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Thierry Cote, Author at The Panic Manual

Album Review: Random Recipe, Kill the Hook (2013, BONSOUND)

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Three years after the acclaimed Fold It! Mold It!, Montreal quartet Random Recipe return with Kill the Hook, a second full-length that refines and improves on that album’s inventive blend of rock, hip-hop, folk, soul and electro in almost every way, with often spectacular results. While mentioning rock and hip-hop in the same sentence could conjure up memories of some of the worst music ever recorded, as anyone who survived the late 1990s can attest, Random Recipe have come up …

Festival Review: Festival de la musique emergente en Abitibi-Temiscamingue [August 29-September 1, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec]

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It isn’t every day that you find yourself watching a surprise set of French-language country music on the front steps of an automobile repair shop in a small Québec mining town well north of North Bay, but then again Rouyn-Noranda’s Festival de musique émergente en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FME) isn’t much like most music festivals. FME founders Sandy Boutin and Jenny Thibault have firmly rejected the traditional rock festival model and pride themselves in trying to be “very personal” in all aspects …

Festival Preview: Festival de la musique emergente en Abitibi-Temiscamingue [August 29-September 1, Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec]

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While many Torontonians will be spending the (unofficial) end of the summer that is the Labour Day weekend drinking on patios, barbecuing and, let’s face it, mostly complaining about the Canadian International Air Show, 25,000 fans of new and emerging musics from the four corners of the province of Québec and beyond will be gathering beginning tomorrow in Rouyn-Noranda, a small town of 41,000 roughly 700 kilometres north of Toronto, for the Festival de la musique émergente en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (FME), …