Forward Mark Letestu looks back on season with Pens, Blue Jackets

Despite sitting last in the National Hockey League with only 25 wins, Elk Point product and Columbus Blue Jackets forward Mark Letestu can see some light at the end of the tunnel. Playing in the central division among heavyweights St. Louis, Detroit, Nashville and Chicago, the Jackets struggled throughout the year, but have managed a… Continue reading Forward Mark Letestu looks back on season with Pens, Blue Jackets

Untouched Sounds – Episode 4

Singer/songwriter Samantha Savage Smith discusses the breakout year she had in 2011 after touring and releasing her debut LP ‘Tough Cookie’ (Arts & Crafts) while never losing sight of her hometown. Untouched Sounds is a Toronto-based web series documenting new and exciting music acts.

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: 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

Arctic Monkeys’ top 5 stage walk-out songs

Arctic Monkeys have been a bit creative with the songs they take the stage to so when I interviewed them for AUX Weekly, I requested a top five list of their all-time favorite tracks to walk-out to. The songs they named off were a bit surprising, but hilarious. Just think of waiting for the Monkeys… Continue reading Arctic Monkeys’ top 5 stage walk-out songs

Magneta Lane Pay Tribute to Their Mexican Roots With New Spanish EP

This was my second time interviewing Magneta Lane (the last time was about a year ago while I was still an intern at AUX) in which they revealed details of an new EP of songs they recorded in Spanish. They also told me details regarding their forthcoming album they are currently working on with some… Continue reading Magneta Lane Pay Tribute to Their Mexican Roots With New Spanish EP

Yael Naim on the Apple Ad That Kick-Started Her Career as the ‘Israeli Feist’

I interviewed Israeli singer-songwriter Yael Naim while she was here in Toronto a little while ago promoting her latest album She Was a Boy. She spoke to me about her beginnings in music and growing up in Israel where she felt a little closed off from the world. Naim also commented on the Macbook Air… Continue reading Yael Naim on the Apple Ad That Kick-Started Her Career as the ‘Israeli Feist’

Video Interview: Black Lips

I did a print piece not long ago about Black Lips detailing how to use a human skull as a reverberation chamber. This video is from the same interview and is equally entertaining. Be sure to check out the band's upcoming album Arabia Mountain when it comes out on June 7 via Vice. Thanks to… Continue reading Video Interview: Black Lips