Punk

Billy Talent Soar to New Heights

Story by Nick Krewen | September 1, 2016 For SOCAN Words and Music.   Billy Talent was ready. The album had been written, the songs had been rehearsed and the veteran hard rock Toronto quartet – 23 years and four original studio albums deep into their career – was preparing to hit the studio to record what was to become long player No. 5, Afraid of Heights. Then tragedy stuck….

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Chrissie Hynde turns back the clock: review

In concert at Massey Hall on Thursday, The Pretenders founder seemingly hasn’t aged a day since 1978. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Fri Oct 31 2014 Chrissie Hynde 3 stars At Massey Hall, Oct. 30   Dorian Gray, eat your heart out. Anyone attending the opening night of Chrissie Hynde’s Stockholm tour at Massey Hall on Thursday night could be forgiven for doing a double take and wondering where exactly…


Laura Jane Grace, Lucas Silveira Have Found A New Identity

  Artists have successfully transformed their careers and lives as transgendered musicians NICK KREWEN GRAMMYS   MAY 15, 2017 – 2:36 AM GRAMMY.com To say that Laura Jane Grace has had an eventful year would be an understatement. Until May 2012, she was known to the world as Tom Gabel, lead singer, songwriter and guitarist for Florida punk band Against Me! Then she openly announced her name change, that she…


Bad Religion still tackling tough issues

Los Angeles punk rockers play Kool Haus Sunday in support of 16th album True North Nick Krewen Music, Published on Sat Mar 30 2013     Thirty-three years in, Los Angeles punk rockers Bad Religion continue to age gracefully. The seminal sextet — which actually tours as a quintet, with co-founding guitarist and songwriter Brett Gurewitz opting to stick around the offices of the successful Epitaph and Anti record labels…


Corb Lund brings us his Western world

Rootsy troubadour has hit album, crack band and distinct outlook to show off at Danforth Music Hall on Nov. 23. Albertan country star Corb Lund has a hit album in Cabin Fever. By: Nick Krewen Special to the Star, Published on Wed Nov 21 2012 Corb Lund may not be in consideration for the role of Toronto Blue Jays manager, but at least he’s got his hand signals down. Speaking…