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Chris Graham

Album review: Foxwarren. Wallflower indie pop songwriter Andy Shauf is back in a collaborative mode, and it feels natural and cohesive. more

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Album review: Alessia Cara's The Pains Of Growing. The Brampton singer’s sophomore release is wholly dedicated – in a wonderfully genuine way – to the challenging, gratifying and unpredictable world of adulting. more

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It was an anxious year, and that was reflected in NOW's critics' 10 best albums from 2018, which alternated between amplifying our insecurities and soothing them. more

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Ebru Yildiz

Concert review: Marissa Nadler at the Baby G. The singer/songwriter's shows feel rare here, and so the Baby G crowd met her with an appreciative hush that was almost unsettling more

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Tickets for Drake's's show at Après Noir supper club in Woodbridge started at $550 and topped out close to $3,000, but the performance felt loose and intimate. more

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Album review: Anderson .Paak's Oxnard: The album is less cohesive and introspective than his modern day classic Malibu, but it's still a freewheeling and occasionally exhilarating ride. more

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David LaChapelle

Travis Scott Toronto concert review: the Houston rapper brought some of his hometown magic to Scotiabank Arena, while also making it clear his ties to our city run deep. more

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Cheol Joon Baek

Concert review: H.E.R. at Toronto's Rebel. Daniel Caesar wasn't there to reprise their duet, but the versatile R&B artist did get an assist from local star dvsn. more

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Lera Pentelute

Concert review: boygenius at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall. The trio of Phoebe Bridgers, Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker carried serious weight when they came together. If only they did it more. more

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Album review: Vince Staples's FM! While many new hip-hop albums are full of bloat, Staples packs blunt, clever verses, elastic flows and two solid guest appearances into just 22 minutes. more

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Samuel Engelking

A roll-call of rising Canadian and American artists including Gunna, NAV and Bryson Tiller helped the Toronto pop superstar launch his creative entrepreneurship incubator Hxouse more

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Paul Husband

Concert review: Low at the Great Hall in Toronto. The long-running Minnesota band leaned on their newest album, Double Negative – a gauzy, textural departure from the sound they're associated with. more

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Album review: Tory Lanez's Love Me Now: The Toronto singer/rapper cuts straight to the bone of his strengths – a concise collection of party anthems that demand heavy club play. more

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Natalia Manzocco

Review: Carly Rae Jepsen did a rare Toronto performance at Hudson's Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue's holiday window unveiling, playing a wholesome four-song set that was half Christmas songs. more

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Raez Argulla

Album review: on Kaia Kater's Grenades, the Toronto-based singer/songwriter puts the history of folk music into dialogue with her own family history, specifically her father's immigration from Grenada. more

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Tino Vacca

Concert review: Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds at Scotiabank Arena in Toronto: at the soul-stirring final show of their marathon Skeleton Tree tour, the band proved an arena can feel just as intimate as a sweaty bar gig. more

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An album review of Art d'Ecco's Trespasser. Whether it revitalizes interest in the genre, it's the sort of rock album we need now, one that asks for inclusivity and acceptance. more

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Bao Ngo

Concert review: Mitski’s music has always been relatable, but the connection between audience and performer felt palpable at Toronto's Danforth Music Hall more

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Annika Henderson-fronted post-punk trio's second album has a familiar sound that clicks with the current mood of anxiety more

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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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