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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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Album review: Chastity's Death Lust, out on Captured Tracks and Royal Mountain. Brandon Williams and his Whitby band have composed an album full of violence, dread and claustrophobia that's also totally cathartic. more

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The hip-hop superstar's double album doesn't take chances, but at 25 tracks, it's a masterful summation of his strengths as a rapper and singer more

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z's new album as The Carters, Everything Is Love, reconciles infidelity and betrayal, but also humility vs. hubris and the realities of Blackness vs. the privileges of wealth. more

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Jorja Smith Lost & Found album review: The 21-year-old British R&B singer has gotten co-signs from Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Stormzy and more, but she wisely resists calling in her famous friends here. more

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Bernice's new Arts & Crafts album Puff LP: In The Air Without A Shape finds the ever-evolving Toronto band bottling their eclectic energy for seven songs. more

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Arden Wray

Album review: The new record from Toronto singer/songwriter L Con (aka Lisa Conway), Insecurities In Being, is moody and complex, and it arrives fully on its own terms. more

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Album Review: Pusha T's seven-song Kanye West produced Daytona just dropped. The stripped-down and sombre new record mostly sidesteps Kanye's exhausting recent devil's advocacy... aside from a couple of things more

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On Courtney Barnett's new album Tell Me How You Really Feel, the witty Australian singer/songwriter articulates the anxiety in her own mind and of the current cultural moment. more

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Underground star Cody Critcheloe's latest collection of songs is witty, personal and joyously referential more

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Iceage's intoxicating fourth album refines their brooding intensity into something both measured and chaotic. The Danish punks take another step forward on Beyondless. more

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J. Cole's KOD, the rapper's fifth album, cycles through the ups and downs of addiction, throwing a few shots at trendy trap-rappers along the way. more

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Toronto electronic music producer Cameron Findlay, better known as Kontravoid, follows his 2012 self-titled debut with Undone, a five-song EP with an ominous, all-encompassing dark take on house and tecnno. more

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With precise and assured vocal delivery, = Montreal-via-Toronto singer Tess Roby explores how the past resonates with the present. Here debut album Beacons is out on Italians Do It Better. more

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