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Writing Symposium

The PEI Writers’ Guild will host a writing symposium this summer. Sponsored by Innovation PEI, wit [ ... ]

Romance Writing Workshop

On February 9 PEI Writers’ Guild will host a workshop entitled Heat Rising: Writing the Romantic R [ ... ]

The Rapture

by Tristan McKinnon-Gray

Many rocky romances have locked up a place in music history: Ike and Tina, Sid and Nancy, David Lee Roth and ass-crushing spandex. Now comes a new duet: The Rapture and the cowbell. The New york based Funk-Punk four piece have just crafted a record called Pieces of the People We Love where the cowbell is less a playful accent on the beat, but becoming a necessary piece of the spastic funk shaped puzzle.

Which, needless to say, is far from a bad thing. Starting off with a Queen-esque banger, “Don Gon Do It,” this album doesn’t stop twirling till the final track, “Live In Sunshine.”

But it’s not like this album came out of left field. The release of their prior full length Echoes in 2003 started of all of the explosion of white boy indie dance music (The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, et al.) and also contained the Redonckulas track, “House of Jealous Lovers,” which can still be found prowling a few DJ’s sets to this day.

While there may be no club-dismantling track such as “House of Jealous Lovers,” there are a more than a few booty shaking minutes on Pieces with songs like “The Devil” in full blown 80s-dance-floor take-over mode, and “Whoo! Alright-Yeah…Uh Hun” possibly being my favorite track of 2006, this record will stand up to a lot of punishment. The first single, “Get Myself Into It,” is a perfect example of what a good band with a woodblock can do when they put their mind to it. While there are a few less than stellar tracks (“First Gear” and the Danger Mouse produced track, “Callin Me”) I’m still going to be listening to this album on repeat for the rest of the month.

......................5 out of 6

Check out the band’s myspace for a stream of the full album at www.myspace.com/therapture.

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Bluegrass at the Carriage House

February 3
Beaconsfield Carriage House Janet McGarry and Wildwood, a favourite PEI band, will be fea [ ... ]

Rolston String Quartet

February 21
The Mack The Rolston String Quartet is bringing a storm of classical music to The Mack t [ ... ]

Credit Union Music PEI Week 2019

Awards Gala, concerts, shows, parties and more January 23–27
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