Despite having few female fans, famed Canuck band Rush was an inspiration to countless artists and other assorted creative types. Be sure to check out Yo La Tengo's video for the song "Sugar Cube," in which the characters, forced to attend rock school, listen to a professor with a face painted like Ace Freely reading the lyrics from "Closer to the Heart" as if it were Tolkien. Rush inspires us, too. Without getting into too much detail, we can tell you that many afternoons were spent with friends listening to songs like "YYZ" and engaging in epic jam sessions with air guitar, bass and drums. The instruments weren't real, but the bong was.
Sat., Nov. 17, 7:30 p.m., 2012

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