Harley Flanagan talks Cro-Mags and Hardcore, coping with PTSD, Between Wars, and more

Some of the best writing comes from a place of pain and suffering. Emotion is what shapes and inspires deep literature and songwriting, and Harley Flanagan has overcome a lot more adversity, turmoil, and just pure craziness than many people do in a lifetime. That shines through in much of his work, including but not … Continue reading Harley Flanagan talks Cro-Mags and Hardcore, coping with PTSD, Between Wars, and more

Riot Fest Chicago 2019

Full review of the festival can be found here. Against Me! Bikini Kill Patti Smith Village People Neck Deep Pennywise Senses Fail The Get Up Kids Blink 182 Violent Femmes Anthrax Rise Against Slayer The Struts The Raconteurs Off-Stage Sights

OUR LADY PEACE W/ MATTHEW GOOD & THE ASCOT ROYALS @ TD PLACE, OTTAWA

While some may classify it as ‘dad rock’ at this point in their careers, that doesn’t stop either Our Lady Peace or Matthew Good from bringing out a crowd of all ages. TD Place was the fifth stop on their joint Canadian tour on Thursday night, and while it was only a half arena show, … Continue reading OUR LADY PEACE W/ MATTHEW GOOD & THE ASCOT ROYALS @ TD PLACE, OTTAWA

WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THRICE – A CONVERSATION WITH RILEY BRECKENRIDGE

After a four-year hiatus, Thrice has started making waves again with their latest album, To Be Everywhere Is To Be Nowhere. For a band that has always sworn to be loyal to each other, they’re still humble enough to be amazed that their fans have stayed as loyal as they have. In support of their … Continue reading WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS FOR THRICE – A CONVERSATION WITH RILEY BRECKENRIDGE

TYLER BATES TALKS WORKING WITH MARILYN MANSON, FILM SCORES, & MONSTERS AFTER DARK

Chances are you already know Tyler Bates’ work. If you’ve seen any number of Hollywood blockbusters like 300, Guardians of the Galaxy or John Wick, all of these acclaimed films were enhanced by the creative, musical mind of Tyler Bates. As a composer, Bates always focuses on capturing the emotion of the movie with his music to create a visual immersive experience … Continue reading TYLER BATES TALKS WORKING WITH MARILYN MANSON, FILM SCORES, & MONSTERS AFTER DARK

SNL’s Jared Scharff Talks New Season, Jamming With Dave Grohl, New Solo Music, And Much More

Playing in the Saturday Night Live band for 10 years, and on his off-time playing at the New York Rangers games is a huge musical feat in itself, but guitarist Jared Scharff also takes the time to impress us with his solo work, as Pear Lion. Set for release later this year. Pearl Lion’s double EP … Continue reading SNL’s Jared Scharff Talks New Season, Jamming With Dave Grohl, New Solo Music, And Much More

TIFF 2017 – Aldo Shllaku Talks “Downrange”, Immigrating from Albania, & Dream Directors

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off this Thursday with an eclectic slate of films. But what usually lies beneath the radar, are the scores within the films. The score is a true compliment to Downrange composer Aldo Shllaku’s creative instinct. The Canadian composer behind the new Ryûhei Kitamura-directed film grew up with musical training at a young age and two … Continue reading TIFF 2017 – Aldo Shllaku Talks “Downrange”, Immigrating from Albania, & Dream Directors

Joywave Talks “Content”, Creating Super 8 Film Music Videos, & Nintendo

“Anxiety caused by feeling too content” is just the first aspect of the double-pronged paradoxical rumination that is Content, the sophomore full-length album by Rochester, NY-based indie quintet, Joywave, which dropped July 28th with a tour supporting Young the Giant and Cold War Kids to follow. The title, Content, sees Joywave apply their trademark irreverence and humor … Continue reading Joywave Talks “Content”, Creating Super 8 Film Music Videos, & Nintendo

TURBO STREET FUNK ON BUSKING IN TORONTO, THEIR FAVOURITE VENUES, AND MORE

Straight off of the streets of Toronto, Turbo Street Funk has combined musical forces from all around the world to bring Toronto a cultured, fun performance that has spread far past the city streets. Topping the radio charts, Turbo Street Funk took the scene by force with their powerful live performances, unique instruments, and playful … Continue reading TURBO STREET FUNK ON BUSKING IN TORONTO, THEIR FAVOURITE VENUES, AND MORE

Travelling and playing Rock N’ Roll with my friends – An interview with Luke Bentham of The Dirty Nil

