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Born Ruffians, meet me by the ocean?

In an attempt to salvage my Canadian Music Week experience, I decided to venture out on a Sunday night to see the Born Ruffians play at the Phoenix Concert Theatre in Toronto. I crossed my fingers that this time the rain would hold off and there wouldn’t be a line. Eager to end the five-day festival off in a good mood, I was off.

Luckily, the Phoenix is a cavernous space, able to hold a much larger crowd then the previous venues I’d been to. The front half was crammed with the all-ages kids who were evidently much more familiar with the Born Ruffians than I. As soon as the second opening band, the Young Rival, had finished their set, they started chanting, “Ruffians, Ruffians, Ruffians!”

Image from MySpace.com

What’s so great about these guys, anyway? I’d only just tuned into their MySpace page earlier that day and they seemed like your typical indie band. Then the lead singer stepped out into the spotlight. Oh, okay, I get it. So Luke LaLonde is good looking (and one of the first clean-shaven musicians I’d seen all festival). He can make his voice do a lot of fun, tricky little things reminding me of a mix between Vampire Weekend and Bedouin Soundclash. A good thing, in my books, but as a friend pointed out, it’s not new.

Image from Born Ruffians fan page, Facebook

Sure, the Born Ruffians might not be breaking new sound, but they definitely got the Sunday night crowd rocking; the kids at the front jumping and clapping in unison, the older folk in the back nodding appreciatively while sipping beer.

Their music does start to get repetitive, however. After awhile it all seemed to blend into one long continuous song rather than many separate ones. But once I closed my eyes, all I could think was, the Born Ruffians are made to be on a summer playlist.

I look forward to meeting them again somewhere, hopefully next time, it’ll be near the ocean.

-Otiena Ellwand

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New LCD Soundsystem song

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Impatiently waiting for the new LCD Soundsystem album to come out? Then we have some temporary relief. The group released a new song in partnership with YSL used during the debut of the YSL Fall/Winter 2010 collection. A weird mix? Surely. A good song? You decide.The song, “Beginning of the Heartbreak,” is a re-incarnation and LCD interpretation of a ‘70s track by Peter Gordon & Love of Life Orchestra.

The track fits undeniably well the sway of the models hips as they trot down the runway in their motif–a modern take on ’50s women’s fashion.

Take a listen a few times, get excited, the full album will be released May 18, 2010.

– Tim Morse

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Gorillaz pre-release album

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The cartoon video masters have come back after five long years away with an album that’s mind blowing.

Plastic Beach is set to release on March 8, 2010, but rather than make fans wait, Gorillaz decided to pre-release it on The Guardian. That’s right, the whole album.

Start to finish, this album’s a gem. They really outdid themselves with a new sound, both creative and modern, and of course there are big name collaborations.

They brought back De La Soul and added in Mos Def, Kano, Snoop Dogg, classic rock moguls Mick Jones and Paul Simonon from the Clash and Lou Reed.

It would be hard to imagine Jones, Simonon and Reed in a Gorillaz setting, but the collab somehow works.

What Plastic Beach does is take the Gorillaz sound to a new level by taking influence from the many genres that have surfaced in the past few years and giving it their spin. They bring back the funky, spacey, electro and British sound they’ve become known for and make it into a new and vibrant entity.

This album is the perfect lead-up to their upcoming Coachella performance and hopefully a world tour.

By the way, they just made a music video with Bruce Willis.

Click here to watch it.

– Tim Morse

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Models strut for a cause

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Fashion models united as tribute to the late Alexander McQueen at the Fashion for Relief event in London on February 18, 2010. Friends of McQueen and super models Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell and McQueen’s muse, Annabelle Neilson, strutted their way down the catwalk, to raise funds for Campbell’s Haiti charity.

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Moss strut down the runway in a stunning blue printed mini McQueen dress, and was her fist walk in several years. Moss welled up with emotion and tears as Topshop boss and Moss’s business partner, Sir Phillip Green, later purchased the dress at auction for $150,000 USD to help raise funds for Campbell’s Haiti charity.

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As reported by CHEEKMagazine its been over a week and still McQueens death seems like yesterday.

-Melissa S.Robinson

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The White Stripes Ballet

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The award-winning ballet, choreographed by Wayne McGregor, entitled Chroma, previously debuted at London’s Royal Opera House in November 2006 and garnered rave reviews. Songs like “The Hardest Button to Button and “Blue Orchid” were in London’s variation of the show and hopefully will make a reappearance.

 The premier of Chroma is set for Novemeber 2010 and Mr. White has been invited, let’s hope he makes it.

-Melissa S. Robinson

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Homes for the rich and homeless

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Get artist and designer Kacey Wong on your radar.  His recent clash with brilliance is designing shelters for rich people who have lost their homes due to the economic crisis.

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Not only do they look like robots from Famiglia Grande, but they also come in a variety of colours. The case unfolds and becomes a bed and a desk, and can be wheeled around on a trolley… talk about convenience!

photo from dezeen

His inspiration came from the recent economic tsunami that hit the rich and caused many to lose their fortune virtually overnight. The rich have feelings too, so Wong wanted to create these makeshift shelters so that they can live on the street and still maintain their image.

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This is not the first time Wong’s work has been in the spotlight. His project called Paddling Homes and Tin Man No. 11 also received some media attention in the past two years.

photo from dezeen

There’s only a little bit of time left to catch Wong’s work, Paddling Homes, on display now at the 2009-2010 Hong Kong Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism/Architecture.

-Melissa S. Robinson

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