music

Classical Rock

The south-facing exterior wall of the University of Manitoba’s Marcel A. Desautel faculty of music bears the words, “DEMOLISH SERIOUS CULTURE.” Attempts to remove this…


Music of the world, but not world music

The Manitoban Musical Atlas of Popular Music is a sporadically-published guide to the export-friendly pop music of the world outside England and North America. Society…


Hot Panda action

They started making panda porn to show male pandas,” explains Chris Connelly of Edmonton’s Hot Panda, “because they find that in captivity they can’t get…


Coffee music: The guide

There was a time when even Starbucks, now fast becoming the exclusive domain of sugar-crazed teenagers, was filled with safe but tasteful music. When I…


A record of how I felt then

Middle-class suburbia is not the stuff of legend. As far as its depiction in art is concerned, it is stucco sprawl, vapid and neatly fenced,…


Jock jams

In 480 BC, as the Persians approached the Greek ships at the Battle of Salamis, they heard singing. According to Greek poet Aeschylus, “All the…



Lollapalooza-palooza

I still don’t know how it happened. What began as an observation between friends, that the 2010 Lollapalooza line-up was pretty great, somehow evolved into…



Never quit, boys, never quit

The other evening, my buddy Woodtick and I were drinking a beer behind the Park Theatre, waiting to see the Fred Eaglesmith Travelling Show. The…