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FRINGE 2018: Apocalipsync: Humanity Is a Drag

The end has come! Society as we know it has fallen apart, due to infighting from the queer left, as Peaches Lepage explains in the opening exposition. Our last hope rests on three “I-Will-Survivors,” who all have different ideas on how to overcome their current predicament: Dot Dot Dot wholeheartedly believes in the power of sustainability and that society can be restored through composting, veganism and yoga. Anaconda LaSabrosa is a self-described anarchist and wishes to destroy any remnants of the old world. Uma Gahd, on the other hand, is not taking the apocalypse well and wants to return to the way things were, when she had six gazillion followers on Instagram.


FRINGE 2018: Glam Gam's Greasy: A Lesbian Love Story

Glam Gam Productions has done it again with their latest Montreal St-Ambroise Fringe Festival masterpiece, Greasy: A Lesbian Love Story. Our city’s most talented artists have teamed up for an amazing, sex-positive spectacle that will leave you all hot and bothered and passionate about queer theory!

40 years ago on a steamy summer night, the wholesome family musical Grease was released, perpetuating gender stereotypes and reinforcing the idea that women should change themselves to gain men’s love. Glam Gam’s queer parody explores themes of polyamory, homosexuality, gender fluidity, consent and more in the sexiest ways possible.


METAL MONDAY: Beating the Ghost of a Dead Horse: Sex & Religion in a Post DTP World

I guess to some attentive people, Transcendence was an obvious sign of the end-times. The third album was in excess of the original intended four for Devin Townsend Project (making it the seventh down the line), and the notorious sonic tyrant decided to let the Project half in on the writing process, as if they were some kind of band. My pattern-assigning monkey brain is telling me even the title was a clue. Fortunately, I am not some attentive people, so I'm just figuring this out now for your amusement.


METAL MONDAY: Heavy Metal Book Club: “What Does This Button Do?” Bruce Dickinson, An Autobiography

*Find out how to win a copy of this book at the end of this review!*

I'm never one to turn away a good music-related auto/biography. Just as with music documentaries, most are surprising and sometimes, surprisingly edifying. Bruce Dickinson, of Iron Maiden fame, has entered the fray with his autobiography, and I'm pleased to say it ticks both boxes, despite being quite the strange creature.


METAL MONDAY: 5 Amazing Metal Bands I Saw in Australia

Back in December, I took a trip to the land down under. I loved almost everything about Australia—the intensely hot weather, the accent, the creative cursing inserted into casual conversation. The only downside was the beer being twice as expensive. I spent most of my time in Melbourne, a city with wide-ranging arts scene. In many ways, it was like the Montreal of Australia. During my time in Melbourne, I was able to check out a handful of shows, where I fell in love with Australian’s heavy scene. Here are my picks of the best Australian metal bands that I saw live.

King Parrot


Our Picks at This Year's Pitchfork Festival

Pitchfork’s eponymous festival hardly needs an introduction. Since its inception in 2006, the event has brought together acts that would entertain even the most discerning among the site’s readership. This year, the three-day festival held in Union Park, Chicago, will feature tremendous headliners LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange, as well as PJ Harvey, Vince Staples and George Clinton & Parliament, to name a few. The festival promises to provide good times all around—and here are the bands we’re especially excited to see.

 


A Guide to Montreal Comiccon

So you're considering going to Montreal Comiccon… If you're a seasoned Comic-con adventurer you've probably been to the Montreal one, as well as Fan Expo in Toronto, or the NYC convention in the fall—maybe even San Diego Comic-Con, considered the BIG SHOW to most geeks. One thing that stands true through all these conventions is that they're always crowded. This is a guide on how to explore, shop and get the the best out of your Montreal Comiccon experience.


Chris Cornell (1964-2017)

Having been the frontman of one of Seattle’s most well-known rock bands, frontman of the second band in history to perform live in Cuba, and named as one of the godfathers of the grunge genre, Chris Cornell was a rare, unique, and special act in the rock & roll/grunge scene. In 1984, Cornell had formed the band Soundgarden back in his hometown Seattle with his friend Kim Thayil, who took role as the guitarist, Hiro Yamamoto, who took role as the bassist (but was later replaced by current bassist Ben Shepherd), and Cornell himself taking the roles of drummer and vocalist.


OBEY Convention X: Go East

Recently, I have spoken with individuals who, perhaps to my undeserved surprise, have never ventured to the Eastern edge—who have never set foot in Nova Scotia despite enticing tales of slackened lifestyles, dramatic landscapes, majestic sea creatures, and kindly leprechauns. This May, there is a more of a reason than ever to go the distance and explore the mysterious Maritimes firsthand—OBEY Convention X, one of the most forward thinking arts festivals in Canada, is celebrating its tenth year of being.


Ode to "You Suffer" by Napalm Death

Press play.

YOU SUFFER BUT WHY?

In just a blink of an eye, it’s over. You’d think with all the time I managed to save by listening to this single track, I would spend it on something much more constructive. But no, I want to hear it again.

YOU SUFFER BUT WHY?

Why? Good question. I wanted to see if the lyrics actually lined up with what Nik was actually yelling. Sounds more like “you-aghhh” to me.


How Punk and Metal Crossed Over

So you might be wondering why I’m participating in this year’s Metal March, even if I’m not listed under CJLO’s metal shows. Isn’t Sewer Spewer primarily a punk show? (Follow-up question: what the hell is a Sewer Spewer?) Well, if you ever bothered to listen to my radio show, you would realize that the lines between the punk and metal tunes I play on the air are quite blurred.


Geektastiq

Comedian David Heti releases album that showcases his trickster spirit

“It was ok” is a self-produced stand-up special, originally released independently by David Heti, and now available through Stand Up! Records. It is available as an audio recording and also with video; the special was filmed in front of a live audience at Grumpy’s here in Montreal, that fact alone makes me counsel you to buy it. It is also quite funny. 


Geektastiq

Bobby Drake, AKA Iceman, is set to come out of the closet in an upcoming issue of X-Men. Although the character has dated many women in the past, it will soon be revealed that the character is gay.

Iceman wouldn't be the first Marvel leading man to come out; Northstar came out in the early '90s in Alpha Flight #106. At the time it wasn't an easy task and writer Scott Lobdell had to fight to get the line "I am gay" approved before the issue came out. Bobby's coming out is more pull than open reveal (see the leaked panels below), but in the end he accepts that the truth is out and is okay with it, even going so far as to make a joke.


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