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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.   I Really Want to Help You
  3.   Time Is Right
  4.   Hey Baby
  5.   So Many Times Before
  6.   Hobo Night Stalker
  7.   Anti-Social
  8.   Drag Me Down
  9.   You Won't Look Back
  10.   Something for Free
  11.   Count on Me
  12.   There Was a Time
  13.   Lonely Path
  14.   Lonely Path Of Mine
  15.   It's All a Blur
  16.   The Ballad of Poor John Henry
  17.   Ballad of a Lonely Construction Worker
  18.   Letting Go
  19.   Bound to Your Own Vices
  20.   A Long Night My Love
  21.   Carry On
  22.   The Trouble and the Truth
  23.   Blackheart
  24.   Need You
  25.   Follow Me
  26.   Another Day in Purgatory
  27.   Meet You on the Other Side
  28.   Like the Morning
  29.   Open Your Mind
  30.   Stay
  31.   Standing on the Edge
  32.   Side By Side
  33.   The Future Hangs
  34.   Belgium or Peru
  35.   Take My Money and Run
  36.   You Don't Know What It's Like
  37.   All I Want
  38.   Rise Above
  39.   Promises
  40.   You Were Right
  41.   Rocking Chair
  42.   No Sleep, No Heat
  43.   Brightest Part of the Sun
  44.   The Words You Ignore
  45.   Long Winter
  46.   Burger
  47.   This City Will Eat You
  48.   Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump
  49.   The Difference Between Us
  50.   Live My Life
  51.   Listen to Your Heart
  52.   Where Did We Go Wrong
  53.   It's Over
  54.   Night After Night

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