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