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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…


Amazing Charles Bradley steps out of the shadows and makes it a better world – Review

“The Screaming Eagle of Soul” spun his tales of woo and woe with the gravelly voice of experience before an enchanted crowd at the packed-to-the-rafters Phoenix on Saturday night.   By: Nick Krewen Music, Published on Sun May 12 2013 The age of the showman is alive and well, as long as Charles Bradley’s heart is still beating. Rescued from oblivion at the age of 62, and plying a sound…


Norah Jones musically solid but lacking in charisma

The Grammy Winner got in 12 songs from her new album Little Broken Hearts but seemed most at home playing country standards.   Norah Jones performs at Massey Hall in Toronto on Friday evening.   Nick Krewen Special to the Star, Published on Sat Jul 07 2012 Ever since she exploded onto the mainstream pop scene with her jazzy multiple Grammy-winning album Come Away With Me, Norah Jones has been…