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Remastering: The Art of the Sonic Facelift

June 02, 2014 Nick Krewen GRAMMY.com   When aging actors and actresses need a sip from the fountain of youth to sustain their Hollywood dreams, they call their plastic surgeons for a little nip n’ tuck. But when record companies or artists need to revitalize a classic album and freshen up its sound, it’s the mastering engineer who is the expert on their speed-dial, specifically for remastering purposes. It’s a…


Nash The Slash, Toronto rock violinist, dead at 66

Born Jeff Plewman, Nash the Slash’s stage wardrobe consisted of wrapping his face in bandages adorned by sunglasses and wearing a top hat. By: Nick Krewen Music, Published on Mon May 12 2014 Pioneering electronic musician, composer and performance artist Nash the Slash has died. The eccentric Toronto electric violinist, whose mummified stage wardrobe consisted of wrapping his face in bandages adorned by sunglasses and a top hat, was found…


Kraftwerk delights the faithful at Sony Centre

If this is Kraftwerk’s final live hurrah in Toronto, they’ve left on a triumphant note. By: Nick Krewen Music, Published on Sun Mar 30 2014   2.5 stars Kraftwerk doesn’t do hugs. A female fan rushed the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts stage shortly after the four members of Düsseldorf-based techno pop pioneers Kraftwerk had finished their encore and were taking their final bows. She made a beeline for…


Ethan Johns brings folk-flavoured solo work to Toronto

Best known as a producer for artists including Kings of Leon, Johns performs selections from his album If Not Now Then When? at the Drake on Aug. 3. By: Nick Krewen Music Published on Fri Aug 02 2013     Ethan Johns is finally experiencing life from the other side of the studio pane. Best known for his production skills — he’s overseen Laura Marling’s Once I Was an Eagle…


Swedish House Mafia: Concert Review

The house music stalwarts pull in 60,000 partygoers for two soldout nights at the Rogers Centre. By: Nick Krewen Special To The Star, Published on Sat Feb 23 2013     The Swedish House Mafia may be pulling the plug a tad prematurely. Even though house music stalwarts Axel “Axwell” Hedfors, Steve Angello and Sebastian Ingrosso are in the final throes of their reported last hurrah — the DJ/producers have…