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It is no wonder that Canada's Cuff the Duke opened for Blue Rodeo on a key tour, or that Blue Rodeo's Greg Keelor is producing their fourth album. Like Keelor and his own bandmates, Cuff the Duke are one of those unbelievably talented bands that can jump genres like a game of hopscotch -- to the point where their music is almost undefinable except for the good ol' catchall, "alternative." Also like Blue Rodeo, they have a definite Canadian roots rock basis and a taste for the epic in their song structures. Cuff the Duke broke onto the scene in 2002 with their debut, Life Stories for Minimum Wage, released on Toronto indie Three Gut Records. Critics praised the album, especially noting its maturity, which was ironic, as no one in the band (all originally from Oshawa, Ontario) was over 21 years of age. The group made their major-label debut in 2005 with the self-titled, Cuff the Duke. The album was the first release on fellow Canadian, Hayden's Hardwood/Universal imprint that didn't feature Hayden, himself. Cuff the Duke built up a tremendous cult following, especially on the college circuit, with this dark epic of an album. Critics hailed the intensity and timelessness of the songs, rightly identifying Cuff the Duke as a band working way beyond their years. Their live shows became a popular favorite and the Toronto Star raved that they "stole" the acclaimed Hillside Music Festival. Early in 2006, Halifax's Dale Murray joined Cuff the Duke to play electric and pedal steel guitar (replacing original guitarist/Moog player/organist Jeff Peers) -- followed shortly thereafter by then Montreal-based drummer Corey Wood (taking the place of Matt Faris). With founding members Wayne Petti (lead vocals, guitar and moog) and Paul Lowman (bass, piano, fiddle, vocals), the band embarked on additional and extensive North American touring. Somewhere amidst all of that and several van breakdowns, Cuff the Duke managed to be part of an exciting, primarily instrumental band called the Hylozoists, led by producer/musician Paul Aucoin (co-producer of the early Cuff the Duke albums), whose La Fin Du Monde came out in the spring of 2006 on Boompa/EMI. 2007 saw the re-release of Cuff the Duke's 2002 debut, Life Stories for Minimum Wage, and frontman Wayne Petti's solo debut, City Lights Align, while the band entered the studio to begin recording their new album for Hardwood at the end of February. Released in October, Sidelines of the City was even more epic and ambitious than either of their previous releases. Alternating sounding like they are playing in front of stadiums to gigging at intimate club shows, the songs on Sidelines of the City are as shocking for their sprawling scope as they are for the number of genres they skip lithely across. Way Down Here arrived in 2009, followed by 2011's Morning Comes, the latter of which landed a Juno nomination. An EP of covers songs, In Our Time, appeared in early 2012, followed later that fall by the full-length Union. ~ Tomas Mureika
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  2.   If I Live or If I Die
  3.   Failure to Some
  4.   Bound to Your Own Vices
  5.   Anti-Social
  6.   Ballad of a Lonely Construction Worker
  7.   Like the Morning
  8.   This City Will Eat You
  9.   Live My Life
  10.   Drag Me Down
  11.   The Future Hangs
  12.   Hobo Night Stalker
  13.   It's Over
  14.   Belgium or Peru
  15.   Stay
  16.   Remember the Good Times
  17.   The Words You Ignore
  18.   Rossland Square
  19.   There Was a Time
  20.   A Long Night My Love
  21.   No Sleep, No Heat
  22.   Lonely Path
  23.   Carry On
  24.   Count on Me
  25.   The Trouble and the Truth
  26.   Blackheart
  27.   Long Road
  28.   Take My Money and Run
  29.   Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump
  30.   Another Day in Purgatory
  31.   I Really Want to Help You
  32.   The Ballad of Poor John Henry
  33.   Words (Between the Lines of Age)
  34.   You Were Right
  35.   You Don't Know What It's Like
  36.   Brightest Part of the Sun
  37.   All I Want
  38.   You Won't Look Back
  39.   The Ballad of the Tired Old Man
  40.   The Difference Between Us
  41.   Standing on the Edge
  42.   Something for Free
  43.   Where Did We Go Wrong
  44.   Need You
  45.   It's All a Blur
  46.   Promises
  47.   Confessions from a Parkdale Basement
  48.   Rocking Chair
  49.   Open Your Mind
  50.   Rise Above
  51.   Long Winter
  52.   Time Is Right
  53.   Letting Go
  54.   Burger
  55.   When All Else Fails & Fades
  56.   Follow Me
  57.   Side By Side
  58.   Hey Baby
  59.   Surging Revival
  60.   Meet You on the Other Side
  61.   Listen to Your Heart
  62.   Lonely Path Of Mine
  63.   Night After Night
  64.   By Winter's End
  65.   So Many Times Before
  66.   [Untitled]
  67.   What Are You Laughing At ?
  68.   Farley the Dog
  69.   I Guess This Is Life
  70.   Where Did We All Go Wrong

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