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Sóley's new album is brilliant, so says me for +The Georgia Straight.
It’s been four years between albums for Icelandic indie-pop composer and singer Sóley Stefánsdóttir, but giving birth does tend to put a monkey wrench in your long-term plans.
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I really didn't like +Beth Jeans Houghton's crude new direction. Words of a scathing nature up now at +northerntrans.
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For better or worse: my take on the Jesus And Mary Chain at the Vogue Theatre on MAY.13.2015 is up now on +Exclaim Magazine! #livereview
With lone remaining founders Jim and William Reid at their core, legendary Scottish outfit the Jesus and Mary Chain released one of the most influential alternative rock albums of all time in 1985's Psychocandy. Indebted to '60s rock anomalies like t...
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Seriously, kids... +Colin Cowan & The Elastic Stars. Get on this Polaris Music Prize worthy record. More words on +The Georgia Straight. #albumreview   #canadianmusic  
There’s some kind of magic burning in the late hours at the Lido.
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Not long now until the 2015 edition of the Polaris Music Prize​ gets underway... NOW WITH MORE MONEY! Winners are now getting $50 grand, while short-listers will get $3000. There will also be a Slaight Family Polaris Heritage Prize, which will answer the question of which albums would the Polaris have gone to before it existed. #canadianmusic  
A playlist that honours, celebrates and rewards creativity and diversity in Canadian recorded music by recognizing music of the highest artistic integrity, without regard to genre, professional affili
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+mitchmatic is one of the rising stars of Canadian hip-hop. Check out his most recent EP, and see why.
written/performed/recorded by Mitch except: all beats produced by Ted Birdie 'try something else' features Caity Fisher artwork + layout by Jill Stanton
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Cool!!! I'll listen!!!👍👍👍
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After saying all the right things for so long, Trudeau proved himself to be just another one of the boys with this debacle. There is no hope in the Liberals. Vote NDP.
 
Liberal supporters found a very powerful way to send Trudeau a strong message: "You voted C-51, you lost my vote."
Social media is abuzz with images of Liberal supporters symbolically cutting up their party membership cards after their leader Justin Trudeau voted in favour of Bill C-51 at the anti-terrorism legislation's third reading in the House of Commons. Disillusioned supporters also plastered Trudeau's ...
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Del Bel's new album is really good. Check my gushing at +The Georgia Straight.
The eponymous sophomore full-length from southern Ontario’s Del Bel immediately invokes comparison to concepts like David Axelrod scoring a David Lynch film with Broadcast’s Trish Keenan on vocals.
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Thanks Alan Ranta !! Great review !!
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Want to know what it takes for a band to get a positive review from me? Here are some helpful tips.
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Yep knew abt this one!!!😝😝😝 the Keith moon...😜😜😜but the bassist is like hidden!!!😖😖😖
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I helped +Exclaim Magazine premiere Weird Candle's 'Regeneration' (due out in a week on +WeyrdSonRecords).
Vancouver-based synth-punk duo Weird Candle are set to release their debut album, Regeneration, on May 22 through Weyrd Son Records, and Exclaim! is premiering it now. Weird Candle released a single back in 2013 as a trio, but they have since pare...
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This was the first review I ever wrote for +PopMatters... Does it hold up? The album does, anyway.
Simon Posford (Shpongle) and Benji Vaughan (Prometheus) redefine epic with their sophomore release. In the process, they prove trance isn't just a catchy genre title.
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Tunes for today, of today.
Songs that struck me as being the most thought provoking, moving, and/or otherwise enjoyable released within the calendar year.
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  • Exclaim!
    Music Critic, 2010 - present
  • PopMatters
    Music Critic, 2007 - present
  • Tiny Mix Tapes
    Music Critic, 2004 - present
  • The Cobalt
    Social Media, 2013 - 2014
  • Hybridity Music
    Director of Communications, 2012 - 2013
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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Author of blurbs, curator of playlists, and booker of shows, Alan Ranta has been plugging away at that music writing and programming thing since 2004. His brutally honest critical opinion has appeared in such publications as Exclaim!, CBC Music, PopMatters and Tiny Mix Tapes, and has been enlisted to help judge the  Polaris Music Prize, Pazz & Jop, and Juno Awards. Based in East Van, he graduated with a BFA in music from Simon Fraser University in 2012. He's also a social media plague, cat whisperer, socio-political haranguer, Canucks fan, and one of the last remaining cowboys, with a butt that won't quit.
Education
  • Simon Fraser University
    Music, 2008 - 2012
    BFA (with distinction)
  • Thompson Rivers University
    English, Philosophy, Psychology, 1999 - 2003
Alan Ranta's +1's are the things they like, agree with, or want to recommend.
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Chains of Love - Misery Makers Vol. 2 (EP Stream) (Premiere)
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Vancouver's pop-soul darlings Chains of Love are set to release the second installment in their Misery Makers EP series on March 25, care of

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Excelsior Recordings
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!K7 Records
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Weird Canada
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hyperbolic enthusiasm for the creative indulgence of northernly fringe. music, art, etcetera

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Unite the critics, inform the world, conquer space.

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Polaris Pick: Slim Twig — A Hound At The Hem | Polaris Music Prize
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Alan Ranta is a writer for Exclaim! Magazine and booker for The Cobalt. He believes Slim Twig's A Hound At The Hem should win the 2013 Polar

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