Cass McCombs | Tip of the Sphere

Some artists write songs that make the whole world sing. Cass McCombs writes songs that could make the whole world shut up listen — if he could get that...

Queen Zee | Queen Zee

When Iggy Pop calls you "strange ... dirty ... weird (and) crazy," you know you're doing something right. Truth be told, gender-bending Liverpool glam-punks Queen Zee are doing plenty...

Robert Ellis | Texas Piano Man

"I'm f---ing crazy," asserts Robert Ellis by way of introduction on his latest album Texas Piano Man. As opening lines go, it's definitely an attention-getter. And perhaps even a...

Jon Fratelli | Bright Night Flowers

This is not the Jon Fratelli you're thinking of. Except that it is. Confused? So is anyone who buys this disc expecting to hear the rambunctious pop-rock Jon crank...

Long Ryders | Psychedelic Country Soul

It's been a long time coming. More than three decades, in fact. For those keeping score at home, we last heard new studio tracks from paisley cowpunks The Long...

Czarface & Ghostface Killah | Czarface Meets Ghostface

The latter is arguably The Wu-Tang Clan’s most colourfully creative, unstoppably prolific and collaboratively daring member. The former is an underappreciated hip-hop supergroup co-starring producer 7L, rapper Esoteric and...

Dale Watson | Call Me Lucky

You can call Dale Watson lucky if you want. And he's undoubtedly had some good fortune over the years — like being born with a rich set of well-deep...

J.S. Ondara | Tales of America

The American Dream doesn't get much better than this. Six years ago, 20-year-old Nairobi native J.S. Ondara won a Green Card lottery and moved to Minnesota — where he...

Tedeschi Trucks Band | Signs

"I don’t always love music that tries to be this brand-new discovery every time," Derek Trucks told me in 2016. "A lot of my favourite music is from bands...

Broken Social Scene | Let’s Try the After Vol. 1

Don't get too excited, Broken Social Scene fans. Let's Try the After Vol. 1 is not the Toronto collective's followup album to 2017's Hug of Thunder. It's just a...

Back Stories | My Review of XTC’s 1999 Masterpiece Apple Venus Vol. 1

Two decades ago this week, XTC’s eagerly awaited comeback album Apple Venus Vol. 1 was released. Here's a slightly edited what I had to say about it back then....

Some Snide Remarks on the Grammys

Head-scratching performances. Infuriating decisions. Pointless segments. Yep, it was another Grammy Awards show. I didn't watch it live, since I don't have to do that for a living anymore....

Next Week in Music | Feb. 11-17, 2019 • 130 New Albums Coming Your...

There are more than 130 albums, EPs and singles being released next week. Mark your calendars and pre-order your favourites — but don’t blame me if things change at...
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Next Week in Music | Feb. 11-17, 2019 • Music on TV

I know you like to watch. So here's a list of the musicians who will be singing for their supper next week on the boob tube. Of course, everything...

Next Week in Music | Feb. 11-17 • Birthdays & Anniversaries

I wouldn't want to live in the past. But I still like to visit every now and then. Here are the musical birthdays we'll be celebrating and the anniversaries...

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