Pop-punk powerhouses Sum 41 say goodbye on ambitious final album

Ever the ugly step-sibling of pop punk’s largest acts, Sum 41 have consistently brought their unique brand of metal-injected energy to the table regardless of critical perception. They’ve always been too pop for the punk crowd and too punk for the pop crowd to really capitalise on the mainstream explosion of the genre in the

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Reliqa’s “Terminal” is a Lesson in Feral Honesty

Somewhere in my home library, there’s a beaten-up book of essays called 3 Minutes or Less: Life Lesson’s from America’s Greatest Writers. I’ve had it since I was in middle school. Contributing authors include Sue Miller, Tim O’Brian, Amy Tan, among many others. One such other is the late Pat Conroy. In his page-and-a-half essay,

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Paradise Drive Asks Cosmic Questions With “Wasted Blood”

Paradise Drive asks cosmic questions with “Wasted Blood”… With vocals reminiscent of Chris Martin and music akin to the lighter side of The Band CAMINO, this song lulls you into a sense of easy listening and good time vibes. After 2023 saw a streak of singles that were guitar-driven, the intro to this song comes

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Cut Deep with Northpark’s Latest Hit “Ink”

I’m finding time to find purpose as I listen to Toronto’s own Northpark, though three minutes and fifty seconds hardly seems enough. Cut deep with Northpark’s latest hit “Ink.” Purpose is a funny thing. It moves us forward, gives us urgency. It is entirely, unescapably un-concrete. We sometimes find our purpose in a state of

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Planet Mercury Makes “Helpless” Feel Alright

New year, new listening habits—but that’s kind of bullshit, right? The holidays are past us, we’re back to the daily grind, and the days are short and cold. This is prime time to be falling into our comfort rotations. Maybe it’s bold to assume that everyone and their mother address seasonal affective disorder by binge listening

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Reliqa bares soul in new EP, ‘I Don’t Know What I Am’

Reliqa was a real lifeline for me in 2020. I was introduced to their single, “Mr. Magic,” in October of that year, right in the thick of the chaos. That slow-burning charge of a song rattled through me and met something in my chest. I’d never heard music like it, but I found something utterly

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