Their vocals are almost as wild, loud, and crass as the feedback that guitarist/vocalist Luke Bentham uses as an instrument of his own. Their untamed energy comes alive in their songs nearly as much as it does in their live show. Such a stark semblance of chaos in sound and performance shows that raw sense … Continue reading Travelling and playing Rock N’ Roll with my friends – An interview with Luke Bentham of The Dirty Nil

Sumo Cyco Talks “Opus Mar”, Crowdfunding, and Cyco City

While many fans remember her from her teenage pop career back in the early 2000’s, Skye Sweetnam has since become the lead singer Hamilton-based alt-metal band Sumo Cyco, under the stage name Sever. Sumo Cyco released their second album, Opus Mar, on March 31st via Radio Ghost Music, which they independently crowdfunded through PledgeMusic and … Continue reading Sumo Cyco Talks “Opus Mar”, Crowdfunding, and Cyco City

Motionless In White Talks “Graveyard Shift” Fave Horror Movies, and High School Bullies

Founded in 2005, Motionless In White has won over audiences worldwide with their aggressive music and arresting imagery. The band – currently comprising of lead singer Chris Motionless, guitarists Ryan Sitkowski and Ricky Horror, bassist Devin “Ghost” Sola, and drummer Vinny Mauro – have proven a ferocious and inventive live act, earning an increasingly fervent fan … Continue reading Motionless In White Talks “Graveyard Shift” Fave Horror Movies, and High School Bullies

Jon Gallant of Billy Talent talks JUNO Cup, childhood aspirations of playing hockey, coming back to Ottawa, and more

Sometimes we forget that sports are also a form of entertainment. A lot of people in the music industry also play sports and of course in Canada, hockey is something that’s almost in our blood. So every year in support of MusiCounts, the JUNO Awards hold a JUNO Cup during the week leading up to … Continue reading Jon Gallant of Billy Talent talks JUNO Cup, childhood aspirations of playing hockey, coming back to Ottawa, and more

William Prince talks JUNO Weekend, the stresses of touring away from family, and more

With a roster of such astoundingly talented artists in town for JUNO week and weekend, so many events, and so much going on – it wasn’t exactly until afterwards that everyone took in the glory of it all. Even the people who took home the shiny trophies with them. After the JUNO Gala Dinner, where … Continue reading William Prince talks JUNO Weekend, the stresses of touring away from family, and more

Switchfoot Talks “Where The Light Shines through”, and Overcoming Adversity

No one really knows how long their careers are going to last, and when you hit any significant milestone, it can make it all worth it. For Switchfoot, their musical venture is hitting a 10-album mark with Where The Light Shines Through, and they’re humbled by the fact that they’re still able to call music a career. While … Continue reading Switchfoot Talks “Where The Light Shines through”, and Overcoming Adversity

INTERVIEW: BRETT HELLINGS TALKS ABOUT THE SOUL SHAKERS FORMATION, BRINGING GOOD ‘OL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BACK, AND MORE

Rock ‘n’ Roll is a very diverse term in today’s society. There hasn’t really been a good movement since the early ’70s, and while those bands are still prominent in today’s music culture, it’s hard to find a band that has a similar approach to their music in the industry these days. The Soul Shakers … Continue reading INTERVIEW: BRETT HELLINGS TALKS ABOUT THE SOUL SHAKERS FORMATION, BRINGING GOOD ‘OL ROCK ‘N’ ROLL BACK, AND MORE

Joey “Shithead” Keithley of D.O.A. talks “Fucked up Donald,” their upcoming tour with the Dayglo Abortions, and more

You’ve been friends with Dayglo since 1979 and from what I can see, this is the first tour you’ve done together. Yeah, we played with them probably ten times throughout the years. Maybe 12 or 13. We just played with them recently at Punk Rock Bowling in Las Vegas, this past May. That’s what made … Continue reading Joey “Shithead” Keithley of D.O.A. talks “Fucked up Donald,” their upcoming tour with the Dayglo Abortions, and more

Festivals should be honest on what they are

Music festivals should be expected to stay true to their roots, just as much as bands are expected to stick to their originality and sound over what their label wants them to do.

Live shows are what is keeping the music business alive and festivals have been an enormous part of that for decades. But they don’t always “stay true” to their roots, as many of us expect they should.

Andrew Neufeld of Sights & Sounds, talks No Virtue, touring with Comeback Kid while making the record, being arrested while touring, and more

Musicians are no strangers to juggling multiple projects at once and Andrew Neufeld got a big taste of what that’s like while he was recording No Virtue with his ‘boys club’, Sights & Sounds. No Virtue was self-released last month, the first full-length album that the band has worked on in over half a decade. … Continue reading Andrew Neufeld of Sights & Sounds, talks No Virtue, touring with Comeback Kid while making the record, being arrested while touring, and more