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What's Rock God Chris Cornell Doing with Timbaland?new

Sure, Cornell's stylish crooning of the James Bond theme "You Know My Name" for 2006's Casino Royale showed he's matured considerably since his grunge-bellowing days, but what the fuck? A hook-up with über-urbanizer Timbaland represents a radical rethink.
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich  |  11-24-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Brit Cult Fave Holly Golightly Tries it Twangynew

By her own admission, Holly Golightly isn't overly familiar with country music. But that hasn't kept her from affecting a twang and recording Dirt Don't Hurt, a rootsy album of hayseed duets with her partner in musical crime, Lawyer Dave.
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich  |  11-10-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Frankie Venom, 1957-2008new

When Frankie Venom succumbed to throat cancer last week at the age of 51, the Toronto punk scene didn't just lose a gobbing godfather -- Canada lost one of the most engaging entertainers ever to stalk a stage in a rubber-legged frenzy.
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich  |  10-27-2008  |  Music

Muskox Infiltrates the Local Scene 3 Inches at a Timenew

Among the more intriguing music marketing enigmas to hit Toronto is the annual appearance on Soundscapes' shelves of mysterious mini-CDs housed in matchbook-like packages emblazoned with the image of a hairy horned beast: the mark of Muskox.
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich  |  10-06-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

The Season's Most Desirable Releasesnew

A looks at new releases from Beyonce, AC/DC, Girl Talk, Oasis and more.
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich and Benjamin Boles  |  09-29-2008  |  Music

Heavy 'n' hairy Crew Bison B.C. Busts Out of Van Citynew

Someone at Metal Blade must've recognized Bison's crossover potential with the non-metal crowd and decided to make the heavy 'n' hairy foursome of Masa Anzai, Brad Mackinnon, Dan And and Farwell the legendary alt-metal label's first Canuck signing.
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich  |  09-22-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Chad VanGaalen Tries to Sounds Like a Naive Boy Againnew

VanGaalen releases another terribly twee basement tinker tape that answers the question no one dared ask: what would Destroyer sound like if Dan Bejar were obsessed with Neil Young instead of David Bowie?
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich  |  09-08-2008  |  Reviews

Brilliant New Film Documents Youssou Ndour's Spiritual Questnew

What first appears to be a conventional film biography of the Senegalese superstar reveals an entirely different dimension of Ndour.
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich  |  09-08-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Mulatu Astatke and the Swinging Addis Scene of the 60s Pop Up in Many Unlikely Places Latelynew

The seductive slink that characterizes the captivating music of Mulatu--who is to Ethiogroove what Fela Kuti is to Afrobeat--is a combustible concoction of traditional Ethiopian modes and rhythms mixed in with some nasty Nuyorican boogaloo and busted out with the boisterous bash of a Question Mark and the Mysterians frat rocker.
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich  |  07-28-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Gilberto Gil Shows a Whimsical Side on 'Banda Larga Cordel'new

This is achieved despite the weighty subject matter, which deals with the cultural and artistic challenges posed by technological advancements in information transmission.
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich  |  06-30-2008  |  Reviews

Dark Meat Massive Lets it All Hang Outnew

The Athens-based 17-piece band insists that it's members are not really communal-living hippie dope fiends, although they do enjoy fucking shit up.
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich  |  05-27-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Five Bands That Could Pass as Creepy Cultsnew

Dark Meat isn't the first hairy-scary music ensemble to be mistaken for some bizarre quasi-religious­ cult. Here are a few more that could qualify for a tax exemption.
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich  |  05-27-2008  |  Music

The Heavy Dwell on Funk's Darksidenew

If your bandmates are weedy tossers from Bath, you don't go around calling yourselves the Heavy unless you can deliver the wall-shaking goods.
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich  |  05-12-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Foals Aren't in It for the Money or the Famenew

If every so-called "new Radiohead" group sounded as energetic, enthusiastic and decidedly unlike any overwrought Thom Yorke self-indulgence as these reformed math rockers, the music world would be a much better place.
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich  |  05-02-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

White Denim's in Fashionnew

Austin buzz band makes unlikely leap from Airstream to mainstream.
NOW Magazine  |  Tim Perlich  |  04-11-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

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