Paul White talks bringing The Beatles to Canada and 1960’s Toronto

The 1960’s was the golden age of mainstream rock and roll, and with the rise of legendary bands like The Beatles, and The Rolling Stones, retired Capitol Records executive Paul White was at the centre of a cultural revolution. August 17th marked the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ final Toronto concert, which took place at Maple … Continue reading Paul White talks bringing The Beatles to Canada and 1960’s Toronto

SonReal talks “The Name EP”, living on the road, and music videos

This year alone, Vancouver’s own SonReal crossed Canada with Classified, is now going through the U.S. playing a sold out tour with Jon Bellion, and has recorded a new EP, which is set to drop on August 12th. The forthcoming The Name EP is definitely a SonReal album, in that it has that unique, all over … Continue reading SonReal talks “The Name EP”, living on the road, and music videos

Jessy Lanza talks “Oh No”, collaborations, and overcoming anxiety

2016 Polaris Music Prize short-lister Jessy Lanza’s new album, Oh No, is addressed to her own constant nervousness. The pressure of music making, which used to calm her nerves, has led to a whole new world of contingencies that stoke the anxiety mill. The exclamation ‘Oh No’, for Lanza marks yet another incident of randomness interrupting … Continue reading Jessy Lanza talks “Oh No”, collaborations, and overcoming anxiety

Darryl Fine reflects on 25 years of the Bovine Sex Club

Bovine Sex Club. (Photo: Terri Lundberg) From the outside, the Bovine Sex Club can trick many into thinking they’re walking past a contorted pile of garbage, but in reality, it’s one of the most beloved clubs in Toronto. On top of that, it’s 25th anniversary has it recognized as a heritage building by Heritage Toronto. Bovine … Continue reading Darryl Fine reflects on 25 years of the Bovine Sex Club

Against Me!’s Atom Willard talks new music, and LGBTQ education

Against Me! In the past decade and a half, Atom Willard has drummed for numerous bands, but most notably, Rocket from the Crypt, The Offspring, Angels & Airwaves, and since 2013, for Against Me! While Willard’s musical resume is long, he says this one really feels like home. Against Me! is wrapping up the last leg of their tour … Continue reading Against Me!’s Atom Willard talks new music, and LGBTQ education

Arkells talk “Morning Report”, music festivals, and must-hear Hamilton bands

Arkells Arkells’ fourth album, Morning Report, (out Aug. 5th via Last Gang/eOne) is their most personal album yet. The new album which serves as the Hamilton quintet’s first new studio album since 2014’s High Noon, sees the return of producers Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83), Brian West (AWOLNATION), Joe Chiccarelli (The Strokes, My Morning Jacket), and Gus Van Go … Continue reading Arkells talk “Morning Report”, music festivals, and must-hear Hamilton bands

Tim English talks Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” trial

Led Zeppelin. Led Zeppelin is one of the most iconic rock bands of all-time, but this time they’re under a much less flattering spotlight. Their most famous song, “Stairway to Heaven”, is in court being challenged as a rip off of Spirit’s song “Taurus”. While Led Zeppelin is nowhere near the only band to be … Continue reading Tim English talks Led Zeppelin “Stairway to Heaven” trial

The Joy Formidable talks “Hitch”, creative control, and triumph in band drama

L to R: Rhydian Dafydd, Ritzy Bryan, Matthew James Thomas of The Joy Formidable. (Photo: James Minchin) Ritzy Bryan, Rhydian Dafydd, and Matt Thomas of The Joy Formidable cut themselves off from the world after years of touring to make their new album, Hitch, which will be released in Canada this month via Cadence Music. The … Continue reading The Joy Formidable talks “Hitch”, creative control, and triumph in band drama

White Lung talks “Paradise”, and punk rock elitism

Growing from their punk roots, White Lung returns with their fourth studio album Paradise, which follows their critically acclaimed 2014 LP, Deep Fantasy. The album, which is set for release today (May 6th) via Domino, features the single, “Hungry”, whose music video stars Amber Tamblyn (Sisterhood Of The Traveling Pants, The Ring, 127 Hours, House). Gradin … Continue reading White Lung talks “Paradise”, and punk rock elitism

The Black Angels’ Alex Maas on the evolution of Levitation Festival

Levitation festival is celebrating its ninth anniversary in 2016 and what a year it’s going to be! The Carson Creek Ranch in Austin will be packed from April 29 to May 1 with memorable performances from Brian Wilson, who is set to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beach Boys’ classic album Pet Sounds by performing it in … Continue reading The Black Angels’ Alex Maas on the evolution of Levitation Festival