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Steely Dan delivers thrills at Casino Rama without the late Walter Becker: review

The occasion was one of the first handful of Steely Dan concerts performed since the September 3 passing of the band’s co-founding guitarist, songwriter and producer Walter Becker. Nick Krewen Music, Fri., Oct. 20, 2017 With the sting of the passing of a beloved Canadian icon still fresh in their hearts, music lovers gathered at Casino Rama on Thursday night to mourn the loss and celebrate the melodies of another…

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Bebe Rexha steps into the spotlight

Songwriter behind hits by Eminem, Rihanna and Selena Gomez goes on tour to promote her own sultry urban sound, playing Toronto’s Phoenix on Thursday. Nick Krewen Music, Wed. March 22, 2017 After a few years of hovering in the background and serving as collaborator, Bebe Rexha is finally grabbing the spotlight for herself. The 27-year-old Brooklyn native, appearing at the Phoenix on Thursday, is embarking on her first headlining tour after…


KISS and Def Leppard a blazing double bill: review

Both bands repeatedly thrilled the sold-out Amphitheatre crowd of 16,000.  Nick Krewen Music, Published on Wed Aug 13 2014 KISS and Def Leppard 3.5 stars At the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre, Aug. 12. Does Gene Simmons’ fire-breathing swordplay, bloodied mouth shtick and ever-undulating serpentine tongue ever get old? Not if you’re a member of the KISS Army. The larger-than-life, cartoon-costumed, makeup-sporting hard rockers have entrenched the routines so heavily into their…


Sean Lennon tours his psychedelic new sound

Sean Lennon tours his psychedelic new sound The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, a collaboration with his girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl, makes two stops in Toronto this month, including Tuesday at the Hoxton. By: Nick Krewen Music, Published on Mon Jun 02 2014   Three albums deep into The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, the musical venture he shares with Atlanta-born model and girlfriend Charlotte Kemp Muhl, Sean…


Gogol Bordello finds ‘pure life’ plundering folk traditions

‘It’s simply one huge musical bundle,’ says Eugene Hutz, leader of Gogol Bordello, coming to Toronto on Aug. 19 and 20. Nick Krewen Music, Special To The Star, Published on Mon Aug 19 2013     Tarantellas, polonaises, tangos and waltzes — spouting healthy blasts of accordion and violin — rarely factor into any popular rock ’n’ roll configuration these days, and that suits Eugene Hutz just fine. For nearly…