Elliott Brood waxes on Call the Office

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Elliot Brood

Call the Office is no Air Canada Centre, but for Elliott Brood, it’s the intimacy with its fans that matters most.

“We want [the fans] to have a good vantage point, to feel everything in their chests, to be part of it,” lead singer/guitarist Mark Sasso, says. (read more)

Shad wows crowd with songs from new album

OkayCity, The Runaway, and Relic complete Shad's release party

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Shad K

Every once in a while, you come across a live show that pulls you in so many directions you feel dizzy, disoriented and exhilarated all at once.

Anyone at Shad K’s album release party Friday night at Call the Office can attest to the power of word and presence exhibited by the artists who spoke " lyrically and instrumentally " while on stage. (read more)

Shout Out Out Out Out mixes rock & techno

Synths and drum machines take over Call the Office

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Shout Out Out Out Out

“I guess you could say we’re like a live electronic dance band,” Shout Out Out Out Out’s keyboardist, Will Zimmerman, replies when asked to categorize the band’s music.

Lying somewhere between rock and techno music, Edmonton’s SOOOO does not fit into any one category. (read more)

Attack of the Killer Shorts: one-act plays by students

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Purple Shorts poster

Watch out, Western " they’re purple, they’re short and they’re coming for you this October.

Theatre Western’s Purple Shorts One-Act Play Festival is making a huge theatrical entrance for the sixth year in a row with the theme “Attack of the Killer Shorts” " just in time for Halloween. (read more)

More socially inept misfits in The Gum Thief

New Coupland novel about middle-aged Staples worker

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

The Gum Thief by Douglas Coupland

The Gum Thief
Written by: Douglas Coupland
Published by: Bloomsbury USA

4 stars

You might think 275 pages about the disappointments of a middle-aged Staples employee would be something you’d skip over at a bookstore. (read more)

Rapper D.O. takes hip-hop back to the books

Underground artist sheds light on Canadian hip-hop scene

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Rapper D.O.

Unlike Kanye West, Duane Gibson, also known as underground Canadian rapper D.O, completed his university education.

The rapper, who has grown up across Canada, received his English degree at York University, graduating with an A-plus on his thesis. (read more)

On Disc: Radiohead

Album: In Rainbows

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

In Rainbows by Radiohead

Radiohead
In Rainbows

4 stars

Radiohead’s seventh album received plenty of buzz due to its unorthodox online purchasing options. (read more)

On Disc: Daggermouth

Album: Turf Wars

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Turf Wars by Daggermouth

Daggermouth
Turf Wars
Smallman Records

3 starsWith 11 songs clocking in at under 25 minutes, Vancouver’s Daggermouth returns with its sophomore release, Turf Wars. (read more)

On Disc: Joni Mitchell

Album: Shine

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2007

Shine by Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell
Shine
Hear Music

3.5 stars

After almost a decade on hiatus, Shine marks a radiant return to music for Joni Mitchell, courtesy of Starbucks’ record label, Hear Music. (read more)

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