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Chelsea McBride's Socialist Night School: The Twilight Fall

Read "The Twilight Fall" reviewed by Jack Bowers

As is the case with her largely anomalous music, composer / arranger Chelsea McBride's Toronto-based Socialist Night School is less a brick-and-mortar academy than a malleable concept, open to almost whatever definition the viewer (or listener) has in mind. McBride doesn't simply “write" music, she “sees" it, much as a painter visualizes what is to adorn ...

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Modus Factor: The Picasso Zone

Read "The Picasso Zone" reviewed by Dan McClenaghan

Modus Factor, a trio based in jny: Toronto, says it creates “Electro ambient improvisational bedlam." An accurate description of their sound except, perhaps, for the bedlam part (for the most part). Featuring a drums/bass/electric trumpet line-up, with effects, the comparisons that come to mind are Nils Petter Molvaer's spacey approach on sets like Switch (OKeh Record, ...