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Kid Koala draws upon the winter for new album

Icelandic vocalist completes wintry vibe on Montréal DJ’s ambient new album, which spurs creative Rivoli shows this week. Nick Krewen Music, Jan. 26, 2017 Eric San, a.k.a. Kid Koala, is a seasonal guy. For example, the Montréal-based DJ, musician, turntablist and graphic novelist says that he sees music to draw to: satellite, his new ambient Arts & Crafts album featuring Icelandic singer Emiliana Torrini, as a “winter” record. San, who is…


How Spotify Spotlights Canadian Artists

Story by Nick Krewen | July 5, 2016 FOR SOCAN Words And Music.   Canadian artists and SOCAN members like Dear Rouge and Coeur de Pirate have an unexpected and relatively new champion when it comes to promoting their wares, both at home and internationally: Spotify Canada. The global streaming service, which opened shop in this country in November 2014 after years of anticipation, has been doing its utmost to…


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…


Radio Ga Ga

Artists across multiple genres have carved out a new niche for their careers on the other side of the radio dial GRAMMY.com Nick Krewen “Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two-Headed Love Child,” he musically boasted in 1989. But even during the most infamous stages of his recording career, Mojo Nixon knew his days as an outrageously outspoken cult roots rocker were numbered. “I knew, and I knew early on…


Ed Sheeran delivers an A+ show at the ACC

Ed Sheeran performs as if every show is his last, injecting his songs with an elevating jolt above what is heard in his recordings. Nick Krewen Music, Published on Fri Sep 19 2014 Ed Sheeran Air Canada Centre Thursday, Sept. 18, 2014 The singer and songwriter of “The A-Team” brought his A-Game to the Air Canada Centre on Thursday night. British ginger-haired dynamo Ed Sheeran is unlike any other contemporary…