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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…


Prince shows Toronto crowd he can play a purple piano as well as the guitar

Just 48 hours after announcing he was coming to town, Prince gave the crowd a mixture of his hits and new material – reinterpreted on a purple electric grand. Nick Krewen Sat., March 26, 2016 Prince at Sony Centre For The Performing Arts, March 25, 2016, 7 p.m. show Three stars (out of 4) It probably comes as little surprise that Prince, the legendary singer and songwriter who is as…


Postmodern Jukebox turns back the clock on pop hits

Postmodern Jukebox turns back the clock on pop hits Scott Bradlee and his rotating cast of singers and musicians redo current songs — from Radiohead to Katy Perry — for a bygone era. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Mon Nov 16 2015 Shaken, not stirred. No, we’re not talking about James Bond martinis, but the entertaining and imaginatively radical rearrangements of prevailing pop, rock and rap classics by New Jersey-raised…


Paul McCartney delivers marathon concert at the Air Canada Centre

Paul McCartney delivers marathon concert at the Air Canada Centre At 73 years old, the Beatles co-founder delivered a set that would leave younger musicians reaching for their water bottles. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Sun Oct 18 2015   Paul McCartney, 73, churned out an impressive 41 songs during a three-hour marathon at the Air Canada Centre on Saturday night, with nary a water bottle in sight. To put…


Bryan Adams slips back into the groove

Canadian rock star Bryan Adams says fans who like his music are going to love his new album, Get Up, “especially if you liked the stuff from the past.”   Nick Krewen,  Music, Published on Fri Oct 16 2015   Short, sweet and succinct. Get Up, the newly released 13th studio effort in the 100-million-record-selling Bryan Adams canon, contains 13 rock ’n’ roll songs that run a total of just…