The best sounds of 2011


Year in Review: The best sounds of 2011

The best albums and shows of the year according to our music writers.

Cruel creation


St. Vincent: Cruel creation

If the true measure of a creative product is whether or not it addresses the fundamental truths of its time, than St. Vincent’s Annie Clark is eerily on point with her latest album, Strange Mercy

Blue Christmas


Martha Wainwright & Anna McGarrigle: Blue Christmas

Martha Wainwright and Anna McGarrigle honour the memory of Kate McGarrigle with a very special Christmas concert

Caving in


Malajube: Caving in

Eight months after digging up La Caverne, franco indie-rock spearheads Malajube finally end their North American tour at home

Sarah vs. Sarah


Sarah Slean: Sarah vs. Sarah

Piano-woman Sarah Slean introduces her ambitious double-LP Land and Sea

Funk for the soul


Prince: Funk for the soul

After two historic concerts at the Jazz Festival, Prince returns to Montreal for another crazy funk fest

As heard through hazy crutches


Crystal Stilts: As heard through hazy crutches

With a new EP in tow, Brooklyn quintet Crystal Stilts return to Montreal

The best albums of the year for chilling with friends


Top 5 CDs 2011: Chilling: The best albums of the year for chilling with friends

1. Metronomy The English Riviera (Because) The breezy moments are as catchy as it gets, offset by stretches that might just make you want to get up and dance. The ...

Fluctuation and flow


Lights: Fluctuation and flow

On Siberia, Valerie Poxleitner – Lights – focuses on the core concepts of pop music while confounding expectations

We built this city (on rock and roll)


M for Montreal: We built this city (on rock and roll)

Now in its sixth edition, M for Montreal continues to showcase the most promising bands this city has to offer

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