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Nick Flanagan

Ahead of this week's Tim Heidecker and Neil Hamburger show, NOW's Vish Khanna traces Kids in the Hall's punk roots to today's comics who love music 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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What does Toronto sound like? This year's best local albums, as voted by NOW critics, offered many different ways to hear it 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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Toronto music venue Adelaide Hall is rebranding as RADIO. MRG will continue to book live music, while new owner Noel Copeman promises to give the Entertainment District venue "more of a personality" and book late-night cover bands on weekends. more

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Album review: On Lil Wayne's long-awaited The Carter V, he shows he can still hang with contemporary rap flows and sometimes improve on them. 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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The return of party pioneer Mike Wallace with his Dreamshatterer project recalls a DIY era of Toronto's recent past. more

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Lil Berete, the current pride of Regent Park, could stand to personalize his northern trap style on his debut mixtape Icebreaker, but the potential here is vast. more

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Gabriella Rivera

Aqua and Prozzäk joined fellow colourful 90s pop throwback Whigfield at Toronto's Echo Beach for a chilly night of unabashed retro joy – including an honest-to-goodness Much Video Dance party! more

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Christian Weber

Mac Miller has died at the age of 26 of an apparent overdose, cutting his promising career frustratingly short. more

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Stuart Lowe; courtesy of Sistema

Doug Ford's government rescinded $500,000 in funding to after-school music program Sistema Toronto, and artists like Brendan Canning and Amy Millan have thoughts about it. more

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Album review: Nicki Minaj's Queen. Her inconsistent mix of romantic vulnerability and cartoonish boasting is starting to get old. 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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Marilyn Manson and Rob Zombie's Twins Of Evil tour became just one Evil at Budweiser Stage as Manson pulled out due to "unforeseen illness" right before he was scheduled to perform. more

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Prime Boys' debut album Koba World is both celebratory and mournful – the Toronto trio's first music since their manager and friend Koba Prime's murder in a Queen West shooting. 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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Drake's I'm Upset video has definitively brought things back to his wheelhouse: fun, nostalgic fan service. So much for the Pusha T beef – there's a Degrassi reunion! more

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Pusha T's Drake diss track The Story Of Adidon is petty, personal and as addictive as Benadryl before bed – and although I have all the time in the world for it, it leaves me very, very tired. Have I aged out of rap beefs? 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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