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Live Review: Touché and Lucius at The Echo

posted August 30, 2013, 9:55 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment


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Few can argue it’s always awesome when two of your favorite new acts combine forces to do a show together. After getting to interview psych synch pop band Touché earlier this year and Jess Wolfe of the retro indie pop Brooklynites Lucius back in 2012, when I heard about this show, I was pumped. Selling out the indie haven, The Echo, the venue was cozy, intimate and had a diverse age assortment of audience members ready to rock. Read more

Interview: Jazztronik

posted August 26, 2013, 10:49 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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During one particularly lazy weekend summer afternoon, I felt the need to casually virtually “dig in the crates”. That day, “in a sentimental jazz mood” yet again, I found Japanese Jazztronik’s mix of jazz, disco and house with soul and Latin influences fascinating. Fronted by pianist mastermind Ryota Nozaki, this producer’s collection of tracks on Soundcloud is a treasure trove of hot dance joints and piano symphonic composition classics. Read more

Interview: Egyptian Lover

posted August 22, 2013, 11:25 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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In honor of #tbt (Throwback Thursday), it’s only appropriate to bring up the name, Egyptian Lover. A legendary producer, artist and DJ, getting recent props being named one of the “top LA producers in history”, he’s frequently been called “the West Coast’s answer to Afrika Bambaataa”. Developing a rep for rocking crowds of thousands across the world, he’s prestigiously headlined venues like the Sydney Opera House and the mark he’s made on 808 infused electronic hip-hop and the culture in general is undeniable. Read more

Releases: Trying to Conceptualize

posted August 22, 2013, 6:16 am by nlathy | Filed Under Music News, Releases | comment 2 Comments


who sell outThe concept album shows ambition by an artist when making a record.
The beginnings of making concept albums in rock’n’roll goes back to the Beatles in the 1960s with Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. There the band didn’t go all the way in stringing the songs together with a theme. The first two tracks are tied together (so are the last two)songs, but then songs stop leading into each other. It seems more like a conventional album.
The Who showed new possibilities for concept albums with the rock opera via Tommy. But the quality of the songs were erratic. And this reality carried over into another concept album a few years later. The band’s most successful concept album came when they didn’t try to relate the songs, but linked them by radio commercials with the brilliant The Who Sell Out.

In the ’70s Pink Floyd may have come up with the best concept album of them all with Wish You Were Here.  Many would say the previous album Dark Side of the Moon about losing one’s marbles was the best album period (chart performance would support this claim). I prefer the tale about a rock star two years later. The band did another story about a rocker named Pink with The Wall. But the latter album strayed from the sound, which made the group spectacular.

The concept album isn’t dead, but then again it’s not as common any more either.  Kendrick Lamar released an album in ’12 detailing his youth experiences called good kid, m.A.A.d city. This was a successful work even showing a song could maintain interest at 12:04 (“Sing About Me, Dying of Thirst”).

Now it may seem pointless harping on album formats in a digital age, where people often download certain songs any way rather than the whole. But if a conceptualized  format can provide motivation for more consistent albums. Then by all means artists should go for it. In pop, art should entertain, but this is easier, if it’s good, as well.

Interview: Riot Mike

posted August 20, 2013, 12:22 pm by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Festivals, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


Mike P B&W by Katie Hovland WEBI can’t think of many other things that are cooler than being able to go around with “Riot Mike” on your business card. OK, being the man behind one of this year’s most talked-about music events is pretty awesome too. His full name is Michael A. Petryshyn, and he has been Riot Fest’s main organizer since its inception in 2005. If you’ve been following the @RiotFest Twitter feed, you know he’s witty, he definitely knows his punk rock (with bonus points for the Canadian references), and he may be slightly obsessed with John Stamos. I didn’t hold that against him though while picking his brain before Toronto braces itself for Riot Fest on August 24th and 25th at Fort York. Single-day admissions are still available via http://riotfest.org/toronto-tickets/, or you can win your way in with Music Emissions here!

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Live: Souls of Mischief ’93 Still Infinity Tour at El Rey

posted August 20, 2013, 8:18 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Live Show Reviews | comment Leave a Comment


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Recently getting to chat with The Souls of Mischief, a crucial component to the prolific and historic Hieroglyphics crew, I followed up this amazing experience up by peeping their LA stop on their 50 city 93 Til’ Infinity 20th Anniversary tour on Friday. Hearing during our interview that so far on the tour, they’d noticed the large diverse crowd was very mixed age-wise, ranging from people who were born in 1993 to people who were adults in 1993, that’s exactly what I found when I arrived. Once I saw this, it made me feel proud. It’s rare to find hip-hop music that cuts across generations and squashes the old vs. new divisions, receiving props from men, women, sons and daughters, proving simply that good music endures. Read more

Press Release Roundup: August 19

posted August 19, 2013, 9:43 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Press Release Roundup, Releases | comment Leave a Comment


Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, I will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across my virtual desk.

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(Columbia Records; New York, NY – August 21, 2013) – Today, Brooklyn-based synth-pop outfit St. Lucia has unveiled the Passion Pit remix of their new song “Elevate.” The original track, which rocketed to #1 on both Hype Machine’s “Popular” and Spotify’s “Viral 50” charts upon its mid-July release, is featured on the band’s highly anticipated full-length debut, When The Night, available October 8 via Neon Gold/Columbia Records. Listen to “Elevate (Passion Pit Remix)” here: https://soundcloud.com/st-lucia/elevate-passion-pit-remix.

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Contest: Win Riot Fest Toronto Tickets! (CLOSED)

posted August 17, 2013, 6:49 pm by ROCKthusiast | Filed Under Contest, Festivals | comment Leave a Comment


rfnewToronto has already experienced flooding and tornado warnings in 2013, but thankfully no riots…that is until the weekend of August 24th and 25th. Historic Fort York will be an appropriate battleground for Riot Fest, the music equivalent of an over the top battle royal – Unfortunately, there’s no wrestling like there will be in Chicago and Denver, the other stops on the travelling Riot Fest caravan. Toronto is the first, however, and with this honour comes a reunion that’s been 22 years in the making. How long has it been since The Replacements last played together? Kids today aren’t even old enough to remember that their song “Can’t Hardly Wait” is also the title of a teen movie starring Jennifer Love Hewitt!

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Contest: Newsted Part 2! (closed)

posted August 14, 2013, 12:06 pm by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Contest, Releases | comment 4 Comments


Newsted (the new band formed by Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Famer Jason Newsted) is preparing to release their first full-length album on August 6th. Entitled Heavy Metal Music, it is a powerful hard rock release that is sure to please the millions of fans that have followed Jason since he joined Metallica in the mid Eighties. The band also features Mike Mushok, who is the guitarist for Staind.

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Press Release Roundup: August 12

posted August 12, 2013, 10:55 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, MP3, Music News, Press Release Roundup, Releases, Rumors, Site News | comment 2 Comments


Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, I will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across my virtual desk.

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