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Growing Younger: Montreal’s Michou will school you on happiness

After watching Michou’s video for “Growing Younger,” I was immediately intrigued by the band and ended up spending about an hour browsing through different uploads of them on YouTube. From a Christmas song they recorded last year to hilarious clips that they regularly post while touring, I could not stop clicking ‘next video.’ In every clip that I saw, each of the band members was always smiling and laughing, which incidentally had the same effect on me. So when Mike Hargreaves showed up for our interview in his slippers and with a big smile on his face, I immediately knew that my feeling about this band had been right.

Hailing from Windsor, Ontario, Michou is a fun band that is there to make you smile. What’s good about them is that while they don’t take themselves too seriously, they always come up with well-written songs that provide instant happiness. The group is made up of four close friends: Mike Hargreaves (vocals), Ryan Frith (bass), Sasha Cvetkovic (trumpets) and Stefan Appler (drums). The boys enjoy each other’s company so much that whether they’re on tour or back home, they always meet for a big daily breakfast, which is Mike’s favourite part of the day.

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CD Review: Dashboard Confessional “Alter The Ending”

I must confess: Dashboard Confessional is not normally a band that drives me wild. Yeah, I enjoyed their radio songs, but found many of their previous CDs uneven. However, with each CD they’ve released, it sounds to me like they move further and further away from the banal indie and alternative rock and closer to a more melodic and memorable sound. And with their 6th CD, Alter The Ending, the band has finally hit their stride and put out a record that I look forward to hearing time and time again.

I wasn’t under this impression after the first track, “Get Me Right”, but right after that they launch into a fantastic streak of catchy pop rock tunes that changed my mind about these guys. “Until Morning” and “Everybody Learns From Disaster” are awesome preludes to the monster single, “Belle of the Boulevard” (although I can’t get the tappers out of my head when I hear that song – Tap Tap Revenge fans know what I’m talking about here!). The infectious tunes keep coming with the peppy “I Know About You” and title track. Soon you realize these guys were just getting warmed up after they deliver one of the catchiest tracks they’ve even written, “The Motions”, where they tattoo the following into your brain: “If this is chemical, then I am not afraid to be bound to the impulses of science.” The record ends on a couple more very strong notes with the infectious “No News Is Bad News” and power ballad, “Water and Bridges”.

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Lost Without Cause Talk Influences, Bankrupt Labels and Aspirations

Lost Without CauseLost Without Cause are an Alternative Rock, three piece outfit hailing from Watford, Herts, UK. They have been playing together since their formation in 2004, and so far have played well over 200 gigs with the likes of My Passion, Saving Aimee, Fei Comodo, Koopa, The Runners and Linchpin.

To give you a little background information on Lost Without Cause: in 2007 the band was selected by MTV as part of their new talent initiative program, which involved a live performance and an interview which aired on MTV2 throughout April, May and June 2007. In July 2007 they visited and recorded a live session in the world famous Maida Vale Studios, and in November 2007, after progressing to the 3rd round of an International Battle of the Bands, were invited to play at the London Astoria 2. The gig was a massive success and the band progressed onto the 4th round where they once again played the London Astoria 2. In July 2008 they were selected by Bon Jovi from over 400 acts as one of the Top 20 bands with the chance to support them at their Twickenham show. Unfortunately, after an online vote, they narrowly missed out.