2008 September

Wayne Shorter

Repetition and nostalgia are among the dominating principles of commercial culture. Hard-of-hearing rockers gather together after many years to tour, reprising their early hits, and many jazz musicians who find some modicum of...

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The Hard Lessons

A Hard Lessons live show is a fierce and amazing thing to behold. This trio of Detroit twenty-somethings merges power pop, blues chords, soulful harmonizing, and straight-up rock 'n' roll, and delivers it with a...

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Gender Agenda

"Cool!" I said as I approached an interactive installation piece in the dark back room at Gallery Project. I cranked a wheel, and a short humanoid sculpture — with simple metal-frame legs, white baby shoes, and a...

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Garnet Rogers

Let's start by acknowledging the elephant in the coffeehouse. When you think of Canadian folk musician Garnet Rogers, who will be at the Ark on Sunday, September 14, you can't help thinking also of his brother, Stan. The...

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Derek Green

Expatriate. For some of us the word conjures up cuddly bohemians living penniless in beautiful cities far from the dreariness of their middle-class upbringings, waiting to be visited by a muse fueled by poverty, drugs, absinthe,...

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Bug Fest

The older kids complain on the drive over about how unfair it is that they all have to go to Leslie Science & Nature Center simply because Little Brother has to go to Bug Fest. They insist they’re too old (and too...

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The Barra MacNeils

Celtic music, especially of the Scots variety, has a mass following in Canada, with musicians covering a whole spectrum of styles from the purest tradition to rock slightly inflected with harps and whistles. The Barra MacNeils...

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