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  • Whether it be The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Six Feet Under or whatever other modern TV show you consider canon, look back and you’ll often find great...

    The Music of ‘True Detective’

    Whether it be The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Six Feet Under or whatever other modern TV show you consider canon, look back and you’ll often find great...

  • It is always easy to look back over a period of time and say it lacked or was lush in x. That is faulty thinking, there is always good to...

    35 songs I loved in 2013

    It is always easy to look back over a period of time and say it lacked or was lush in x. That is faulty thinking, there is always good to...

  • Before Jason Voorhees became a Machete wielding mad man, one would hope he listened to music. This isn’t Halloween so don’t expect the usual tropes and songs about mashing monsters....

    A Friday the 13th mix

    Before Jason Voorhees became a Machete wielding mad man, one would hope he listened to music. This isn’t Halloween so don’t expect the usual tropes and songs about mashing monsters....

  • New York’s The Walkmen recently announced that they were taking a prolonged break from making music, something the five piece has done consistently for a decade. The Walkmen released six...

    The Walkmen announce prolonged break (includes playlist)

    New York’s The Walkmen recently announced that they were taking a prolonged break from making music, something the five piece has done consistently for a decade. The Walkmen released six...

  • Long before the number of condos being erected into its clouds was seen –by some– as a barometer of its success, Toronto was bursting at the seams with music venues....

    Music from ‘The Last Pogo Jumps Again’

    Long before the number of condos being erected into its clouds was seen –by some– as a barometer of its success, Toronto was bursting at the seams with music venues....

  • Over the past few months, while MuchMusic (RIP) aired marathons of the Simpsons and Fresh Prince, a lot of good music videos were released. These videos hit many bases, including...

    Fall music video roundup

    Over the past few months, while MuchMusic (RIP) aired marathons of the Simpsons and Fresh Prince, a lot of good music videos were released. These videos hit many bases, including...

  • Griot is a unique little documentary that follows Ablaye Cissoko, a Senegalese mastersinger and Kora player determined to preserve his thousand-year-old tradition. By definition, a griot is a class of...

    ‘Griot’ kicks of Canadian film and live concert tour

    Griot is a unique little documentary that follows Ablaye Cissoko, a Senegalese mastersinger and Kora player determined to preserve his thousand-year-old tradition. By definition, a griot is a class of...

  • Protest songs may have reached their peak with acts like Buffalo Springfield, The Beatles, CSNY and opposition to the Vietnam War, but they are not a thing of the past....

    21st Century Songs of Protest

    Protest songs may have reached their peak with acts like Buffalo Springfield, The Beatles, CSNY and opposition to the Vietnam War, but they are not a thing of the past....

  • Criticize This! would like to wish you all a happy Canada Day! Our gift to you is this playlist featuring songs from 2012/2013 by Canada based artists. This year’s mix...

    Listen to This! Canada Day mix

    Criticize This! would like to wish you all a happy Canada Day! Our gift to you is this playlist featuring songs from 2012/2013 by Canada based artists. This year’s mix...

  • Torontonians were treated to a whole lot of music last week. I will be summing up the best of what I saw soon, but in the meantime here are six...

    NXNE 2013 Animated

    Torontonians were treated to a whole lot of music last week. I will be summing up the best of what I saw soon, but in the meantime here are six...

  • While many consider day one of NXNE’s music to be just ‘a warmup’, I can tell you bands and crowds worked up a sweat in various places across the city....

    NXNE 2013 Day 1 Highlights

    While many consider day one of NXNE’s music to be just ‘a warmup’, I can tell you bands and crowds worked up a sweat in various places across the city....

  • Churches Under The Stairs by Broken Social Scene Presents: Brendan Canning on GroovesharkThe Hoxton Brendan Canning @ 8PM Brendan Canning is a very busy man, not only is he a...

    Where to be for day 2 of Music @ NXNE 2013

    Churches Under The Stairs by Broken Social Scene Presents: Brendan Canning on GroovesharkThe Hoxton Brendan Canning @ 8PM Brendan Canning is a very busy man, not only is he a...

  • Deciding to get a wristband for NXNE is the easy part, deciding which venues to get yourself into can be a bit of a challenge. With that in mind, we...

    Where to be for day 1 of Music @ NXNE 2013

    Deciding to get a wristband for NXNE is the easy part, deciding which venues to get yourself into can be a bit of a challenge. With that in mind, we...

  • Since it was announced earlier this year, Arts & Crafts‘ 10th anniversary celebration was pegged as not only a celebration of the label’s music, but also of the city it...

    Field Trip recap

    Since it was announced earlier this year, Arts & Crafts‘ 10th anniversary celebration was pegged as not only a celebration of the label’s music, but also of the city it...

  • Why not spend some of your Victoria Day watching some good new music videos? Here are five videos that span the globe and genres, enjoy! Germany’s Stefan Kozalla, better known...

    Good Music Videos are Everywhere – May 20, 2013

    Why not spend some of your Victoria Day watching some good new music videos? Here are five videos that span the globe and genres, enjoy! Germany’s Stefan Kozalla, better known...

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