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Samuel Engelking

Concert review: Troye Sivan with Kim Petras at the Sony Centre in Toronto. One of the few current male pop stars to put queerness at the forefront of his music, Sivan has grown into his own as a confident, charismatic performer. more

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On their new album Electric Messiah, High On Fire feel like a heavy metal band in the purest sense without stooping to the self-conscious “old metal” revivalism of some of their contemporaries. more

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A concert review of Liz Phair and Speedy Ortiz in Toronto. In a rock show that centred women, it felt like an antidote to decades of bro-centric rockism. more

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Anxiety, humour and determination go hand in hand on the Montreal electronic producer's fourth album more

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Le Pigeon

Review: on her new album The Ballad Of A Runaway Girl, Salluit-born, Montreal-based singer Elisapie presents a mix of Indigenous folk covers and rich, genre-bending celebration of self. more

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Samuel Engelking

Concert review: all of Wu-Tang Clan came together for the 25th anniversary of their classic debut at Toronto's Rebel – a free concert sponsored by a cannabis company. more

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A concert review of Elton John's second farewell show in Toronto, at Scotiabank Arena: Though the Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour is his long goodbye, the legendary singer remains at the height of relevance and performance power. more

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Justin Broadbent

Album review: on Metric's seventh album Art Of Doubt, the long-running indie rock band shows familiarity doesn't have to be a curse. more

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Album review: Clips, the first album billed to the Brodie West Quintet, is a testament to the versatility that can be found in a jazz group with a ton of chemistry. more

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Vanessa Heins

Dundas, Ontario trio The Dirty Nil exist more for the primal act of rock music than its culture, and their delightful, precise new album Master Volume hints at why. more

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Maisie Cousins

Album review: Singer/guitar shredder Anna Calvi is in a new era of openness, and it's pushed her to new heights on this third album, Hunter. more

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Album review: Animal Collective's aquatic-themed new project Tangerine Reef plays as the ambient soundtrack to an hour-long coral reef feature film. more

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Colin Medley

Matthew "Doc" Dunn, The Cosmic Range instrumentalist and U.S. Girls collaborator reins, in his spacy and jazzy tendencies on his new album Lightbourn, while showing how expansive a folk record can be. more

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Bao Ngo

Indie singer/songwriter Mitski takes risks on her new genre-defying album Be The Cowboy and it pays off in a big way. more

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Samuel Engelking

Smashing Pumpkins' almost-classic lineup reunion concert at Toronto's Scotiabank Arena showed how well their eccentricities blend into crowd-pleasing arena rock. Together with Metric, it was a big night for guitars. more

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Toronto's Tomb Mold, fleshed out from a duo into a four-piece, take chances rhythmically and compositionally, and it pays off on their new album Manor Of Infinite Forms. more

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The Internet's new album Hive Mind, reviewed: Back in 2011 when co-founders Syd and Matt Martians debuted the project as a skeletal funk offshoot of Odd Future, you'd never guess how far they'd come. more

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Tanja-Tiziana

Radiohead Toronto concert review: It was a powerful and bittersweet night at Scotiabank Arena as the band returned to the city for the first time since the stage collapse tragedy and the first show in a decade. more

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Samuel Engelking

Review of Janelle Monáe's Toronto concert at Rebel: With a joyous, ambitious performance, the newly out pop singer's performance was the truest version of the story she's been telling since the beginning fo her career. more

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A review of the new EP, Heaven's Only Wishful, from Toronto's MorMor: a compelling, sweet-voiced mix of Dev Hynes, How To Dress Well and Rhye, Seth Nyquist uses the five songs on this EP to prove he should be on your radar. more

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