No Age Are Back to Not Taking Themselves Seriously on 'Snares Like a Haircut'

A decade ago, No Age defined everything that was great about late ’00s indie rock; the duo’s first three releases, Weirdo Rippers, Nouns and Everything in Between blended stripped-down experimentation with snooty punk rock, gaining overwhelmingly positive reviews in the process. After putting out the minimalist, challenging and underwhelmed An Object in 2013, drummer/vocalist Dean

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Charlotte Cardin's Six Favourite Places in Montreal

Charlotte Cardin is a Montreal-based singer-songwriter who released her most recent EP, Main Girl, in September. The Montreal native, who competed on the Quebec singing competition La Voix, gave us a tour her favourite hometown spots. Café Olimpico (124 Rue Saint Viateur O.) My favourite cfee shop in Mile End, it’s a small Italian spot

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Maestro Fresh Wes The Exclaim! Questionnaire

Nearly 30 years on from hitting the scene with “Let Your Backbone Slide,” Maestro Fresh Wes’s status as the Godfather Canadian hip-hop is indisputable. That said, he isn’t one to rest on his laurels. “When I see artists like Kool G Rap drop his new album, and then he’s got MoSS from Toronto producing it,

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In The Lab with Roc Marciano (Rosebudd Edition)

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus) Last time we were In The Lab with Roc Marciano, it was 2013, and he was in Los Angeles cooking up Marci Beaucoup, his self-produced, collabo-heavy compilation album featuring a who’s who rap fan favorites (Action Bronson, Freeway, Ka and Blu to name a few). Now, almost four years later,

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In The Lab with Roc Marciano (Rosebudd Edition)

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus) Last time we were In The Lab with Roc Marciano, it was 2013, and he was in Los Angeles cooking up Marci Beaucoup, his self-produced, collabo-heavy compilation album featuring a who’s who rap fan favorites (Action Bronson, Freeway, Ka and Blu to name a few). Now, almost four years later,

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In The Lab with Roc Marciano (Rosebudd Edition)

Words by Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus) Last time we were In The Lab with Roc Marciano, it was 2013, and he was in Los Angeles cooking up Marci Beaucoup, his self-produced, collabo-heavy compilation album featuring a who’s who rap fan favorites (Action Bronson, Freeway, Ka and Blu to name a few). Now, almost four years later,

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On Ununiform, Tricky Finds New Angles in Darkness

You can’t claim that an artist who dubbed himself Tricky didn’t warn you about being difficult. When he first entered popular consciousness as a rapper on Massive Attack’s debut LP Blue Lines, the Bristol native born as Adrian Thaws made an immediate and indelible impact. Though he only appeared on three songs as a third

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Gucci Mane: Mixtapes Saved My Career

Back to the Trap House debuted in 2007 at No. 57 on Billboard’s “Top 200,” selling fewer than 32,000 copies in its first week. My major-label debut was a dud. I knew those beats were not suited to my style. I’d taken too much outside advice. I should have stood up for myself and put out

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Sampha wins the 2017 Mercury Prize

South London singer-songwriter Sampha has been named the winner the prestigious Mercury Prize 2017. The crowning achievement for Sampha’s debut album Process was announced live on BBC Four on telly and on BBC Radio 6 Music by Idris Elba on Thursday night (September 14). (Idris Elba holds the Mercury Prize) Taking to the stage to

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The Best Albums of 2017 (So Far)

This list has been updated to include August releases. The running threads interest adjoining the music 2017 are strange: indie rock is back in full force, young rappers seem hell-bent on reclaiming nü-metal, and our legends keep leaving us. Like Outkast said, “Nothing is for sure, nothing is for certain, nothing lasts forever.” Music helps

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