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Opens Friday, 7 September 
Princess Theatre 
Starring Steve Buscemi 

One interview that would be fun to conduct is with 
one of :he gijys that writes movie press releases 
They're fantastic at making even the most mundane 
of ideas seem exciting Nor rha: Interview initially 
sounds boring, but when it'sdescnbed as "a passion¬ 
ate verbal chess game spiked with wit. intrigue and 
sexual tension, capped with a riveting twist ending," 
you can't help but feel enthralled 
Sreve Buscemi directs and stars in the film as a 
past-his-prime war reporter who falls for the pop 
diva / movie star that he interviews Perhaps not 
quite a captivating, sexually charged game of logic 
but anything with Steve Buscemi gets a free pass 
into the good books. 

An Evening with Rick Mercer 

Sunday, 9 September at 7pm 
Winspeare Centre (9720102 Avenue) 
Tickets $55 or $65 

Everybody'sfavorite Canadian sarins; and proponent 
of reducing your carbon emissions is in Edmonton 
this weekend at the Wi nspear Center, •‘erformmg on 
behalf of the Northern Alberta Amputee Program 
Mercer takes a break from lampooning Canadian 
politiciansasa camera follows him through a Toronto 
back alley to do some stand-up work in E-town The 
event also features the Wajio Drummers and a spe¬ 
cial book signing by Master Corporal B aul r ranklm 
whose new book, The Long Way Home, details his 
expenences of getting home after losing both of his 
legs as a soldier in Afghanistan 

Wendy McNeil 

Tuesday 11 September at 8pm 
Victory Lounge 
Tickets at Ticketmaster 



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Hipsters: don’t call Art Brut “indie” 

Hie English rocket talk about Top ofthe Pops, their own messy beginning, and Wesley Snipes’ early days 

Accordion has never sounded this sexy, Singing 
with a voice akin to Am DFranco's, Edmonton’?. 
Wendy McNeil rips it up on her squeezebox, cre¬ 
ating, along with the rest of her band, a strangely 
enticing sound that's one part haunted carnival, 
one part bar mitzvah. It's as if Lilith Fair was being 
held at an Eastern European circus, and it's one of 
the coolest and most original acts I've heard in a 

In The Gathering Light 

Works by Michelle Lavoie 
SNAP gallery 

On Display Until 29 September 
Free Admission 

Though already on display for a month, there's still 
plenty of time for ar fans just arriving back from 
summer to check out Michelle Lavoie's gallery run¬ 
ning at SNAP, Produced using a combination of 
digital composition and collagraph, Lavoie has cre¬ 
ated some breathtaking abstract images. She was 
inspired to use digital imagery to discuss technol¬ 
ogy's impact on us, or as she puts it. to talk about 
how technology acts a filter for our perceptions" 

Searching For Balance 

Works by Leszek Wyczolkowski 
SNAP gallery 

On Display 6 September to 13 October 
Free admission 

The second gallery opening at SNAP features the 
prints of Leszek Wyczolkowski. which draw from 
all things natural, from the earthy to the heavenly 
Wyczolkowski will also be in attendance at the 
opening reception, so you can pop in and meet the 
man behind the art. 

SI champ, two years running 


Art Brut 

with the Mark Birties Project 
Thursday, 6 September at 8pm 
Starlite Room 


Arts & Entertainment Editor 

These days, adding the prefix "indie” to the 
description of any band will probably turn 
away about rhe same number of people who 
will blindly come running. Purely used to 
discriminate between independent artists 
and those on major labels, the term's origi¬ 
nal intent, is lost—it now broadly umbrel¬ 
las over the heads of any bands currently 
buzzing around the blogosphere. 

Art Brut fall into this category. The 
English band is signed to a divison of 
major label EMI and play straight-shooter, 
guitar-powered rock & roll. Yet somehow, 
they still find themselves dubbed as an 
indie group. 

Well, hipsters be damned. The first words 
out of guitarist lan Catskilkin's mouth are 
about one of the most popular mainstream 
acts in history. 

“I was just watching Michael Jackson's 
'Bad' video on VH1," he begins, imme¬ 
diately after picking up tlie phone. “The 
guy in the opposite gang looks like Wesley 

He’s correct—and that plucky, conver¬ 
sational attitude is a constant throughout 
the interview. So is the theme of television: 
three of Art Brut’s songs mention British 
music show Top of the Pops, usually in the 

context of, well, them being on top of it. 
Unfortunately, TOTP shut down last year 
before Art Brut could come a-conquering. 

"It was a shame, really." Catskilkin laments. 
“The Top of the Pops used to be the institu¬ 
tion; it used to be relevant .... As a child I 
would take a tape cassette recorder and put it 
by the television to tape all of the new songs. 
That was your opening to the rest of the 
world, and music, really." 

The Top ofthe Pops usd to be 
die institution: it used to be 
relevant As a child. 1 would 
take a tape cassette recorder 
and put it bv die telev ision to 
tape all of the new songs. That 
was your opening to die rest of 
die world, and music, realty.” 


In those early days, Catskilkin must have 
taped a lot of Sex Pistols because Art Brut's 
songs are dripping with snotty punk ethics. 
Fuelled by his own guitar licks and vocalist 
Eddy Argos' spoken-word delivery, the five- 
piece group, also including second guitarist 
Jasper Future, bassist Freddy Feedback, and 
drummer Mikey Breyer, write unapologetic 
rock tunes. 

"fWe didn't] have preconceived jalans or 
ideas." Catskilkin says, of Art Brut's early 
days. "We were all into different stuff when 
we got together, and f think that's a good 

thing. At first it was just a mess, and then we 
started to be able to write songs.” 

Those first songs were enough to cause quite 
a response in the band’s homebase of England, 
with their self-released Brullegs EP quickly 
generating a record deal. 

Typical Art Brut subject matter includes form¬ 
ing a band, getting a brand new girlfriend—in¬ 
cluding the winning lyric "I've seen Iter naked! 
Twice!"-—and having a really bad weekend. 
More musically powerful than pretentious, 
Catskilkin Isn't the sligluesl bit self-conscious 
about leaning more towards the Brut part of the 
band name 

"It’s just what we do," he states noncha¬ 
lantly. “That's kind of where we’re from, in 
regards to the music. [Breyer]'s a rock drum¬ 
mer; I'm a rock guitarist, and that kind of 
makes [rock] the backbone of the style of 
music. We kinda just do as we do. and [the 
music] comes out as it comes out. I prefer 
rock in a broader sense of the term than indie 

The "indie stuff" includes using more 
orchestra-like instruments in the place of 
the more traditional guitar-drum-bass- 
vocals combo. But with this emphasis on 
rock, it's doubtful that you'll see Art Brut 
making room for a hurdy-gurdy player any¬ 
time soon. At the very least, it would cost 
too much. 

"At the end of the day, it would be like 
paying another instrument to be. there," 
Catskilkin laughs. “We've considered it; 
we tried stuff while we were making our 
last album, like, 'Oh. maybe we should try 
this on piano.’ We have some horn section 
in there, but you can't over-do what we do, 
because it would sound stupid. It just works 
as it is."