Nikki Yanofsky finds a mentor in Quincy Jones

“This lady is really special,” the legendary producer says of his 20-year-old Canadian protégé.     By: Nick Krewen Music, Published on Mon May 12 2014   Montreal’s Nikki Yanofsky got some not-so-secret assistance on her latest album, Little Secret. You can’t do much better than having Quincy Jones, the dominant producer behind Michael Jackson’s three blockbuster albums Off The Wall, Thriller and Bad, and arranger and conductor of such…


Ben Harper on making music with his mom Ellen: ‘There’s nothing cooler’

Ben and Ellen Harper released their musical collaboration Childhood Home just in time for Mother’s Day, and both consider it more than just a bonding exercise. By: Nick Krewen Music, Published on Fri May 09 2014 For Mother’s Day, you can do a number of things for the special woman who brought you into this world: buy her flowers, take her to dinner, or maybe even indulge her with an…


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…


Welcome To The Set List: Pat Metheny Unity Group at Centre for the Arts, University of Buffalo

GRAMMY.COM   MARCH 21, 2014 – 2:08 AM Welcome to The Set List. Here you’ll find the latest concert recaps for many of your favorite, or maybe not so favorite, artists. Our bloggers will do their best to provide you with every detail of the show, from which songs were on the set list to what the artist was wearing to which out-of-control fan made a scene. Hey, it’ll be…


Nashville Expands

Story by Nick Krewen | March 21, 2014 For SOCAN Words And Music.   Name any gigantic country hit of the last two decades or so and there’s a better-than-average chance that it was generated from Nashville, Tennessee. Sure, Texas factors into the mix, and maybe there’s a touch of Bakersfield in there, too. But for the most part it’s a 30-block-or-so chunk Southwest of downtown Nashville, nicknamed Music Row,…