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The xx

“It’s been awhile, Vancouver,” Oliver Sims of The xx told the crowd. Their opener, Sampha, had just left the stage some twenty minutes before, after…

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Hong Kong Exile: Room 2048

“Room 2048 (2048號房) — a dream machine for the Cantonese diaspora. In digital light and smoke, we pursue a history that is not ours. A…

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So Loki (Seasons Festival)

If you haven’t been to a So Loki show, you are missing out. Sam Lucia and Natura have a flair for the theatrical that would…

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The Velveteins

Tanglers instantly transported me from the Cobalt to a bluesy, folky beach concert, with people dancing playfully around a bonfire, the tall flame flicking its…

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Bits & Pieces

As I walked into Red Gate, the room had shifted from its usual bare-floored appearance to something much cozier; the couches were moved to form…

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Wire

At first glance, the Imperial seemed like an odd venue to host a legendary punk band. It’s a far cry from a grimy dive bar…

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Photo Essay: Ivory Towers

You have chosen to look into your own reflection. You immediately turn to stone and fall to the ground. You sit for centuries gathering moss,…