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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 Read more

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Samuel Engelking

Earl Sweatshirt's introspective lyrics and mellow flows don't always translate live, but they worked at this concert at Toronto's Rebel. Read more

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Doug Coombe

John Olson's @Inzane_Johnny account is full of inside-out memes and satirical takes on subcultural tentpoles – and its popularity might be eclipsing the "Michigan Progressive Knightmare" band's own. Read more

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Album review: Weezer, The Teal Album: The surprise all-covers album features proficient yet utterly tone-deaf versions of songs by TLC, Toto, Michael Jackson and more – without controversy, without anything. Read more

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The Tiki Collective's Jaymz Bee explains why working musicians deserve the same rights and benefits as other professions – and why that means supporting Unison Benevolent Fund. Read more

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Cover songs, psychedelic country, warehouse raves and the final blowout for a 2010s party institution – here's where to spend New Year's Eve 2018 in Toronto. Read more

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Tanja-Tiziana

From Pusha T's Danforth Music Hall brawl to Gordon Lightfoot calling last call at Massey Hall (for now), these Toronto concerts resonated beyond the stage. Read 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. Read 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 Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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! Read 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. Read more

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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. Read 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. Read 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. Read 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. Read more

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