What should I be doing instead of this?

Danko Jones, Amy Millan, Os Mutantes and Yo La Tengo

0 Comments · Friday, September 11, 2009
Toronto's Danko Jones has always brought an interesting melodic element to the Hard Rock arena, a touch of Pop lightness to leaven the Rock density. The approach has clearly worked; Jones and his Power Garage trio have become arena-sized heroes in Europe, they've received numerous home-country Juno nominations, The Raconteurs have covered them, Motorhead personally tapped them as tourmates and The Rolling Stones gave them the opening slot for their Toronto show.  

George Usher, Patton Oswalt, The Melloncollies, Rev. Horton Heat and Blue Ridge Rangers

0 Comments · Friday, September 4, 2009
When I sat down at the computer to write, I was beat to a pissy pulp. I had a mountain and a half of work to do. What to do? I chose to listen to Patton Oswalt, the funniest person on the planet right now. And within the first 20 seconds of his new album, 'My Weakness Is Strong,' my exhaustion was a thing of the past. All of those laughing cliches? Did 'em. Laughed 'til my sides ached? Check. Laughed 'til I cried? Check.   

Imogen Heap, Bill Champlin, Dolores O’Riordan and Mew

0 Comments · Friday, August 28, 2009
With my crazy busy schedule, I'm already over my allotted time limit on how long I can spend on this opening, so I'm off to put out a half dozen other fires while you peruse this week's reviewage. The past couple of years have produced an absolute bumper crop of newly minted singing/songwriting women of every stripe, from Pop chanteuses with serious chart aspirations to Rock chicks with chops and bravado. Imogen Heap is not among them.   

Lyrical Assassins, Poletricks, Sleigh Lady

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2009
For anyone who has ever listened to a Hip Hop song and wondered “What the fuck does that mean?” there is now a Web site just for you. “Snacks and Shit” at snacksandshit.com points out some of the most ridunkulous lyrics to ever leave an MC’s mouth  

Tinsley Ellis Rocks the Blues

Hitting the road with new material

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Nobody understands life’s cyclical, circular nature any better than Tinsley Ellis. After learning guitar at an early age and then joining The Alleycats in the late ’70s and in 1982 forming The Heartfixers, Ellis eventually felt the pull of a solo career when he realized he wanted to be a Blues songwriter, not merely a Blues interpreter.  

Copeland with Barcelona

July 19 - The Mad Hatter

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Love it or hate it, “You Are My Sunshine” is an immortal Pop standard, one re-imagined by B.B. King, Arethra Franklin, Johnny Cash, Bing Crosby and many other notable artists.   

Colin Hay with Peter Mulvey

July 15 - Southgate House

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
When the world at large was first introduced to Colin Hay in the early ’80s, the chameleon-eyed vocalist was extolling the virtues of Vegemite and mugging shamelessly.  

Sony Gets Hip, Green Day FAIL and Aerosmith Scratch-Offs

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
During a recent interview, Sony CEO Howard Stringer made some comments that suggested maybe some in the corporate music world might just be ready to enter the 21st century. The music industry has become a bit of a joke for its out-of-touch reaction to technological developments  

Bowerbirds with La Strada

May 6 • Southgate House (Parlour)

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
It’s refreshing when a band is christened purposefully and not by randomly assembling words that have never been juxtaposed before.  

For the People...

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Local musical eccentrics Chick Pimp, Coke Dealer at a Bar celebrate the release of their new CD, The People Vs. Lemoncello, with a huge show at the Southgate House this Friday. Performing throughout the Southgate will be The Sundresses, The Lions Rampant, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Wonky Tonk, The Harlequins, CJ the Cynic, Bullying Ben Jones, Losanti and many others.