Rock

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…


Thousand Foot Krutch gets extra support online

Entertainment / Music Kickstarter appeal to Christian band’s fans yields $105,000 for new album. Thousand Foot Krutch got closer to their fans with new financial relationship forged online.   Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Wed May 16 2012   Is crowd funding the new music industry paradigm? When Christian hard rock trio Thousand Foot Krutch split from its label after 10 years and selling nearly one million…


Rise Against rises to occasion once more

Thursday night at the Air Canada Centre, Rise Against, the Chicago four-piece punk band with a social conscience, fired up its an estimated crowd of 11,000.   Nick Krewen Special to the Star, Published on Fri May 11 2012 They could have taken the easy way out. On the final night of its marathon Endgame tour — one which initially touched down last summer at Edgefest in Downsview Park —…


Edward Sharpe’s ongoing emotional rescue

Entertainment / Music Magnetic Zeros’ Kool Haus show just one more bit of good news for spirited, varied band. Alex Ebert is Edward Sharpe and usually happier for it. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Fri May 11 2012 Here’s some heartening news from the Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros camp: although they’re dropping their sophomore album Here on May 29, it won’t be the last new…


Big Wreck bigger than ever

Ian Thornley plays the Danforth Music Hall with Big Wreck on May 10 and 11. Nick Krewen Special to the Star Published on Thu May 10 2012   Well, that’s one less albatross around his neck. Ever since Ian Thornley added Big Wreck’s name to the ever-increasing pile of reunited rock bands, he’s been rewarded with an accolade he never received during the combo’s first late ‘90s run: a No….