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Nellie McKay embraces music, keeps public at bay

Wide-ranging chanteuse ends boycott of Canada with Horseshoe gig. Nellie McKay plays the Horseshoe Tavern on June 30.     Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Wed Jun 27 2012   It’s hard to know where to start with Nellie McKay. Over eight years and five albums, the enormously talented British-born New Yorker has immersed herself in disciplines both visual and musical, ranging from acting in major motion…


Beach Boys reunion a rockin’ one

Nick Krewen Special To The Star Published on Wed Jun 20 2012 Few thought this night would ever happen. With a steady string of lawsuits, in-fighting and the fact that Brian Wilson only returned to the stage a few years ago due to his own personal demons, the notion of any full-fledged reunion of the surviving original Beach Boys was fantasy as best. Yet fantasy became reality last night at…


LMFAO shares party-planning tips for MMVAs

Redfoo and Skyblu, collectively known as L.A. electro pop outfit LMFAO, are going to see a lot of Toronto over the next few weeks, first as co-hosts of Sunday’s MuchMusic Video Awards; then headlining July 4 at the Molson Amphitheatre. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Sat Jun 16 2012 The progenitors of “Party Rock” have returned. Redfoo and Skyblu, collectively known as L.A. electro pop outfit LMFAO,…


Drumming up a career in garage rock

Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Mon Jun 11 2012 If you want something done right, do it yourself. John Barrett‘s realization of that credo resulted in the formation of combustive garage-rock combo Bass Drum Of Death. “In high school, I was always in bands, but I started doing (stuff) by myself because I was the one managing it and still wanting to do something,” explains Barrett, whose…


Musicians Are Educating By Example

NEWS Artists such as Melissa Manchester, Terri Lyne Carrington, Wyclef Jean, and Mark Volman are passing on their experiences and expertise to students in the classroom NICK KREWEN GRAMMYS MAY 15, 2017 – 2:36 AM GRAMMY.com Whether it’s by choice or by accident, some music stars are building a second career that’s rather academic. After spending decades recording albums, staging tours and learning the ropes of the music industry, established…