Video Interview: Edmonton Folk Festival

I didn't think twice when I was asked to cover the Edmonton Folk Festival earlier this month. Although this wasn't my first time in Edmonton - I had spent a summer there a year ago working - it was my first experience with the festival itself and I would certainly return given the chance. For… Continue reading Video Interview: Edmonton Folk Festival

Video Interview: Warped Tour 2011

I covered Warped Tour when it passed through Toronto last month for AUX. Although many of the bands/artists performing are not what I'd normally listen to, it was still interesting to meet and chat with them as well as those who travel with the tour as vendors like Jac Vanek or non-profit movements such as… Continue reading Video Interview: Warped Tour 2011

Video Interview: Glasvegas

Scottish band Glasvegas has just put out a new album called Euphoric Heartbreak and I interviewed them when they stopped in Toronto during their North American tour in support of it. Guitarist Rab Allen is by far the tallest Scottish person I've met and along with bassist Paul Donoghue, the band was a pleasure to… Continue reading Video Interview: Glasvegas

Black Lips detail how to use a human skull as a reverb chamber

Interviewing Black Lips was pretty cool. They've always been one of my favorite bands and with a new record set to come out (Arabia Mountain), I was eager to chat with a couple of the guys. They used an actual human skull as a reverberation chamber in some of their new songs and I wrote… Continue reading Black Lips detail how to use a human skull as a reverb chamber

Five of the Best Thrid Albums

*Written and published for AUX Awhile back we posted about bands overcoming the ‘sophomore slump.’ In most cases their second albums proved they were professional musicians with more than a dozen or so good licks. The third album however is probably as tricky as the second and truly shows what they’re made of and what… Continue reading Five of the Best Thrid Albums

Alice in Chains at the Sound Academy

New photos posted on Flickr. Review written and published for AUX. Former Alice in Chains singer and songwriter Layne Staley died in 2002. A few years later the band reformed with new member William DuVall, a black afro haired singer who befriended guitarist Jerry Cantrell earlier on in the decade. Last night, March 17, 2010,… Continue reading Alice in Chains at the Sound Academy