free spirit that is Simon Walls, I couldn’t pass it up.

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Small Sins Change In Big Ways

Small Sins
Small Sins
Interview by: Amanda Macchia

With the recording and release of their third studio album Pot Calls Kettle Black, Small Sins frontman Thomas D'Arcy found himself with a new sound, a new work ethic, and a last-minute collaboration with K-OS.

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Country Grammar with Library Voices

Library Voices
Library Voices
Interview by: Sara Harowitz
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Kate Miller-Heidke Fancies The City Of Toronto

Kate Miller-Heidke at Rivoli
Kate Miller-Heidke
Rivoli in Toronto, ON
September 22, 2010

Review by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Pete Nema

What do you get when you cross the style of Regina Spektor and the attitude of Cyndi Lauper? You get the admirable, yet authentic Aussie that is Kate Miller-Heidke.

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Amos Loves Pete Nema: A Story of Multiple Headlines

Amos The Transparent at Rivoli
Amos The Transparent
Rivoli in Toronto, ON
September 23, 2010

Interview by: Sara Harowitz
Photos by: Pete Nema

Our interview was less than 20 minutes, but the guys of Amos The Transparent and I accomplished a lot.

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Interview: The Balconies' Stephen Neville Is A Happy Camper

The Balconies

Stephen Neville from The Balconies is very careful.

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Interview: Brett Caswell Vs. Pad Thai

Brett Caswell

In between nose blows and yelps of pain, Brett Caswell is really quite charming.

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Interview: Fast Romantics at Warp Speed

Fast Romantics
Fast Romantics
Interview by: Natalia Buia

The Fast Romantics are the kind of band you want to be your friend. They’re the kind of friends you want inviting you to all the crazy shenanigans they get involved with.

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Interview: Clothes Make the Man But Music Makes the Band

Clothes Make The Man
Clothes Make The Man
Interview by: Sara Harowitz

It is a glorious day and I am sitting in the sun with two out of four members of Ottawa’s Clothes Make The Man.

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Interview: The Best Part Of Breaking Up Is Listening To Gramercy Riffs

Gramercy Riffs at El Mocambo
Gramercy Riffs
Jetset Motel, All Day Driver
El Mocambo in Toronto, ON
August 27, 2010

Interview by: Natalia Buia
Photos by: Pete Nema

Usually, childhood friends rebel and form a band in their parent’s garage as they grow up in a small town. That’s how the story goes, right? Well, for Gramercy Riffs, their story is a bit different.

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