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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, 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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Interview: Souls of Mischief

posted August 12, 2013, 7:28 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment Leave a Comment


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As we mark hip-hop’s 40th anniversary, few would debate Souls of Mischief’s influence and impact repping Oakland, West Coast hip-hop and the MC craft in general. Commemorating their own milestone this summer, they’re celebrating their landmark 93’ Til Infinity album , which some say defined a generation and sits atop several top hip-hop album lists, with a 20th Anniversary tour. For the past few weeks, Opio, Tajai, Phesto and A-Plus became road warriors, playing to crowds in 50 cities. Pivotal members of the Hieroglyphics crew, who collectively dropped The Kitchen on their own label recently, being the “group within the group” no doubt shapes its overall identity. Read more

Sunday’s Best: Jurassic 5

posted August 11, 2013, 8:40 am by Brian Rutherford | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment


Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves to see which release by an artist not only set them atop of the industry but stapled them in as musical gods. This week we prose, which album is J5′s best?

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What is your favorite Jurassic 5 album?

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Slaughterday Podcast Special: An Ode To The Originators

posted August 10, 2013, 8:20 am by Kevin Sellers | Filed Under Music News | comment 2 Comments


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For this edition of Slaughterday, I thought I’d give a nod to a handful of the pioneers of heavy metal. A generic topic, I know, but let us not forget where the roots of the heavy were laid. Besides, you may be surprised by some of these choices; they’re not so much meant to highlight the origins of metal, but are more an assortment of my favorite tracks from those bands who laid the foundation. As always, enjoy, and keep it metal!

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Interview: Tristan ‘Mack’ Wilds

posted August 7, 2013, 7:25 am by Carlita | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Interviews | comment 1 Comment


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If Tristan ‘Mack’ Wilds looks very familiar, he should. He’s lit up the big and small screens as a rising talented actor over the past few years with prominent roles in shows like “The Wire” and “90210” and critically-acclaimed movies like “Red Tails”, “Half Nelson” and “The Secret Life of Bees”. Now pursuing his first love, revealing equal talent and conquering another art medium, Mack is prepping the release of his R&B album debut, New York: A Love Story, with R&B and hip-hop “dream team” assistance from the likes of Salaam Remi, Rico Love, Ne-Yo, Pete Rock, DJ Premier, Havoc, James Poyser and Raekwon, just to name a few. Listening to his latest single, “Own It”, it’s def addicting. Read more

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