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Petra Glynt & U.S. Girls empower AGO First Thursdays

Posted by Aubrey Jax / April 5, 2014

AGO First ThursdayThe AGO's First Thursday for April was a special one. First, it included a preview of the new Francis Bacon / Henry Moore exhibit, which officially opens on Saturday (check out some terrifying photos here). Second, the AGO paired two of Toronto's most compelling musicians, Petra Glynt and U.S. Girls, to tear apart the AGO's atrium.

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The top 5 artists making drone music in Toronto

Posted by Guest Contributor / April 2, 2014

Drone music TorontoA focused drone is hard to find: there's a lot of other music out there calling itself drone that's totally something else altogether. A worthy drone artist keeps things more sparse than even most minimal composers, creating sounds only a few tones at a time, letting them stretch out without the aid of traditionally organized rhythms and modes into something ultimately formless and meditative. In an age when anyone can slow down a Drake song and call it drone, here are the deepest ambient sounds going in Toronto.

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Breakout Toronto Bands: Picastro

Posted by Guest Contributor / April 1, 2014

PicastroEverything in music is about struggle: not only the performance and the interplay of the instruments with each other (then confronting the temperaments of listeners), but every aspect of stepping outside of everyday life to plan and create music can be a real battle in itself.

It's approaching half a decade since we last checked in with Toronto's premiere source for introspective chamber folk (as a "breakout band" this act is slow steeped tea compared to the espresso hype machine), Picastro, and Liz Hysen's always evolving band has naturally undergone a lot of struggles and changes to bring us her outstanding new album, You.

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Sunday afternoon loft rave ends weekend right

Posted by Brendan Arnott / March 31, 2014

Sunday Afternoon SocialSunday afternoon is an underrated time for a dance party. Living in Osaka, Japan for two years, my first experience to the afternoon loft party came out of necessity - the response of promoters to archaic club laws being enacted that effectively outlawed dancing at night.

But Box of Kittens' Afternoon Social makes a great case for sunlit-dance parties, putting together a seamlessly run event emphasizing a relaxed sense of community. Arriving to friendly staff, a bar serving Caesars and fruit skewers, and an unbelievably gorgeous, winding labyrinthian space at Loft404 (seriously, the bathroom is classier than the entirety of my apartment), the event's coinciding to 2014's first balmy spring afternoon seemed like it couldn't be a coincidence.

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The top concerts in Toronto April 2014

Posted by Aubrey Jax / March 31, 2014

concerts April TorontoThe top concerts in Toronto in April 2014 take place during that last stretch before we hit music festival season full blast in the city, not to mention the period when we start to notice that people look pretty damn cute underneath those twenty trillion layers they've been wearing for the past six months.

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Kraftwerk jolts Toronto with robot electricity

Posted by Guest Contributor / March 31, 2014

Kraftwerk TorontoBoing Boom Tschack.

When Kraftwerk opened their set Saturday at the Sony Centre, the feeling in the room was positively electric. The bleeps and bloops that make up Kraftwerk's "We are the Robots" blasted out of the speakers as the show began and my robot heart began to race. I finally got why teenage girls scream and cry when they see their favourite boy bands, as emotion took over while Kraftwerk invoked the gods of electro music.

Later in the evening I heard this same sentiment echoed throughout different people's narratives of the the show: intense joy from experiencing such perfection that the audience was overwhelmed with emotion.

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