Interview: Dan Boeckner of Operators on Dystopias, Girls, and Advice for Young Bands [The Main]

Fresh off a tour alongside Future Islands, the prolific indie-rock veteran is already gearing up for yet another North American tour with his newest band Operators; a mesmerizing power-trio who have been gathering critical acclaim for their dance-driven electronic sound for the past year. While most bands focus on pushing their online presence before a release – whether it be a music video, teaser trailer, or an abundance of tweets and status updates – Operators decided against that, opting instead to premiere their music over a month-long series of shows to sweaty, buzzing audiences who didn’t know a single lyric. Their debut EP – aptly titled EP1 – harks back to synth-pop of the past, to a time where analog music thrived and where Macbooks had yet to be invented.

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Interview: Meet Shash'U: Producer, 'PWRFNK' Pioneer and Fools Gold's Newest Signee

“I’m not trying to do it better than the original…because, who am I, you know? I just want to do something different, and if people like it, then good!” Shash’U leans back in his chair and smiles. The smell of espresso wafts through the air as a girl in a tuque and glasses serenades the café crowd with Joni Mitchell-esque folk music. This, out of all places, isn’t exactly where you’d expect to find a hard-hitting, electro-funk DJ hanging out on a Saturday afternoon; but Shash’U is not your average DJ.

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Interview: Meet G-Eazy, the 'James Dean' of the Rap Game

For the first time in a long time, Gerald “G-Eazy” Gillum can fall asleep in his own bed. After nearly three years of relentless touring, selling out shows from coast to coast, and gathering a solid fan base of (mostly) female followers, the 25-year-old rapper/producer is taking in some Bay Area sunshine before launching into another expansive (and almost entirely sold-out) North American tour. “Man, these two weeks were like gold,” he says over the phone, his voice smooth, relaxed, “home is kind of an idea that doesn’t exist…it’s a light in a never-ending tunnel.”

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Interview: The Unusual Director of Indie Montreal Music Doc ‘A City Is An Island': Timothy George Kelly

Halfway through the film ‘A City is an Island,’ we see Mac Demarco sitting in the bathroom of his Montreal apartment, giving the camera his best come-hither look as he pees while sitting down. The fluorescent light above the sink casts everything in a murky glow, while Mac, as calm as ever, serenades the camera with one of his songs, his voice reverberating off the walls of the cramped, grey bathroom. Four years in the making, the film – directed by Timothy George Kelly – summarizes the ethos of Montreal's indie music scene...

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Review: Godspeed You! Black Emperor Théâtre Granada, Sherbrooke QC [Exclaim!]

Looking out into the audience only once or twice, and rarely exchanging glances between themselves, the band functioned like a well-oiled machine, knowing exactly where and when to be within the confines of each elaborate, sprawling track. Throughout the two-hour journey, the crowd remained absolutely silent, aside from uproarious applause at the rare moments in between songs. Many in the crowd stood rigid, eyes closed, head bobbing as if in prayer as the music made the air noticeable heavy — some were even crying from the weight of it all as the band sipped on their water and wine. 

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Interview: Montreal-Based Band Atsuko Chiba [The Main]

“We’re only 25, 26 years old but that’s old in band years. We have to get shit going. There’s no time to waste,” says Atsuko Chiba member Karim Lakhdar, beer in hand as Foreigner’s ‘Hot-Blooded’ blasts through the speakers of le Bar de Courcelle. Bandmates Eric Shafhauser and David Palumbo nod somberly in agreement, knowing full well that neither of them consider this project to be ‘just some band’ that will eventually break up after a few years, but rather, their shared passion; their baby; what they hope to make their livelihood in the near future...

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Review: The Barr Brothers - Espace Montmorency [Exclaim!]

The Barr Brothers took to the stage during the aptly named "magic hour," with the sun setting slowly behind the looming Universite de Montreal campus. Traditionally a four-piece folk band, the Barr Brothers were accompanied by two other musicians on pedal steel and double bass who rounded out their atmospheric sound wonderfully. Rather than spreading out across the large stage as most bands do, they stayed close together, sipping whisky and feeding off their own undeniable energy rather than that of the crowd...

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Review: SHYRE at Le Cabaret Lion D'Or [The Main]

All is quiet at the Cabaret Lion D’Or as small electric candles flicker throughout the stage, illuminating the vines and trees intricately wrapped around mic and cymbal stands made to look like a forest. Looking like a scene from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the lights stay dim as the musicians take to the stage, all of whom are wearing formal attire as they carry their instruments alongside them. The band launch into their first song, and from the get-go, it’s clear that SHYRE is a band like no other: whimsical, talented, and self-defined as a “musical adventure that aims to spark your imagination,” SHYRE is not just playing music, but rather putting on a performance – an air of professionalism apparent amongst the six young, but seasoned musicians...

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