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CMW 2018 Preview: Le Couleur – “Voyage Amoureux”

Canadian Music Week hits Toronto on May 7. Between now and then, we’ll be previewing some of this year’s participating bands.

Join us, as we travel to the 1980s, where visions of the future see humans, robots and one of the guys from Daft Punk existing harmoniously on the bridge of an off-balance spaceship.

The outfits may not be trendy, but the parties look sexy.

Le Couleur play a CMW set on Thursday, May 10 at the Monarch Tavern.

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2018 Preview: Kaia Kater – “Southern Girl”

Canadian Music Week hits Toronto on May 7. Between now and then, we’ll be previewing some of this year’s participating bands.

Are those suitcases decorative, or is she going somewhere?

She says she has a big ol’ jug of whiskey to get through, so it’s probably the former. No one would leave town when that’s pending.

“Southern Girl” comes from Kaia Kater’s Sorrow Bound debut (she has since released Nine Pin). She plays a CMW set on Friday, May 11 at the Dakota Tavern.

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2018 Preview: Sunshine & the Blue Moon – “Welcome to the Future”

Canadian Music Week hits Toronto on May 7. Between now and then, we’ll be previewing some of this year’s participating bands.

If this is the future, I don’t want to be there.

Human-sized animals are creepy to begin with (right?), but dancing human-sized animals? There’s a reason adults turn away when this stuff shows up on a kids show.

“Welcome to the Future” comes from the album of the same name. Sunshine & the Blue Moon play a CMW set on Thursday, May 10 at the Horseshoe Tavern.

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2018 Preview: Barry Paquin Roberge – “Pawnshop Bargain”

Canadian Music Week hits Toronto on May 7. Between now and then, we’ll be previewing some of this year’s participating bands.

Are they parodying the ’70s, ’80s or ’90s in this one? Maybe just the Bee Gees.

It’s as if every cringe-worthy video from Much Music’s early days was rickrolled into one, but it’s somehow sexy while trying its hardest not to be. Guitars in space always turn the tide.

Barry Paquin Roberge—three-fifths of now defunct Buddy McNeil & The Magic Mirrors—play a CMW set on Wednesday, May 9 at the Monarch Tavern. It’s probably worth seeing the self-proclaimed “APOCRYPHE SOUND FRAME OF ZARDOZ’S EROTIC SIMULATION.”

-Scott Bryson

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CMW 2018 Preview: Wine Lips – “Opera Ghost”

Canadian Music Week hits Toronto on May 7. Between now and then, we’ll be previewing some of this year’s participating bands.

Being a loser in a hot dog eating contest must be one of life’s least desirable positions—you just spent several minutes stuffing a food down your throat that, let’s face it, isn’t all that tasty, and now all you have to show for it is ketchup and mustard stains and a stomach ache.

Then a dog comes by to eat what you couldn’t.

“Opera Ghost” comes from Wine Lips’ self-titled album. They play a CMW set on Wednesday, May 9 at Adelaide Hall.

-Scott Bryson

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2017 Albums of the Year: Charlotte Gainsbourg – Rest

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The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2017. We gathered best-of lists from contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us last year.

The release day for Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Rest was one of the most exciting release days that I can remember. My friend and I were giddy on Messenger:

Me: Oh my god, the new Charlotte Gainsbourg…

Friend: Ahhhhhhh! I have been waiting for today. Just doing some grocery shopping and then will be cooking all day to it. Honestly, I believe it possible to be the best album of the year and I’ve only heard the one song.

Me: I’m only halfway through the album and I echo your sentiments completely.

Friend: Oh shit. I’m like 3 minutes from home.

**40 minutes later**

Friend: It’s a fucking masterpiece.

And it is. Gainsbourg’s breathy voice is magic on the opening ballad “Ring-a-Ring O’Roses”, but in no way seems out of place on more upbeat tracks like “Deadly Valentine” (above).

Like my friend said, it’s a fucking masterpiece.

-Michelle Farres

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2017 Albums of the Year: Waxahatchee – Out in the Storm

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The Telescope presents: the top albums of 2017. We gathered best-of lists from contributors, crunched some numbers and came up with a list of records that unanimously wowed us last year.

We already reviewed this one back in August, and there’s little more that needs to be added. Several spins later, it’s still a dead ringer for The Weekend’s self-titled debut.

And we know for sure, now, that nothing could be more attractive in a song than another person’s relationship woes, either because of the kinship found in being able to relate, or the satisfaction of knowing you’re faring better (coupled with the comprehension that happiness is fleeting).

“Does it make you feel good to watch me stumbling in the dark?” It does, yes.

-Scott Bryson

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