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The former One Directioner sounds like he’s finally letting go of the dad-rock cosplay of his debut, leaning instead into ebullient, soulful pop Read more

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Derin Falana

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The Toronto rapper expands his sound with an EP that pairs melodic flows with a nose-to-the-grindstone pragmatism Read more

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His son Adam Cohen finished the album with help from guests like Beck and Feist, but it sounds like classic Leonard – sex and death, the sacred and the profane Read more

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Samuel Engelking

From her gut-wrenching emotion to her gravity-defying pole dancing, the British artist showed why she's a true performer, willing to leave everything onstage Read more

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The polarizing American musician's turn to Christian rap is moving, but his sweet hereafter doesn’t come without flaws and contradictions Read more

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Singing and throat singing synthy electro-pop in Inuktitut, she shows she knows exactly what she wants to say and how she wants to say it Read more

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Colin Medley

The local songwriter releases his second full-length collaboration with producer Sandro Perri – together, the strongest, most compelling artistic vision he’s made Read more

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On her exquisitely cinematic fourth album, the singer/songwriter embraces real change in both her lyrics and her sound Read more

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Rather than Instagram’s disingenuous style of curated realness, Alexa Dirks's songs flow naturally and unpredictably, like internal monologues set to music Read more

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Maya Bouldry-Morrison celebrates the soft glow of party spaces as places racialized, queer, trans, female and differently abled bodies are free to be Read more

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The Toronto-based project of Mathew Morand prioritizes sharp hooks and loud, distorted guitars above everything – joyous sunshine rock that sounds straight out of 1994 Read more

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Tyler the Creator

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The California rapper donned alter-ego regalia to perform his most mature, choreographed and biggest Toronto concert to date at Scotiabank Arena Read more

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Drifting through L.A. looking for love and meaning, she shifts her kitschy patriotism, dropping her flag-draped persona and making peace with a more complex, dystopian reality Read more

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Despite the bogus breakup narrative around it, the band are fully formed on the album: vulnerable, yearning and furious Read more

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The Toronto electronic artist's restless and fluttering beats are like a pen scrawling across paper, telling numerous stories of Black women experience Read more

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Her debut, though short, is well-rounded, exploring her identity as a woman coming into her own Read more

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After a decade of musical retirement, one of indie rock's most brilliantly sardonic voices has risen like a phoenix from the ashtray Read more

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Zachary Hertzman

The Arcade Fire multi-instrumentalist's solo album is a meditative exploration into Japanese folk music, serene psychedelia and layered ambiance Read more

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The urgent four-piece evokes the best of Melbourne rock right now: things might be going to shit, but it’s still possible to be a little bit laid-back about it Read more

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The Radiohead frontman's new solo album and Paul Thomas Anderson-directed Netflix short film are an evocative and fragmentary exploration of the dreaming unconscious Read more

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