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Avenged Sevenfold pleased to pause arena tour play even larger stage opening for Metallica

Guitarist Brian “Synyster Gates” Haner Jr. remains proud of their ambitious recent album The Stage — on one track, featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson. Nick Krewen Music, Sat. July 15, 2017 They may be perched atop the throne of the heavy-metal world, but Huntington Beach, Calif.’s Avenged Sevenfold aren’t afraid to take risks when it involves the bigger picture. Take, for example, this Sunday’s extravaganza that finds them sandwiched between superstar…

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Rockin’ the suburbs with Los Lobos

New venues help bring Grammy winners — and many others — to Southern Ontarians’ backyards. Just don’t get them started about Donald Trump. Nick Krewen Music, Tues., Jan 31, 2017 Suburbanites: now you don’t necessarily have to go to Toronto to see the big shows — more than ever, they’re coming to you. This week, for example, four-time Grammy winners Los Lobos perform at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre on…


The Bronx are masters of the two-faced band

The punk rock band is one of few with an alter-ego: a sunny ensemble called Mariachi El Bronx. Nick Krewen, Music, Tues., Dec 27, 2016 Jekyll, meet Hyde. There’s nothing too sinister about Mariachi El Bronx, the alter ego of L.A. punk rockers The Bronx, but the duality of a band that pursues both identities with equal career-driven vigour is a rarity in this day and age. Where The Bronx…


Minor missteps don’t mar Brian Wilson’s staying power

Overall, the nostalgic, shimmering harmonies were adequately preserved, and sometimes exemplary, at Massey Hall concert. Nick Krewen  Tues., July 5, 2016 Brian Wilson   At Massey Hall, Monday, July 4 There were some good, and not so good, vibrations at Brian Wilson’s Massey Hall performance. Anchored around the 50th anniversary of Pet Sounds, the 1966 Beach Boys album that raised the bar for pop music with its stylistic intricacy, the…


Ariana Grande takes flight at the ACC: concert review

The young “Problem” singer proves she’s got longevity, with a surprisingly under-utilized voice and a large, smartly G-rated production. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Mon Mar 09 2015   Ariana Grande 3 stars At the Air Canada Centre, March 8 Merchandisers did brisk business on plastic glow-in-the-dark cat ears Sunday night at the Air Canada Centre. The significance? At least a couple thousand girls — the audience was probably 90…