Ubiquitous Synergy Seekers (USS) will make the unconventional mainstream

USS Live at Edgefest By: Sheena Lyonnais
July 23, 2008

Mark my words; Ubiquitous Synergy Seekers are going to be huge. Not only does this duo create intelligent, catchy drum and bass songs, but they also put on an unmatched stellar live performance.  Perhaps this is because their influences derive from atypical sources, including a shared love of knowledge and science that stems from early encounters with the unconventional.


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Hostage Life fight the system by confusing the system

Hostage Life at Edgefest By: Sheena Lyonnais
July 22, 2008

I fell in love with Hostage Life the first time I heard “This Song Was Written By A Committee” on the radio, which incidentally is highly ironic considering the old school punk rock attitudes of this Toronto band.  

That song in particular is a big fuck you to the corporate music industry, and introduces a roster of strongly backed opinions on relatively controversial topics.  Hostage Life sings about everything from euthanasia, fighting the system, drugs, and disbanding contemporary morals and ideals.  Their latest single “White Jesus” questions the apparent brainwashing of Western beliefs.

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CD Review: Still Life Still

still life still wolf Reviewed by: Colin Evans
July 22, 2008

If five dudes got together and decided to crank out an indie rock album with hazy lyrics, soft guitars subtle synth, rhythmic drums, and a dash of haunting back-up vocals by an unnamed female artist, Still Life Still can pull it off to the max. While sporting a very chill sound, their debut full-length album is jam packed with catchy riffs that you can effortlessly nod your head to.

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Toronto bands nominated for first-ever Verge Music Awards

vergeJuly 22, 2008
XM Canada radio has just announced it’s first-ever Verge Music Awards and a bunch of our favourite Toronto artists have been nominated. 
There are two categories: Album of the Year and Artist of the Year.  The winners will be announced at Tattoo Rock Parlour in September and will be awarded $50,000 in prizes.   

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The Coast are taking over hearts and heading overseas

By: Sheena Lyonnais
July 21, 2008
The Coast Live At EdgefestIf you threw Bright Eyes, Matt Good, the Arcade Fire, bitter resentment and a little bit of Toronto charm in a blender you would get something that resembled the Coast.  You would be transfixed, forced to fall in love as you listen to the kind of songs that play in movies when hearts break and people begin to grow up.  You will picture yourself running away from something, driving in a car where the windshield wipers don’t quite keep up with the pouring rain and despite all this everything would somehow entirely make sense.

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Edgefest 2008 takes over Downsview park

 by: TJ Liebgott
July 15, 2008
Edgefest 2008After 20 consecutive years and one year off, Edgefest came back to Toronto with a vengeance.  Although the line-up wasn’t quite as glamorous as some of the previous incarnations of this all day festival, it promised more than the last few years have delivered.  A re-united STP, Linkin Park, The Bravery, and a handful of local up and coming talent gave music fans young and old a cross section of musical styles.  Here’s a summary of the hits and misses from the day.

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