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Richmond Lam

Broken Social Scene's swelling, emotionally vibrant new Let's Try The After Vol. 2 EP will be packaged with the first EP for an exclusive Record Store Day vinyl release. Read more

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Pooneh Ghana

Australian singer/songwriter Stella Donnelly says the more women there are singing their unvarnished truths, the safer it is for her to be herself. Read more

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Royal Mountain’s new mental health fund is rare – but it shouldn’t be. Here are the mental health resources available to Canadian musicians. Read more

Music

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Richmond Lam

Album review: Broken Social Scene's Let's Try The After Vol. 1 is dense, clanking, triumphant and nostalgic – and it leaves us hungry for more. Read more

Album reviews

Over 160 musicians, journalists and record labels have signed the statement in support of the Unist'ot'en camp opposing a pipeline project in northern B.C. Read more

Music

Album review: Maggie Rogers' Heard It In A Past Life. The singer/songwriter, who notably moved Pharrell Williams to tears, mixes major label pop aspiration with a studious folk-indie sound. Read more

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Ryan Pfluger

Album review: Sharon Van Etten's Remind Me Tomorrow. On her fifth album, the singer/songwriter has grown – simultaneously more open, experimental, optimistic and sharp. 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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A concert review of Liz Phair and Speedy Ortiz in Toronto. In a rock show that centred women, it felt like an antidote to decades of bro-centric rockism. Read more

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Posthumously released collection The Flame finds the music icon sharply critiquing a culture that disappointed him Read more

Books

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Justin Broadbent

Album review: on Metric's seventh album Art Of Doubt, the long-running indie rock band shows familiarity doesn't have to be a curse. Read more

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Bao Ngo

Indie singer/songwriter Mitski takes risks on her new genre-defying album Be The Cowboy and it pays off in a big way. Read more

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Natalia Manzocco

Canadian Music Week 2018: read reviews of Sloan, Alice Glass, Belly, The Beaches, Un Blonde and more from CMW's final weekend. Read more

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Samuel Engelking

CMW reviews so far: Cupcakke, Nate Husser, Lydia Lunch, Jaunt, Yonatan Gat, Moscow Apartment, and more from the Toronto music festival Canadian Music Week. Read more

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FRIGS

Chelsee Ivan

Toronto band Frigs took their time to find their power, and it paid off. We interviewed them ahead of their release show for their debut album Basic Behaviour, which takes place April 7 at the Garrison. Read more

Features

Album review of Frankie Cosmos' new album Vessel on Sub Pop: the songs on the New York indie pop band's new album are perceptive, self-aware and deeply felt. It’s not totally flawless, but neither is falling in love. Read more

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DAVID JAMES SWANSON

Jack White's third solo album Boarding House Reach is not a record for the past and it's not one that fits exactly in the present. It's ambitious, fuzzy, and futuristic. Not exactly bad by our review, but weird. Very weird. Read more

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Groups like Across The Board and Toronto Women in Music, musicians like Tegan and Sara, and initiatives like festival report cards are battling for representation Read more

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